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We’ve all heard of tea with milk and maybe even cream, but have you ever heard of tea with cheese? Yes, you read that correctly! Cheese tea is the latest trend among tea connoisseurs. Many are taking to social media to post their refreshing tea topped with creamy cheese. It sounds a bit odd, but fans say it is not once you try it.

Where did cheese tea come from?

Cheese tea was originally created in Taiwan several years ago and was a hit in Asian countries. In recent years, the trend has reached America and it’s taking the country by storm.

What is cheese tea?

Cheese tea is made with any type of tea and a cheese mixture that varies. Some cheese tea blends are made with cheese and a mixture of cream cheese, condensed milk, and heavy cream, although there are more variations of cheese tea cheese. The cheese is whipped into a frothy texture and then poured straight on top of the cup of iced tea. Cheese tea is said to taste more dessert-like than savory. It is best to drink cheese tea like you would a beer (since they look like pints of foamy Guinness). The result is a foamy cheese moustache!

How do I try cheese tea?

For those of you brave enough to want to try cheese tea, some bubble tea shops carry the drink. It is sold in tea shops in many major cities but if one near you does not carry it yet, fear not. Like bubble tea, cheese tea is likely to reach a tea spot near you. If you want to be even more brave, you can try to make it yourself, although there are not many recipes for this just yet. Once I figure out a way to make the frothy cheese, there will be a recipe!

If you have ever tried a cheese tea, tell us in the comments! Your blogger is very curious as to how it tastes!

 

-CD

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With National Iced Tea Month in full swing, you might be wondering what kind of iced tea to make. Do you want to try something different from your normal iced tea? Then why not try a new tea to ice! Here are the types of tea that you can make into a refreshing glass of heaven. There is something for everyone.

Fruit and Caffeine Free – There has always been black or green tea with fruit but have you ever had a plain fruit tea? Fruit teas are usually tisanes, or otherwise known as herbal tea since it does not have caffeine in it. Many fruit teas made are usually fruit pieces, peels, flowers, and sometimes tea. Some herbal teas like chamomile and rooibos are the tea itself. More traditional teas like black and green sometimes have caffeine taken out, but take note that they are not completely caffeine free. Fruit teas are perfect for kids!

Green Tea is growing in popularity, so it is no surprise that iced green tea is trending. Many coffee and tea cafes sell iced green tea, either unflavored, unsweetened, or flavored and sweetened. Popular flavors for iced green tea include mint, lemon, and strawberry. The result is a cool, refreshing taste that will make you forget it’s summer.

White Tea is a young tea leaf with silvery white hairs that is picked early so get your iced tea early in the summer! Basic white is a good way to start but if you want to be more adventurous, try your white iced tea with a floral note and mild taste, the Pai Mu Tan White Tea. For a tropical flavor, go for the Oasis Mango White Tea, which provides a delicate but sweet flavor that will take you to the beach. Plus, white tea has a small amount of caffeine so iced white tea could give you a little pick-me-up.

Black Tea – The classic! Iced tea is normally made with black tea, especially in the case of Southern Sweet Tea. In general, iced black tea is the most popular type of iced tea in the US with raspberry, peach, and lemon being the most popular flavors. The best part about black tea is that there is so much variety of black tea. Darjeeling, Ceylon, Chai, if there is a black tea you prefer, you can ice it! Homemade iced tea allows you to customize it however you please. Add milk and sugar, unsweetened, or add some of your favorite fruit.

-CD

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

 

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!

 

-Alexis

 

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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!

 

 

-Alexis

 

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We haven’t even reached Halloween yet but we are extremely excited to tell you that we now have Christmas Crackers available for your purchase. It’s never too early to stock up on them as gifts or for yourself! And it’s also never to early to talk about Christmas!

 

What are Christmas Crackers?

I had no idea what a Christmas Cracker was before the English Tea Store starting selling them! But I am so happy I now know because they make such easy, inexpensive & fun gifts that all ages will love.

They were invented (by accident) by a man named Tom Smith in 1847. That means this tradition has been around for over 150 years! A cracker, pictured below, is a small cardboard tube wrapped in beautiful Christmas paper. Two people hold on either side of the tube to “pop” it. Next the cardboard turns into a hat for you to strut around in, a small gift, a balloon and a saying/joke. The “joke” is usually so laughable because they really are not that funny. The tradition is to crack them open after Christmas dinner.

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Tom Smith eventually started making Crackers for more seasons because they were so popular! Something that makes crackers so special is that they are made by hand.

 

 

Here at ETS, we have crackers for all ages. There are crackers for adults & kids.

 

Christmas Crackers for Kids:

Christmas Crackers for Adults:

 

We also carry a large variety of Pudding Lane Crackers! If you’re planning on having a Christmas party this festive season, they would make for perfect party favors! Or even pick one up for each member of your family for an inexpensive & fun tradition to start.

