Seasonal teas: a splendid way to beat those winter blues 

Why seasonal teas provide the perfect pick-me-up

As the temperature falls, the days draw in and the trees are all but bare, there's no escaping the fact that winter is nearly upon us. A reason to feel glum? Not in our view. On the contrary, we think the onset of winter is a cause for celebration - because there's no better time of year to enjoy seasonal teas.

The term seasonal teas encompasses a variety of infusions, all with something in common: they are bursting with flavours to tickle your tastebuds and make you feel warm inside. Black teas and green teas, oolong teas and fruit infusions: all can be infused with festive flavours such as cinnamon, orange, aniseed, almond and marzipan. Flavours that are bound to ease you into the Christmas spirit, and give you a winter glow.

For us, seasonal teas evoke memories of continental Christmas markets; of lights twinkling, cookies baking, almonds roasting and mulled wine simmering. Because it is at such markets that Christmas teas are traditionally served - providing a delicious non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine.

Owing to their typically strong flavours, seasonal teas are best enjoyed in the afternoon or evening. For our part, we'll be settling down on Christmas afternoon with a slice of Christmas cake and a cup of Oolong Plum Pudding. In our opinion, it's the perfect way to unwind. But seasonal teas are not reserved for the festive season alone. They are the ideal beverage for any cold day, and if you can enjoy them in front of a crackling log fire, so much the better.

If you're thinking of welcoming in the cold weather with a comforting seasonal brew, why not consider trying:

Or, for the indecisive, there's the Winter Tea Selection - a carefully selected range of teas designed to give you the best of all worlds.

If you're looking for a stocking-filler, seasonal teas make a great choice. And why not complete the gift with a tea caddy, or a Christmas tea caddy, to make sure your gift stays fresh? Not that we expect it to last for long, mind...

18th November 2010

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