Our Classical Selection is the ultimate set for black tea lovers. A diverse collection of our finest and most celebrated blends, it’s the perfect introduction to the quality tea we're famed for. Featuring a broad range of black tea styles, this selection takes your taste buds on a voyage of discovery, from the gardens of Assam to the slopes of Sri Lanka, the sun-drenched foothills of Kenya to exotic spice markets.
- This collection includes:
- English Breakfast
- Earl Grey
- English Tea No. 1
- Decaffeinated Evening Tea
Our English Breakfast is the quintessential British brew: a rich and malty blend of Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas. We use a high proportion of second-flush Assam (leaves picked at the peak of their quality) to give this tea its depth and complexity. It’s the perfect anytime brew, at its best with milk and a full English breakfast.
Our Great Taste Award-winning Earl Grey includes a high proportion of quality Kenyan leaves to give it a balanced and rounded flavour. This is the perfect backdrop for our exclusive bergamot flavouring, which gives an exotic citrusy twist and creates a truly sophisticated brew.
Also a Great Taste winner, our English Tea No.1 is even more delicately fragrant. Alongside Assam and Kenyan, the blend features high-grown Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka’s central hills – where the island’s finest gardens are found. The gives the brew a lively freshness, which we enhance with a touch of our citrusy bergamot flavouring.
And if citrus is your thing, you’ll love our Ceylon tea. Blending quality low-grown teas with medium-grown, it offers a perfect balance of strength and zestiness. Enjoy with a slice of lemon, serve strong with a splash of milk, or use as a base for iced tea.
Our Tea Masters blend Darjeeling teas from different seasons. The first flush (harvest) is picked in the springtime, when the young leaves have a fresh, floral character. This is then balanced with teas from the second flush, picked in early summer. By now the leaves are more mature, giving the brew its richer notes, often said to resemble Muscat grapes.
Our Evening Decaffeinated Tea completes the collection. This full-flavoured blend features black teas that have been decaffeinated with a harmless solvent-wash process. We favour this as it retains the tea’s natural character. Delicately scented with our bergamot flavouring, this is a lovely balanced brew, perfect for sipping any time of day – even before bed, when only a quality black tea will do!
There are 10 bags of each tea in this collection, presented in six individual boxes, each featuring classic British artworks showing famous English scenes. The teabags are individually foil-wrapped to lock in the teas’ naturally fresh flavours. This ensures every brew tastes as good as it should, and makes it more convenient for you. And it’s all presented in a smart gold-coloured selection box – making it the ideal gift for your favourite black tea lover.
English Breakfast: Black tea
Earl Grey: Black tea flavoured with a high dose of bergamot
English Tea No. 1: Black tea flavoured with a slight touch of bergamot
Ceylon: Black tea
Cardamom: Black tea, Cardamom flavouring
Evening Tea Decaffeinated: Black tea, Bergamot flavouring
English Breakfast: Sri Lanka, Assam, Kenya
Earl Grey: Malawi, Kenya
English Tea No. 1: Sri Lanka, Assam, Kenya
Ceylon: Sri Lanka
Cardamom: Sri Lanka, Malawi, Kenya
Evening Tea Decaffeinated: Kenya*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