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With the holidays in full swing, you might need to clean out some old things and make room for new things. One thing might be your tea. If you are a tea lover or just keep some around for guests, chances are you will receive some tea as a gift or buy some for the winter. This may have you looking at your tea collection and re-organizing your tea.


Now if you happen to be sorting through your tea collection, one thing you might do is check the expiration date. If your tea is past its use-by date, do not worry. Expired tea bags are safe to drink. If the tea is unopened, then it will last for at least a year past its sell-by date. The only things that may be affected are the taste and color. Other factors may be how it is stored. Some traditional British teas like PG Tips and Yorkshire normally do not have their tea in envelopes and are sometimes just kept in their boxes, which may let in extra air if the boxes are not closed right.



If you like to store your teabags in the proper way, try using a tea tin or a canister with a locking lid to help store your loose teabags. The best ways to store your tea are in a dry place and away from direct sunlight. This way if you plan to have your teabags for a long time, you can make them last and taste like you just bought them.


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There has never been a better time to be a tea drinker, and the holidays are no exception. With the weather turning cold and gray, you will want to turn to something that will make you feel warm and cheerful inside.


We have several special holiday teas for you to enjoy while sitting by a cozy fire or enjoying a holiday feast. Everything gets festive this time of year, so why not your tea?


Harney and Sons Tea - White Christmas - 20 count

Harney and Sons Holiday Tea is one of the best holiday teas we carry. This holiday tea from Harney and Sons is a Christmasy blend of black tea, love, cinnamon, almond, and citrus. It is also packaged in a lovely tin to help keep the tea fresh! For a more mellow tea, try their White Christmas tea which is chamomile flowers mingled with almonds, cardamom, and vanilla!


This 4-Pack of holiday teas from Twinings is something you can give as a gift to someone who loves Twinings tea or keep it all for yourself! This 4-pack features two classic teas along with two new ones from the folks at Twinings. Christmas Tea is a black tea with a spicy blend of cinnamon and cloves, while Winter Spice is a sweet, yet calming blend of chamomile tea, apple, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove. Peppermint Cheer is an herbal blend of peppermint tea and warm vanilla flavors. Last but not last, Holiday Berry, which is a treat in itself. Caffeine free with a lovely mix of berry flavors.

Taylors of Harrogate Spiced Christmas Loose Leaf Tea Tin - 4.4oz (124g)


Taylors of Harrogate Christmas Leaf Tea is a popular tea that is drunk not only during the holiday season, but year round! Specially crafted black tea from China is blended with tangy lemon peels, fruity orange peels, and safflower petals


Capture.PNGMmm. Nothing could pair better with stuffing & turkey than a delicious cold glass of apple iced tea! There are so many different substitutes available so feel free to sub anything in the following recipe to suit you & your family. There is both a kid friendly and adult version!

You’ll Need:

  • 16 oz. Boiling Water
  • 16 oz. Apple Juice
  • 2 Tea Bags (Can use black, cinnamon or apple spice)
  • 3 TBSP Honey
  • 2 Lemons
  • Ice
  • 1 Read Apple – Sliced
  • 1 Green Apple – Sliced




  1. Add tea bags to large bowl containing boiling water & steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags, stir in honey & juice of two lemons. (Skip honey if using sweetened apple juice)
  3. Let tea cool – pour into pitcher.
  4. Stir in apple juice.
  5. Put in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  6. Pour into glasses & add apples and ice as garnish. (mint leaves are also optional)
  7. Serve!


**For a more adult version, add 2 ounces of gin, 4 ounces of apple flavored vodka & 2 ounces of bourbon!




Image result for strawberry trifleThere is more to holiday dessert than just pumpkin pie. While pumpkin pie will always be one of my favorite desserts of the holiday season, I like to try to experiment with other desserts. Dip your toe across the Atlantic and try out a trifle this holiday season!

What is a trifle? A traditional trifle features layers of jam, sponge cake fingers, custard, cream, and if you like, fruit. Trifles are traditionally made by soaking the sponge cake fingers in sherry but they can be made without it. Trifles can also be any flavor you like, ranging from strawberry to chocolate, and even your favorite biscuit flavor. Trifles allow for limitless possibilities. Decorate the top with some fresh berries, nuts, or crushed biscuits.

The name Trifle is derived from the french word trufle, meaning whimsy or of little consequence. The dessert has a history dating back to the 1500s when it was mentioned in Thomas Dawson’s book The Good Huswifes Jewell. It was also said that the trifle was created using leftover custard and stale sponge cakes during that time. Trifles have been a part of British life for generations that there are entire cookbooks devoted to the trifle and trifle bowls (bowls with a handle on the bottom) are sold in British home and kitchen stores.

