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…

TWININGS TEA BLACK FRIDAY OFFERS 26th November – 2nd December…

TWININGS Tea have Black Friday offers starting 26th November – 2nd December…Offer: 20% off sitewide plus free delivery when you spend over £20 at Twinings. No code required.

Make your list early. Here are some great gifts from Twinings Tea…

Winter Hot Chocolate Gift Bag Snuggle up with a luxury hot chocolate in your new favourite mug. Create your ideal winter warmer by adding Monin Vanilla or Caramel Syrup. Dreamy nature-inspired crockery completes this lovely gift set. £15

This gift bag includes:

Individual products worth £18.78 –


Twinings Deluxe Compartment Wooden Tea Box filled with 24 individually wrapped teas.

Made from fine dark wood and finished with “Twinings” and solid brass hinges and openings. £26

Supplied filled with 24 mixed enveloped tea bags worth £6.00

Superblends Advent Calendar –

Tis the season to be merry with 24 days of wondrous winter warmers.

A selection of green teas and infusions with botanical ingredients or an added vitamin or mineral.

HOW DO I DRINK IT?

Simple use fresh boiled water and infuse the bag far at least 3 minutes. Give the teabag a few little stirs and gentle squeeze to release the flavour before removing it from the cup. £7.49

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

3 x Vitality Single Envelopes
3 x Defence Single Envelopes
2 x Heartea Single Envelopes
3 x Detox Single Envelopes
3 x Glow Single Envelopes
3 x Digest Single Envelopes
2 x Moment of Calm Single Envelopes
3 x Sleep Single Envelopes
2 x Boost Single Envelopes

TWININGS Glow – Strawberry and Cucumber Flavoured Herbal Infusion with Green Tea, Aloe Vera and added Biotin.

Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and normal hair. Enjoy at least 1 cup a day as part of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

When your skin and hair glows, you radiate confidence and feel great. This is the inspiration behind this carefully crafted Glow blend. This blend is a delicious mix of refreshing Green tea, Aloe Vera and Cucumber flavouring. A touch of gorgeously sweet, strawberry flavouring ensures this is the tastiest part of your beauty regime. £2.69

What does it taste like?
This delicious green tea is sweet, refreshing and easy to drink at any time of the day.

Seasons Greeting Christmas Tea – Loose Leaf Caddy – £6.37

Black Tea with Spice Flavour

A wonderful tea for the Christmas season. Our Christmas Tea is a 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.

You might also like our Spiced Chai Christmas Caddy.

Rise & Shine Breakfast Hamper – £40 –

You won’t want to rush the most important meal of the day with this Twinings deluxe morning hamper. Sip our fine English Breakfast pyramid tea bag blends from handmade artisan mugs, and enjoy Cartwright & Butler’s delicious fruit jam and buttery biscuits at your leisure. Some things are worth savouring!

This hamper includes:

Individual products worth £56.23

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.
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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.

COMFORT IN A CUP – SOMETHING WE ALL COULD DO WITH…

Whittard’s of Chelsea have offers on tea, coffee and hot chocolate boxes ‘Comfort in a Cup’ share the love and get 20% off some lovely gifts. Just a few to tempt you below…

Varieties from India, South America, Africa and the Caribbean – we’ve even added a blend from Brazil and Indonesia. Ranging from dark roasts to light roasts, from the rich and chocolatey to the sweet and fruity, there’s a brilliant brew to suit every mood; and we’ve recently given this bestselling gift a whole new design with illustrations by Persephone Coelho. All already ground and ready for you to make your perfect brew.
Six of our best-loved fine loose teas together in a beautifully presented gift box. From traditional malty English Breakfast to lusciously sweet Mango & Bergamot, there’s a tea to suit every taste
Mini caddies of elegant English Breakfast and Earl Grey, finished with a floral fancy of English Rose and Mango ; Bergamot. Oh, and not forgetting the all-important silver-plated infuser. Start slicing those cucumber sandwiches and make sure the kettle’s sparkling.
The cocoa creativity, with flavours of Salted Caramel and raucous Rocky Road, topped off with opulent Orange and marvellous Mint. Finding it tricky to choose? Our signature Luxury Hot Chocolate and Luxury White Hot Chocolate are sure-fire winners.

NEW BISCUIT FLAVOURED TEA BAGS…

Yorkshire Tea has launched a new biscuit-flavoured tea that’s causing quite a stir among tea traditionalists.

The beloved tea company Taylors of Harrogate,  said the new biscuit brew combines the classic taste of tea and biscuits, so no one will be caught out without a biscuit to dunk.

The new brew has the comforting taste of the original tea but with a smattering of malty sweetness which gives the biscuity flavour.

5 TOP TEA SUBSCRIPTIONS…

Tea Tourist UK – I have their subscription and have written a few reviews on their teas. Their subscription is a bit different as Tea Tourist is not actually a tea supplier but they source exciting teas from specialist tea companies and deliver a tasting selection direct to your door each month –Tea Tourist is your passport to the wonderful world of loose leaf tea. They package them in taster-sized portions which each sample providing enough for 3-4 cups. It’s a rolling monthly subscription, so no contract, and you can cancel anytime.

Bluebird Tea Company – As a VIP member of their tea Tasting Club, you will receive three new loose leaf tea blends every month, through the letterbox without having to lift a finger! Each loose leaf blend will come in a 20g pack, enough to make 10-15 cups of tea. They have three, six or twelve month subscriptions. Their Tea Club members are also the first to receive our limited edition seasonal collections before they get released …. AND they will send you a Perfect Tea Spoon as a welcome gift!

