BUY THE RIGHT TEA TO PAIR WITH CHRISTMAS FOOD…

To enjoy your cuppa at Christmas, make sure you have the right flavour to pair with your Christmas food.

When drinking Lapsang have it with turkey or smoked salmon sandwiches or walnut cake or Stilton cheese, to enhance the flavour of the tea and/or food. Try Twinings Lapsang Souchong, smoked pine flavour.

Of course, Christmas isn’t Christmas without chocolate but with different strengths of chocolate, this does mean there is a choice of pairings. With dark chocolate, try Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Gyokuro, or Oolong. Try this Whittards Loose Leaf Darjeeling Black Tea. A distinctly delicate loose leaf black tea, picked by hand in the Himalayan foothills. Fresh and fruity, with a muscatel sweetness.

With milk or white chocolate try Darjeeling, Dragonwell, or Oolong. This Gingersnap Oolong from Whittards will go perfectly with white chocolate. A speciality of China’s Fujian and Guangdong provinces and Taiwan, oolong tea is semi-oxidised for an astonishing spectrum of flavours, ranging from “green” floral high-grown varieties to distinctive dark oolongs with nutty, chocolatey tones. A Whittard twist on a traditional chai, we’ve opted for a delicate, creamy loose leaf oolong base and layered it with sugar and spice, and all things gingery nice.

When drinking Earl Grey try The Tea Makers Earl Grey have it with fine pate or ham and mustard sandwich’s or Crème Brulee or Leicester cheese, to enhance the flavour of the tea and/or food. This stunning version of classic Supreme Earl Grey has been conveniently packed into our biodegradable tea bags. This tea offers a blend of exquisite Ceylon teas scented with flavours of bergamot oil and blue cornflowers. 

Fortnum and Mason have some amazing goodies paired with specific teas like their Christmas Green Tea created especially for Christmas, their gently warming blend of green tea, star anise, liquorice, coconut and a hint of vanilla is a festive treat that can be enjoyed by a crackling fire at any time of day.

If you don’t want to buy lots of different flavoured tea blends then you could always go for this Twinings Christmas Loose Tea Caddy A Black Tea with Spice Flavour.

A wonderful tea for the Christmas season. A Christmas Tea spiced malty black tea that has been expertly blended with warming, spicy, Christmas flavours off safflowers and orange peel. Enjoy with or without milk for a delicious festive treat.

The caddy depicts a wintery scene in the heart of London where Twinings was founded in 1706. When Thomas Twining opened his Golden Lyon shop at 216 Strand, it was the first of its kind and London’s love affair with tea started to blossom. The Twinings flagship store recently celebrated its 300 year anniversary and now offers Tea Experience masterclasses.

With so many black friday offers I decided to not add prices to the teas as they are on offer at the moment but may not be when you try the link. Enjoy…

JOIN THE ParTEA PEOPLE TO CELEBRATE TEA…

The ParTEA People are there to help you explore and savour the wonderful world of tea.  Join them on a journey to make tea a more delicious, fun, social, fair and sustainable part of our lives. With fun being at the centre of what they do, you will be transported to a world of tea parings, mixology, beauty and wellness. Does that mean that everyones welcome, indeed, there is a tea for everyone. Most of us might associate a cup of tea with our very classic british take, i.e then builders brew. But who can honesty say that they have tried a yellow tea, a white tea or even a grain tea?

ParTEA People are there to help you explore and savour the wonderful world of tea. Join them on the journey to make tea a more delicious, fun, social, fair and sustainable part of our lives. 

They have an amazing shop full of tea in hampers, a tea box and teaware.

The Little VitaliTea Box – Containing samples of antioxidant and immunity-boosting teas and treats at £7.99

  •        Teaspec Opus Raw Pu’er Sachet ( Can be brewed up to 8 times)
  •        The Amber Rose Tea Company Chamomile Tea Sachet
  •        Tea People Moringa Passion Fruit Tea Sachet
  •        I love Snacks Mixed Nuts 30g
  •        Go Bites Raspberry and Cacao Balls 24g

One of their 3 hampers, Amba Rose for £15.99 has Jasmine Green Tea20 bio Teabags. The finest green tea infused with white jasmine blossoms. A light, refreshing cup with a beautiful floral bouquet.

