A nice cup of tea… everyone loves one. My Mum loves it so much that when she goes on holiday she even takes her own tea bags with her because she doesn’t think you can get a strong enough cup on the continent. She likes it dark and strong and probably drinks about ten cups a day. I love tea too but I’m very different in my drinking, I very rarely have an English Breakfast and if I do then it’s always caffeine free. I prefer herbal teas, loose petals and fruit infusions, I guess we all have our own style when it comes to the drinking don’t we? The thing is, although everyone takes their tea differently from the builders who have it milky and sweet in thick bottomed mugs to the delicate elderly ladies who prefer floral ‘Lady Grey’ with lemon in a bone china tea cup, we are a nation who loves their tea.
Tea is not only the best loved drink of our country but it is also steeped in history and there is a physical beauty to tea that I find fascinating. Teas with flowers that burst open inside the cup absolutely intrigue me and loose petals can look absolutely stunning and almost provide a work of art on the table.
I also love how we drink tea and have a collection of beautiful mis-matched bone china tea cups and saucers because for Jimmy’s first birthday party we held a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ for him. My Mum and I collected them from charity shops and one day I hope to have a kitchen big enough for a side board where I can display them all and offer them to people who come around for tea!
A couple of week’s ago I went to an event held by Moonpig.com, the online card and gifting service. One of the things they sell as a gift is tea from The English Tea Shop and as well as having a lovely time recreating bouquets of flowers from the Moonpig collection, learning about calligraphy and their brand in general they treated us to a tea tasting master class which was lots of fun.
Tea is not only beautiful to look at but it holds so many properties for so many different things. Healing, energising, slimming… All sorts! I’ve been enjoying lots of different flavours from The English Tea Shop including their ‘Loving Care’ range which has a slimming tea! (I’ll let you know if I get any thinner ;-)) and favourites from their other ranges are the chocolate, roisbois and vanilla as well as the lemon zest and ginger. My husband also says the traditional Engliah Beeakfast is thoroughly drinkable!
I would absolutely gift tea to people as it’s something really unusual and with people like my Grandmother especially, it would give her a yummy treat without any sugar. She is diabetic and finding yummy treats for her is often quite hard. She’s been poorly recently and I think the perfect tea for her would be ‘Energise Me’ from the ‘Loving Care’ range.