Published on Tuesday, 26th January 2016
January is Hot Tea month! If there’s anything we British know about – it is our tea. So get the kettle on for your favourite brew – and keep warm this winter!
Tea first appeared in ancient China, dating back to around 3000 BC. As the legend goes, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting under a Camellia sinensis, or Tea tree one day when the wind rustled the leaves. A few of the leaves landed in a cup of water his servant was boiling for him, and so the first cup of tea came into being. But Tea wouldn’t be considered Britain’s “national” drink until 1662 AD, with the arrival of Catherine of Braganza - the future wife of King Charles II, who is said to be responsible for making tea a fashionable drink in England.
So how do you celebrate Hot Tea Month you ask? – By making your favourite brew!
Never be without Tea! This Emergency Tea Bag Tin is ideal for tea drinkers who always need their fix. Decorated with the grunge-styled print art of Rachel Bright, this tin is small enough to take with you when travelling, for keeping in a handbag or in your pocket for those must-have-tea emergencies!
Add a little rock ‘n roll to your cuppa with these Rockstir Teaspoons! Made from stainless-steel and available in three designs (Electric, Classic and Lightning), these teaspoons will be a hit with any tea drinking musician.
Looks like Mr Tea has the right idea… Made from heat-resistant silicone, this quirky little man can have his trousers filled with your favourite tea leaves and then simply hang around in your mug for that perfect drink. He is also microwave and dishwasher safe.
Not a tea drinker but don’t want to be left out for Hot Tea month? No problem, our delicious Chocolate Teapot is the perfect substitute for the non-tea drinker, while still keeping to the spirit of it. Made from solid Belgian milk chocolate this will be a guaranteed hit at gatherings! Make hot chocolate or a chocolate fondue simply by adding boiling water – the chocolate is so rich and decadent, you won’t even need milk!
Add nostalgic appeal to afternoon tea with this functional china replica of everyone’s favourite range cooker. This quirky teapot looks just like an AGA and even has some additional novelties, such as a cat snoozing on the hotplate and a kettle, which is the lid. Pair it up with our Aga Biscuit Tins, available in red, blue or cream! This is a great gift for any tea-drinker.