Rare Afternoon Tea
Rare Afternoon Tea
Rare Afternoon Tea
Rare Afternoon Tea
Rare Afternoon Tea
Rare Afternoon Tea

Rare Afternoon Tea Loose Leaf Black Tea

14 reviews
Sale price £7.49
(19p per cup)

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A luxurious blend of black loose leaf teas, designed specifically to be enjoyed in the afternoon when a delicious pick-me-up is required.

Exquisite on its own; or as the perfect accompaniment to the great British tradition of sandwiches, scones and cakes.

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02 November 2023
Annie F.
New Zealand New Zealand

Exquisite tea

Wonderfully refreshing Great full flavour Very satisfying

11 July 2023
Anthony M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Perfect afternoon pick me up

This is a Rich Smooth and silky tea refreshingly light with or without a splash of milk. An excellent pick me up afternoon tea

02 July 2023
christina c.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Rare afternoon tea

Smooth and elegant, immensely enjoyable.

24 November 2022
Jenny W.
United Kingdom United Kingdom


Unusual blend with a distinct smoky taste. Strong enough to take milk although I wouldn't. Enjoying it

08 February 2022
Stephen B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom


Beyond the shadow of a doubt, this is the best tea I've ever had in all my many years of drinking tea. It makes all other teas I've had with milk — not just the regular stuff you find in supermarkets, but speciality teas that are highly regarded — seem like pale imitations of this one. It provoked a big “wow” from me when I first tasted it. I agree with the other reviewers, it’s great any time of day.

Tasting Notes

There are notes of chocolate and a malty richness. With a short infusion you can find a silky subtlety with intense cacao aromas.

With a longer extraction (and milk), the tea becomes creamier and the malty, milk chocolate flavours develop even further.


Use 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water.


For the optimum infusion (without milk) use 85°C (185°F) water.

If you prefer milk, use 100°C (212°F) water.


Infuse for 1 minute at 85°C, and 2 minutes at 100°C.

Taste regularly to find your optimum time.


You can infuse this tea at least twice.  With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

19p per cup based on 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water and 2 infusions.

Jun Chiyibari Tea Garden & Satemwa Estate

This blend comes from the highest tea garden we work with – Jun Chiyabari right up in the foothills of the Nepali Himalayas; combined with rich leaves from Satemwa in the Shire Highlands of Malawi. These mountain teas combine ethereal elegance with great profundity and depth.


A thoroughly British invention


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Serving Suggestions

We recommend drinking this tea without milk if you are eating something sweet and creamy or buttery alongside it. The tradition has always been that the cream or butter and jam (on bread, crumpet, scone or a slice of Victoria Sponge) was there to have with your black tea to balance the bitter tannins. It’s the perfect flavour pairing. You only really need to put the milk in your Afternoon Tea if you don’t have something sweet and creamy to eat with it.

A piece of shortbread is also wonderful. A simple piece of good bread and butter is sublime.

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