Leadenhall: From East India to Lloyds of London

In the early days, The East India Co. lodged around London, but something more grand was soon appropriate. Craven House on Leadenhall Street was bought, a partly wooden Elizabethan mansion, soon becoming East India House.

The condition deteriorated as the need for more space grew - it was destinated to be demolished and rebuilt, reopening in 1729.

We capture this moment in history in the artwork on our Director’s Blend caddy. Thomas Shepherd was a British artist known for attention to detail and busy scenes in his mainly architectural paintings. His main employment was for a Mr Frederick Crace who employed him to paint landmark buildings… prior to their demolition.

The building was demolished for a second time in 1861, the site now having another famous resident – Lloyds of London.


The East India House Director's Blend Black Tea x 20 Tea Bag Sachets

Net Weight: 50g

A lively and fresh house blend to indulge in. Ceylon lends its aroma, Kenya the colour and the Assam a rich body. Indulge in this opulent blend any time of the day.

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This is our Signature black tea blend of teas from the big three black tea origins: India, Sri Lanka and Kenya.

Named after the Director's of the East India Company who set up the famous 'By the Candle' auctions in commodities including tea, held at East India House, which is shown on the front of pack.

They would keep some of the best tea for themselves to drink in their Board meetings. This fine blend is a nod to their expertise and foresight.
The Kenyan tea bring a lovely brightness of colour to the cup.

The Ceylon tea brings a fragrant aroma.

And the Assam tea's job is to bring structure and body to the blend.

Overall, an opulent by well-balanced blend thanks to the 30 years of blending experience of Lalith Lenadora, Tea Master at The East India Company.
Drink with breakfast, when a satisfying cup is needed to set up the day.

A good elevenses cup too, with a Sea Salt and Caramel Biscuit.




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Black Tea


Store in a cool, dry place avoiding direct sunlight and strong odours.


Tea sold "By the Candle"

The Romans and Chinese were making candles more than two millennia ago – candles have come a long way from being just sources of light made from animal fat or beeswax, to the scented and decorative items that bring comfort and ambience to a room today.

Would you guess that there is a surprising connection to share between candles, tea and The East India Company?

The very first tea auction was held in 1679, at the headquarters of The East India Company on Leadenhall Street, London. At the time, the Company held the monopoly of tea and other imported goods from China and India and when their ships returned heavily laded to London, there was an an auction every quarter.
Tea was sold 'by the candle'.

The auction was a riotous, noisy affair. One tea dealer said “a Tea sale appears to be a mere arena in which the comparative strength of the lungs of a portion of His Majesty´s subjects are to be tried”.

To bring some order to the chaos, a candle was lit at the beginning of the sale of each tea lot, and when one inch of the candle had disappeared the auctioneer dropped the hammer and the sale was complete.

Incredibly, this London Tea Auction as it became in the 18th century, lasted 300 years until last sale in 1998.

Candles are now often scented with tea. But once upon a time, they were used to sell tea.

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  • FAQ

    Does this tea contain caffeine and is there more or less than in coffee?
    Yes, all tea like coffee, contains caffeine. The amount in both teas and coffees does vary, depending on the type, but typically Sri Lankan black tea is lighter than other teas in caffeine content, usually between 50 and 90mg for a normally brewed 230ml serving. This compares to about 95mg for a normal cup of coffee. The best advice is to treat tea and coffee similarly if you need to manage your caffeine intake.

    I’ve heard that tea contains theanine. What is it and what does it do?
    Tea does indeed contain theanine, which is an amino acid [the building blocks of proteins]. Tea is one of only a few sources of theanine. It represents about 1% of dry weight and is at its highest concentrate in shade-grown teas like matcha and gyokuro. Whilst not yet proven in scientific studies that would permit specific health claims to be made, it is believed by many to be able to reduce mental and physical stress, promote relaxation and a sense of well-being. But not only that, it is more recently being thought to aid cognitive function. It’s one explanation for tea’s famous ability to create calm in a crisis [the Great British solution to all problems – ‘putting the kettle on’] and to stimulate when a little boost is required.

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