This Friday 21 April is National Tea Day – yes a whole day dedicated to my favourite non-alcoholic beverage and, in the words of the popular World War II song sung by Jack Buchanan, “Everything Stops For Tea”.
I mention this because Caitlin has just finished her World War II school project and, of course, Dame Vera Lynn has reached her milestone 100th birthday so all things 1939-1945 are particularly topical in our house at present!
“It’s a very good English custom
And a stimulant for the brain
When you feel a little weary, a cup’ll make you cheery
And it’s cheaper than champagne…” [Lyrics Goodhart, Hoffman & Sigler]
And lest you think that I have gone rogue and am being unfaithful to my fellow Welsh countryfolk, as I may have mentioned before, I was born in Rochford, England rather a few years ago now. Hence my perennial emotional conflict whenever Wales play England during the Six Nations.
Did you know though, that over 165 million cups of tea are brewed daily in the UK so it’s no surprise having a cuppa has become a Great British tradition and is proudly celebrated each year on National Tea Day.
So I was delighted to be sent the most beautiful selection of luxury organic teas from English Tea Shop in their Luxury Organic Collection to help me celebrate National Tea Day in style.
Founded in 2010, English Tea Shop is a premium speciality tea company based in the UK and believes in the power of Tea, Loving, Care. They work with the finest Organic and Fairtrade farmers, blenders and producers from all over the world to produce a diverse range of organic teas, from the true classics to the more unusual. The brand uses age-old practices and quality tea leaves to create a superb tea coming from the heart of Sri Lanka and is built on sustainable and ethical values, with employee and farmer welfare at its core.
The Luxury Organic Collection contains 72 individually wrapped pyramid tea bags and features a diverse range of classics to more unusual herbal varieties.
The range includes:
Organic and Fairtrade English Breakfast: A pure Ceylon black tea sure to quench any thirst for a proper English brew
Organic and Fairtrade Earl Grey: A quintessentially British tea delicately flavoured with bergamot
Organic and Fairtrade Green Tea: A delicate and refreshing blend of 100% organic and Fairtrade green tea
Organic and Fairtrade Peppermint: A revitalising and delicious tea packed full of antioxidants
Organic Chocolate, Rooibos & Vanilla: Caffeine-free, naturally sweet and antioxidant-rich rooibos deliciously blended with vanilla and chocolate notes
Organic Black Tea Chai: Organic black tea entwined with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and orange peel
Organic Lemongrass, Ginger and Citrus: An understated classic packing a citrus punch! Notes of Lemongrass and citrus-infused with a tingle of ginger will refresh any palate
Organic Green Tea Tropical: Made with the finest organic green tea combined with mouth-watering tropical herbs and fruit flavours
Organic Super Berries: A delightful blend of classical herbs and aromatic berries – tastes as delicious as its aroma
All English Tea Shop teas are created using time-honoured healthy ingredients. The range includes nature’s most revitalising herbs, spices, fruits and flowers for the most beneficial infusions and naturally cleansing teas.
I loved the Organic & Fairtrade Earl Grey which had just the right delicate blend without being overpowering and the refreshing Organic & Fairtrade Peppermint – great when you’ve um, overindulged slightly!
You can find English Shop Teas in Harrods, Selfridges, Debenhams, WHSmith and Wyvale Garden Centres.
For the full English Tea Shop product range visit: their website.