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6 Unique Christmas Tea Gifts for Tea Lovers

What can be a special gift for a tea lover in your life this Christmas? Yes, it’s the finest collection of teas or the best of tea accessory. Make the drinking experience feel like an art form and not just a daily activity.

Here are a few creative tea gift ideas for you:

Royal English Tea Tower: This elegant gift box has an assortment of world’s finest teas- a delight to the most diligent of tea drinkers. It is combined with porcelain accoutrements and tea-themed treats.

Royal English Tea Tower

Assorted Handcrafted Teas: If your friend likes to try out different flavors, this is the finest gift of all times. It has a a unique combination of different flavours like Chinese tea, Darjeeling, fruit tea and more, all into one box.

Assorted Handcrafted Teas

Tea for Two: It is another cute set of kettle and two cups for an enjoyable and memorable drinking experience. Not just a cat-faced kettle, get even rabbit-faced or long-nose Pinocchio faced kettles.

Tea-for-two teacup and mugs

Brew Control Glass Teapot: It is a perfect gift for a tea enthusiast. It comes from an idea of a classical strainer and modernised to make a great tea accessory. One can use for both tea bags and tea leaves.

Brew Control Glass Teapot -you can see what the strength is

Cute Tea Spoons: No tea is complete without a teaspoon. Gift funky and colorful tea spoons so that the tea-lover friend always remember you while drinking his favourite beverage.

Cute Tea Spoons now who would not want these?

Colour Changing Kettle: This intelligent set of kettle keeps its user informed about the entire course of water boiling by changing the color to luminous red. Like, green tea requires less hot water (from 150 to 160 degree fahrenheit) to retain its qualities whereas white and black tea needs boiling water to unleash its qualities.

Breville-Colour-Change-Kettle- glows in the dark!!

These are a few fun-filled and cool gift ideas for all those Brits like us who have deep love affair with tea since ages. Pick any of these uniquely designed tea accessories with finest tea leaves to make your Christmas gift delightful.

 

Chinese Tea

 

Drinking Chinese Tea at its best

The chinese have been drinking tea over 4,000 years. at first it was as a herbal medicine then  in the Tang Dynasty ( 618–907 AD) tea shops became popular and tea drinking spread from the elite classes to the everyday folk. Japan got their tea from China in this period taken by a Japanese monk. Later in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) many innovations re tea production and drinking came into being; further tea trade developed and the Japanese tea ceremony came into being via Zen masters. It is also in this time that it was sold to the Arabic nations. In the Ming Dynasty it went to S.E Asia and Southern Africa, then in 1610 it went to Europe, tea became international.

Tips for purchasing  Chinese tea:

Aroma – make sure the smell is aromatic and fresh, the better teas should smell of jasmine or orchids with no acid or burnt smell. Old tea smells stale.

Look at it – The leaves should be dry enough to rustle in you palm and be tight with a good lustre, poor tea is dull and loose.

Taste –  Chew the leaves, good tea is mellow and gently. Infuse some leaves and see that open and sink slowly to the bottom. The colour should be emerald green or golden and  be slightly bitter with a sweet aftertaste.

Infuse – the leaves should be even.

Tea once bought should be kept in airtight containers, don’t keep different flavours together and avoid placing them in the sun.

 

The variety of chinese tea that you can expect to find
Chinese Tea