May 29 2012
Gosh, there’s a fair bit of bunting around these days, isn’t there? Bunting can only mean one thing – it’s time for a proper afternoon tea. Jubilations or not, we’re just beginning the perfect time of year to dust off the tea tray and reach for the clotted cream. As Henry James so sagely wrote, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”.
We all know and love the afternoon tea heroes and heroines – scones, jam, clotted cream, cucumber sandwiches, and wedges of Victoria sponge, but what tea to have with them? We believe this is just as important as selecting the perfect array of nibbles. But what to choose? We’d like to share our recommendations with you. We love afternoon tea.
For a light afternoon infusion – Casterbridge Afternoon
Our hand blended brew of fine Assam and Darjeeling. Excellent with a slice of lemon, a dash of milk and finger sandwiches.
The very best of Darjeelings – Makaibari Darjeeling Second Flush Grand Reserve
The savior of High Tea from the almighty Makaibari tea garden. Full yet light, and the perfect companion to cucumber sandwiches from an outstanding biodynamic estate.
Something a little stronger – Dorset Farmer’s Brew
A rich, malty and full flavoured blend ideal with lashings of scones, clotted cream and jam.
Something sweet – LaKyrsiew
A hidden treasure from one of the world’s finest unsung tea gardens in northern India. Sweet, toffee notes with a smooth caramel finish make it the ideal companion for cakes and pastries.
Something refreshing – English Peppermint
Indulged in rather a lot of cakes and sandwiches? This calming, zesty infusion from the south of England is just what you need.
And if you’re feeling particularly indulgent (as well you should!) some Earl Grey Supreme with proper butter shortbread really is a match made in heaven.