Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Christmas teas

I've found that this festive season, tea has been very important to me when entertaining (mainly because a lot of my guests come to me in the day and drive...) As a result, I've been very impressed with the Christmas teas on offer this year.

A good bet is to buy, where you can, sample sizes of the tea. You don't want to buy a huge container of tea to discover that either a) you hate the stuff or b) you're totally bored of it by Boxing Day. I have a few different teas that I am working my way around.

Cup of Tea's Winter Selection box has been a particular favourite- each of the sachets contains enough tea for a couple of cups, meaning that, selfishly, I get to try the tea at the same time as my guest (I cannot recommend the Oolong Plum Pudding and the Toffee Apple teas highly enough; they are my favourites by far!)

Tea Palace  has an excellent selection of Christmas teas; I have Mulled Spice, Winter Whispers and Palace Christmas, all of which have proved popular with friends, although Mulled Spice seems to be the favourite. Their little caddies contain a really good amount of tea (about 10-20 cups) and are a great present for someone who might just be starting out on a tea adventure.

If you live in the UK or Europe, there is still time to get your order in!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Harrod's Heritage No 18 Georgian Blend

So, I haven't blogged for a while, what with various things going on in my life (I just spent a weekend in Ireland and my boyfriend asked me to marry him yesterday- life has been a bit unexpected!) but I thought I should get back to the important things in life- namely, tea.

Tea is massive in Ireland and, as a gift to the couple who were putting my sister and I up, we decided to buy them some special tea from Harrod's- their special Heritage No. 18 Georgian Blend. We bought the teabags in a caddy and duly presented it at dinner time. Thankfully, John and Margaret loved it and we were served some with some little chocolates after our meal.

The tea went down a treat. It's a smooth blend of Darjeeling, Assam and Sri Lankan teas which, as you would expect from the Harrod's name (and price tag!) is utterly delicious. The combination of teas is harmonious and almost velvety on the tongue. The top note of Darjeeling is definitely noticable- in blends of this sort, the lighter flavour can be lost and the earthier flavour of Assam was a pleasant grounding taste, without being overly 'tacky' or 'sticky'.

An expensive treat which may be perfect as a Christmas present for a great-aunt, perhaps?