A SPECIAL tea has been created to celebrate Henley Royal Regatta.
Regatta Tea, which will be available during the five-day event this week, blends Darjeeling tea leaves with strawberry blossom.
It comes in a box designed by Debbie Wade, from Reading, featuring an image of two regatta-goers enjoying a cup by the river at Temple Island.
The tea was created by perfumier Paul Carter, who came up with the idea after a discussion with town councillor Lorraine Hillier, who runs the Upstairs and Downstairs tea shop in Duke Street.
Mr Carter, who works at Badgemore House, previously worked with tea-makers including Twinings and Lipton.
He said: “I’ve known Lorraine for years and she mentioned about 18 months ago that she had registered the name Regatta Tea. I thought it was fantastic and immediately pictured the box.
“I have a reasonable understanding of tea and, unlike most flavours, the aroma is as important as the taste.
“The tea itself is a very high quality black tea blended with strawberry. It’s a proper tea, not a fruit tea.”
Cllr Hillier said: “Strawberry is synonymous with the regatta and Darjeeling is the champagne of teas.
“I got the trademark years ago and met Paul in Waitrose by accident, when we started talking about it and decided to make it.”