To make your own trifle at home, it only takes a few ingredients and a little bit of work. For those who want to enjoy a trifle without the hassle of looking for all the ingredients, Bird’s Trifle Mix is the go-to for a quick trifle. It comes with everything you would need, like sponge cake fingers, topping mix, jelly crystals, and sprinkles! All you would need to do is add milk. If you do not have a trifle bowl, a regular bowl always works.

Bird's Strawberry Trifle Mix - 5.1oz (145g)


Personally, I enjoy both coffee & tea but some greatly prefer one over the other for different reasons. It could be simply for the taste, for the caffeine amount or the ease of making it. As we are a tea store, we mainly focus on tea benefits but it is informative to compare the two most consumed morning drinks in America. There are benefits to both coffee and tea as can be seen in the interesting facts below. Enjoy the benefit face off!


The average American coffee drinker drinks 70 gallons of coffee per year while the average American tea drinker drinks 10 gallons of tea per year.


An 8 fl oz. cup of coffee contains 75-100 mg of caffeine while an 8 fl oz. cup of tea contains 0-40 mg of caffeine.


Coffee is greatly studied to show decreased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease in consumers while tea is greatly studied to show decreased stress in consumers.


Coffee has been linked to protection against Type 2 diabetes while tea has been linked to protection against stoke & heart disease.


Topically, brewed coffee can add a glossy shine to your hair while the tannin’s in tea work well on puffy eyes.



Thank you to the mayoclinic, medicaldaily, naturalivingideas and teasource for this information.




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We are all about tradition here at the English Tea Store. English Christmas Pudding, also known as Plum Pudding or Figgy Pudding, is a delicious Christmas dinner tradition dating back to the 14th century! It has been changed & re-invented over the years. By Victorian times, it has molded into what they are today, a delicious modern take on a blend of nutmeg, raisins, nuts, apples, cinnamon & many other ingredients! (Each brand has different ingredients) Spend more time enjoying your family this Christmas than in the kitchen and get a Christmas pudding today!

Putting a silver coin in the pudding is another custom that is said to bring luck to the person that finds it first! That may be a fun tradition to start with your family.


#1: Matthew Walker’s Classic Christmas Pudding

Matthew Walker's Classic Christmas Pudding - 14.1oz (400g)

Ingredients: Sultanas (31%) (contains Cottonseed Oil), Sugar, Breadcrumbs (Wheat Flour, Wholemeal Wheat Flour, Wheat Germ, Yeast, Salt), Water, Cider (7%), Palm Oil, Wheat Flour, Molasses, Candied Citrus Peel (Glucose, Orange Peel, Sugar, Lemon Peel, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid), Salt, Mixed Spice

You can purchase this pudding in 3.5 oz.14.1 oz or 28.2 oz.



#2: Matthew Walker Luxury Christmas Pudding no. 13


Matthew Walker Luxury Christmas Pudding no 13 - 28.2oz (800g)


Ingredients: Sultanas, raisins, currants (32%), cider (11%), demerara sugar, sugar, breadcrumbs (wheat flour, wholemeal wheat flour, wheat germ, yeast, salt), palm oil, brandy (4%), glace cherries (4%) (cherries, glucose-fructose syrup, colour: anthocyanin, acidity regulator: citric acid, preservative: sulphur dioxide), rum (3%), rusk (wheat flour, salt), wheat flour, sherry (2%), almonds, walnuts, orange and lemon peel, molasses, mixed spice, salt.

You can purchase this pudding in 3.5 oz.14.1 oz., or 28.2 oz.



We highly recommend that you put a whiskey butter, whipped cream or clotted cream on top of the pudding for some added flavor!







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St. Andrew’s Day is known as the national day for Scotland. It is celebrated annually on November 30. St. Andrew was the patron saint of Scotland (along with Romania, Greece, and Russia), but he has a larger cultural impact in Scotland.


St. Andrew was originally one of the twelve apostles of Christ. He was a fisherman along with his brother Simon Peter (also known as St. Peter, another apostle), both living and working in Galilee (now present day Israel). On November 30 of the year 60 AD, St. Andrew was believed to have been crucified on a diagonal cross, which led to the inspiration to the flag of Scotland, called The Saltire.

Scotland - St Andrews Cross 3ft x 5ft Nylon Flag with Indoor Pole Hem and Fringe


St. Andrew’s Day is a day to celebrate Scottish culture and to celebrate the life of St. Andrew. There is singing, dancing, parades, bagpipes, and food like Cullen Skink (smoked fish soup with leeks and potato) and haggis. St. Andrews Day is considered a Bank Holiday in Scotland and marks the beginning of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, including Hogmanay and Burns Night. The holiday is not only celebrated in Scotland but by anyone in the world who has Scottish ties, by blood or heart!




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Halloween just passed and Thanksgiving is around the corner; we are in the heart of fall! This time of year is most beautiful due to the colors of the changing of leaves and cozying up next to a fire with a fall snack and tea. Why not bring that joy to someone you loves’ home or as a gift to yourself “just because”. Here at ETS, we have beautiful hand made gift baskets that can act as a decoration and provide some tasty treats and teas to visitors throughout the holidays! It is a great way to try some things you’ve been wanting to without purchasing more than you need. Choose a gift basket from below and let us know what your favorite item is!


