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English Rose

“That which we call a rose by any other name…” Read More

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“That which we call a rose by any other name…”

It was during China's Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) that tea artisans first experimented with buds and blossoms, imbuing the leaves with essential oils. Roses were among the very first flowers they tried and osmanthus, orchids and jasmine also proved popular.

We've recreated the taste of a classic 'Meigui Gongfu' rose tea by using a Chinese black tea for the base, imbued with subtle floral flavours and scattered with rose petals. The tea might be authentically Chinese, but those wonderfully aromatic notes of rose are forever England. Deliciously delicate and seductively sweet, a single sip brings to mind rolling hills, church bells and country gardens: perfect for a picnic on the village green.

  • Tea Type

    Flavoured Black Tea

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Sweet, Aromatic, Refreshing

  • Tastes like

    Floral, sweet and aromatic

  • Food pairing

    Enjoy alone to best appreciate the aromatic fragrance

  • When to drink

    For an al-fresco afternoon tea


Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.

A note from Whittard

“I don’t respond that well to caffeine, so I tend to go to our fruit and herbal infusions. Baked Apple is one of my favourites, and rooibos is lovely as a caffeine-free breakfast tea.”

- Octavia, Cambridge Store Manager


The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…


English Rose

We've chosen the number 12 for our English Rose, the classic number of roses in a Valentine's bouquet.

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* - - - - Disappointed the formula has changed :( by Ana Menini on 3rd April 2016

This used to be my favourite tea of all in Whittard and recently reordered a refill and discovered it has changed completely, but for me in a bad way, as I can't stand the fragance, it is too strong and it makes me feel sick. However, some friends tried it at home and they said they liked it, so it might not have been a bad idea for Whittard after all to change it, they might have new fans. For me, it is a disappointment not to have the old recipe available anymore and I would like to have known in advance to avoid the surprise.

* * * * * Lovely Turkish Delight Tea by Kerr on 28th March 2016

Purchased this on a whim in the shop in Glasgow after being invited to smell it. The perfect fragrance and taste of Turkish Delight. The best Rose Tea I have ever had.

* - - - - It is changed by Michael Copeland on 5th March 2016

I drank English Rose tea daily for over 10 years, it was my absolute favorite. I purchased it in large quantities 2-3x a year to save shipping. However, they recently dramatically changed this tea. I called them and they acknowledged this. No more passion fruit flavors. It is now so heavily rose-laden as to be like drinking perfume. The shipping is expensive enough not to justify sending it back from USA, but I find it undrinkable. I wish they had notified that they were changing it, or at least change the name, before I purchased.

* * * * * Love this tea by Renee-Claude Tanguay on 9th December 2015

I am very fortunate to have access to this tea in Canada. I absolutely LOVE it!! It has become my everyday morning tea. If you are looking for a full flavour black tea with a hint to flowery sent and flavour, this is it. It awakens all your senses!

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