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Some may argue that black tea is the most popular tea. It can be turned into so many different varieties such as English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Earl Grey & Orange Pekoe.

 

BENEFITS:

There have been many studies as to the benefits of Black Tea such as headache relief, mental alertness, lowering stress hormones, relieving stomach aches & antibacterial effects. To get the most out of your black tea, make sure you are allowing ample amount of steeping time.

WHERE:

As we mentioned earlier, black tea is loved all over the world! And it is also made differently all around the world. In the East, such as China, it is often consumed black. They like their tea steeping hot & dark colored. (I greatly agree with them!) In the Americas & Europe, it is often consumed cold or hot with milk and sugar/honey. (Love some honey in my tea, especially when a cold is coming on!) Black tea is also very popular is Western & southern Asia!

In fact, the top black tea producers are China, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka & Turkey (and in that order)

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HOW:

There are many different ways to brew, and it is completely based on preference! A popular way is to boil your water in a tea kettle. Add 1 to 2 tbs of loose black tea of your choice to 8-12 oz. of boiled 212 degree F water. Allow to steep for 3 to 5 minutes depending on how strong you want it.

 

We have so many different varieties of black tea here at ETS. If you ever need help message us on Facebook (or here) or call us at 1-877-734-2458. We will gladly help!

-Alexis

 

 

 

 

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Pancake Tuesday is coming early for 2018 as it will be on February 13 this year. If you want to try something different this year for Pancake Day, why not try these different versions of pancakes?

Oven Pancake: There is the Dutch Baby pancake that has been becoming popular again thanks to the increasing usage of cast iron skillets. are usually cooked in a cast iron skillet and baked in the oven, then usually dusted with powdered sugar. When they come out of the oven, they often resemble giant Yorkshire Puddings!

Savory Pancake include ones like the Okonomiyaki from Japan and the potato pancake made in many European countries. Okonomiyaki means “As you like it”, so when you hear that about a pancake, that means you can literally put ANYTHING on these pancakes. A standard Okonomiyaki is made with flour and eggs and topped with cabbage, meat like bacon or fish, green onions, and drizzled with a special sauce and mayonnaise. Well known potato pancakes are the Irish boxty and the latke, both made with shredded potatoes and pan fried. The potato pancake is usually eaten with sour cream or applesauce.

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Okonomiyaki

 

Thin: French Crepes and the Vietnamese Banh Xeo are thin pancakes and both fried in pans but the only differences are that they are made with different flours. Crepes are made with wheat flour and the Banh Xeo is made with rice flour. Crepes can use both sweet and savory fillings while Banh Xeo is stuffed with meat or vegetables. The British pancake falls into this category as it is a thin pancake. British pancakes are eaten with powdered sugar and lemon or a drizzle of golden syrup.

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British Pancakes with lemon drizzle & sugar

Filled Pancakes: Danish Æbleskiver (Aebelskiver) or “Pancake Puffs” and the Japanese Dorayaki. These types of pancakes are always fun to make and eat! Danish Aebelskivers are pancake balls filled with sweet delicious apples and cooked in a special pan with little holes (or spheres, whatever you like to call it).The Japanese Doriyaki has a sweet red azuki bean paste inside.

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Liquorice! Whether you love it or hate it, it’s all over the world and it is loved worldwide and it has no sign of going away any time soon. While some of us know it as a sweet red twist, it is mostly known for its anise-like flavor and black color. Liquorice is derived from the liquorice root, which is grown in parts of Europe and Asia. Many of the teas we carry often contain liquorice root, many of them caffeine free.

 

Check out our products below for our liquorice lovers!

 

Haribo Pontefract Cakes are a centuries old sweet and loved for generations. Pontefract Cakes originally had no sugar in them until George Dunhill, the developer of the sweet from Pontefract, added sugar to them and changed them from a medicinal product to a sweet treat.

Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts were originally created on accident when a candy salesman knocked over a tray of colorful liquorice sweets and created the liquorice allsort. This sweet is another classic loved by people young and old

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Barratt Sherbet Fountain is a classic candy that nearly everyone in the UK has had at least once during childhood. Sherbet Fountains come with a fizzy lemon flavored sherbet powder and a stick of black liquorice. It is usually eaten by licking the liquorice and dipping it into the sherbet powder.

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Fox’s Glacier Dark Sweets is a liquorice variant of Fox’s Glacier Mints. These Irish boiled sweets are flavored with liquorice extract and aniseed and are suitable for vegetarians.

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Stash Liquorice Spice Herbal Tea is something for those who love liquorice but don’t want to indulge their sweet tooth just too much or want something different from the ordinary. This herbal concoction of liquorice root, anise, and spices are sure to delight your taste buds in a sweet and spicy way.

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Did you know? In Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, liquorice is enjoyed salted and a very common flavor in other desserts!

 

 

-CD

 

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Nothing says “I love you” like a homemade gift. It’s better than store bought and it truly comes from the heart. This Valentine’s Day, why not bake something for your loved one?

 

 

Use jams and jellies to make a lovely dessert! Bake up a Victoria Sandwich cake and spread some strawberry jam in the middle, then lightly dust the top with powdered sugar!

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You can also make a jam thumbprint cookies and fill with their favorite flavor of jam.

 

To be even more crafty, why not try working with chocolate? One of the best ways to effectively melt chocolate is to use a double boiler method. You can do this by boiling a small pot of water (¼ way full) with a heatproof Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate - 3.5oz (100g)bowl or another smaller pot on top. Once the water is simmering, add chocolate to the top part and boil on a lower heat, until melted. Just be sure to keep an eye on it! Melt a large Cadbury Dairy Milk or two into a small tray and add crushed Crunchie bars or Smarties to it and make a sweet bark!

 

For a healthier treat on Valentine’s Day (or any day), make custard using Bird’s Custard Powder and make a custard tart. You can also go one step further and make a classic British trifle with some Bird’s Custard Powder. Add some jelly, soak

Bird's Custard Powder - 10.5oz (300g)some sponge cake in sherry, add freshly whipped cream, and your loved one’s favorite fruit or crumbled cookies! Maybe add some Cadbury Dairy Milk pieces if making a chocolate based trifle.

 

These are just a few ideas to make a British style Valentine’s Day dessert for your loved ones. Of course, you can also use these any time of the year, as well! Have a happy Valentines Day!

 

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If you are out of ideas for what to get your loved ones for Valentine’s Day…we have just the thing. If you’re running low on time, grab one of our pre-made gift baskets! However, if you would rather purchase something a little more tailored to their personality, we have a few options for that too.

 

For the one that’s always cold:

The Chefs Choice KeepHot Thermal Electric Kettle is the perfect option for the tea drinker in your life. This beautiful red/pink kettle holds 50.7 ounces of water and has a powerful 1500 watt heating element. Simply plug it in and enjoy hot tea whenever or wherever you’d like!

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For the delicate one:

This heart spoon is an adorable addition to your homemade gift basket. It is great as a decoration in the China cabinet or to use as an everyday tea spoon! It is gold plated stainless steel spoon with a twisted stem.

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For the chocolate lover:

Butlers Famous Irish Truffles are an absolutely delicious Irish truffle with Irish whiskey, potcheen, Irish cream and Irish coffee. YUM! They are sure to love this gift.

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Heinz Baked Beanz in a rich tomato sauce has been a well known and beloved product in the UK for generations. The best part about these beans are that they are good for you! High in fiber, protein, and low in fat. Parents have approved of this food for their children.

Heinz Beanz are known as a comfort food for many. There are many ways ways to eat them, like on the side as part of a traditional English breakfast or on toast. Sometimes they are eaten with cheese, on a baked potato, or baked into a pie. They have even been eaten on pizza! There are endless possibilities with these hearty beans.

 

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Heinz is an American company and in the early days of Heinz Beans, they were made in the US and Canada for export to the UK. It wasn’t until the 1920s that a plant was opened in the UK and the beans were made exclusively in Britain. Ever since then, the beans have grown in popularity, even earning a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II twice during the 1950s. They are now a household item in many pantries of British families and is now exported to 60 countries, including the US. The English Tea Store are one of the exclusive carriers of these delicious beans and you can get them right here!

 

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Whether you feel a cold coming on due to a scratchy throat or just really enjoy popsicles, these chamomile popsicles are a fun & soothing option. You only need four items to make them!

Chamomile is used for a wide variety of symptoms. It can be used externally for inflammation or internally for digestion issues, anxiety & insomnia. A lot of people enjoy drinking chamomile tea before they go to sleep to have a more restful sleep. In general, chamomile has many antioxidants which means it can help make the immune system stronger (something I definitely need).

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What You’ll Need:

3 Cups of Water

1/3 Cup Raw Organic Honey

4 Chamomile Tea Bags (5 or 6 if you prefer a stronger brew)

Popsicle Molds (can be purchased at Walmart or Amazon for a really cheap price)

 

As Easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Bring your three cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat & stir in honey. Add tea bags and steep for 15 minutes.
  3. Fill your popsicle molds and place in freezer for 6+ hours.

 

-Alexis

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Sometimes life takes over and we do not see our friends as much as we would like to. So why not get the girls together and host an afternoon tea party! I’d like to give you a reason to send out some invites for a fun get-together. Even though it would be nice to be in an elegant British tea room, we can turn your dining room into the next best thing.

These easy tips & tricks will help you get started. We have everything you’ll need right at ETS.

First, you’ll need some teaware that will be sure to wow your guests. You can find many tea sets here on the site. We have tea sets of all different colors, patterns and price points. You can also use some individual pieces that you already own and just get what you need separately: cups , teapots, sugar and creamer sets or plates.  Make sure to pick a color scheme and match all of your teaware, tablecloth and decorations.

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Next you’ll need some treats to dip in your tea. We specialize in selling you the hottest Britain favorites. Scones are an extremely popular afternoon treat, as well as cakes and cookies. We have options that you can bake on your own or if you don’t have the time, check out our pre-made treats.

 

 

Next, you might want a nice tiered serving tray for all that baking you’ve been doing. This displays everything in an organized, elegant way. We have a few options here. You can use a porcelain tray or a chrome tray, depending on the color scheme you picked.

 

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Lastly, choose some decorations for your afternoon tea party. You can find some easy DIY decorations on Pinterest or you could go to your local dollar store and find some cute hangings or lights to put up. Whatever you choose, make sure it is stress free so that you can enjoy your day with your girls!

 

If you happen to have a tea party, be sure to send us some pictures via Facebook direct message of your set up and we will feature them on our ETS facebook page!

 

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Every year during New Year’s, we do one thing: we make resolutions. We set goals for ourselves. We strive to be better than we were the previous year or we challenge ourselves to do new things. One of the most popular resolutions many make is to be healthier. Some may take up eating better with adding more fruits and vegetables to their diets along with more exercise, but you can also drink better, too! Here are some good teas that will help get your year off to a great start!

 

 

 

Balance Tea is an herbal blend of rooibos tea meant to help restore balance within yourself. Anise and cardamom help spice up this otherwise mellow tea.

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If you resolved to take more time to stop and calm down, then our Serenity Tea might be just right for you. Our blend of light chamomile and rooibos mixed in with spice will allow you to stop for a break and have a moment to yourself.

 

Now, if you strive to be healthier in general, why not give our Wellness Tea a try? Unlike our other two teas listed, this tea has caffeine as it is a green mate. This South American tea will help brighten up your day with a lively blend of ginseng, lemongrass, spearmint, and ginko.

 

These teas are available in 25 pouch bags or if you are in the mood to mix things up, then get a sampler size and try all three!

 

To health and happiness!

 

-CD

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We’ve read many articles on this lately and there seems to be much conversation that a hot cup of tea per day can in fact reduce the risk of blindness. Give yourself a pat on the back if you’ve been saving your eyesight without even knowing it!

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a buildup of fluids in the eye that can damage nerves such as the optic nerve that is responsible for so much of our vision. (This nerve is pictured below). This leads to gradual vision loss and blindness.

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What’s the proof?

There was a study done in the British Journal of Ophthalmology that included 1678 participants.  Using technology to observe the optic disc, they correlated glaucoma with beverage consumption. After factoring in age, sex, ethnicity, and a few other factors, they saw that those that drank a cup of hot tea per day were 74% LESS LIKELY to develop glaucoma.

Wait, but why?

The researchers have explained that this study needs to keep being replicated for true proof but the tea contains phytochemicals and flavonoids that are anti-inflammatory. This helps the optic nerve to stay healthy.

It is thought that black, green, white and oolong tea have the most flavonoids. So stock up by hitting those links!

In other words, keep drinking your hot decaf tea, tea lovers!

-Alexis

Thanks to the NY Times, British Journal of Ophthalmology for this helpful info.

 

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