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Get the Tea: Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey

Do you still love the products you enjoyed as a child? Whether it’s something you enjoyed to eat or drink, played with, etc. We certainly do; there are brands we grew up that we still use to this day, one of which is Twinings of London tea. You already know of our obsession with all things tea, so we write this with a great deal of pleasure. We had the great pleasure of being invited to celebrate Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey, the three newest flavor additions to the brand’s long legacy of fine teas (they have 300 years of tea expertise under their belt).

For those not in the know, Earl Grey is a black tea infused with bergamot, it is aromatic, flavorful, a great energy booster, and one of the two most popular blends of black tea in the world (English Breakfast is the other). Twinings has been blending Earl Grey tea for almost two centuries. The Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey Collection includes Earl Grey – Extra Bold, Earl Grey – Jasmine, and Earl Grey – Lavender. Seeing as January is Hot Tea Month, it’s the perfect time to honor the new flavors.

Earl Grey – Extra Bold

Like the other two blends, the Earl Grey – Extra Bold is a modern twist on the classic tea. Starting with Twinings of London’s original Earl Grey tea, they then added more of its exquisite flavor to create a mouthwatering tea with a rich, vibrant taste.

Earl Grey – Jasmine

The Earl Grey – Jasmine is a smooth, uplifting blend that is known for its intoxicating aroma and slightly sweet taste. The uplifting flavor of jasmine creates an aromatic tea that will light up your day.

Earl Grey – Lavender

Get ready to sit back and relax with the soothing taste of the warm, inviting Earl Grey – Lavender tea. Known for its fresh, floral aroma and soothing taste, the luxurious flavor of lavender creates a rewarding tea that will calm and soothe your soul.

Along with enjoying several cups of the new teas in their flavorful glory, we also got to enjoy quite a few Earl Grey variety cocktails including The Canterbury, a bourbon rum hot toddy with Earl Grey – Extra Bold, The Newcastle, a white rum old fashioned with Earl Grey – Jasmine, and The Strand, a Gin Collins with Earl Grey – Lavender.

We also had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Stephen Twining (pictured below), a 10th Generation Twining. Along with singing the praises of Twinings tea to him, we had the opportunity to ask him a question we have wondered about since we first started drinking Twinings – what’s the significance of the “S” on the brand name? If you notice, his last name has no S.

As it goes:

When Richard Twining (The Grandson of the founder) put up the doorway to our Strand Shop in 1787, he did not like the ” ” at the end of the name, so removed it. Thus creating our brand name.

It’s not at all what we expected but I love that little detail. So there it is tea lovers, the new flavors that make up the Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey collection. All three flavors, and so much more, are all available now on the Twinings website. Are you eager to try these new Earl Grey varieties?

Tea Time w/ Teavana, and Taylors of Harrogate Teas

Hello fellow tea lovers, we hope you guys kept warm with a mug or two of one of our delicious hot toddy recipes. We continue celebrating Hot Tea Month with some non-alcoholic tea options. If you haven’t heard, we’re in for a bit of snow off and on for the next 2 1/2 weeks, nothing too major, but just enough to break out a few cups of tea to warm you up. If you don’t have any tea at home, we recommend you picking up teas from two of our favorite tea brands, Teavana, and Taylors of Harrogate.

TEAVANA OPRAH CHAI

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The above set is actually a holiday set we’re still enjoying and sadly its no longer available, but you can snag the equally wonderful Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Ritual Set (pictured below), a five piece set that comes with Oprah Chai Tea in a Tea Tin, a 32 oz Perfectea Maker, and two double wall glass mugs (we especially love these mugs because we don’t burn our hands like ceramic mugs do).

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Aside from its amazing taste, your purchase of the Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Ritual Set, a $4.00 donation will be made to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation to support educational opportunities for young people, including Girls Inc., National CARES Mentoring Movement, Pathways to College and U.S. Dream Academy. This is a tea with a great purpose. not only does it warm your body, it warms your heart as well. We’ve probably stated this before but our favorite tea is chai, we love the combination of these Indian tea leaves, milk, sugar, and blended spices including cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, and cloves. To us, it is the perfect combination of creamy, sweet and spicy. Grab the Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Ritual Set on sale now for $44.98 from www.teavana.com.

TAYLORS OF HARROGATE

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When you have a legacy of tea that spans 130 years, chances are you know your teas and trust us when we say Taylors of Harrogate knows all there is to know about tea. From black and green teas to flavored and herbal teas, Taylors’ collection of tea offerings has something for every tea lover. Taylors prides themselves in harvesting unparalleled quality and flavor for their teas, so they are put through the most stringent testing to make sure nothing sub-par makes it into their production. With fans that include the British Royal Family, you know you’re getting the best.

