Our Organic Afternoon at the Palace blend is a new addition to our collection of signature Organic Black teas.
Based on our delicious and refined afternoon tea blend, we have combined fully-certified organic Chinese and Indian black tea leaves for a wonderfully brisk, fresh and elegant tea that is ideal to enjoy with the small sweet and savoury foods of afternoon tea.
This blend is refined, aromatic and perfect for afternoon drinking or as a refresher at any time of day.
Organic Afternoon at the Palace is also included in the following signature gift collections:Organic Classic Blends Triple Tube - £14.95 Organic Black Tea Collection - £45.95
It said that afternoon tea was popularised in the UK by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, who lived in 1840s England where taking tea was a well-established pastime, entertainment and show of wealth throughout the nobility.
Afternoon tea at this time would have consisted only of tea or other drinks along with entertainment and was not served with food. In 1840, it was a particular fashion for the evening meal to be served particularly late - at 8pm and so there was a long period between lunch and the evening meal without any food. Anna one afternoon decided that she wouldn't wait until 8pm to eat and asked for small cakes and sandwiches to be served along with her tea, which seemingly caused a stir amongst the hungry ladies of high society!
This introduction of a "pause" during the day caused a resurgence in the popularity of tea as a noble past time, with hotels and speciality tea rooms also jumping on the trend in order to offer a way for those partaking to do so in luxury whilst socialising and showing off their wealth and status in public. Afternoon tea service also became ubiquitous in wealthy homes at 4pm each afternoon; a tradition still observed in the many palaces and stately homes dotted throughout the UK.
Today, afternoon tea is generally enjoyed outside of the home in the aforementioned hotels, tea rooms and stately homes, and for good reason. These institutions have refined the afternoon tea to almost an artform with teams dedicated to perfect tea (many of which serve Tea Palace teas), perfect service and increasingly decorative and innovative sandwiches and desserts for a truly luxurious experience.
Place one teaspoon per cup into an infuser, filter or teapot. Add freshly boiled water and infuse for 4 minutes. Serve immediately or remove leaves to prevent spoiling. May be enjoyed with milk or lemon to taste.
May contain traces of nuts
Our small sample size caddy is the perfect way to try a new tea.
Contains tea for approximately 14 cups of Black tea.
The refill carton, available in Standard and Large, is a perfect, environmentally friendly way to replenish your Tea Palace Caddies.
Contains enough tea for approximately 60 cups (Standard) or 90 cups (Large) of Black tea.
**Please note this container is not airtight and therefore once opened tea should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar.
Our bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your tea fresh.
Contains tea for approximately 60 cups of Black tea.
Our Large bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your favourite tea fresh.
Contains enough tea for approximately 90 cups of Black tea.
**Please note this container is not airtight and therefore once opened teabags should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar.