“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
– William Ewart Gladstone
I am English and without a doubt if you’re English, you must love tea. I have grown up having tea all my life. One of my fondest memories was when I would fly home and visit my grandparents, within seconds of me arriving, the kettle would be on and my Nan would already have the teacups at the ready. Now, it’s a daily routine for me. I love English breakfast blends, chai teas, herbal and green and aside from the social aspect of having “a cuppa”, there are plenty of health benefits to drinking tea too.
Were you aware that tea are packed full of antioxidants? I guess the best way to explain is, antioxidants combat ageing and the long-term effects of pollution. Plus tea has less caffeine than coffee. If you suffer from headaches, body aches or the shakes after that cappuccino it may be due to too much caffeine, so make the switch to tea. Drinking tea may help keep your arteries clear and buildup free. A 5.6-year study from the Netherlands found a 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack in people who drank at least two to three cups of black tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers. So who would have thought? Something that tastes so delicious is actually benefitting your body!
My friends at Tetley have such a diverse range of teas and I thought I’d give you the lowdown on some of my favourites. Now some tea drinkers prefer black tea and others herbal, chai or green. Either way, Tetley’s range is so extensive you’ll be spoilt for choice.
For my black tea fans I would like to introduce to you two choices from Tetley’s Tea Master’s Selection, the Assam and the Kenyan blends.
The Assam region is a lush tropical rainforest climate in northern India, in the lower foothills surrounding the pristine Himalayas. This location makes for richly textured soil, which translates into a woody, earthy tea that practically oozes with robust, full-bodied flavour. Delicious!
The Kenyan blend is grown in the sunny, rich highlands near Mount Kenya. With its snow capped peaks, these teas are cultivated by independent farmers who grow tea on small plots. The taste can be described as nutty, naturally sweet tea, with an alluring complex flavour.
For those that prefer a herbal blend or flavoured teas, I would suggest Tetley’s Infusions range. These teas are naturally caffeine free and are bursting with flavour. My favourites? Cinnamon Orange and Forest Fruits.
When it comes to Cinnamon Orange, all I can say is Christmas! Starting with naturally caffeine-free rooibos leaves, they add cinnamon, orange blossoms & orange peel, plus warming spices like star anise, cardamon and cloves. When you brew the tea, it smells like the holiday season and instantly takes you back to Christmas! A Christmas that you can enjoy no matter the month!
Do you like berries? Strawberries? Raspberries and Cherries? Well I would definitely point you in the direction of Forest Fruits. This tea is bright, uplifting tea. With a blend of berries, poppy flowers, hibiscus and a touch of apple, Forest Fruits will certainly brighten up a dull afternoon.
There are plenty of other teas out there for you to try, but I wanted to give you a little introduction. After all, it’s starting to feel a little chiller. So next time you’re faced with a dull afternoon, maybe it’s raining outside and is looking a little icky, grab your jammies, a big cosy blanket and rug up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea. I’ll leave you with a divine quote that really sums up in essence that fuzzy yet comforting feeling when you make yourself a cup of tea.
“Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o’clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without.”
– Thomas De Quincy.