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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.

 

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How to drink tea across the globe

tea in the UK is serious business

Naturally, drinking tea itself has become an art that is most certainly unique to each country and region. It can also be a very sensitive subject that your cafe waiter or household might take quite seriously. If you’re crossing Europe, not only will you find those countries keen on adding milk to their tea, such as my native Britain, next to a good portion of continental Europe which insists on just sugar, but even styles of serving and the number of accessories that come with.

Another cool tea blog!

I am myself a huge fan of the accompanying cookie or pastry that comes with the finer tea selections. This is usually in the nicer cafes in cities, but you never know what you’ll come across, be it scaling the seaside or wandering through vineyards. One common rule of thumb i’ve found, just to keep your heads up, is that waiters are not usually keen on refilling your cup with hot water with an old tea bag. Once, I got into a long discussion with a waiter who seemed to think some people couldn’t handle the taste of a reused tea bag. Perhaps I’m not refined enough for that, but what can I say, I like to economize my tea usage. Especially since I know they are good for at least one or two refills.

Concerning my native UK, there are a few taboos that one must watch out for. First, of course, tea always comes with milk. Crumpets as well, if you’re lucky. Tea time is a valued and important time of day as well, so when that becomes a priority in certain households, don’t be surprised. Furthermore, watch out for what you call your tea. If you’re into black teas, you should most certainly be careful. There’s English breakfast, Scottish breakfast and even Irish breakfast. In all honesty, the variance is slight, but what can you do. However, I’ve seen it myself, waiters can give ugly looks that will stain your experience if you aren’t sensitive to the local names. If you’re in Edinburgh, it’s Scottish breakfast, simply put!