 

-Alexis

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We are staying with the luck of the Irish again this week with Bewley’s Tea, founded in 1840 by Samuel Bewley and his son Charles Bewley. They took a chance with a little shop in Dublin, Ireland and thank goodness they did, because they are now a worldwide power house in the coffee & tea industry!

Today, 175 years later, they are owners of many awards for espresso blends & single origin teas. They are the leading supply of hot beverages in Ireland with over 4,000 hotels & cafe’s selling their tea and coffee.

They pride their Quaker origins and run their company with these origins in mind. They have long term relationships with their suppliers and other coffee/tea producers.

 

Bewley’s has sold over 600 Million cups of tea worldwide!

 

Now for some of our fan favorites here at ETS:

 

Bewley’s Irish Breakfast TeaBewley's Irish Breakfast Tea - 80 count

  • Made in Ireland
  • Indian Tea Leaves (Assam & Darjeeling)
  • Creamy, Malt Flavor
  • Caffeinated
  • $8.79 / 80 bags

“This is my go to tea. I love how dark and full bodied this tea is. I never had a bitter cup of tea from this blend. I drink this tea all day long, and enjoy every cup.” Claudia, an ETS Customer

 

Bewley’s Dublin Morning TeaBewley's Dublin Morning Tea - 80 count

  • Made in Ireland
  • African Tea Leaves
  • Creamy, Malt Flavor
  • Caffeinated
  • $8.79 / 80 bags

“this is my all time favorite tea! I love dark, strong, malty flavor, taken straight–no milk, no sugar. This one fills my criteria. So glad it’s available online!” – Laura, an ETS Customer

 

That closes our Breakdown of Brands series! I hope you all enjoyed learning some history behind the brands we sell & why we love them so much. The next set of Wednesday blogs are going to feature some hot new Christmas items! 🎄

 

-Alexis

 

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We all are aware of the amazing benefits that green tea has on our health. Just looking at the chart to the left makes me want to drink green tea all day long! While looking at this chart though, I realized at the very bottom it said “skincare”. This intrigued me and I wanted to know more. Why does it reduce aging? How do you use it for skincare? Of course I am more concerned with my inner body health than beauty BUT if we can get a two for one…why not!

 

Green tea has anti-aging benefits by diminishing age spots, fine lines & wrinkles. The polyphenols in green tea help remove free radicals that speed up aging in the skin. If you pay attention in the beauty isles at your local store, you will notice more and more product involving green tea!

 

 

 

The first thing I learned is that green tea skincare is great for all skin types whether you have dry or oily skin.

Cleanser:

Mix two tablespoons of green tea with 1 tablespoon of honey! You can also add some lemon juice if you want to combat scarring on your face also.

Toner:

A toner is used after your cleanser and before your face cream! It is meant to balance the pH in your skin. All you need to do is put some green tea in a spray bottle and mist over the face!

Eye Care:

Just put 2 green tea bags in the freezer for five minutes to chill them then place on the eyelids for 10 minutes while you relax.

Steam Facial:

This is where we remove those free radicals from the skin! If you boil some water and add whole leaf green tea leaves to it, you can steam your face just like at the spa.

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If the previous recipes interest you or you want to find out more, simply go to pinterest.com and search “green tea skin care” for recipes & tips and tricks.

Pick up some Twinings’ Green Tea today if you would like to try out some beauty recipes or if you simply just enjoy the health benefits you receive from consuming it!

 

-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

http://www.nationalteaday.co.uk/ April 21st, 2017

National Tea Day is celebrated in April in the UK. While tea is the most popular beverage in the UK, this is its official day. This day is entirely different from National Hot Tea Day in the US, which is celebrated each January. This day celebrates all aspects of tea, including Afternoon Tea, one of the most popular times to enjoy tea.

Whether you have a full on English Afternoon Tea with some friends or just a cup while curling up on the couch, take the time to treat yourself to a fine brew. It’s always completely up to you if you want to go to with a familiar favorite like PG Tips or Typhoo or go with something new and different like Taylor’s of Harrogate. Have some English Breakfast, Green Tea, or how about something unfamiliar? Try a few of these teas that are becoming popular all over the world:

Darjeeling: Known as the “Champagne of Teas”, this reigns one of the best in its class. Darjeeling is grown in India, in the Darjeeling district, which is where it gets its name. Brands to try: English Tea Store, Twinings, Harney and Sons, and Taylors of Harrogate.

Oolong: A popular Chinese tea, this distinctive tea is just a bit fermented and oxidized for a perfect balance of green and black tea. Brands to try: English Tea Store Orange Blossom Oolong, Twinings China Oolong.

Assam: Assam tea was named after the region in which it was grown in India. It is a black tea with a strong malty flavor and deep bronze color. It is perfect for breakfast or any other time of day with a little sugar and milk. Brands to try: English Tea Store and Taylors of Harrogate.

What kind of tea would you celebrate National Tea Day with and who would you share your cup with? If you are a tea lover, then National Tea Day is every day!

 

-CD

 

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