Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a tea company? That delightful drink in your cup is just one part of a pretty big story – and there's always such a lot going on at Taylors that we've made a blog to tell you all about it.

A Killer Sour Cherry Cooler

product-sourcherrySour Cherry is our grown-up tribute to old-fashioned sweet shops.

It deepens the dark, fruity flavour of cherries with a powerful pick ‘n’ mix of complimentary ingredients, like hibiscus flowers, rosehip, dandelion root and punchy star anise.

It’s a gloriously different sweet-sour infusion – and it makes an incredible summer cooler too. Here’s our recipe:

Sour Cherry Cooler

Ingredients

  • 900ml boiling water
  • 8-10 Sour Cherry tea bags
  • 600ml lemonade or soda water

Method

  • Brew tea for 5 mins
  • Remove tea bags and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours
  • Serve over ice, with two parts sour cherry infusion to one part lemonade or soda water
  • Top up with lemonade or soda water and garnish with lemon peel
  • Optional – add the juice of a lime if you like it extra sharp!
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Green Tea, Grape and Spinach Smoothie


Our Green Tea with Sweet Mint is refreshing and light – and it puts a lively spin on a healthy spinach and grape smoothie. Try our simple recipe below.

Green Tea, Grape & Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 250g white grapes
  • 1-2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 250ml Green Tea with Sweet Mint, brewed strong (see blow)

Method

  • Add ingredients to blender and blitz.
  • To make double strength green tea, infuse 2 tea bags in 250ml of water for 2 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow to cool.

Try a pack of Taylors Green Tea for free – just click here to download a coupon now.

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Green Tea and Blueberry Smoothie

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Our Green Tea with Strawberry & Vanilla is beautifully fruity – and it can add a little something special to a berry smoothie. Our simple recipe is below.

Green Tea and Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 250g blueberries
  • 300g plain yoghurt
  • 175ml Green Tea with Strawberry & Vanilla, brewed strong (see note).
  • 2 tbsp whole almonds
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • Honey to taste (optional)

Method

  • Blend seeds and almonds until finely ground.
  • Add remaining ingredients to blender and blitz.
  • To make double strength green tea, infuse 1 tea bag in 175ml of water for 2 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow to cool.

Try a pack of Taylors Green Tea for free – just click here to download a coupon now.

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Green Tea and Avocado Smoothie

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Our Pure Sencha Green Tea is gorgeously delicate – but brew it a little stronger and it can give you a delicious, extra-healthy twist on a green smoothie. Read on for the simple recipe.

Green Tea and Avocado Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 400g frozen grapes
  • 2 handfuls well-washed spinach
  • 350ml Pure Sencha Green Tea, brewed double strength and cooled (see note).
  • 1 ripe medium avocado
  • 2 tsp honey

Method

  • To make double strength green tea, infuse 2 tea bags in 350ml of water for 2 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow to cool.
  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blitz.

Try a pack of Taylors Green Tea for free – just click here to download a coupon now.

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Spiced Apple Mulled Wine

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A touch of Spiced Apple takes mulled wine in a sensational new direction – adding an intense punch of appley sweetness and a beautifully balanced blend of star anise, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger.

Spiced Apple Mulled Wine
Ingredients (makes 10 medium glasses)
8 Taylors Spiced Apple tea bags
2 bottles red wine
Orange slices
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
To serve: slices of apple.

Method
Gently heat the wine in a saucepan until it’s almost at boiling point – it will get warm and steamy, but don’t let it bubble.
Take it off the heat and add the tea bags (removing the tags first) along with the cinnamon, star anise and orange slices.
Cover, letting the flavours infuse for 15 minutes.
Take out the teabags, fruit and spices – ideally by straining the mulled wine through a sieve.
Serve in a glass or a mug and garnish with apple slices.
Enjoy!

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It’s Spiced Apple Season!

It’s cold outside – so we asked some of our favourite bloggers to create some warming recipes inspired by our Spiced Apple infusion. Scroll down for a basketful of inspiration to help you get a little cosier as the nights draw in.

 

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Gunpowder, Treason and Parkin – by Cate in the Kitchen

 

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Spice Apple Parkin with a Spiced Whisky Glaze – Twigg Studios

 

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Spiced Apple Turnovers – Supergolden Bakes

 

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Toffee Apple Gingerbead Loaf – Domestic Gothess

 

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Spiced Apple Sticky Toffee Pudding – Figs & Pigs

 

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Mini Toad-in-the-Holes with Spiced Apple Mulled Cider – Sprunting

 

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Cinammon Date Stuffed Apples – Cider with Rosie

 

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You can find out more about our rich, deep, warming Spiced Apple Infusion here.

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Setting Standards

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We put a lot of stock in acting responsibly.

Companies – especially those which trade internationally – have an environmental and ethical impact, whether they like it or not. So we have always tried to make sure that the impact we have is a positive one.

The reason we mention it is that we’ve just been named a ‘Sustainable Standard Setter’ by the Rainforest Alliance, for our commitment to being a globally responsible business.

