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Christmas Tea - Loose Leaf Tea

Spiced Sri Lankan Black Tea Blend

Warm up winter with our aromatic Christmas Tea Blend from Nuwara Eliya. Enriched with festive spices such as cinnamon and cloves, it’s a heavenly afternoon treat.

From: Sri Lanka

LOOSE LEAF TEA
Delivery Info

Shipping policy

Christmas Delivery Schedule

UK Delivery

UK Standard Delivery via Royal Mail - 17th December 2021

UK Tracked Delivery via DPD - 21st December 2021

UK Next Day Delivery - 22nd December 2021

 

EU & Rest of the World

Standard / Economy - This might not arrive before Christmas.

Tracked - 17th December 2021

 

*We aim to dispatch all orders within 1-2 days of receiving your request. However, this can vary during peak times and other conditions outside of our control. Therefore, the below estimates of shipping times have been provided by our couriers.

 

UK Deliveries

 

Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

£2.50, Free - over £25

Royal Mail

2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

£5.95

DPD

1-2 days, up to 5*, Tracked

Next-Working-Day

£9.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, 1-2** days, Tracked

Saturday

£13.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, Saturday delivery, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

European Deliveries


Currently, there are some delays with sending parcels to EU countries from the UK. This is due to the UK leaving the European Union. We will keep you updated with any notifications as they happen.

Please note that a tracking number is not provided for EU Standard deliveries. For the latest information regarding the status of our delivery partners, please see the following links: DPD (UK) - Service Updates DHL | COVID-19 (simplydhl.com)

CUSTOMS CHARGES: All commercial goods arriving from the UK are subject to VAT, Import Duty and a handling fee in the country receiving the goods.

Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Economy

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Tracked

From £15.95

Feedex

3-5 days, up to 8*, Tracked

*Most deliveries will be made within the usual time-frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

 

Rest of the World

 

Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

International Buyers (Including EU) – Please Note:


Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be before buying.

The origins of our Christmas Tea Blend


Move over mulled wine: Our Christmas, spiced tea features festive winter spices and a rich, seasonal aroma that will make it feel like Christmas every day. Aromatic and indulgent, our luxurious Christmas loose leaf tea blend is made with exquisite Ceylon black tea. Still, it's the unique mix of carefully selected spices and dried fruits that really bring this festive brew to life.

Packed into every caddy of loose-leaf Christmas Tea Blend is a carefully selected mix of apple chunks, cinnamon stick, orange slices, pink peppercorns, cardamom pods, cloves and coriander, filling the air with the scent of the festive season. Warm amber in colour, it has the flavour of traditional Christmas spices, with hints of vanilla, cream and apple, and an aroma of cinnamon, almond and chocolate.

Invoking thoughts of crackling fires and Christmas cheer, this winter tea is a treat for all the senses. Customers say it's like Christmas in a cup and a festive season favourite.

Underpinning all those flavours are black tea leaves harvested in autumn from the tea gardens of Nuwara Eliya. At 1,868m, these are the highest in Sri Lanka and famed for producing some of the most characterful Ceylon teas. Little wonder our Christmas Tea Blend has previously been a highlight of the Festive Afternoon Tea at prestigious London hotel St Ermin's.


Read about the history of Christmas Tea


The history of Christmas tea


Tea may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Christmas drinks, but the tradition of mixing and drinking black tea with warming winter ingredients goes back to the 1830s, making this spiced blend one of the most authentic British teas there is.

Christmas tea dates from the Georgian era, when the British working and middle classes used their festive break to hit the taverns in a big way. Spending their hard-earned wages and staggering about in the streets was frowned upon by the temperance movement, which sought a booze-free solution. Enter the humble cuppa and the festive tea party – usually held close to Christmas and interspersed with religious sermons and admonishments to give up alcohol.

The first mass Christmas tea party was held in Preston in 1834 and attracted a crowd of 1,200. Before long, people were regularly pairing a good old brew with festive flavours like cinnamon, apple, nutmeg and more. The trend caught on across the UK and in the US, where Christmas afternoon teas – complete with sandwiches, finger food and plenty of seasonal treats – became a tradition.

Still popular for their distinctive wintry flavours and heady seasonal aromas, Christmas teas are a delicious and healthful winter treat, whether served black as a vegan tea or with milk. However you enjoy them, these spiced blends are a delicious way to celebrate the festive season.

Alternatives to this Spiced Black Tea


For more spiced, warming infusions, try our Assam Chocolate Spice, or our Chai tea duo: Masala Chai, Chai of Madagascar.

Are you a business looking to incorporate luxurious winter teas into your festive menu? Please find out more information about our tea services here.

Ingredients


Black Tea (47%), Apple Pieces, Cinnamon Pieces, Coriander, Flavouring, Cardamom, Orange Slices, Pink Peppercorns and Cloves.

Tasting Notes


This tea offers intensely festive spice aroma and deep orange infusion. A fruity and floral cup with vanilla, cream and apple and pronounce cinnamon and orange mouthfeel.

Region


Mixed Origin

How to brew

3g - 4g

3g - 4g

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

4 - 5mins

4 - 5mins

Christmas Tea - Loose Leaf Tea

£4.50