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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.

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

Net Weight: 50g

A blend of three Chinese green teas carefully selected to produce a signature house blend that is fresh, sweet and distinctive. Enjoy a cup with a slice of sponge cake.

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This is our Signature green tea blend of three Chinese teas.

With tea arriving in Great Britain in the mid 17th century, the East India Directors set up the famous 'By the Candle' auctions for their exotic treasures brouight from the orient, including tea. The vast majority of tea would have been green, a surprise to many today in the west, who think of green tea as the new 'healthy' kid on the block. The auctions were held at East India House, the home of the Directors until the 19th century.

This Director's blend of green teas is a lasting small of their expertise and foresight.
A light yellow green colour in cup.

A classic floral, slightly grassy aroma.

A smooth and refreshing on the palette, with a delicate sweetness.

A carefully guarded secret, the well balanced blend is testimony to the 30 years of blending experience of Lalith Lenadora, Tea Master at The East India Company.
Light enough to be drunk all day on it's own as 'your cup of tea'.

Indulge yourself with a moist sponge cake.
Quantity

1 SACHET PER CUP

Temperature

200ML OF WATER AT 80ºC

Brewing Time

2-3 MINS BREWING TIME

Ingredients

Green Tea

Storage

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

Stories

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 green tea include caffeine and is there more or less than black tea and coffee?
    Yes it does, and it varies. All tea leaves, just like coffee, contain caffeine. Tea usually has a lower level of caffeine than coffee, which averages around 95mg for a normal cup of coffee. But it is impossible to give a precise answer, because there are so many variables at play - the length of brew time, the amount of tea used, the age of the leaf, the provenance of the leaf. Even the temperature of the water. Our best advice is to treat all 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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