Rare Afternoon Tea

6 reviews
Regular price $10.49
(26¢ per cup)

53 in stock

A luxurious blend of black teas, designed specifically to be enjoyed in the afternoon when a delicious pick-me-up is required.

Exquisite on its own; or as the perfect accompaniment to the great British tradition of sandwiches, scones and cakes.

USA Shipping Rates
DHL Tracked/DHL Plus Tracked FREE when you spend $30 or more
DHL Tracked/Plus Tracked from $3.99
USPS Priority from £7.49
FedEx Home Delivery from £10.49
FREE Shipping on all subscriptions

Canadian Shipping Rates
DHL International Tracked FREE when you spend $40 USD or more
DHL International Tracked from £6.49
FREE Shipping on all subscriptions

For a complete overview of our shipping rates please see our Delivery page.
Customer Reviews
5.0 Based on 6 Reviews
Write a Review

Thank you for submitting a review!

Your input is very much appreciated. Share it with your friends so they can enjoy it too!

Filter Reviews:
27 April 2021
United States
Amazingly delicious

I thought that I found my best go-to black tea of all time with Speedy Breakfast, but Rare Afternoon is quickly overtaking it. They are quite different teas, but equally wonderful. While Speedy has a brighter flavor and is a bit more malty, Rare Afternoon is still plenty malty but is also darker in flavor. As soon as I took the first sips, I tasted milk chocolate and malt. I was amazed because I do have black tea that is blended with real chocolate, and I have never tasted a black tea that tastes so chocolatey without any actual chocolate blended in. It's so addictive and scrumptious. Sinful for a black tea! Outrageously delicious with 1/2 and 1/2 and brown sugar. The second infusion will taste a tad more delicate, but the milk chocolate flavor will come out even more. I will be rushing to by more of this. I can not be without it!

09 March 2021
Valerie F.
United States

Delicious and refreshing - perfect with a biscuit in the afternoon.

03 March 2021
Vikki C.
United Kingdom
Fantastic afternoon cuppa

I love this tea, it’s perfect as a pick me up or moment of calm. Best with a biscuit or piece of cake - yum!

03 March 2021
Andrew B.
United Kingdom
A great change from the usual breakfast blend

A really nice refreshing change from the usual breakfast tea, speedy, being a favourite. I’ll ensure that I have both ready to go at all times.

02 March 2021
James M.
United Kingdom
Early Grey

Best Earl Grey I have ever had.

Rare Afternoon Tea
Rare Afternoon Tea
Rare Afternoon Tea
Rare Afternoon Tea
Rare Afternoon Tea
Rare Afternoon Tea
Rare Afternoon Tea
Rare Afternoon Tea

Tasting Notes

There are notes of chocolate and a malty richness. With a short infusion you can find a silky subtlety with intense cacao aromas. With a longer extraction (and milk), the tea becomes creamier and the malty, milk chocolate flavours develop even further.


Use 0.09oz of leaf per 5.1fl oz of water (2.5g per 150ml).


For the optimum infusion (without milk) use 185°F (85°C) water.

If you prefer milk, use 212°F (100°C) water.


Infuse for 1 minute at 85°C, and 2 minutes at 100°C.

Taste regularly to find your optimum time.


You can infuse this tea at least twice. With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

26¢ per cup based on 0.09oz of leaf per 5.1fl oz of water and 2 infusions.

Jun Chiyibari Tea Garden & Satemwa Estate

This blend comes from the highest tea garden we work with – Jun Chiyabari right up in the foothills of the Nepali Himalayas; combined with rich leaves from Satemwa in the Shire Highlands of Malawi. These mountain teas combine ethereal elegance with great profundity and depth.


A thoroughly British invention


Showing off...

Serving Suggestions

We recommend drinking this tea without milk if you are eating something sweet and creamy or buttery alongside it. The tradition has always been that the cream or butter and jam (on bread, crumpet, scone or a slice of Victoria Sponge) was there to have with your black tea to balance the bitter tannins. It’s the perfect flavour pairing. You only really need to put the milk in your Afternoon Tea if you don’t have something sweet and creamy to eat with it.

You may also be interested in the following: