We love English eccentricity – so we’ve created three mini caddies for our most quintessentially English teas, decorated with the original illustrations from Alice in Wonderland. The rose has symbolised love and royalty for centuries, so who better to grace our English Rose mini caddy than the Queen of Hearts herself? It was during China’s Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) that tea artisans first experimented with buds and blossoms, imbuing the leaves with essential oils. Roses were among the very first flowers they tried and osmanthus, orchids and jasmine also proved popular. We’ve recreated the taste of a classic ‘Meigui Gongfu’ rose tea by using a Chinese black tea for the base, imbued with subtle floral flavours and scattered with rose petals. The tea might be authentically Chinese, but those wonderfully aromatic notes of rose are forever England. Deliciously delicate and seductively sweet, a single sip brings to mind rolling hills, church bells and country gardens: perfect for a picnic on the village green.