Royal Darjeeling20 bio Teabags, Known as the Champagne of teas and sourced from the high elevations of the Himalayan mountains. Our finest Darjeeling is light and refreshing with classic muscatel flavours.
Harvest: June

Their largest hamper Big Vitalitea Box which is £34.99 contains antioxidant and immunity-boosting teas and treats

  •       Tea People Pomegranate Rose White Tea Loose Leaf 75g
  •        The Amber Rose Tea Company Jasmine Green Tea Box with 20 Silky Sachets
  •        Nazani Tea Pumpkin Sugar Crystals 100g
  •        I Love Snacks Mixed Nuts 30g
  •        I Love Snacks Cashews 22g
  •        Indie Bay Snacks Cheese Pretzels 26g
  •        Doisy and Dam Dark Chocolate Snaps 80g

Their teaware Lazy Go Travel Tumbler is £40 and the perfect solution to your perfect cup of tea whether you’re on the way to work, the gym, or hiking in the hills.

This unique double-walled glass tumbler is perfect for brewing loose-leaf teas whilst on the go. The double walls help to insulate your tea within a neat and clean package. The built-in strainer allows easy, mess-free multi brews of our heavenly TEASPEC tea range. All you need to do is simple: Invert the tumbler!

To the Gym enthusiasts and summer thrill-seekers out there, we’ve got you covered. Hydration and utility are never far from reach with the TEASPEC Lazy Go!

Lazy Go’s versatility lets you quench your thirst with flavour infused water too! Add your favourite fruits to the mix, infuse with water, and it’s ready to go. Simply unscrew the cover to use the Lazy Go as a travel cup.

Sleek and handy, Lazy Go is definitely the ultimate travel buddy for all your drinks solution. A great idea as a Christmas present for any tea lover.

There is soooo much to offer from joining The ParTEA People.

If you are ready to learn about lots of different types of tea, have a conversation with the loveliest of celebrities? oh, and who wants to become a baking and mixology expert as well? Surely that’s a ✔️✔️✔️? 

Tea is a bringer together of people and this has always been their mantra, putting a smile on peoples faces through a joyous tea time. Staying connected with each other has never seemed more important and they are fortunate to have a community of tea lovers that come together at their events and virtually every month.

You can sign up for their newsletter, you can bake with them, enjoy a tea experience, celebrate their love of tea, and become your own tea expert, learn more about the world of tea and join their Insta Communi- Tea

From live baking, brunching and mental health discussion to retail therapy and mixology with a ‘Queen’. Every month they celebrate their love for tea and human connectiviTea over virtual cuppas, cakes and fun galore.

WHITTARD’S WONDERFUL TEAS…

Whittard’s have some delicious teas including this Wonderland Tea Selection @ £12 – This curious gift set packed with three traditional English teas its good enough to make even the Queen of Hearts happy.

Inside youll find subtly citrussy Earl Grey with its distinctive bergamot aroma, and our beautifully floral English Rose tea. Then theres our classic English Breakfast: with its malty richness and full-bodied intensity, its no surprise that its our number one bestseller. Theres 30 individually wrapped teabags in total, so youve got a whole month of elegantly excellent tea to enjoy. It contains 10 individually wrapped English Breakfast teabags, 10 individually wrapped Earl Grey teabags, and 10 individually wrapped English Rose teabags.

There Summer Selection includes Peaches and Cream – blended mellow peach pieces with sweet apple and a hint of rosehip for a delicate, dessert-worthy treat – and it beats making a mess of your trusty picnic rug with those tinned peaches and pots of cream…£8 for the mini caddy.

