The China Fleet returns to London

William Daniell was only 16 when he first set sail with his uncle to Calcutta in 1785. A grand adventure for a young man.

Before long, he was a painter of Indian colonial scenes working in watercolour, oils and etchings.

His quality was beautifully described thus "one may almost feel the warmth of an Indian sky, the water seems to be in actual motion and the animals, trees and plants are studies for the naturalist".

Here, Daniell paints in the Romantic style of the day, the famous China Fleet - the annual merchant convoy of the East India Company, here in the Straits of Sunda, between Java and Sumatra and connecting the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.

The convoy is enroute to Great Britain from Canton in China - safety in numbers from pirates being the order of the day.


Governor Aungier's Bombay Chai Loose Leaf Black Tea Caddy 125g

Net Weight: 125g

Honouring the vibrancy of Bombay and the legacy of Gerald Aungier, president of the East India Company in 1699, our Bombay Chai blend infuses black tea with fragrant cinnamon, clove and cardamom.

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Our Bombay Chai is a harmony of India and Sri Lanka.  First, a Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe tea from a single estate in Assam, personally selected by our Tea Master.

Exotic ingredients from Sri Lanka the transforms our lovely Assam into a multi-sensory experience.

We've chosen a specific sub-species of ginger grown wild in rural villages, authentically processed to retain the aroma and taste.

Green cardamon from a special species made from the seeds of several plants, has a complex aroma with a piney, fruity, and an almost menthol-like flavour.

Our cinnamon is the taken from the dried inner bark of a tree native only to Sri Lanka. It has a unique taste and increased health benefits compared to the more common cassia variety used normally.

Our pepper is particularly favoured worldwide as it is rich in piperine, the alkaloid which lends it a distinct pungency. The flavour is richly aromatic, with floral and citrus notes, whilst retaining a strong pungency.

Finally, we chose cloves grown in Sri Lanka, prized for their distinct flavour and aroma.

A vibrant yet earthy tea with cinnamon, cardamom and ginger spice creating a spiciness and full-bodied taste.

Sudi Piggott's Pairing Notes:

"A vibrant tea that chimes contentedly with the savoury depth of a crispy bacon sourdough sandwich. The spices complement the tang of tomato ketchup and vinegar punch of gherkin admirably too.

Drinks equally well with a cardamom spiked kedgeree as it has the fullness of flavour not to be eclipsed by the smoky richness of smoked haddock.

Stands up well to a spicy fried snack such as Punjabi samosa or aloo chaat from Delhi.




Brewing Time


Best enjoyed with full milk and a touch of sugar. At teatime or in the evening try the indulgence of a square or two of good milk chocolate.
A quick but traditional way of making Bombay Chai at home:

• 5g Governor Aungier Bombay Chai
• 2 cups of freshly drawn water
• 3 teaspoons of sugar
• ½ cup of milk

Add 2 cups of freshly drawn water (450ml) to a saucepan and heat to boil, then add Bombay chai tea and allow to brew for 5 minutes. Add ½ cup of full milk and boil for another 2-3 minutes and strain. Add 3 tsp of sugar to taste. Replace sugar with honey if you prefer.

In both, an oat milk – we recommend Oatly Oat Drink – a great plant-based alternative to dairy, it’s creamy and full-bodied.


Black Tea, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Clove. Contains caffeine.


Nutritionals, Storage Store in a cool, dry place. out of direct sunlight


The Story of Bombay Chai

The story begins with Charles II, who in 1662 licensed the transfer of Bombay from the Portuguese to The East India Company.

Under the leadership of Gerald Aungier, 2nd Governor of Bombay, and later President of the East India Company in 1669, their headquarters moved from Surat to Bombay, setting a course where seven small islands would grow to be one of the world’s largest modern cities.

Prior to British arrival, many locals in India drank an ayurvedic brew known as ‘kadha’, boiled water with a melange of fragrant spices including cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.
Chaiwalas sprung up across Bombay, selling the spicy delight to locals and world-weary travellers who needed respite from the heat.

Centuries passed, word spread and today, spicy chai has become one of the world’s best loved teas, with varieties popping up as far away as the United States. Yet the recipe has never changed very much, and still evokes the fragrant vibrancy of Bombay.

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    Is there a guarantee against defects on Jena glassware?
    If your Jena teaware fails in the course of normal usage, we will replace it or offer a refund during the period of 3 years after purchase. We can’t be responsible for damage caused by the owner. We would require proof of purchase, so please keep your electronic receipt.

    Can Jena tea ware be washed in the dishwasher?
    Yes, Jena teaware is completely dishwasher safe. Please always be careful when loading into the dishwasher to avoid knocking against other items. Whilst the glassware can withstand temperatures above 400 degrees celsius, it is still glass and glass will crack if it is handled carelessly.

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