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Easter 2021 is just around the corner and it provides the perfect opportunity to look back upon the origins of Easter and some Easter holiday traditions that have developed throughout time.

The Christian holiday, celebrated since the 2nd century, is an event to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A holiday celebrated for nearly 2000 years has naturally developed a variety traditions that have organically changed over time.

 

Food & Drink

As with most festivities, food and drink plays an integral part of the Easter Holidays. At the forefront of these Easter holiday traditions is the Easter Egg. From coloured eggs to chocolate ones they have become an intrinsic part of Easter. The first chocolate eggs are reported to have originated in France and Germany in the 19th Century*. The chocolate doesn’t stop at just eggs though, with chocolate bunnies also being prominent.

 

However, these tasty chocolate treats are not for everyone. When you want all the delicious flavours of chocolate but without the sugar or calories it can be hard to find an alternative. This is where we come in, with our limited edition Chocolate Bunny tea. All the Easter Egg flavours you could want in a tea, and presented in a delightful Easter themed caddy.


Chocolate easter Bunny Tea Caddy

 

Simnel cake and Hot Cross Buns have also been staples of Easter. These fruity delights pair perfectly with our new limited edition Easter Tea. A smooth and sweet tea that does in fact go perfectly with all of your Easter favourites, including Roast Lamb… trust us!

 

Decorations

Easter Eggs aren’t limited to the chocolate variety. Collecting, dyeing and decorating eggs has been a long standing tradition. Whilst it has evolved, this decorating of eggs is something that has been around for centuries. According to Martha Zimmerman in her book, Celebrating the Christian Year, this is a tradition that can be dated back to many ancient cultures including Greeks and Egyptians. They saw eggs as symbols of fertility and new life that were used in religious rituals. This symbolism seems aptly appropriate alongside the story of resurrection and perhaps goes some way to explaining why Easter Eggs exist.

 

End of Lent

Our Easter indulgence is largely due to it signalling the end of lent. Originally a 40 day fast, lent is now more commonly observed by giving up some of your favourite indulgences such as chocolate, sweets or puds. Then by time Easter arrives people are excited to indulge. However, Lent is not easy and we are more than aware of this. So we have a few ways in which you can solve your sweet tooth fix without breaking any rules. Our Puds Without Sin and Chocolate Tasting Menus provide the perfect opportunity to get the flavours of all your favourites without any of the guilt. The Chocolate Tasting Menu also doubles as the perfect gift this Easter.




*https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/17597617#:~:text=A%20lot%20of%20us%20may,given%20to%20children%20as%20gifts.

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Gifts, News

Our Mother’s Day gift ideas at a glance:

 

Mother’s Day 2021 is just around the corner, March 14th for those of you that need a gentle reminder… but when it comes to gift ideas there’s need to stress because we’ve got you covered with this Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

 

We all know mum’s are pretty great and we also know that we haven’t been able to see them as much as we’d like over the last year. So why not utilise the opportunity to spend some time together and host a Mother’s Day Virtual Tea Party . With everything you need to replicate a nice afternoon tea including some very special blends and a mystery tea, this is the ultimate Mother’s Day gift idea. 

Included in this Virtual Tea Party pack is our Limited Edition Mother’s Day Blend. A sweet and floral blend, To Mother With Love is the perfect alternative to flowers for any tea lover.

 


As always, we have a fantastic range of personalisable gifts. A specially designed Mother’s Day Tea Caddy, simply choose the favourite tea of your mum, nan, wife or whoever else you are celebrating this year and get their name put on this beautiful love heart caddy. Or increase your chances of sneaking yourself some tea with a Personalised Mother’s Day Tasting Menu. Choose 6 blends from our wide range, some classic earl greys or mint teas, or maybe one of our more exotic fruit and herbal blends. We’re sure she’ll love them all (but those that she doesn’t you can keep to yourself). Or go the extra mile with the Pyramid Tasting Menu, 16 delicious blends beautifully presented in individual pyramids each with a different teabag inside. You’re bound to find a new favourite.