Or how about Ginger Beer a spicy-sweet medley of ginger and candied ginger, layer it with refreshing spearmint and luscious lemongrass and you have a cup with serious character. Meet their taste bud tingling infusion: Ginger Beer. Or Rhubarb Punch – Sip a cup of summer with their rowdy Rhubarb Punch: it’s their way of celebrating the brightest flavours of an English country garden. They have balanced their rhubarb with elderberries, whole apple pieces and bright hibiscus, adding mellow strawberry and blackberry leaves for body. Brew it hot for a punchy fruity infusion to wake up your taste buds; or try it loaded with ice on sunny days.

TEA COCKTAILS, A DIFFERENT TASTE ON TEA…

If you go to the Tate Galleries in London, Liverpool or St.Ives you will see that they supply JING teas.

JING One Cup Tea-iere for Loose Leaf tea

JING is run by Edward Eisler and his team. By building relationships with the worlds finest tea farmers in China, India, Sri Lanka, Japan and Taiwan, JING hand sources not only the finest teas and herbal infusions, but also special, rare teas which are seldom seen outside their country of origin.

They supply tea and teaware directly to customers through their website and offer full tea service concepts for the world’s best hotels, restaurants and retailers, in the finest British and modern-oriental styles.

Tate has a carefully selected JING tea range, including some of our most popular loose teas and herbal infusions including Darjeeling 2nd Flush, White Peony, Jasmine Pearls, Yellow Gold oolong, Rooibos and Lemon Verbena. Our whole leaf tea bags are also available to take away at Tate Modern.

Matcha Shaker

The barmen on the top floor of Tate Modern have put together some great cocktail recipes using their teas. The menu includes inspired twists on established classics like Martini, Negroni and Rob Roy, using our Earl Grey, herbal infusions and Lapsang.

All of the tea cocktails use tea syrups. To make these syrups, simply pour into a pan a 300ml cup of tea and add 150ml of sugar. Heat the mixture and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Taste for strength and add more tea leaves if needed. Depending on the cocktail, this syrup should be enough for 10 or more cocktails.

Bamboo Tea Tray

A GREAT GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS – YOUR OWN TEA PLANT TO GROW YOUR OWN TEA…

Grow Your Own Tea Plant

Not On The High Street have a great Grow Your Own Tea plant Kit for £17.95 which would make a great Christmas gift for any tea lover.

These amazing kits have all you need to grow your own tea plant at home. Harvest and dry the leaves for the ultimate in homegrown tea.

Whether a keen gardener or someone who enjoys herbal tea, there’s nothing more satisfying than growing your own chamomile flowers and drinking some tea you’ve brewed at home.

Our Grow your own tea kit has been specifically designed to the highest quality.

A greenhouse, conservatory or even a sunny window are all adequate to grow this amazing plant.

Inside the Tea Plant Kit are two large terracotta-coloured small plant pots (one 9cm tall, the other 6cm tall), one saucer (9cm in diameter), two professional grow pelles, two plant pot trays, two wooden label sticks and your tea plant seeds. An instruction sheet is also included on how to grow and take care of your new arrival. Their seeds have a shelf life of 12-18 months.

We are not talking about herbal teas either, but real tea: Camellia sinensis. You don’t need a large garden to grow your own tea, a planter on a balcony would work just fine.

‘You could try growing Camellia sinensis in a greenhouse, or in a pot that you can bring indoors during cold winters.

The Camellia sinensis plant is a small shrub about 1-2 meters in height, though it will grow taller if you don’t prune it. In the fall, your tea shrub will flower with small white blossoms that have a delightful scent. These plants are often grown as ornamentals. For planting, Camellia sinensis likes well-drained and sandy soil that is on the acidic side. If you are going to grow your tea in a container, add some sphagnum moss to the potting mix. You’ll need some patience, too. Your plant should be around 3 years old before you start harvesting leaves.

A great site with all the details on growing your own tea is ‘Guide to Growing Tea’, and you might be able to get seeds at your local nursery or try online at Amazon.

From that plant, you could make black, green or oolong tea. Fascinating stuff and for all us tea lovers, its another thing we can try growing in the garden.