Bruu – the gourmet tea club have a three month, six month or twelve month subscription and you will receive 30 teas every month giving you up to 40 cups. (Less than 25p per cup).

They also have an option to pause or cancel your membership at any time. Gourmet by name, gourmet by nature, they say with all of their teas packed with only the finest quality tea leaves and in many cases blended with fresh organic ingredients. Which means their teas not only taste delicious but are also packed full of natural goodness.

The Tea Taster Club – You will get 4-5 teas to sample every month and guaranteed min value is £25 – but it’s often far more. The quantities of tea will depend on which teas are chosen for you. Your tea box comes with 3 Tasting Cards – so you can enjoy tasting the teas with friends. Each month you will also receive tasting notes and information about the teas.

There is no commitment and you can cancel at anytime.

Cha Tale – they have the most interesting and unusual teas, sourced from independent tea farms around the globe to give you an amazing taste. Each month they will send you a selection of new teas to try, how many depends on your monthly plan. They choose from over 1000 different fine teas, stocking everything from Green Tea to Milky Oolong. They are constantly sourcing new varieties and making their own blends to ensure that each month you get to try something exciting.At 20p per cup we think out tea is incredible value.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEA TOURIST FOR THE BEST VARIETY OF TEAS…

 

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Teatourist brings the world of loose tea for you to try.

How teatourist works in 3 easy steps -What’s the offer

Discover new teas. They find the hottest specialist tea companies across the UK and choose one of their best-selling teas to feature in their monthly boxes. Each month they send different teas from different companies.

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Get ultimate variety. Their subscribers (called teatourists!) receive 6 yummy teas from 6 different companies to try every month. Each one presented in a perfect 4-cup sample sized pouch.
You call the shots teatourist subscriptions are rolling month to month. Boxes ship monthly around 20th. There are no contracts and you can cancel anytime.

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Their monthly subscription delivers: • A tasting selection of 6 x different teas from 6 different companies each month. Infinite variety with no waste. • Tasting notes and juicy details of each tea they feature in the box and online •

Special offers and discounts on products from the companies they feature and a Flexible monthly subscription. Rolling month to month, cancel anytime Price: £14.95 per month (billed monthly)

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As a special offer to my visitors and subscribers Teatourist are happy to offer a discount code just for me, entitling you 30% off your first box, when you take out a monthly subscription. Message me for the code.

I will be featuring some of their teas of the the next few weeks so keep your eyes on my blog posts.

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THE #TEA LEAF COMPANY…

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The Tea Leaf Company have a delightful tea shop in Brighton, which stocks loose leaf tea, which is cultivated with a respect for tradition and people. They partnered with a family tea garden in Nagaland, North East India, to ensure just that. Their traditional growing methods mean no nasty chemicals end up in the ground and every leaf is hand-picked and rolled with a love and care that’s reflected in the way they treat their workers. Some of their uniquely named teas are –

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HIDE & SEEK BREAKFAST TEA..

NAGALAND BLACK TEA, HAND ROLLED SINGLE ESTATE

Whats with Hide & Seek then?

Well, the history of tea is a colourful one. It’s a tale of royals and rogues, heroes and villains. Like Robert Fortune, who was responsible for a fair bit of hide and seek in his time. Disguised as a local, he entered China seeking precious tea seeds and cultivation methods. Hiding them in many ingenious ways he smuggled them out of the country and introduced tea growing to India. So here’s to you Robert – you sneaky rascal!

INGREDIENTS: Nagaland Black Tea

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SMUGGLERS SPICE INDIAN SUMMER CHAI TEA...

NAGALAND BLACK TEA, HAND ROLLED SINGLE ESTATE

Whats with Smugglers Spice then?

Well, the history of tea is a colourful one. It’s a tale of royals and rogues, heroes and villains. Like fiery Irishwoman Anne Bonny and her lover, Calico Captain Jack Rackman, a ferocious couple who belonged to the infamous Pirates of the Caribbean crew.  Together they outwitted the British forces for years, wreaking havoc as they smuggled tea and spices across the West Indies. So bottoms up me hearties – before we make you walk the plank!

INGREDIENTS: Nagaland Black Tea, Ginger, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Cloves, Green Cardamon, Star Anise

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ROYALS & ROGUES EARL GREY TEA…

NAGALAND BLACK TEA, HAND ROLLED SINGLE ESTATE

Whats with Royals & Rogues then?

Well, the history of tea is a colourful one. It’s a tale of royals and rogues, heroes and villains. Like Royal Governor of Boston, Thomas Hutchinson, who found himself in a spot of bother after famously refusing to let a British tea shipment leave the harbour. Things went pear-shaped for Tom when demonstrators against the British Tea Act, disguised as native Americans, boarded the ships and tipped all 46 tonnes of tea into the sea. And so, the biggest brew in history – now aptly known as the Boston Tea Party – marked the start of the American Revolution.

INGREDIENTS: Nagaland Black Tea, Italian Bergamot Oil

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HUSH HUSH TEA…

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NAGALAND BLACK TEA, HAND ROLLED SINGLE ESTATE

Whats with Hush Hush then?

Well, the history of tea is a colourful one. It’s a tale of royals and rogues, heroes and villains. Like gentleman bootlegger Bill McCoy, who rose to infamy during the Prohibition for producing the finest whiskey money could buy. Always on the lookout for the next raid, his speakeasy patrons would keep things hush hush by sipping their hooch out of dainty teacups.  These days we prefer our tea moonshine-free, but, just like Bill, our stuff is always the real McCoy!

INGREDIENTS: Nagaland Black Tea, Peppermint

If you can’t make it down to their shop then you can buy it from their online shop at The Tea Leaf Company.