June 1, 2012

Jubilee Tea by East India

In honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The East India Company is launching a limited edition tea with Royal connections. Harvested from tea that has flourished for nearly 60 years from a single tea bush planted by HRH Prince Philip during a state visit to Sri Lanka in 1954, the Jubilee Tea (£75 for 60g) is the most exclusive tea you will be able to buy in London this summer.

In 1954 the Queen was escorted on a state trip to Sri Lanka by her new husband HRH Prince Philip. On the 17th April, as part of the trip, HRH Prince Philip was invited to visit the Pedro Estate tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya. To commemorate his visit to the estate, he was given the opportunity to plant his own tea bush, which subsequently flourished. Over the last 57 years, cuttings taken from this very special bush have been propagated on the estate resulting in an exclusive ‘royal tea’ area that will now provide The East India Company with nearly 30kg of luxurious black Ceylon tea. A subtle, long leafed tea with specks of Silver & Golden tips, this fine Ceylon tea has a touch of tippy leaves to give a golden liquor that is light, smooth, bright and delicate – with a slight hint of sweetness.

The limited edition Jubilee Tea is available nationwide from www.theeastindiacompanyfinefood.com or from the flagship The East India Company store at 7-8 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XF.