Our English Afternoon is an uplifting black tea with a gentle note of bergamot. Its style sits between our robust English Breakfast tea and more floral Earl Grey. As such, it makes the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
To make it, our Tea Masters balance delicate Darjeeling with malty Assam, rich Kenyan and brisk Ceylon teas. This special blend gives our English Afternoon its full yet lively flavour. A little of our signature bergamot flavouring adds an exotic citrusy note.
Delicately balanced, our English Afternoon Tea makes a lovely restorative cuppa. Try it lightly steeped for an energising brew, or add a slice of lemon to bring out the tea’s zesty notes. To really enjoy this tea at its best though, serve it strong with a splash of milk and your favourite afternoon treats.
Afternoon tea is a much-loved British tradition - one that we couldn't be without. It started in the Victorian era as a way for society ladies to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner. Fancy sandwiches and cakes were served with fine teas at around 4pm, and the rest is history. The Victorians also loved their horse racing, where afternoon tea was soon being enjoyed. So we celebrate both on the box of our English Afternoon Tea with James Pollard’s race painting "The Start of the St Leger".
Origin*: Kenya, India, Sri Lanka*Please note, subject to change due to seasonal variations.
Each and every morning, my favourite cup of tea would be English Breakfast. It’s strong, it’s coloury, it’s got a wonderful nutty flavour that I really do enjoy, and it takes the milk well.William Manning, Senior Tea Taster
In the UK Head Office we taste over 500 cups of tea every day, to search for the best quality teas available from around the world.Dominic Marriot, Tea Taster
Later on in the afternoon I might try something like a Darjeeling that has the muscatel flavour, or maybe even a high-grown Ceylon, but definitely my favourite brew, and the one that I drink the most of, is English Breakfast.William Manning , Senior Tea Taster