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The Original Cake Co.

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is based out of Lincoln, UK and they pride their expertise in making some of the most delicious homemade fruit cakes in Britain. They typically sell to individual retailers in the UK but we are fortunate enough to be able to sell them to you here in United States. If you have the opportunity to try one of these fruit cakes, it is a must! My personal favorite is the rum & butter fruit cake! (Yum!) Along with fruitcakes, the OCC also specializes in Christmas cakes, chocolate truffle cakes & flapjacks. (Flapjacks are made with jumbo oats, butter, golden syrup & brown sugar and come in a fold out skillet.)

It has taken this company decades to perfect their recipes just as grandma has perfected her lasagna over the years at your weekly dinner gathering. They have over 150 years experience in the cake baking industry. Each premium cake is baked in small batches so that fine detail is paid much attention to. Explore the types of cakes we offer below to see if one interests you or someone in your household this Holiday Season!

 

*Each cake serves 6-8 slices and is best served with clotted or devon cream*

 

The fruit cake options we have available are as follows:

 

You can also follow The Original Cake Co. on twitter for some behind the scenes baking action!

 

-Alexis

 

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Coming to you from the UK, this family business has nothing but amazing tasting teas to offer. We decided to add this brand based on your input as our consumers because we had a ton of recommendations to sell it! There are a total of four generations behind this business so they definitely know what they’re doing.

Ahmad Tea opened their first office in 1986 in Hampshire, UK. Anybody ever been? Iced tea & green tea officially became their best sellers around 1998. And by 2000, Ahmad Tea became one of the top 5 leading tea brands across Asia!

If we haven’t convinced you enough how great tea is for the body, maybe they can. You can check out some details on their site regarding the benefits of tea!

 

We have plenty of different options for you to try based on your personal preference:

 

 

Ahmad Tea’s English Tea No.1:Ahmad Tea's English Tea No. 1 Tea Bags - 20 count

  • Black Tea Base with a Slight Touch of Bergamot
  • Imported from UK
  • $3.90/ 20 Foil Wrapped Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmad Tea's Apricot Sunrise Flavored Black Tea Bags - 20 countAhmad Tea’s Apricot Sunrise:

  • Black Tea Base with Apricot Fruit Pieces
  • Imported from UK
  • $3.90/ 20 Foil Wrapped Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmad Tea's Rosehip, Hibiscus & Cherry Herbal Tea Bags - 20 countAhmad Tea’s Rosehip, Hibiscus & Cherry Herbal Tea Bags:

  • Rosehip Peel, Hibiscus Flower & Cherry Pieces
  • Mainly a Natural Cherry/Wine-Like Flavor
  • Caffeine Free
  • Sugar Free
  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Imported from UK
  • $4.20/ 20 Foil Wrapped Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmad Tea's Green Tea Bags - 20 countAhmad Tea’s Green Tea Bags:

  • Pure Green Tea from China
  • Imported from UK
  • Light Taste
  • Floral Aroma
  • $3.90/ 20 Foil Wrapped Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also offer a decaf evening tea, camomile & lemongrass, raspberry & pomegranate, detox cleansing, and blackcurrant burst.

 

 

If you happen to purchase & try any of these teas please let us know how you like them by commenting on the Facebook page, commenting below or leaving a review on the product page on the ETS site! We appreciate your opinion.

 

-Alexis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you’re looking for a tea to help with stomach pain, sore throats, antioxidants or anything specific, this is a great brand for you. Especially as cold season is coming around from the weather change nothing is better than a hot cup of tea.

Yogi Bhajan was a yoga teacher with lovely holistic ways. He was a believer of yoga/herbs/etc. in helping aid the practice of peaceful living. His name and his practice of yoga began the interest in “Yogi” as a tea brand.

 His teas are made to help you to feel “vibrant and alive” and each have different benefits.

It was not until 1984 that the Yogi Tea Company began its journey to be one of the greatest tea sellers. His teas began to show up in natural food stores in Southern California and Europe.

 

“FEEL GOOD, BE GOOD, DO GOOD”

 

As like other tea companies we have mentioned, Yogi continues to support national and global causes. They pride themselves in aiding small businesses.They also partner with Pearl Buck Center, which is a non-profit organization for vocational training to adults with disabilities. There are so many other great Projects that they donate to and help daily that you can read about here.

