At the end of last year, I had a lovely visit from Jess Salter, a journalist for The Telegraph. Over afternoon tea and a pot or three of Mr Shao’s green tea we nattered about all kinds of things: growing up – unknowingly down the road from each other – in Yorkshire, tea, business, my love of flavour and aroma and more! And it was fantastic to read Jess’ article recently featured in The Telegraph’s weekend magazine regular Word of Mouth feature. Read more here >>>
I hope you new year has got off to a cracking start! I love starting the year by reflecting on the last.
2012 was fun-filled and jam-packed to say the least! As a business, we grew by more than a whopping 200%! It was a year of fun, a little stress, not a lot of sleep, steep learning curves and quick thinking! This didn’t give me much time to enjoy some of the things I used to have plenty of time to do – traveling, tasting, discovering, relaxing!
But after a relaxing, friends and family filled Christmas break, I have enjoyed a lovely steady, slow paced venture back into the world of tea and fuelled by pots of nutty buckwheat tea Sobacha, as part of Lahloo’s herbal therapy month, I have been planning for what is going to be an exciting year ahead!
With a brilliant team helping me at both Lahloo Tea and at our tea store, Lahloo Pantry, I’m taking advantage of some space to rediscover those things that make me tick. And I’m starting with an exciting trip to southern Sri Lanka.
I’ve been flicking through my go-to (and fellow South West company) travel companion, i-escapes, for tips and I can’t wait! I’m so looking forward to the colours – the turquoise sea, blue sky, green tea hills, golden beaches, vibrant food markets and saris – the people, their culture, the tastes and the aromas! A feast for the senses!
Not only will I experience Sri Lanka’s gems, I will be visiting the garden who make our’s and Tom Herbert’s favourite cinnamon-smoked version of lapsang souchong tea – Smoky – and other amazing artisans to hunt out new herbal infusions and maybe another tea to bring back.
Now, that’s what I call a cracking start to 2013, here’s to more to come! What about you, I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to this year?
Our mince pies at Lahloo Pantry are always a huge success. The secret? Really good pastry, but, above all, our incredible mincemeat, infused with zesty Lahloo Earl Grey. Here you can find out how to prepare it, ready for all your Christmas baking. Also perfect if you want to give some homemade presents to friends and family.
- 500g golden sultanas
- 500g dried cranberries
- 500g raisins
- 200g mixed peel
- 250g unsalted butter
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- zest of 2 oranges
- zest of 2 lemons
- 500g dark brown sugar
- 500ml amaretto liqueur
- 250ml Lahloo Earl grey tea
Put all the dried fruit and spices in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Place the zest, sugar, tea and amaretto in a pan and heat gently until sugar dissolves. Pour over mixed fruit and stir gently. Cover and allow to sit for two days. After two days pack it into sterilized jars -better when they mature in a cool dark place for a few weeks!
Because it’s Christmas, we have a fantastic prize for one of you Lahloo friends, thanks to our friends at the beautiful Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds. This indulgent New Year treat includes a beautiful Green & Spring limited edition gift set and a voucher for a night’s stay for two and full breakfast at the contemporary country house hotel.
To enter the competition, you just have to answer the following question in the form below and submit it: what is your favourite Lahloo white tea?
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
Terms and conditions
1. This competition is open to residents of the UK, 18 years or over, with the exception of employees of Lahloo Tea and Cowley Manor and their families or partners.
2. All entries must be received by midnight on Sunday the 6th of January 2013.
3. Only one entry per person. The winner will be drawn at random from all entries received by the closing date.
4. By entering this competition you agree to have your name released as the winner. The winner will be contacted through e-mail or telephone after the 7th of January.
5. If the prize winner fails to respond to correspondence from Lahloo Tea or to claim his/her prize within 72 hours of receipt of notification, Lahloo Tea shall be entitled to select an alternative prize winner. The prize winner who has not responded won’t be entitled to a prize.
6. Prize is non transferable and there are no cash alternatives.
7. Lahloo Tea reserves the right to record the entrants’s e-mail addresses for promotional purposes and to share these with Cowley Manor.
8. Prize is valid from Sunday to Thursday, throughout 2013, excluding bank holidays and subject to availability.
Hannah and Josh drink Bristol Brew and pair it with the perfect biscuit. But will it be a dunker?