In the British Isles, the cup of tea could not truthfully be called a mere beverage. It is a pause, a pleasure, a punctuation mark in the day’s affairs. The grand London hotels have taken the ritual of afternoon tea and elevated it to the point of poetry. In a carefully polished tradition dating back to the middle of the 19th century, loose-leaf black tea from chests is ceremonially poured into finest bone china amid the lustre of cut-glass chandeliers, the genteel rattle of cup on saucer, and the delicate scent of roses. In the pursuit of perfection on the palate, tiers of precision-cut finger sandwiches and the daintiest of sweet treats are served alongside.
Black tea, the dried leaves of the evergreen tea plant, has been traditionally applied for its soothing and protective properties, owing to a richness in tannins and polyphenols. The queen of the English garden, the rose contains precious natural oils that help lock in the skin’s moisture and promote smooth skin. The scent of rose is also much prized in aromatherapy for its calming and uplifting effects.
Our English Roses are sustainably grown by Rosebie Morton of The Real Flower Company – purveyor of one of the finest collections of scented Roses in the world. Rosebie has dedicated herself to the cultivation of ‘real’ Roses with all their exquisite subtleties of hue and scent. The Real Flower Company is based on a family farm nested within the rolling green hills of Hampshire with their floral boutique on Chelsea Green, London.
Our Darjeeling Second Flush Black Tea Leaves are sourced from JING Tea, an exceptional British tea company, founded by Edward Eisler, a pioneer in finding and sharing rare and precious Teas previously hidden to the world. JING source distinctive single garden Teas of incredible character through personal relationships with master Tea makers.