Mother's Day Tea Caddy GiftMother's Day Tea Bags Inside Tasting Menu













Our Pick & Mix: Four Pack and Pick & Mix: Six Pack are more perfect personalisable gifts for that special woman in your life. Choose 4 or 6 blends and receive 8 teabags of each or the loose-leaf equivalent, making this a truly long lasting gift. Once again, personalisable with the recipient’s name, all presented in a lovely and reusable selection box.

 

 
Four Section Tea Caddy
 

Six Section Tea Caddy 

Our Tea Club Membership is the gift that keeps on giving. Gift someone a monthly subscription of tea. They’ll receive a monthly supply of tea straight through their letterbox along with exclusive discounts and monthly offers. With 6 month or 12 month memberships available become the favourite, son, daughter or grandchild every month.

 

Browse our full Mother’s Day range.

 

 

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News

The history of Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday. It has traditionally been a day when families unite to show love, thanks and appreciation to Mums, Nans and Wives everywhere. However, it has morphed into something much more. Not everyone has a mum and of those that do, not everyone is lucky enough to have them still with us. Mother’s Day has become a celebration of the significant women in everyone’s life, whoever that may be, whether they are your mother or not. It provides the opportunity for those who have unfortunately lost influential women to celebrate their memory. It is a day for you and your loved ones.

 

Origins of Mother’s Day

As with many traditions and festivities, Mother’s Day has some religious history and can also be traced back to Ancient Greeks and Romans. Both would have celebrations of Mother Goddesses in Spring.


In the UK, Mother’s Day has traditionally been held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, it was a originally a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary. This has been the case since the 16th / 17th Century, interestingly around the same time that tea started to become prominent in the UK.


Traditionally everyone would return home and attend their ‘mother’ church along with their family. These gatherings reunited families who may not have many opportunities to spend time together throughout the year. This included domestic servants receiving the day off so that they could likewise return to their ‘mother’ church*. In the USA, Mother’s Day developed as a way to celebrate all mothers, even after their passing.

 

Mother’s Day Gifting

Like other seasonal celebrations, Mother’s Day has developed into a gift giving occasion. With Mother’s Day gift sets rising in prominence. Traditionally Mother’s Day gifts were a combination of flowers and cake. Why not replicate this with a selection of floral and cake based teas in our Mother’s Day Tasting Menu. Give a gift To Mother With Love this year.

Mother's Day Tea Tasting Menu

We think the best way to do this is to say it with tea & flowers.

 

Mother’s Day Food & Drink

Food seems to take centre stage on most festive occasions and Mother’s Day is no different. Mother’s Day was traditionally a break in the lent fast. This allowed people to indulge for one day during the long slog of lent.


From here, the concept of Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea developed. Any good afternoon tea is accompanied by the most exquisite of teas which is where we come in. With Mother’s Day 2021 being a bit different, we have put together a Mother’s Day Virtual Tea Party for you and your loved ones to enjoy. With everything you need to keep up that tradition virtually, be sure to take a look.

 

*https://www.fromyoutome.com/blog/the-story-behind-mothering-sunday-and-mothers-day/

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News

Our ambition at Twist Teas is to continually reduce our impact on the environment, and we are pleased to be taking another step forward by changing our tissue paper and ribbon – used for gift wrapping – to compostable materials.


Our gift-wrapped Twist Teas are popular with socially responsible shoppers: either personalised presents for loved ones; corporate gifts for employees and customers; or delightful surprises nestled in luxury gift hampers.

Gift wrapping is a central tenet of gift giving, creating a special and very personal experience for the recipient. At Twist Teas we put a lot of care into our gift wrapping because we know how much our customers enjoy receiving a handwritten note, pulling the bow of their ribbon and hearing the rustle of tissue paper as they reveal their favourite tea…and now they can do it in the knowledge that there is no harm to our planet.

recyclable packagingThe lovely tissue paper and ribbon – once reused – can be put into your council food waste for composting. An improvement by us to make your gift giving and receiving an even more pleasurable experience.

We’ve reduced our carbon footprint so far by making all our packaging recyclable and compostable.

 

We’re planning to be on Santa’s ‘environmental’  list next year as we further reduce our packaging waste and use paper tape instead of sellotape for gift wrapping during 2021. 

compostable wrapping

Did you know that in ancient China, 2,000 years ago, tea leaves and other precious materials were wrapped in paper to protect them? In fact, we used paper for wrapping before we used it for writing!

