In the past decade, I have seen many tea trends become popular. About fifteen years ago, I had seen bubble tea take over my metro area (I live in Los Angeles) by storm and it still has a strong following today. Just recently, I have been seeing matcha green tea all over. Not just coffee shops selling it but now shops are beginning to incorporate it into food. At first it was in desserts but now it has taken on a new form in hamburger buns or even sauces!

The hardest part is choosing which type of matcha you want to try. You can always take advantage of our Matcha sampler. Try them all at once or try them one by one. Here are our matchas:

Japanese Izu Matcha: This is our most popular of our Tea Store Matchas. This blend is made with pure luxury sencha tea and Gyokuro leaves. It’s perfect for use during a Japanese tea

ceremony at home (for the perfect kit, click here: https://www.englishteastore.com/matcha-tea-starter-kit.html) This is the matcha to use if you want matcha flavor in nearly all of your food. This is not just for plain tea and lattes, but you can add matcha to your pancakes, incorporate into a cheesecake, or blend into a smoothie. It’s very versatile!

Peppermint Matcha: The same matcha but infused with cool peppermint!

Bengal Club Chai Matcha: Much like our chai teas, this amazing matcha is blended with fresh Malabar spices to give you a peppery and saucy finish.

Kenya White Rhino: This is a green and white tea blend grown all the way from Kenya, made with young tea leaves. Nice and powdery, it would give your food and drinks a wonderfully warm a mossy note of grass and and slight floral undertones of oolong. This is named after the Kenyan White Rhino although the White Rhino is technically gray!

Our tea samplers are 1 ounces each or you can choose 2 or 8 ounces. It’s always worth it to try just a little bit of everything.

If matcha follows the way of its friend bubble tea, it will have a good lasting impact on the tea world. If you add matcha into your favorite foods and drinks, let us know! We would love to hear about it and see the pictures!

 

-CD

In a trend of “life hacking”, everyone is always looking for new ways to make life easier, save money, or going green. Holidays are no exception. If you are low on Easter egg dyes or simply want to reduce your carbon footprint, look no further than your cupboard! If you have a large collection of teas and want to use up old ones or make room for new teas, then this is a perfect time to use them up!

Introducing tea-dyed Easter Eggs! As an American, I grew up dyeing hard boiled eggs and then eating them for Easter. We always used store bought color tablets and mixed them in vinegar. Sometimes you may run low on vinegar, so tea and water can also be the best solution. Here’s how to do it:

 

 

  • Eggs
  • 1 or 2 teabags of your favorite tea. Depending on the type, you would be surprised at what colors will come out!
  • 1 cup of water for each egg
  • 1 cup or deep bowl for each egg

To boil the eggs*, place them in a saucepan that should allow them to be in one single layer. Pour water up to about 1 inch above the eggs and turn on the burner, letting them cook until they start to boil. Let them stand for about 12 minutes for large eggs or 15 minutes for extra large eggs. If you want to cool them at a much quicker pace, run them under cool water or put them in a bowl of ice water.

Brew your tea as you normally would, but let it cool completely. Once the tea is cooled, pour into either a glass, a bowl, or leave it in a mug. Place the eggs in and let them sit for about 8 hours, or overnight for a good coloring. If you want to add patterns, use a crayon and draw lines or swirls!

When I made my tea-dyed eggs, I was surprised at how mine came out. I used teas like chamomile, Bingo Blueberry, and PG Tips along with a few others in my cupboard. The chamomile egg came out a light yellow while the Bingo Blueberry egg turned blue (the blueberries in the tea help). The PG Tips egg came out very vibrant, as well, with a nice hue of brown. I had used a mango strawberry tea but it also turned the egg blue, which was very surprising. But felt these were festive colors for Easter.

Try this out on any tea you have and see what colors you get! Don’t forget to include the kids! Have a Happy Easter!

 

 

*Source: http://www.incredibleegg.org/

 

-CD

 

 

Want to make Easter more interesting for the candy lovers in your life? Add some British chocolate to an Easter basket and watch those eyes light up! Chocolate eggs are very common in the UK, many hollow but filled with delicious sweets!

Along with hollow chocolate eggs, don’t forget the filled eggs like Cadbury Creme Eggs! While these are sold in the US, these are completely different! These eggs are actually just a bit bigger than the ones sold in American stores. There is also caramel for those who prefer Cadbury’s sweet, creamy caramel than the Creme Egg filling. These eggs are an Easter tradition for many, so people like to stock up on these. And who needs jelly beans when you have Bassett’s Jelly Babies? Add a bag of these chewy sweets to any Easter basket or cake and there will be smiles! They come in the same flavors from Jelly Babies only they’re in the shape of cute little bunnies! Children and adults alike will find them adorable but they will be quickly gobbled up!

For all of our other Easter treats like Galaxy Bubbles Eggs, Malteaster Bunnies, and Smarties-filled Chicks, visit our Easter Specials section. There are also other lovely Easter gifts such as tea and pre-made gift baskets, as well!

Happy Easter!

*Note: Please check weather forecast for warm weather when handling chocolate outdoors, especially in spring!

 

-CD
https://www.englishteastore.com/easter-specials.html

 

Subscriptions! They’ve been around for many years but just recently, subscriptions have been taking on new forms and increasing in popularity. From movies to even dinner kits, you can get just about anything through a subscription. So when you hear about subscribing to tea, is it truly a surprise?

The answer is yes! Introducing English Tea Store’s Tea of the Month Subscription! Each month presents an opportunity to try new teas at an unbeatable price. How does it work? You can either try the:

Loose or Tea Bag Month-to-Month Subscription: For $13.95 a month, you can choose between loose leaf tea or tea bags! Loose leaf comes in 4oz and tea bags are in packs of 25. If loose leaf is chosen, two of the 4oz packs are sent or if you prefer tea bags, you will get two packs of 25 teabags. You can also choose to get one loose leaf and one tea bag! Also included are 5 tea bag samples or a 1oz loose tea sample. This subscription is billed monthly and you can cancel at any time.

Tea of the Month, Loose Leaf Yearly Subscription: As previously described above, you will get two 4oz packs of loose leaf tea, plus a 1oz loose tea sample. However, with this subscription, you must prepay a lump sum once a year. For purchasing the yearly subscription, you get to save an extra 20%, bringing your monthly total down from $13.95 to $11.17.

Tea of the Month, Tea Bag Yearly Subscription: This subscription has the same terms as the Loose Leaf Yearly Subscription, only you get to choose the two packs of 25 tea bags per month for a prepaid annual price (same as the Loose Leaf Yearly Subscription), billed once a year when you begin your subscription. A sample pack of 5 tea bags is also included!

The boxes ship out the first week of each month for our subscribers. Tea samples are selected by our own tea enthusiasts, ensuring you will get to try the best teas! You can subscribe to these services for yourself, or you can give one as a gift! Every month will feature new teas to try and you may find a new favorite. Give us a try!

-CD

 

 


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St. David’s Day is every March 1st and if you read my post from last year, you might recall that it is the celebration of St. David, the patron saint of Wales. If you can’t be in Wales to celebrate St. David’s Day, then you can at least make some Welsh Cakes right at home and enjoy with a cup of your favorite tea or if you’re really up for it, some Twinings Prince of Wales Tea!

20170221_133421What is a Welsh Cake? It’s like a cross between a pancake, cookie, or a scone but they are nothing like it. These are somewhat similar in appearance to Eccles Cakes but Welsh Cakes are a bit flatter than an Eccles Cake and unlike an Eccles Cake, Welsh Cakes are not filled. In order to make Welsh Cakes, these must be made on a griddle or a bake stone. Once you get the hang of cooking these, it’s literally a piece of cake!

  • 225g/8oz plain flour
  • 100g/4oz butter
  • 75g/3oz caster sugar
  • 50g/2oz currants (or raisins can be used)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp mixed spice (to make mixed spice, simply mix 1 tablespoon ground allspice, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of ground nutmeg, 2 teaspoons of ground mace, 1 teaspoon of ground cloves, 1 teaspoon of ground coriander, and 1 teaspoon of ground ginger)
  • 1 egg
  • A pinch salt
  • A little milk to bind

Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, mixed spice) together into a mixing bowl. Cut up the butter and rub into the flour. Stir in the sugar and fruit, pour in the egg and mix to form a 20170221_131015dough, use a little milk if the mixture is a little dry. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about the thickness of a biscuit. Use a pastry cutter to cut out rounds. Cook the cakes on a greased bake stone or griddle until golden. The heat should not be too high, since the cakes will cook on the outside too quickly, and not in the middle. Once cooked sprinkle with caster sugar and serve with butter.

According to the Welsh Travel Website where this recipe comes from, an alternative you can try is mixed dried fruit or tropical fruit instead of currants or raisins. Some grated lemon or orange rind is also good, too! An unusual but delicious addition is 1 20170221_131401teaspoon of lavender flowers with some citrus zest. Add a little orange juice, zest and icing sugar to some soft butter to serve with the Welsh cakes.

 

 

 

Have a Dydd Gwŷl Dewi (Sant) hapus!

-CD

 

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Less than one year after celebrating her 90th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II has marked another milestone! On February 6, 2017, The Queen celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee, symbolizing a remarkable 65 years on the British throne. No British monarch has ever reached a Sapphire Jubilee, making Her Majesty the first one. In 2015, she surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who had reigned for 63 years and 7 months.

Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II when her father King George VI passed away after years of battling lung cancer, while she was away in Kenya. She was only 25-years-old at the time, still in the early years of her marriage to Prince Philip and a mother to two young children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. The national anthem was changed from God Save the King to God Save the Queen, many singing the national anthem with pride and affection for their Queen.

The Queen has celebrated sever1297923920111_originalal Jubilee anniversaries during her reign. In 1977, the Queen celebrated 25 years on the throne with her Silver Jubilee. 2002 marked her 50th year of her reign, and finally her Diamond Jubilee celebrated her 60th year. All of these Jubilees were celebrated with great  While the Queen has requested for the celebration of her Sapphire Jubilee to be low-key, it is still a time to celebrate.

You can celebrate Her Majesty’s milestone in your own way. Try some English Tea Store English Breakfast Number 2 blend. If you want to try it just like the Queen, drink it like how she does! Milk with no sugar! If you would like to be patriotic to Her Majesty, our English Favorites Sampler is a lovely variety of 7 English style teas that can help bring out your true British spirit! Enjoy with some Walkers Shortbread and decorate accordingly. May I suggest a 50 pound Note Tea Towel?

Her Majesty is the most beloved in all the Commonwealth Realms. Can you imagine what it would be like if she celebrated her 70th year on the throne? Now THAT would be a record!

-CD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/02/06/queen-elizabeth-ii-marks-historic-sapphire-jubilee

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Valentine’s Day is well known for celebrating love between two people. I feel Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers, but for friends and family, as well. After all, these are people you love and cherish. Why not show your love and appreciation for them? Try our selection of Valentine’s Day gifts that are sure to brighten up everyone you love!teagsmg1000037835_-00_a-stash-of-love-gift-set

If you have a tea loving friend or family member, while tea is a good gift, but why not an accessory or an essential? By essential, try a tea kettle or a teapot. One can never have too many of those? If one ever breaks, you can always have extra! As always, our English Tea Store teapots come in many colors and you can choose from 2 cup or 6 cup teapot!

Perhaps the person you love is from the other side of the Pond? Wouldn’t you like to give them a taste of Home? We’ve got our selection of British sweets and chocolate to start off with. Some of our most popular candies include the world famous melt-in-your-mouth Cadbury Dairy Milk and the gooey but heavenly sweet Walkers Toffee. Let your love show their patriotism with their favorite items featuring the Union Jack. Give them a travel mug to sip their tea from or let the world know where they’re from with they’re shopping bag. Or surprise your Across the Pond Honey with a flag of Home! Great Britain, Scotland, and plenty more! Hang it in the kitchen or living room, it will bring a smile!

You can always put a steasvbf1000033494_-00_the-romance-of-tea-valentine-gift-basket_2urprise package together but if you’re strapped for time, try our gift baskets. They’re easy, convenient, and best of all, there’s just about one for everyone! If you know someone who is a fan of mint, we have a mint tea time basket featuring chamomile tea, or someone who is just getting into tea, there is the English Tea Store basket, and then the Deluxe Afternoon Tea for the full English tea experience!

There’s just about something for everyone. Take a look around our site and check out all of our categories!

-CD

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

 

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As many of us go back to normal life from the hustle and bustle of the holidays passed. Meanwhile, in China, the party’s just getting started! Chinese New Year brings hope and excitement to the people of China but it is very  special. For fifteen days each year based on the lunar calendar, Chinese people all over the world celebrate, wishing for luck and prosperi20170120_140654ty while relaxing and spending time with friends and family.

Chinese New Year (also known as the Lunar New Year) also celebrates the arrival of a new zodiac animal. There are 12 animals: dragon, snake, tiger, snake, pig, ox, monkey, horse, rabbit, goat, dog, and rooster. Every 12 years, these animals were used to date the years. 2017 happens to be the year of the rooster, 20170120_151524but 12 years ago (as of this writing) the year of the rooster was previously in 2005, then 1993, and so forth.

Some Chinese New Year traditions and rituals include cleaning up the house to sweep out any bad luck and welcome good luck into their sparkling clean homes. Other traditions include red envelopes with money inside, parades, and best of all, food! Many people eat foods like mooncakes, dumplings, and tea eggs! What are tea eggs? Tea eggs are simply hard boiled eggs that are cracked to make a marbled effect and then re-boiled in a tea and soy sauce mix. These are some of the most popular New Year foods for Chinese New Year. The best part is that these are easy to make at home and inexpensive!

