- The man who creates bespoke tea
A slight, dapper Italian with an impeccably trimmed moustache like an Arabian monk, Angelo Tantillo stands behind a huge desk surrounded by well arranged tins of tea.
He is the tea tailor at Harrods with speciality in blending truly bespoke tea with a completely individual brew.
Harrods initially opened in 1834 as a tea merchant with new Roastery and Bake Hall, where personalised high-end teas are brewed.
For a start, Tantillo will ask customers about their special tastes and the proceed to create a tea to match their taste. A personalised tin of tea costs N14, 457.49 (£30).
Then, he would get his clients to sniff different tea leaves to know the one that most suit their palates. From dried rose petals as a base to cardamom, red pepper and star anise, mixing all together in a large metal bowl.
He is truly a skilful tea blender. He would later add an embellishment here and there until there is a mutual satisfaction between the client and him. The final blend, a beautiful rose pink with green cardamom and red pepper, will be placed in a stylish Harrods Tea Tailor tin. Tantillo would keep a record of the personal blend in his little black book of tea recipes.
“Angelo is an expert in layering flavours and can guide you on a journey to blend a tea that you would never have imagined,” says Alex Dower, director of food and restaurants at Harrods told How To Spend It in a report. “He has mixed thousands of teas during his career.”
When next you are in London, if you are a tea lover, just visit Harrods for that personalised tea blend.