 

If you’d like to find some wonderfully innovative and eco-friendly ways of wrapping your gifts by reusing unexpected household items, visit the campaign page for Mind the Wrap

 

And, speaking of gifts, we’ve given our gift section a makeover – just in time for Valentine’s Day…get shopping.

 

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Health & Nutrition, News

In our collection we have two delicious blends for lovers of Earl Grey. Our Classic Earl  and a very special blend with all the Earl Grey tea benefits, plus an extra ‘twist’, we’ve called Earl Great! It includes some fantastic extra ingredients you’re going to want to hear about. Although Sri Lankan black tea makes up the majority of our Earl Great blend at 73%, in this post we focus on the health benefits of two of the ingredients – Ginkgo biloba and Gotu Kola – which have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. 

Earl Grey tea benefits

Ginkgo biloba

A tree native to China, Ginkgo biloba leaves have been used for the past thousand years in natural Chinese medicine. And for good reason!


  • Antioxidant Concentration

Ginkgo biloba has large amounts of flavonoids which help to regulate cellular activity and eliminate free radicals. Flavonoids are said to help prevent cancer and provide anti-inflammatory benefits by inhibiting inflammatory pathways to the brain. This anti-inflammatory inhibition can reduce the effects of other issues such as arthritis, bowel problems, heart disease and stroke.


  • Circulation

Ginkgo biloba helps to improve circulation which provides additional fantastic benefits. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties and other undiscovered reasons, it was used historically by the Chinese to increase blood flow to organs and muscles to help with healing. Nowadays, improved circulation can be associated with reducing HDL (bad) cholesterol and a whole host of other benefits.


Gotu Kola

Again, native to China as a historical medicine, Gotu Kola has been used as natural way to increase brain function, skin health and organ function. 


  • Helping to ease anxiety

It has been suggested that Gotu Kola is able to regulate the activity of neurotransmitters due to its asiatic acid content. Asiatic acid can help ease symptoms of anxiety and act as a calming agent.


  • Supporting good circulation

Similar to Ginkgo biloba, it can improve blood circulation. It does this by inhibiting fatty plagues within blood vessels allowing easier transport of blood around the body helping with issues such as venous insufficiency and other circulatory diseases.

For true fans of Earl Grey, add the tea to your recipes, such as Earl Grey loaf, shortbread and Earl Grey Cake. And if you fancy trying our delicious Earl Great tea with its amazing ingredients choose either Earl Grey tea bags or loose leaf tea and get brewing!




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Health & Nutrition, News

The sleep-inducing benefits of Chamomile tea are well known across the world. Our exciting new blend, Sleep is made up of 64% Chamomile combined with rose petals, lemon balm, hops, mallow flowers, valerian and lavender. 

Chamomile comes from the daisy flowers, a member of the Asteraceae family of plants, where its flowers are dried and steeped in water.  It will certainly get you yawning in the evenings! Chamomile has been used as a natural remedy for many generations, particularly, in improving sleep quality and is one of the world’s most popular herbal teas. 

Let’s consider some of the fantastic health benefits of Chamomile before you drift off!


1. Sleep-inducing benefits
The sleep-inducing benefits of Chamomile tea are well documented. Chamomile contains a phytonutrient called apigenin which is believed to have a sedative, relaxing effect. It does this by binding to your brain receptors that are associated with inducing sleepiness and reducing insomnia. So, give it a go the next time you fancy a relaxing snooze.


2. May be beneficial for sufferers of diabetes

Initial research indicates that Chamomile has been shown to help regulate glycaemic control, helping those with either type of diabetes and helping blood lipid profiles, by decreasing HbA1C. Although, more research is needed on this, it is definitely worth a try.chamomile tea bags

 

3. May aid your digestion

Digestion health is much more important than most people consider. Research suggests that Chamomile is anti-inflammatory, and particularly helps with soothing the stomach with symptoms such as nausea or gas. It has also been suggested that Chamomile reduces bacteria growth and acidity in the stomach, lessening the chance of ulcer development. Although these are early findings in research, it might just do the trick!

 

4. Heart

Chamomile is rich in flavones which are a great antioxidant. Flavones are suggested to help lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, allowing easier transport of blood around the body, reducing stress on the heart.