 

Below is a recipe that is based from other tea egg recipes in my research:

Chinese tea eggs

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 2 bags of black tea, any kind you like. Pu-erh is traditionally used, but for my recipe/experiment I used Yorkshire Gold since gold is very symbolic in Chinese culture. It is a symbol of good luck and a color of the emperors.
  • Soy Sauce, about ½ cup or ounces
  • Dried orange or mandarin peel (optional)

First thing to do would be to hard boil the eggs like you normally would. Once the eggs are cooled, tap on the eggs with the back of a spoon, creating nice, intricate cracks for the tea and soy sauce to seep through.20170120_190031

With the water that you boiled the eggs in place the teabags, soy sauce, anise, and cinnamon in the pan along with the now cracked eggs. Let the eggs boil in this mixture for about 20-40 minutes, or however you feel is best. Turn off the heat and let the eggs sit in the mixture for at least an hour so they can “steep”. The longer the eggs steep, the darker your marbled eggs will be.

My eggs did not come out very dark since I had only let them sit there to steep for an hour. Pretty good for such little time.

Enjoy these with traditional Chinese New Year foods or on their own for breakfast. They are excellent!

-CD

 

Burns Night is an annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns (January 25, 1759-July 21, 1796). Burns Night takes place on the poet’s birthday when many Scottish people celebrate the life of Robert Burns by holding a scrumptious dinner known as Burns Supper. How it came to be was back in 1801 when his friends came together to mark the fifth anniversary of the great Bard’s death. There was a lovely meal, speeches, and fond memories were shared of their dear friend. It was then decided that there should be a feast held in honor of Robert Burns every year since then.

Who was Robert Burns? For those of us who are unfamiliar with the Scottish poet, he was well known for many of his acclaimed works, like My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose, Ae Fond Kiss, and of course, Auld Lang Syne. That’s right, that song we all sing at New Year’s was written by Burns!

If you would like to join in on the Burns Night celebrations, it’s very simple and every bit enjoyable. Many go to poetry readings and dance, but it’s never Burns Night without the traditional Burns Supper. Supper is the traditional Scottish haggis, served with neeps and tatties, or turnips and potatoes, mashed up to accompany the haggis. Haggis is considered to be Scotland’s national dish and it was the main dish during the first Burns Supper. Haggis is a savory dumpling which is made with offal, or animal entrails and cooked in a sheep’s stomach. Unfortunately, it’s ruled as a no-no food here in the US* and has been banned since 1971. You can get modified versions of it here in the States but many say it’s just not the same.

For dessert, it’s clootie dumpling pudding along with some Cranachan. Clootie Dumpling pudding is a delicious spicy pudding, named for the cloth it’s boiled in, or “cloot” in Scots. Cranachan is another traditional Scottish dessert made with oats, whisky, honey, and raspberries to help conclude the night.

Finally, the perfect end to the night would be with some whisky and music from the bagpipes! We can see why the Scots celebrate Burns Night every year. Poetry, food, and music. You can’t help but smile and join in!

-CD

*As of this writing, January 2017

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Recently my family and I had to pack up and move to a new house. While I was sorting through my things, I came across some of my tea sets. I noticed that I had several tea-for-one sets. My fiance saw them and immediately wanted to try them out. Then I remembered that National Hot Tea Month was coming up again so now is a good time to delve into tea-for-one sets!

teapchn1000029112_-00_rose-porcelain-tea-for-oneIf you are unfamiliar with these unique tea sets, many of them are usually made of ceramic, porcelain, or bone china. Each set comes with a small teapot to brew a teabag or two in, depending on how strong you like your tea, a cup, and a saucer. Stack the teapot on top of the cup and set it all on the saucer and voila! These nifty sets look great on any counter, cupboard, or table, and they fit nearly anywhere.

English Tea Store carries our very own brand of tea-for-one sets, much like our own regular teapots. These are made of ceramic and carry up to 16 ounces of delicious tea along with a 10 ounce cup. They are touched with a beautiful glossy finish and come in a range of lively colors, from blue to lime green. You may end up teadt1p1000031882_-00_shabby-rose-porcelain-tea-for-onestarting a collection!

But if you want to explore the more exotic versions, we carry an excellent variety. There is the beautiful Shabby Rose Turquoise Porcelain set, which is a pleasing look for the eyes, or the Rose Porcelain set. This one features a beautiful gold trim* and a more traditional teapot look and very charming. One of our best selling sets is the Irish Claddagh, beautifully decorated with creamy colors and Celtic knotwork and patterns. A Claddagh is embellished in the stoneware, symbolizing love, friendship, and loyalty.

These tea sets are very ideal to give to someone who fancies a quick cup of tea but doesn’t want to pull out the entire tea set. I had received my tea-for-one sets as gifts and they are the best ever. These are sure to wow and you will enjoy using your tea set.

-CD

 

*For tea sets with gold trim, these are not recommended for microwave use.

 

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