Yogi now sells over 60 brands of tea and we at tea store carry some of the most popular!

Top Sellers Here at ETS:

 

Stomach Ease Caffeine Free Tea

 

Yogi Stomach Ease Caffeine Free Tea - 16 Tea Bags

 

  • All Organic
  • Promotes Digestive Health
  • Fennel Seed and Licorice
  • Addition of Peppermint
  • Cardamom, Coriander & Ginger
  • Compostable Tea Bags
  • Kosher
  • Suitable for Vegans
  • $5.99 / 16 Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Tea Super Antioxidant

 

 

  • All OrganicYogi Super Antioxidant Green Tea - 16 Tea Bags
  • Reduces Aging, Pollution & Stress
  • Green Tea, Grapeseed & Amla
  • Potent Antioxidants
  • Citrus Flavor
  • Sweet Floral Notes
  • Kosher
  • Suitable for Vegans
  • $5.99 / 16 Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

And lastly, great for cold & flu season… Throat Comfort Tea

 

  • All Organic Herbal BlendYogi Throat Comfort Tea - 16 Tea Bags
  • Slippery Elm Bark & Mullein
  • Soothes Minor Throat Irritation
  • Wild Berry Bark & Licorice Root
  • Kosher
  • Suitable for Vegans
  • $5.99 / 16 Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for next week where we dig into Taylor of Harrogate!

 

-Alexis

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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!!

 

We all know and love Queen Elizabeth for her remarkable reign over Great Britain and the Commonwealth Realms. The world has watched her grow up from a graceful young princess to a strong and devoted Queen, leading her nation through the greatest and the most dreadful of times. On April 21, 2016, Queen Elizabeth II will reach yet another milestone: Her 90th birthday.

The Queen recently became the longest reigning monarch in 2015, ruling for over 63 years! Her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has been by her side for her entire reign which began in 1952 after having been married since 1947. Not only is she a ruler of a kingdom but she’s also the ruler of a proud and growing family! She is the mother of four children, 8 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren as of this writing.

For her 90th birthday this year in 2016, it will go as normally planned with a few special additions. Her birthday is normally celebrated throughout the months of April, May, and June. For her official birthday on April 21st, the Queen usually spends her birthday in privacy but there are several gun salutes to mark the special day at noon. There are a few special engagements in April but in May, a major celebration will be held for the Queen. From May 12-15 will be celebrations every night featuring an over 90 minute joyous event that will celebrate her life, her love of horses, and her dedication to the Commonwealth and other international affairs. The event will feature over 900 horses and 1500 performers from all over the UK and the world! It will take place on the private grounds of Windsor Castle (this is the only the time the general public are allowed on the grounds) in a custom built arena! The Queen will attend on the final evening, May 15th.

In June, there will be more events marking the celebration. The Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will also celebrate his 95th birthday on June 10th but on that day, there will be a special Thanksgiving service held in St. Paul’s Cathedral where invited guests will only be allowed. The next day is the Trooping of the Colour, which is known as the THE official celebration of the Queen’s birthday. A parade celebrating the Queen’s birthday is held, and she will stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, where many will try to catch a glimpse of her. On June 12, about 10,000 guests will attend the Patron’s Lunch at the Mall in London. This is to celebrate the many charities in which the Queen is patron of.

If you want to celebrate your own way, you can always enjoy a slice of cake or two, some scones with a bit of jam, or raise a cup of tea, possibly a good Buckingham Palace Garden Party, and enjoy it like how the Queen enjoys it: Milk, no sugar!

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

Here’s a bit of fun trivia about Queen Elizabeth for you:

  • Queen Elizabeth was affectionately called Lilibet by her family as a little girl.
  • She is a big fan of the Corgi dog. She has had over 30 of them as pets throughout her reign.
  • The Queen is an avid photographer, taking photos with her cameras over the decades. She has even photobombed someone’s selfie!
  • One big surprising fact about the Queen is that she served in the military during World War 2. She was 2nd Lieutenant Elizabeth Windsor. She even knows how to change spark plugs and flats tires (and the only member in the British Royal Family to do so).

-CD

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(c) Julia Briggs – English Tea Store

Well over here we are still on Easter holidays and the Easter eggs are half price!  The kids are still away from school and bored so having bought some little Easter eggs cheap I thought we could make some Easter Nests which, because it is after Easter, we will call Spring treats.

