Welcome to Britain’s Best Tea Guide Edition 1 – your guide to which products are a must try this season!
With the National Tea Day Fes-Tea-Val taking place on the 21st and 22nd of April 2018 this is your chance to get the inside line on new products, new recipes and top new combinations to try with a cuppa ahead of the event.
It is easy to make, really good for you and most importantly so delicious you won’t get bored and start reaching for a bottle of Coke anytime soon. Here are 3 products we recommend you try this week in order to kick off your tea inspired diet:
THE CHEEKY FOOD COMPANY
This chutney is a delicious taste-bud-tickling condiment and a perfect way to reduce your calories but still get great taste!
The strong robust flavour of this English Breakfast is great as a morning pick me up as well and is just what you need to get you through these cold wintery days.
The afternoon craze has been steeping the nation and to help you choose the best one for you we have 3 of our favourites listed here:
La Suite West
The afternoon tea itself doesn’t disappoint with mini wraps, hot dogs and burgers providing a surprisingly elegant twist on a classic afternoon tea!
Hotel Du Vin Tonbridge
This truly is everyday indulgence with the experience including Severn & Wye smoked salmon and cream cheese on dark rye bread, egg and cress mayonnaise brioche sub, ham with Gruyère croissant, heritage tomato and tapenade galette, goat’s cheese and spinach quiche, followed by our selection of cream tea.
Fresh ‘n Tast-tea
The products we list in this section are teas which we recommend you add to your wish list and be sure to check out at Fes-Tea-Val! Some products are about innovating the very way we take tea (the Chai drops below for instance) whilst other products are unique single estate teas which you are unlikely to have ever tried (The Green Tea below).
We think the key to being a tea lover is having an open mind and trying new products – if you try any of our recommendations take a photo and be sure to tag us on social media @Nationalteaday.
Firstly if you haven’t tried spice drops before, there are a huge range of flavours and they give you the intense flavours you are after with none of the associated hassle.
Their Chai Spices drops carry a great flavour and also makes making your chai hugely accessible!
West London Hampers
Kenyan teas are very often very high quality and noted for their bold an rich flavours, which is why Kenyan tea is especially prevalent in the Breakfast tea market.
This particular product however is a Green Tea, and while some green teas can get a little bit lost on the palate this one packs some serious flavour!
It is good for you, much trendier than coffee and there is so much more scope to be original compared to other drinks!
Whilst we love writing about which teas to drink, once you have your cuppa ready why not take a minute to think about how you can look sheek in the Bou-tea-que.
Tea after all is a stalwart of British culture, of socialising and of fashion back up your gourmet tea with a look to match.
Our favourite is this ‘Chocolate Julia Trilby’ – a lot more stylish than an anorak hoody I think you will agree.
Well at National Tea Day we say the younger the better so we thought we would show you this delightful afternoon tea set from Souzu which features beautifully crafted wooden sandwiches, scones & jam and even macaroons.
As well as teaching the kids about afternoon tea the real upside is that it keeps the kids busy while you demolish the real tea and scones in the other room!
TEA ‘N’ TIPPLE
The idea that it was tea or alcohol long consigned to the past and now we can look forward to the age of Tea AND Tipple. The fact is that tea has an incredible amount in common with wine as they both share similar flavour profiles and we really recommend learning with wine in order to improve your tea palate.
The wonderful array of tea flavours mean that it can infuse Gins, Rums, Whiskeys and Vodka’s for an incredible twist of classic combinations. Be sure to experiment at home, take a photo and tag us @Nationalteaday.
Having tried this we can safely say you don’t need a host of fruits or other flavours to make the magic happen, just Jindea Gin and a Premium tonic do the trick for an absolutely brilliant twist on a classic combination.
The only problem is, what if you know very little about wine pairing? Well fear not, we have partnered with the tasting experts at Pieroth Wines to help educate you.
The great thing with a Pieroth experience is they actually come to your home to do the tasting masterclass so you can take the time to learn about the flavour profile of the wine without having to pretend to everyone else in a restaurant you are a sommelier!
Try it out, what you learn is readily transferable to tea.
TEA ‘N’ TREATS
Whether it is biscuits, bakery, cakes or even Ice Cream there are so many incredible flavour combinations you can create by sampling different snacks with different tea.
After all what tastes amazing with a Darjeeling will have a very different profile with a Rooibos!
These gems are Chocolate Hazelnut and are specifically made to be a perfect compliment to a cuppa, ooh-la-la!
We know a lot of you like to have honey with your tea as an alternative to milk, with this Honeycomb Ice-Cream you don’t need to as the sweet subtle tastes of the ice-cream provide a cooling but sweet sensation!
PAIRINGS & RECIPES
Our motto is (OK, one of our many mottos) is that tea is never drunk on its own. With tea having such rich flavour properties it is only right it is used in recipes and paired with other delicious foods.
Tea certainly doesn’t always need to be paired with sweet foods and it can be equally compelling complementing savoury dishes.
On the other hand why not use tea to make gorgeous cocktails or to infuse a sauce? The possibilities are endless and experimentation really is the key to success here.
Let us know your favourite tea pairing and recipe combinations on social media @Nationalteaday! Below are just a couple of ours.
The delightful range of hummus at Chic’p though has just got us so excited that we have been coming up with pairing combinations galore here at NTD HQ. After all, there are so many subtle deviations in flavour it has just the perfect profile to be pairing with tea.
We have been spreading the hummus on small strips of wholegrain pitta bread and pairing with teas. Our favourite combination so far is the Carrot, Ginger & Turmeric Hummus paired with a Lemon & Ginger Rooibos Tea – the flavours complement perfectly!
- 1/2 cup Hibiscus
- 4 cups of filtered water
- A small bunch of fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
- A handful of berries