Tastes of Fall Gourmet Gift Basket

The Tastes of Fall Gourmet Gift Basket


This beautiful basket is for the food lover in your life! It features some delicious treats that are perfect for a fall party! You will receive a popcorn ball, corn cob popping popcorn, smokey cheese straws, smoked salami, chocolate & caramel salted cookies, honey wheat dipping pretzels, vanilla caramels, chamberry truffles, grained mustard, french onion dip mix and a copper finish oval platter!




Fall Snack Chest

Fall Snack Chest


This basket is great for the snacker in your life. With many different chips & candies and some tea to wash it down with, this basket is great for trying some things you’ve never had before! This basket includes miss vickies bistro chips, snack mix, cherry bon bon candies, vanilla cream spice tea, shortbread cookies, veggie cheese dip and honey mustard pretzels all wrapped in a dark stained wicker hamper.





Or for our more crafty customers, you can head to our British Food Store Section on our site, choose some items to add to your basket, then head to your local crafts store to purchase a basket and fall decor to make your own!






What is Bubble Tea?

The other day at a fall apple festival near my hometown in PA I saw a huge sign that read “Bubble Tea $6.99”. I have never heard of such a thing so I came home and researched exactly what it was because I love trying new things. I soon found out that bubble tea, also known as tapioca tea or milk tea, originates in Taiwan where you can find bubble tea stands on every corner. The “bubbles” come from the froth that the milk makes when the drink is shaken prior to drinking. The pearls in the bottom of the glass are tapioca pearls that are typically black in color but can also be white or clear. They are soaked in a simple syrup before using so that they add sweetness to the drink. After the pearls are placed in the glass, it is then filled with a chilled drink then shaken.

Now for a recipe! If you like Chai Tea, you have to try this awesome bubble tea recipe. It is delicious! However, if you prefer other flavors of tea, feel free to sub them in!



What You’ll Need:

5 Chai Tea Bags (we recommend Tazo Organic Chai Tea)

Coconut Milk (or whole milk if you prefer)


Tapioca Pearls (you can find these on Amazon)

Simple Syrup (optional)


Put it together!

  1. Boil the tapioca pearls for 15 minutes. Turn the heat off and let them cool in the water for 6 minutes.
  2. Rinse the pearls, place in a container with simple syrup or water and chill. (If you like a sweeter drink use the simple syrup so the pearls absorb the sweetness)
  3. Brew your chai tea by steeping 5 chai tea bags in 3 cups of water.
  4. Grab a tall glass, put 1/2 cup of coconut milk in the glass, add honey to taste.
  5. Add a few spoonfuls of tapioca pearls.
  6. Put 3/4 cup of your tea in the glass and mix it up!
  7. Grab a straw and enjoy!





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For years there has been green tea but have you ever had a blue tea? Butterfly Pea Tea is the latest tea to hit our teacups and it is mesmerizing! Not just because the tea is a bright, beautiful blue color, but also because it can change color! No, really! Just add lemon or lime juice and watch this magical tea turn from dark blue to a purple or pink color, right before your eyes!


Butterfly Pea tea seem new to many of us but in Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia, it has been well-known for many years. In fact, it is often used in Thai cuisine such as rice cakes and ice cream. The anthocyanins in the flowers are what make the tea blue and the flavonoids in the tea add a remarkable amount of antioxidants. It is said that the tea is also known for its medicinal benefits.

Butterfly Blue Pea Flower Herbal Tea - Loose Leaf

This fascinating tea can also be used in a number of ways. You can:


Use it as a food coloring thanks to its natural color. Add it to your cupcake icing or use to dye Easter Eggs.


Make Butterfly Pea Sun Tea by filling a container (one with a lid is best) with water and adding several flowers to the tea. Let it sit in the sun all day and chill once it is ready. Add lemon juice to a cup or the whole container! Enjoy!


Make Butterfly Pea Tea or lemonade ice cubes for a refreshing and mesmerizing effect in your iced tea.


Make blue or purple ice pops. Want to be even more creative? Make two toned ice pops! Simply freeze half of one color of tea first and then the second color after the first is frozen.


Use the tea in alcoholic beverages to create beautiful drinks and impress your guests. Mixologists have been using Butterfly Pea in recent years and now you can try your hand at home!


Previously, there weren’t too many places online to order these beautiful dried flowers but now you can get them right here at English Tea Store! You can try a sample size of 1 ounce or get a full bag of 4 ounces! Be careful, though. The tea is very fun to brew and drink! Simply soak some flowers in a cup of boiling hot water and let steep for about 15 minutes. While the tea brews, the color from the flowers will starts to flow from the flowers!






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