Köhler's Medicinal Plants

The tea plant is well worth celebrating for its beauty as well as for its usefulness. It's a small evergreen plant with dark, pointy leaves with serrated edges. Fragrant, delicate white flowers bloom in the Spring.

We celebrate this most important plant with a beautiful representation from Kohler's work of the late 19th century, on our Signature range of teas.

Of true historical botanical importance, Köhler's Medicinal Plants is a three-volume work by Hermann Köhler, a German chemist and physician.

A guide to the known botanicals of the time, it contains hundreds of stunning and precise illustrations, produced by a process called chromolithography, the common method of producing colour prints at the time.


Limited Edition Platinum Jubilee Silver Plated Caddy, with Platinum Blend Loose Leaf Black Tea 70g

Net Weight: 70g

A limited edition of 500 commemorative caddies, our Platinum Jubilee Silver-Plated Caddy is a truly unique collectable. Handmade in Sri Lanka by village craftsmen using century-long artisanal traditions.

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With only 500 sequentially numbered and handcrafted caddies available, The Platinum Jubilee Silver Plated Caddy is as unique as the tea blend it holds. Only the finest leaves and buds are handpicked to produce this limited-edition Ceylon Orange Pekoe blend laced with platinum tips.

Our Tea Master takes you on a sensory journey through the soaring hills and luscious lowlands of Sri Lanka. Rare platinum-tipped lowland teas handpicked on the edge of Sri Lanka’s southern rainforest are blended with delicate Ceylon Orange Pekoe high grown leaves from the Nuwara Eliya region in the island’s centre to produce a unique cup – elegant and nuanced while remaining robust and full of character.

Engraved with HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II PLATINUM JUBILEE 1952 – 2022 on the front and The East Company on the reverse.
Featuring a story book illustrating HM Queen Elizabeth II’s connections to her beloved Sri Lanka, where, just five months after her coronation and accompanied by her husband, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, she engaged in a royal visit as part of her first world tour.

For the ultimate celebration, the silver plated caddy is filled with beautifully crafted Platinum Blend Black Loose Leaf Tea.

Presented in a fabulous keepsake box with an exclusive platinum reinterpretation of the union jack. A closer look will reveal the beautifully intricate gold ornamental patterning behind the flag, inspired by the royal coat of arms – heraldic supporters the Lion and the Unicorn representing dauntless courage, nobility, virtue and strength.
A beautiful, bright and golden liquor in cup.

A medium-bodied, pleasantly rich sweetness, delicate notes of caramel.




Brewing Time


Best enjoyed without milk or sugar in the afternoon and evening.


Black Tea


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


James Taylor - The Father of Ceylon Tea

James Taylor was a 17-year Scott when he left London in 1851, landing in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, and sent to work on a coffee estate near Kandy. Coffee was the predominant crop at the time but was prone to being destroyed by fungus.

After gaining some years of planting experience, Taylor cleared 19 acres of forest in the Loolcondera Estate and in 1867 planted tea for the very first in Sr Lanka, using seedlings from Assam.
Not only was he a pioneering planter, but he also learned and developed new production methods, from trial and error on his veranda to his first tea factory and his ‘ground-breaking’ tea cutting machine that allowed production to grow from a few pounds to 23,000 tonnes just 20 years later.

Known for high quality, Ceylon teas commanded a high price in the London tea auctions of the 19th century.

Taylor died aged only 57 but is still today regarded as the pioneer of the now global Sri Lankan tea industry, the 4th largest producer in the world.

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  • FAQ

    Does this tea include 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 have a problem with caffeine.

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