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If you have ever had a Soreen Malt Loaf in the past and miss its soft, squidgy texture, you’re in luck! English Tea Store has become a supplier of these sticky little loaves. They are the most popular malt loaf in the UK and now they can be enjoyed right here in the US.

These scrummy malt loaves are loaded with sweet, juicy raisins to give you a burst of energy to keep you going for quite some time. Eat them however you like! Take them and slice them, toast them, and slather some butter on them! Or eat them cold with butter. Not a fan of butter? Then eat them plain. If you don’t have a knife with you, then you can just break these apart with your hands and enjoy as is. Some people enjoy Soreen with jam or even cheese! These loaves can also be used in a recipe, such as a trifle or a steamed pudding. You can do a lot with Soreen.

Our shop stores these loaves frozen, ready for shipment. Once ordered, they are shipped* through ground shipping on a Monday or a Tuesday and are usually expected to arrive in 3-5 days, depending on your location. The reason they are frozen is because they can defrost while they are in transit! By the time they arrive to their destination, the loaves should be defrosted. They are also shipped in threes, so when you purchase Soreen, you are buying three loaves and not just one! I think that would keep a few of us happy since one loaf isn’t going to be enough!

No matter how these loaves get to you, we are happy to be a new supplier of Soreen. Try with a cup of your favorite tea and share with your loved ones. Or have one loaf for yourself. We are happy to be spreading squidgy energy and malty goodness to the people of America!

-CD

 

*Soreen Malt Loaves do not qualify for any shipping promotions.

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Lapsang Souchong China black tea loose leaf

Lapsang Souchong China black tea loose leaf

When visiting a new place, it can be hard not to become overwhelmed by the number of things there is to do and see. It is tiring to bounce from one thing to another, without a break, in an attempt to see as much as possible in your time there. My strategy for avoiding such a fate is simple: I break up my itinerary with a rejuvenating and refreshing cup of tea. This works particularly well in the UK because of the abundance of tea rooms that you can fortuitously come across (in the USA I usually have to plan out stops at tea rooms more consciously, or settle for a less than stellar cup of tea if I am really desperate). This was a strategy I applied wholeheartedly on my recent visit to Durham, England.

As often happens on my travels, in Durham I walked a lot—everywhere actually—and it was a chilly time of year. These two factors combined meant that regular tea stops were a must and, luckily for me, Durham has a number of nice offerings. Vennels Café was one that particularly stood out. Located in a 16th century courtyard accessed through a narrow alleyway, the café is tucked away from the main street, giving you the feeling of having stumbled on a well kept secret. The name of the café comes from its location, as “vennel” is the word for a small alleyway between two buildings.

Vennels Café in Durham, England

Vennels Café in Durham, England

Vennels Café is particularly famous for their slices of cake (which I can confirm are delicious), but they also serve breakfast and lunch food. Most importantly though, they have some nice teas—both loose and bagged. First I had to ask which teas on the list were loose and which were bagged. Having eliminated the bagged teas, I opted for a tea that, in my opinion, is very hard to do badly: lapsang souchong. As anticipated, it was smoky and full-bodied, and with a bit of milk it was the perfect tea to warm me up and give me a boost (the slice of cake helped too!). One of the things that I enjoyed the most about ordering this tea was the fact that it was served in a beautiful vintage china teapot. I happened to notice that this was not the case for the other teas being served—most others seemed to be served in the standard small metal teapots often found in hotels and restaurants. They work perfectly well, but how much lovelier to use a vintage china teapot! I definitely got the better deal.

There were several other places that I stopped to get tea, but Vennels Café was the one that stood out the most. Durham is a very hilly town, and with a lot of walking these tea breaks were very much appreciated. But more so than the physical effort, it is the overstimulation that so often tires me out when travelling. Taking the time to stop for tea is a great way for me to keep my energy up and, ultimately, it makes me more able to enjoy and appreciate a place. The benefits of tea never cease to amaze me.

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By William I. Lengeman III

Is tea under threat in Britain, a country that’s pretty much a poster child for our beloved leafy beverage and which chose it, a few years back, as one of the icons that have formed the nation’s identity? Well, not so fast, Jack. While there are those who decry the influx of outlets dedicated to serving that other hot drink – you know the one – it’s hard to imagine that this most British of customs, one that’s been in place for centuries, is likely to be cast aside anytime soon.

Try out British Favorites Tea SamplerAs in the case of Mark Twain’s fabled non-demise, it’s safe to say that the rumors of tea’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Not that some people aren’t worrying about it. As London’s Telegraph recently reported there are a number of British citizens who are calling for, as they put it, a “return to civilised tea time.”

As the article notes, one Tania Baker, owner of the By Jove! Tea Rooms, in Burwell, has begun to push back against the nightmarish notion of coffeehouses on every corner and is calling for other citizens to join her in fighting the good fight. Baker is drumming up support for tea – as if it needed it – with a petition she will send to the Tea Guild and Visit Britain singing the praises of the beloved custom of afternoon tea.

The article goes on to note that the British still drink a rather respectable amount of tea – in the amount of 165 million cups daily. Coffee, however, appears to be closing in, with an estimated 70 million cups consumed every day. According to figures from the UK Tea Council, 96 percent of the more than 60 billion cups of tea consumed annually in Britain are made using tea bags.

British tea fans can also take heart in the fact that not all is necessarily well in the world of the bean. As an article in the Guardian reported this summer, coffee giant Starbucks reported losses for its British locations. Other popular British coffee chains include Costa Coffee and Caffè Nero.

Don’t forget to check out William’s blog, Tea Guy Speaks!

When it comes to tea, the word “steep” can have several meanings. The most common of these, of course, is as a verb – to steep your tea by soaking the leaves or a tea bag in hot water so that you can drink it. You could also use “steep” as an adjective, as in “steep tea,” or tea that is meant only for those with truly deep pockets.

While an expensive tea might be worth the cost in the long run, is an outlandishly expensive tea worth the inflated price? For example, London’s Telegraph recently featured a brief article about the Kitchen at the Circle restaurant, in Manchester, which is currently offering a pot of tea that carries a rather substantial price tag of £25. Which, as someone has calculated, apparently works out to £1 for each sip of tea. For those not up to snuff on their British currency, this works out to just under 39 US dollars per pot or about $1.55 per sip.

Which ain’t no small chunk of change, of course, but is it worth it? Well, the only way to really be sure would be to sample some of this elixir, which is made from Mariage Freres Sacred White tea. This is said to be “farmed at a secret estate in Sri Lanka and according to ancient tradition only women can pick the leaves using gloves and golden scissors.” Which sounds more like a quaint legend designed to give product an aura of mystery than the real deal, but who’s to say? For more thoughts on this legend, refer to Sri Lanka’s Sunday Times.

On a related note, luxury-products-Web site Luxist recently announced that Trump Tea has hit the market. Yes, the waiting is over. If the name sounds familiar, it should. The line of flavored teas is a joint production of Talbott Teas and none other than the Donald himself – the publicity-shy Mr. Donald Trump. Alas, Trump Tea’s looks to be rather reasonably priced, at a surprisingly affordable $12.95 per tin.

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