For the tea-lover in your life, give this beautiful assortment of hand-blended luxury teas, dainty cookies, and infused honey. This basket contains four gorgeous tins of our own luxury loose tea blends (each with enough for 12-18 cups), a wire mesh tea-ball for steeping, a jar of cinnamon-infused honey for a perfect cuppa, and a box of The Ideal Tea Cookies (frankly, the only appropriate name for these crisp, buttery morsels, made with a touch of ground almonds and chai spices.) It’s perfect for any occasion when you want your recipient to feel warm, cozy and well-loved.
Hestia Orange-Cinnamon Assam Black: This bold, coppery Assam-style black tea (TGFOP) comes from Bukhail Tea Estate in the state of Assam, where wild elephants still roam the estate! Millenia of loamy river sediments in the soil creates an outstanding terroir, and the limited rainfall of the area concentrates flavor in the tea leaf. We pair this gorgeous tea with big pieces of crushed cinnamon bark and freshly zested orange peels, which compliments the flavor of the tea perfectly.
Spicy Darjeeling Chai: We start with black tea (2nd flush TGFOP) from Happy Valley Estate in India’s acclaimed Darjeeling region. Don’t let the name fool you, Happy Valley is actually the highest altitude estate in the region, at 6300 feet, with tea bushes ranging from 80-160 years old. The elevation and mature tea bushes produce a stunning tea with notes of muscatel, toast, wine and subtle peach. We augment this exceptional Darjeeling with a zesty blend of chai spices, plus whole pink peppercorns and cardamom pods. If you want a faster, bolder brew, lightly crush the tea in a mortar and pestle before infusing. And of course, don’t forget the milk and honey!
Blackberry Romance Ceylon Black: This Ceylon-style black tea hails from Courtlodge estate in the Nuwara Eliya region of Sri Lanka, which produces superlative teas known as the “champagne of Ceylon.” Courtlodge Estate, in particular, has consistently produced some of the best teas in Sri Lanka over the years. The bright light liquoring tea has the point, astringency and lively flavour that has made “Ceylon” teas favoured the world over. We’ve chosen to pair it with an abundance of rose petals, crushed dried blackberry, and a touch of hibiscus matcha for a tea that is the epitome of romance. We love this with a touch of honey and a squeeze of lemon, which will turn the tea a warm pink.
Tante Grey Rooibos: We like to imagine that Tante Grey is the Earl’s South African auntie. This premium Good Hope Rooibos hails from the Cedarburg region, where South African Rooibos was born over a century ago. It was the locals of the area who first discovered that the fine needle like leaves of the wild “Aspalathus Linearis” plant (rooi-bos or “red bush” in Afrikaans) made a tasty aromatic tea. It was they who first harvested the plants, chopped them with axes and bruised them with hammers leaving them to ferment before drying in the sun. Rooibos is an herb, and as such, has no caffeine, making it a perfect cup for bedtime, or for anyone who’s cutting back on caffeine. Tante Grey is infused with bergamot (like her famous aristocrat nephew) and a touch of vanilla, and adorned with safflower blossoms for a cup that is rich and aromatic.