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Festive Tea for Festive Feasts

When we hear “Eat, drink and be merry”, we nod our heads enthusiastically, put on our Christmas jumpers and get to work coming up with the best food and drink combinations imaginable. (And by “drink” we obviously mean “tea”.) That’s right, folks: it’s time for some fabulously festive food and tea pairings, courtesy of our tasting team. We’ve got your whole Christmas covered…


The Drinks Party: Smoked Salmon Blinis + Gunpowder Green

It’s a classic dilemma. The neighbours are coming round for drinks. You’ve got mulled wine heating on the hob. The smoked salmon blinis are all laid out. One question remains: what tea should you serve?

If you want a brew that’ll really complement the smokiness of the smoked salmon, our Gunpowder Green tea is a match made in heaven. Gunpowder tea is fired in large drums and tightly rolled, giving it an aromatic taste that lives up to its name – and if you want something even more smoky, Lapsang Souchong is a smoked black tea that’s gloriously warming on winter nights.

 Smoked Salmon Blini

Christmas Eve: Mince Pies + Mulled Wine

Whether the kids are in bed and you’re enjoying a little peace and quiet before the big day, or you’re too excited to sleep (was that footsteps on the roof?), there’s no better companion on Christmas Eve than a mince pie or two. And there’s no better companion for your mince pies than our Mulled Wine infusion:deliciously aromatic and richly fruity, it’s a tea-total infusion that’ll warm you right down to your Christmas socks.

The combination works so well not just because they’re both Christmas classics, but because mince pies and our Mulled Wine both share a distinctive combination of fruit and spice. It’s the ideal wind-down before the excitement of Christmas morning.

 Mince Pies

Christmas Dinner: Pigs in Blankets + Yunnan Flowery Orange Pekoe

Okay – so you’re probably not going to be drinking tea at Christmas dinner. But if you’re lucky enough to have some pigs in blankets left over, why not try them with a cup of our Yunnan Flowery Orange Pekoe tea? Its subtly fruity flavour and hint of dark spices makes it an ideal match for strong, hearty foods like pork, so you can imagine it’s pretty near perfect with a bit of pork wrapped around another bit of pork and roasted till it’s golden.

This pairing also works well with our other Orange Pekoe teas, or with a maltier breakfast tea like our Tippy Assam. And if the plates are licked clean for Christmas dinner, Yunnan Flowery Orange Pekoe is also a delicious choice to go with that Boxing Day fry-up.

 Pigs in Blankets

After Dinner: Christmas Cake + Cranberry & Raspberry

If you’ve still got room after all that turkey/goose/nut roast/other, cut yourself a slice of Christmas cake and brew a hot cup of our Cranberry & Raspberry black tea to go with it. The flavours go together like Dasher and Dancer: just like Christmas cake, this tea has a rich base cut through by scrumptious seasonal fruit, making it just the thing when you need warming up.

 Christmas Cake

Boxing Day: Bubble & Squeak + Nepal Shangri-La

Bubble and squeak might be made from your Christmas leftovers, but don’t let that fool you. We love this traditional British staple of fried potato and cabbage – and it’s even better served alongside a cup of Nepal Shangri-La.

Light and bright with a lot of the character of Darjeeling teas, Nepal Shangri-La is grown high in the Himalayas, in the Shangri-La estate. It’s got a floral, citrussy flavour with hints of dessert-wine sweetness that are beautifully brought out against a savoury food pairing (it’s also sure to be a hit with the extended family). If you’ve got a Darjeeling tea in your kitchen – especially a First Flush – that’ll also pair very well.

 Bubble and squeak

Ho, Ho, Ho-over to You

Have you tried any of our festive food-and-tea pairings? Do you have any favourite pairings of your own? Let us know in the comments or share them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #Whittard– we always love to hear your thoughts.

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