It is a macaroon mix and filled with chocolate spread and small egg.  The mixture makes about 16 nests.

You will need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
  • 4 oz caster sugar
  • 6 oz coconut
  • 2 oz ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of chocolate spread and three little eggs for each nest
  • Oven 160 C  325 F Gs Mark 3
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(c) Julia Briggs – English Tea Store

Whisk the egg whites until stiff then add the lemon/lime juice and a little sugar and keep whisking.  Gradually add the remaining sugar and whisk until the mixture is shiny.  Fold in the coconut, almonds and vanilla.  Spoon the mixture into paper cases and make a small depression in each one.

Bake for 12 minute until set.  Cool on a wire rack and when slightly cool add a teaspoon of chocolate spread and three eggs to each.  The children had one still hot from the oven with a glass of milk but they go equally well with tea.

– JAB

What makes Great Britain so intriguing is not just the tea, but the food. Not only do they have an excellent taste for chocolate, desserts, and cooking, but they also have a great taste for snacks! One of the most popular snack foods in Britain is the crisp. What’s a crisp? It’s the familiar potato chip! Just don’t call them (potato) chips or you might be referring to the fried potatoes we Americans know as fries!

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(c) Crystal Derma – English Tea Store

Britain’s largest crisp manufacturer and the most popular brand is Walkers. The logo looks strikingly similar to the Lay’s Potato Chips logo (they are both owned by Pepsico) but the huge difference is the flavor variety! The United States has flavors like sour cream and onion, barbecue, and cheddar while Great Britain has Prawn Cocktail, Worcester Sauce, and Cheese and Onion. Wait, Worcester Sauce? Prawn Cocktail? Yes, you read it correctly! These are among some of the traditional flavors that also include Ready Salted and Salt and Vinegar.

Along with the standard potato crisp, there are other kinds like the Monster Munch! A baked corn snack flavored with Pickled Onion, I was a bit nervous but adventurous when I obtained a bag! My sister, who was over at my house when I opened the Monster Munch, wrinkled her nose. You see, us Americans are not used to pickled onions, so it sounded a bit odd. Then, we tried them. We were completely surprised! The texture is similar to the onion ring-like chips we grew up with called FunYuns, but the taste is completely different! These Monster Munches are tangy and mouthwatering! My sister was even taking the bag and running around the house, getting our family members to try it before telling them it was pickled onion!

Crisps have been in homes both British and American for generations, on lunch plates, in children’s lunch boxes, and even alongside soldiers during World War II. If you go anywhere in the UK, crisps are sold nearly everywhere as much as you see tea. Millions of packets of crisps are sold every year in the UK, and its popularity does not seem to be faltering.

And if you do end up in an English crisp section, do try Walkers Tomato Ketchup crisps! You would be surprised at how delicious those are!

Tea still supreme in the UK?

Tea still supreme in the UK? (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

Nobody knows anything. Screenwriter William Goldman probably wasn’t the first person to use that phrase but when he applied it to the movie business, it caught on and has become something of a pop culture catchphrase. One that could apply to the state of tea drinking in the UK, now that you mention it.

If you wanted to find a study that bemoans the demise of British tea drinking, whether it be from the onslaught of coffee culture or for whatever other reason, you won’t have to look too hard. If memory serves, I’ve commented on several such studies and reports in these very pages. Here’s an article I wrote about a year ago on the alleged decline of tea in the UK and China.

You might have to look a little harder to find reports that all is well and good with tea drinking in the UK, but they’re out there. Take a study that was cited repeatedly in the British press not so long ago. As one article triumphantly noted, Still a Nation of Tea Drinkers: More Brits Enjoy a Cuppa than a Coffee.

The study of hot beverage drinking habits was conducted with the help of some 5,000 British consumers. Though a little more than a third of the aforementioned prefer a cup of coffee in the morning, more than half of those surveyed said that they like to get things underway in the veddy British way, with a cup of tea. The Brits drink more than 78 million cups of tea every day though the study also found that 46 percent preferred to take their tea from a mug.