For over 20 years The Rainforest Alliance has awarded those who they feel ‘champion sustainability efforts, protect the environment and support local communities worldwide’.

We’ve worked closely with the Rainforest Alliance for over five years now. The partnership has led to lots of positive changes in our supply chain, and it helps us to ensure a sustainable supply of the high quality tea we need for the future. And thanks largely to our work with the Rainforest Alliance on the ground, all of our tea is now independently certified.

Our sustainability manager, Simon Hotchkin, had this to say: “We are thrilled to have been recognised by the Rainforest Alliance as Sustainable Standard Setters.”

“It feels great to have been awarded for all the hard work that we have put into 100% certification and for our Planet Agenda projects that go above and beyond certification. Some of our most significant achievements have been accomplished in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance.”

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Peppermint Mojito Spritzer

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After last week’s fruity Spiced Apple cocktail, we thought we’d bring you something with even more zing.

Our Peppermint Leaf infusion gives this mojito-inspired creation a lively freshness – and it’s a cinch to adapt it to a mocktail version too.

It’s another recipe by Lisa B from our sister company, Bettys.

Peppermint Mojito Spritzer

Ingredients (makes enough syrup for 22 portions)

10 Peppermint Leaf tea bags

1 litre freshly boiled water

150g honey

100ml elderflower cordial

Juice and zest of 10 limes

To serve: sparkling wine, or water and crushed ice.

Method

 

Pour the boiling water over the tea bags, add the other ingredients and infuse for 2-4 hours.

Pour 60ml of the syrup into a glass with 120ml of sparkling wine – or for a non-alcoholic version, add 60ml of mineral water and 60g of ice.

Enjoy!

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Spiced Apple Spritzer

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Our Spiced Apple infusion makes a lovely hot drink when it’s cold outside, but did you know it’s also cracking in a cocktail?

Now that we’re a few days into February – with all thoughts of ‘dry January’ disappearing into the distance – we thought we’d share this recipe for a fruity, deeply flavoured Spiced Apple Spritzer.

It’s been created by the lovely Lisa B from our sister company, Bettys. She’s the senior course tutor at Bettys Cookery School, so it goes without saying that she’s a dab hand knows her way around a recipe.

Spiced Apple Spritzer

Ingredients (makes enough syrup for 22 portions)

10 Spiced Apple tea bags

1 litre freshly boiled water

125g caster sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise

1/4 tsp chilli flakes

200ml apple juice

To serve: sparkling wine, or water and crushed ice.

Method

Pour the boiling water over the tea bags, add the sugar and spices and infuse for 2 hours.

Pour 60ml of the syrup into a glass with 120ml of sparkling wine – or for a non-alchoholic version, add 60ml of mineral water and 60g of ice.

Enjoy!

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From Beauty to Baking: Five Other Uses For Taylors Tea

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We worked closely with Kew Gardens to come up with natural fruit and herbal infusions bursting with flavour. Every teabag has real pieces of herbs and fruit inside, no dust or synthetic flavouring. This means that while they’re brilliant drunk the conventional way, they also have myriad other uses. You’ll never look at a humble Taylors Tea bag the same way again!

In the Bath

Ok, it feels a bit odd the first time, but now we regularly nip into the kitchen and raid the cupboard for a couple of Taylors teabags to dunk in the water. Drop your choice of our teabags in while the bath is filling up and they’ll scent the room and colour the water beautifully. We like the Chamomile & Vanilla infusion for a calming, pre-bed soak and the Peppermint Leaf as a pick-me-up ahead of an evening out.

In Cooking

Here at Taylors HQ we’re always experimenting with working tea into cooking; from using our Spiced Apple teabag as a bouquet garni in stews, to using the contents as rubs for meat. Our tea creator Kate is always wowing us with new ideas; our favourite this week was rice infused using the contents of a Lemongrass and Ginger teabag. She says, “Just wash your rice, put it in a saucepan and put a pinch of this in with it – it just gives you a little twist.” Genius!

In Baking

With the return of The Great British Bake Off on Wednesday, we’ve been getting in the baking mood and the contents of Taylors teabags have inspired many a lovely cake. Kate says, “You can use these instead of flavour essence – I brew them first just to make it a nice soft, wet infusion for a cake mixture.” She’s also had success making delicately flavoured icecream using Blackberry & Elderflower tea. We’ll be posting recipes on the blog in time, but till then, just experiment and do let us know on Twitter and Facebook how you get on.

On Your Face

We now swear by the old tried and tested trick of reducing our puffy under-eye circles by placing cold, already brewed Taylors teabags over them for 10 minutes on an evening. The Chamomile & Vanilla teabags make for a really effective, soothing treat.

As a Snack

Yep, when the 4pm slump hits the Taylors Tea office, we tear open our teabags – yum!

Have you come up with a cake fit for the Great British Bake Off or an inspired recipe using Taylors teabags? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook – we’d love to see them!

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