Monday, November 25, 2013

Whittard of Chelsea Tea Giveaway


"The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured coziness." ~ P.G. Wodehouse



British tea company Whittard of Chelsea recently sent me samples of two of their favorite loose-leaf teas. Passionate about importing fine-quality tea and coffee, Walter Whittard opened his first shop in London in 1886. Masterfully composed blends tailored to suit his customers drew a loyal following, and the company grew steadily for more than a century, even through wars and challenging economic times. As an Anglophile, I would love to stroll the streets of England and stop in to browse one of Whittard's 60 UK stores. But lucky for me, until I book that dream trip, authentic British tea is only a click away. Find the company's online boutique here






We tried Ascot Floral Afternoon first -- an aromatic blend of fine black and jasmine green tea combined with the distinctive flavor of bergamot. A small acidic orange that yields an essential oil used in perfumes and confections, bergamot peel is used in Earl Grey tea. According to the company's web site, "Mr. Whittard created this house blend in the 1940s especially for those long lingering afternoons when tea taken on the lawn was the most British of rituals." The children and I have savored this blend over Saturday brunch. Mary Ashley and I recommend adding a little milk for a delightful cup! 









This weekend we plan to brew a pot of English Breakfast. Beloved for generations, this is Whittard's most popular blend. "A pot of this traditional blend makes breakfast all it's meant to be," the company boasts. "We combine teas grown thousands of miles apart to create this familiar, comforting taste. Assam for strength, Ceylon for depth and Kenyan for color. We can't imagine starting the day without it."



Just in time for the holidays, Whittard of Chelsea has generously offered two bags of loose tea to a reader of A Little Loveliness. For an opportunity to win both the Ascot Floral Afternoon and English Breakfast blends, leave a separate comment below for each entry you choose.


(1) Tell me about a favorite teacup.
(2) Leave a comment if you follow A Little Loveliness.
(3) Leave a comment if you follow ALL on Facebook.
(4) Like Whittard of Chelsea on Facebook.



I will announce the winner soon. In the meantime, congratulations to Usha Murugesu, who won a copy of The Petit Four Cookbook by Brooks Coulson Nguyen.


Photos from Whittard of Chelsea. Used with permission.


22 comments:

Kathy Pollard said...

That's a tough question! I collect English teacups, and each cup has its own special story. I guess my favorite is from an older gentleman we were visiting while my husband was holding a gospel meeting in PA. His wife had recently passed away, and he explained that he gave her a teacup on every anniversary all those years. He asked me to pick one out for myself as a gift. I told him I couldn't possibly, but would love for him to pick one out for me. He did, and I smile as I think of him every time I sip out of it.

Kathy Pollard said...

I follow your lovely blog.

Kathy Pollard said...

I follow you on facebook.

Kathy Pollard said...

I liked Whittard of Chelsea on facebook.

Rach said...

I follow your blog!

Rach said...

I follow ALL on Facebook!

Rach said...

My favorite tea cup is one from my Johann Haviland Blue Garland collection, which was passed down to me from my grandmother.

Sharon said...

My favorite tea cup and saucer. It is one that was my grandmother's. My father purchased it for her when he was oversees in Germany. It is pink with opalescent hues to it.

Sharon said...

I am a follower of your beautiful blog :)

Deborah said...

I follow your blog and absolutely love it.

Deborah said...

I follow ALL on Facebook

Deborah said...

Inliked wWhittared of Chelsea on Facebook. Thanks for the sweet opportunity. Missing your family blog but hope that youre loving your new blog.

Nancy Carr said...

My favorite tea cup is a red floral with gold trim that was my grandmother's. Of all places she kept it on a ledge in the bathroom and I never saw her use it. I have it packed for my next move, so I cannot look up the maker. I can still see that beautiful cup in her bathroom in my memories. Blessings, nancythedove@aol.com

Nancy Carr said...

Yes, I am a follower of A Little Loveliness and enjoy every post. Thank you. nancythedove@aol.com

Nancy Carr said...

Yes, yes, yes I follow you on facebook. Blessings nancythedove@aol.com

Nancy Carr said...

Yes, I have liked Whittard of Chelsea on facebook. Thank you for a great giveaway and for introducing us to this line of teas. nancythedove@aol.com

Delyn Metcalfe said...

I follow your blog. Although I am happy for you personally with your new job, I selfishly miss the period when you had more time to post. Always excited to see something from you - would love to try those two teas that you received.

Christi Davis said...

I follow your blog!

Christi Davis said...

Five or six years ago, I started collecting the older Victoria magazines. When they were first published, I was too young to appreciate them, but now I love them. One of the issues advertised some beautiful teacups in blue and red that had the words "Cup of Cups" painted around the rims. I tried to find one on ebay -- no luck. I found some on a dish replacement company, but they were too expensive. Then when I took my daughter for a weekend away to Williamsburg, we stopped at a tearoom connected to a flea market, and there on one of the tables, a vendor was displaying the blue Cup of Cups teacup at a VERY reasonable price. I felt like I had been treasure hunting and struck it rich!!!

Betty Thompson said...

I follow your blog and truly enjoy it. So charming.

Sonja Goodson said...

I'm not on Facebook but I have followed your blog for several years.

My favorite teacups are the ones my dad, who was a minister, brought to my mom from all over the world where he preached. The year after she went to heaven, I packed those teacups full of sugared pecans and gave them in their memory to many of my favorite people.

Wanda Lingerfelt said...


Several years ago, our minister's wife gave me my first teacup. It is beautiful with red and pink roses on it. Since then they have moved on and she recently passed away from breast cancer. Every time I drink tea I use that cup and think of her; her strength, her laugh,and her love for a little sip of tea.

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