Lahloo’s guide to tea and biscuit pairing

7 Nov

As the nights draw in, it’s the right time of the year to sit in front of the fireplace and enjoy a good cup of tea and a biscuit or two while the wind and rain wail outside. But in the same way in which you wouldn’t dream of drinking red wine with your haddock chowder, the tea that suits your lemon shortbread might be spoiled by a ginger nut. So here’s our guide to tea and biscuit pairing!

Bristol Brew + Garibaldi biscuits

The über-popular Bristol Brew, a hearty and vibrant Assam, is one of Lahloo’s best sellers and a favourite of those who like a traditional cuppa. The thin, golden and humble Garibaldi biscuit, popular for over 150 years, matches its character to perfection. Fruity but not too sweet, Garibaldis are great for dunking, and Bristol Brew, great with or without milk, lends itself to it.

Earl Grey + Lemon shortbread
The zesty Earl Grey, aromatised with pure Sicilian bergamot essential oil, is another popular choice for both breakfast and afternoon tea. This British classic complements and enhances all citrusy flavours, so its perfect match would be crumbly, crispy lemon shortbread. Also ideal for dunking!

Darjeeling+ Orange and cardamom biscuits
The champagne of teas is the jewel in the crown of a classic afternoon tea, and it pairs well with orangey flavours. For a delicate, exotic note, reminiscent of the origins of Darjeeling, add cardamom to the biscuit.

Smoky + Cheese sable
Lahloo’s take on Lapsang Souchong is a velvety, subtly spicy black tea smoked over cinnamon wood. Strong and rugged, it would quickly overpower most sweet flavours. A savoury, flaky and rich cheese sablé with walnuts or pecans has the right consistency and the required punchy flavour -just don’t dunk it, unless you like your tea cheesy!

Spice Chai + Ginger nut
A warming and rejuvenating blend of Assam tea and Ayurvedic spices makes Spice Chai a cold weather favourite. Its naturally sweet flavour suits spicy biscuits well: ginger nuts, gingerbread, Swedish pepparkakor or cinnamon biscuits are all delicious when dunked in a Chai latte. A match made in heaven, and you can also add the loose tea as an ingredient to biscuits and cakes (particularly good in seasonal pumpkin pies)

Grandpa’s anytime tea + Oat and chocolate biscuits
The rich and satisfying Grandpa’s Anytime Tea, named after 112-year-old Kenyan farmer Arthur, is a blend superior to most breakfast teas that can be enjoyed with or without milk. The rustic texture and earthy, sweet flavour of an oaty chocolate biscuit paired up with this tea hero are ideal for elevenses.

Lahloo Pantry’s best biscuit recipes will be published on the blog throughout the month. 

If you’d like to book a place at Lahloo Pantry’s Great Dunking Debate on the 22nd of November, e-mail hello@lahloopantry.co.uk. Free entry, but limited places, so hurry up!

And remember you can enjoy 20% off all black teas this month! Visit our website for more information

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2 Responses to “Lahloo’s guide to tea and biscuit pairing”

  1. Janice@St George Bristol Retirement Homes November 9, 2012 at 09:54 #

    What a wonderful reference! I’ll be checking this before my next trip to the shops to make sure I’m perfectly matching my biscuit choice 🙂

    • lahlootea November 9, 2012 at 12:31 #

      Hi Janice! Glad you find it useful! We’ll also be posting some biscuit recipes this month, in case you fancy baking too! 🙂

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