And the winners are…

Bespoke Rare Tea Blend, worth £7,000: TICKET NUMBER RCCP0011

Tailor-made Tea Tasting: TICKET NUMBERS RCCP0103 & RCCP0081

Very Rare Tea Subscription: RCCP0055

Congratulations! And an enormous thank-you to all our friends and supporters who donated this Christmas 2018. We raised £4,467.18, which will go towards funding a a university scholarship for a young person on Satemwa Tea Estate in Malawi. It will transform a life for ever.

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Bespoke Rare Tea Blend

After a one-to-one consultation with the Rare Tea Lady, Henrietta Lovell will create your own bespoke Rare Tea blend.  This blend will never have existed before, and once it does, it will belong exclusively to you.

Having a bespoke blend created for you is rather like having a hand-made suit tailored to fit you exactly.  The difference is that there are far fewer people who can create a bespoke blend and far few people who have them.

Among those who do are Noma restaurant in Copenhagen and Claridge's in London - alongside private individuals like athletes, royals and Hollywood dignitary. Bespoke blends cost around £7,000 to formulate.

Finding your own perfectly crafted fit is a complex process.  "There is a lot of talking and listening – and tea-tasting throughout" says Henrietta.  "I note clients’ reactions and ask them to try and explain them. Sometimes it can be hard for them to articulate but far easier to access enjoyment. And often the end point can be very far from the initial concept.  What we actually love, is not always what we imagined. It can be quite an adventure.” 

What's involved:

  • Creating your unique bespoke tea blend with Rare Tea Company at our central London Offices;

  • A tea tasting and one-on-one consultation session with Henrietta Lovell;

  • Henrietta will then hone your blend.  The process is only finished when you are entirely happy;

  • Your bespoke blend is a lifetime arrangement, and will be available for purchase on request.

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Tailor-made Tea Tasting for Two

This will be a hand-crafted journey through the library of Rare Tea.   Guiding you through the tasting will be Rare Tea Company's specialist experts, who understand their tea as a sommelier appreciates fine wine.  They will explain the complex and creative processes involved in preparing tea correctly. Your understanding of tea will never be the same again.

What's involved:

  • Consultation for two winners and their guests with Rare Tea Company's specialist connoisseurs;

  • Hosted at Rare Tea Headquarters Tasting Room in Central London, which has entertained chefs and sommeliers, builders and tattoo artists, taxi drivers and duchesses - all converts to Rare Tea;

  • The chance to taste some of Rare Tea’s most prized teas;

  • Explanation and practical guidance in the science involved in making a truly great cup of tea.

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Very Rare Tea Subscription

This is the Very Rare Tea Subscription - heading into Rare Tea’s lesser known and smaller harvests, for those with a taste for adventure.

It is a chance to enjoy twelve tins of some of the world's most sublime tea, from China’s Dragonwell Longjing to Malawi White Peony, a fragrant, beautiful whole leaf white tea picked from a unique field in Malawi.

What's involved:

  • Twelve tins of Rare Tea Company's most admired teas delivered to your door;

  • Your Rare Tea will be delivered to you in four instalments over sixth months, beginning in January.  

Terms and Conditions

  1. ‘Rare Charity Christmas Presents’ constitutes one lottery running from 19th November 2018 to 6th January 2019. 

  2. The minimum donation to enter is £5.

  3. Your name will not be entered into the lottery if you donate less that £5.

  4. You may enter more than once, by donations in multiples of 5. For instance, a donation of £10 will enter you twice, a donation of £15 will enter your name three times - and so forth.

  5. No donations received after midnight on 6th January 2019 will be eligible to enter into the prize draw.

  6. Winners will be announced at noon on 7th December 2019.  The winning ticket numbers will be published on our website.

  7. Winners will be drawn at random, and the draw will be recorded.

  8. All donations must be paid for through the JustGiving portal before being included in the lottery draw.

  9. Please ‘opt in’ to giving your details to Rare Charity at the end of the donation process. Without disclosing your details to us, we cannot enter you for the draw.

  10. All profits from this lottery will be donated to Rare Charity, a registered charity (No. 1169767).

  11. Your name will be entered into the draw as soon as the whole donation is received. You will receive your ticket numbers from Rare Charity via the email address you submitted on donation. Please keep this email safe, as it acts as proof of purchase.

  12. The prizes are non transferable and no alternatives will be provided.

  13. The result of the lottery draw is final.

  14. Winners will be notified via the email address which they gave on entering the lottery, as soon as possible after the draw date.

  15. Where Rare Charity is unable to contact a prize-winner so that a prize remains unclaimed for six months, Rare Charity may apply the prize as it sees fit.

  16. The Bespoke Rare Tea Blend will be created for the winner at the Rare Tea Company headquarters on a date agreed by Rare Tea Company, Rare Charity and the winner.  There will only be one winner of this prize.

  17. The Tailor-made Tea Tasting for Two will be hosted at the Rare Tea Company Headquarters on a date agreed by Rare Tea Company, Rare Charity and the winners.  There will be two winners of this prize, each of whom may bring one guest to the tasting.   

  18. The Very Rare Tea Subscription will start in February and last for six months, to be delivered to one UK address allocated by the winner.  There will only be one winner for this prize.

  19. This Rare Charity lottery is open to all people over the age of 16. The tickets may not be sold to, or by a person under 16 years of age or purchased by Rare Charity employees. If a ticket is sold unknowingly to a person under the age of 16 they will be exempt from the raffle and will forfeit their prize.

  20. Rare Charity is registered with Westminster City Council as a society on behalf of which lotteries may be promoted, in pursuance of part 5 of schedule 11 of the 2005 Gambling Act. Responsible Person: Daisy Belfield Santos, 62 Blandford Street, London, W1U 7JE.

  21. If you would like more information about raffles and lotteries please go to gamblingcommission.org.uk. If you are worried about your gambling or that of someone close to you, GamCare is the UK's leading authority on the provision of support, advice and counselling to people affected by gambling problems. If you or someone you know needs help or advice call their helpline 0808 8020 133 or visit GamCare.