Today we’re highlighting the Taylors of Harrogate Variety Tea Pack, which boasts a 48-count of the following eight tea flavors including, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Decaffeinated Breakfast, Lemon & Orange, Pure Assam, Green Tea with Jasmine, Organic Peppermint, and Organic Chamomile. Not only is tea delicious and healthier for you, imagine all the hot toddy varieties you will enjoy with this variety pack. We’re really excited to try the Assam Tea, a rich, strong and full-bodied black tea with malty notes that is best served with milk. Of course, we still love the old favorites we grew up on such as English Breakfast and Earl Grey; thanks to Taylors of Harrogate, you can indulge in classic tea flavors and discover a few new ones. Visit Brands of Britain to purchase a tea or two and to learn more about Taylors of Harrogate teas.

Now that we’ve introduced you to Teavana, and Taylors of Harrogate, will you be adding more tea to your daily routine? What teas are you enjoying during Hot tea Month? Share your thoughts in our comments section.

January is Hot Tea Month: Raise a Mug to Hot Toddy Day

If you’ve read our blog, our Twitter or Instagram descriptions, then you know we have a great love of tea, which is no surprise because we grew up having tea with your grandfather, a man who greatly influenced us. In case you didn’t know, the month of January is all about celebrating tea. This month marks, not only Hot Tea Month, January 11th also honors Hot Toddy Day. There is nothing more soothing and delicious than a mug full of hot tea “spiked” with the perfect spirit, and we have three delicious Hot Toddy recipes for you to enjoy this month from The Owl’s Brew, and Zacapa Rum, that are sure to warm you up while the temperature drops outside.

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Chase the cold away with the robust smokiness of Owl’s Brew Smoky Earl Tea for the Famous Grouse or the refreshing and tingly Owl’s Brew Famous Mint Tea for The Famous Grouse Scotch Whiskey, and stay warm and toasty with a tranquilizing mulled wine made with the perfectly aged Zacapa Rum.

Northern Star

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Created by Marco Zappia, Eat Street Social and Scena Tavern, Minneapolis
1.5 oz The Famous Grouse
.5 oz Ginger Syrup
.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
5 oz The Owl’s Brew Famous Mint Tea
2 Dashes Bittercube Jamaican #1 Bitters
Garnish: Mint Leaf, Star Anise, and Lemon Peel
Boil water and bring to a simmer. Place The Famous Grouse, Ginger Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice and Bitters in a large tin, add simmering water to a smaller tin, placing the larger tin on top of the smaller tin- creating a poor man’s “bain marie.” Add remaining simmering water to mug to preheat glass. Heat The Owl’s Brew Famous Mint Tea on the stove and bring to 180 degrees, then add to rest of cocktail “bain marie” and stir together. Remove water from the mug, pour contents from “bain marie” into a mug, garnish with Mint Leaf, Star Anise, and Lemon Peel and serve.

High Tea Toddy

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Created by Marco Zappia, Eat Street Social and Scena Tavern, Minneapolis
1.5 oz The Black Grouse
5 oz The Owl’s Brew Smoky Earl Tea
.5 oz Rosemary Honey Syrup
.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Dashes Bittercube Orange Bitters
Garnish: Baby’s Breath, Rosemary, Orange Peel
Boil water and bring to a simmer. Place The Famous Grouse, Rosemary Honey Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice and Bitters in a large tin, in a large tin, add simmering water to a smaller tin, placing the larger tin on top of the smaller tin- creating a poor man’s “bain marie.” Add remaining simmering water to mug to preheat glass. Heat The Owl’s Brew Smoky EarlTea on the stove and bring to 180 degrees, then add to rest of cocktail “bain marie” and stir together. Remove water from the mug, pour contents from “bain marie” into a mug, garnish with Baby’s Breath, Rosemary, Orange Peel and serve.

Noble Vine Mulled Wine

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Created by Mixologist Lynnette Marrero

1/2 cup Zacapa Rum 23
1 750 ml bottle Dry Red Wine (Cabernet, Pinot Noir or Merlot)
3/4 cup Water
2 Medium Lemons, Sliced into Lemon Wheels
2 Medium Oranges, Sliced into Orange Wheels
1 Vanilla Bean, Halved Lengthways
10 Whole Cloves
5 Cardamom Pods
3/4 cup Sugar in the Raw
2 Cinnamon Sticks
1/8 cup Sliced Almonds
1 tbsp Grated Nutmeg
Cheesecloth
Butcher’s Twine
Cinnamon Stick and Sliced Fresh Lemon for Garnish
Combine whole cloves, cardamom pods and split vanilla bean in the cheesecloth and tie with twine. Place in pot on the stove. Add remaining spices into the pot with the rest of the ingredients. Bring mixture to a simmer and stir to dissolve sugar. Once dissolved, keep the stove on low to keep warm. Pour into punch glasses. Garnish with Cinnamon Stick and Sliced Fresh Lemon. Serve in a Punch glass.

We’re currently celebrating Hot Tea Month by indulging in an Owl’s Brew High Tea Toddy as we’re writing this (don’t worry it’s after 5pm), and we know we’re be enjoying a chai when we’re editing. We’re enjoy having a tea for day and night. What about you our dear readers, are you a tea lover? Will you be celebrating hot tea month and National Hot Toddy Day? Let us know in the comment section.