As other reports have indicated over the years, the tea bag reigns supreme in the UK nowadays. Only 20 percent of survey respondents said that they bothered to make tea in a teapot. Of those who drank tea from a bag about 40 percent said that they only managed to steep the tea for a minute or less. More details about the study here.

All of which sounds promising for the British tea scene, though it undoubtedly won’t be too long before another report moaning about the demise of British tea culture. Which brings to mind Mark Twain’s often requited quote, the one about “lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

PG Tips - a return to loose tea? (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

PG Tips – a return to loose tea? (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

In other British tea news, here’s word on an initiative to reduce the environmental impact from all of those used tea bags being tossed in the bin. Tea bags are said to be the number one source of food-related waste and PG Tips, who are said to have introduced the tea bag there in 1960, are part of an effort to reduce this impact.

See also:
Joining the “Save the Teapot” Campaign

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Thomas Twining

Thomas Twining

The British were not the first people to drink tea and they were not even the first Europeans to do so. They have never grown tea on their own soil, except in very modest amounts at one or two plantations, nor do they drink the most tea on a per capita basis. And yet when we think of great tea-drinking nations Great Britain is probably one of the first ones that will spring to mind. It would be beyond the scope of an article like this one to list all of the great British tea pioneers responsible for this state of affairs, but here are a few noteworthy ones.

Catherine of Braganza
It’s not completely certain when tea first appeared in England. It may have been a decade or more before the marriage of Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza to Englishman Charles II, in 1662, but it’s Catherine who’s typically credited with popularizing the drink among English royalty and upper classes.

Charles Bruce/Robert Bruce/Robert Fortune
While the British could supply their need for tea by dealing with the Chinese as time passed it became more and more to their advantage not to do so. In the early nineteenth century, the British decided to grow their own supplies in India and it was largely thanks to the efforts of Fortune and Scottish brothers Robert and Charles Bruce that it all came to pass. Read more about Fortune’s exploits in China, here.

Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford
It may be one of the many myths and legends of tea or it might just be true, but it’s the Duchess of Bedford who’s credited with coming up with the distinctively British custom known as afternoon tea.

Thomas Twining
While there were undoubtedly British tea merchants doing business before Thomas Twining started a tea shop in 1706, it’s probably a good bet that none of the companies they started have survived and thrived to this day, as is the case with Twinings of London. (See products.)

Thomas Lipton
Arguably one of the most recognizable names in the tea business, the man who lent his name to Lipton tea was a relative latecomer to tea selling. Read a brief overview of his exploits here and get more on the whole thrilling saga in his most recent biography, A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton’s Extraordinary Life and His Quest for the America’s Cup.

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Twinings Royal Wedding Tea Blend

Twinings Royal Wedding Tea Blend

Everyone loves a Royal Wedding.  Especially one like this, between a Prince and a commoner. It’s literally the stuff fairytales are made of. The big day will have everything Walt Disney could have asked for, from the trumpeters to the eighteen-horse carriage procession to the evening of dancing in the great ballroom of Buckingham Palace.

I’m sure this will all be very nice but, more importantly, there will be tea. Around 660 people will be sitting down to tea, champagne and canapés at a reception hosted by the Queen. There will be the classic designer wedding cake, of course, but, in an endearing move, William has requested that there also be one of his childhood favourites, a chocolate biscuit cake. It isn’t really a cake but a gooey mixture of melted chocolate, dried fruit and crushed biscuits and, while it may not perfectly complement a glass of champagne, there is no better accompaniment to a cup of tea.

As always, wedding souvenirs are being produced in impressive volumes with crockery and tea sets being the most popular designs. Collectible royal wedding memorabilia is an old tradition in Britain and, with the huge array of mugs cups and saucers available, it is a neat way to combine two quintessentially English things: tea and the monarchy. The Royal family will be drinking their tea on the day from a tea set specifically designed for the happy couple by Zhu Xiaoju. The unique set is named Dian Xi and is decorated with a blue and white floral design.

The select few with royal invitations won’t be celebrating, or enjoying their tea, alone. Tea parties and street parties are planned throughout the country in celebration of the wedding and also of the free day off from work that a lot of us are getting. British troops in Afghanistan will be celebrating along with the rest of the country and people all over the world will be watching live. There are few couples who can claim to have been the cause of so many boiling kettles!

So let’s raise a cup of tea to William and Kate and wish them well on their wedding day.

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