 

5. Potential Anti-Cancer properties

Apigenin is not only useful for sleep but has also been reported to fight off cancerous cells, helping to reduce cancer’s progression.¹

 


Chamomile is certainly a great herb and even better tea, now I’m off for a nice, long nap – I can definitely see why we call it Sleep – sweet dreams!



All health content on the Twist Teas’ website is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other healthcare professional. If you have any concerns about your general health, you should contact your local healthcare provider. 


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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2322858/

 

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Charity, News

2020 was a challenging year for everyone. From individuals to small businesses, such as ourselves, and even some very large, multinational corporations. However, one sector that has been significantly hit, and perhaps overlooked, is charities.

Many charities have seen a great impact on their ability to fundraise with almost all events being cancelled. From large scale events such as the London Marathon, which raised £66.4 million for numerous charities in 2019, to smaller local events organised in support of individual charities, fundraising has been a struggle.

And it’s not just about raising money. Thousands of people really do enjoy all kinds of fundraising events throughout the year. 

We all want to help where we can and at Twist we have tried to do just that, recently aligning ourselves with an amazing charity called Peterson’s Fund For Children.

Whilst we acknowledge that we are a small, family run business, and do not have the financial might of a multinational corporation, we are still committed to doing our bit. We have been involved in various charitable campaigns in the past, from our Brew For A Hero (which is back by the way!!!) to our Remembrance Caddies. However, this year we have committed to doing even more.

Many large businesses are able to donate millions to deserving causes, which we applaud them for, so we wanted to make a similarly significant impact relative to our size. So we are pleased to announce that 10% of all gross profits from Twist will be donated directly to Peterson’s Fund For Children.

 

Introducing Peterson’s Fund For Children

Based in Surrey, Peterson’s Fund For Children is dedicated to improving and enhancing the lives of children with severe mental and physical disabilities.

For the last 10 years, and thanks to extensive fundraising efforts, they have been able to provide funding for a variety of therapies, specialised equipment and much needed respite care not available on the NHS. Their aim is to help as many young people in need as possible by improving the children’s quality of life enabling them to maximise their potential.

You can learn more about the work Peterson’s Fund For Children does, as well as reading some of the individual stories of the children, by visiting their website.

 

The Impact of COVID-19

As with many charities, the lack of fundraising events throughout the last year has had a notable impact. However, unlike some other charities, there is a further impact for Peterson’s Fund for Children, through the loss of business in Suite 109. Suite 109 is the Fund’s charity shop. This unique charity shop specialises in new and pre-loved fancy dress and accessories plus dance costumes, theatre and vintage wear for all ages, sizes, genders and needs. The enforced closure of the shop for the majority of 2020 has resulted in a significant reduction in revenue, greatly impacting the charity.

This has led to reliance on grants and support from donations for funding their vital work. The application process for grants is time-consuming and each will have a large number of deserving charities applying, meaning there is no guarantee of success. This has led to a reduction in avenues for funding.

As well as the affects on funding, COVID-19 has meant that the charity has been required to adapt the services it provides for the children. Where previously there has been a focus on face-to-face therapy and hands-on help for the children, from bespoke yoga or physiotherapy sessions to horse-riding lessons, social distancing measures have made this impractical. Therefore, the charity needed to rethink and change tack.. The current focus is on the health and nutrition of the children, with funds going towards supporting these efforts.


Ways in which you can support

There are ways in which you can support Peterson’s Fund For Children. As well as one-off donations, there are other ways you can provide regular support for the fund. You can ‘Become A Friend’ of the charity; this sets up a monthly donation and there are varying levels of donation you can sign up to, with indications of what each donation provides. Visit their website to learn more about what you can add if you Become A Friend’.

You, your company or a company you know can also become corporate sponsors for Peterson’s Fund For Children. Through mutually-beneficial association, you can forge a significant relationship with an exciting charity which is brimming with potential. 

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Health & Nutrition, News

With the phrase ‘New Year, new you’ flooding our airwaves, and lots of talk about adopting healthier habits, we thought we’d take a look at the benefits of drinking Green Tea. One of China’s favourite teas is Sencha Green Tea which makes up the majority of our delicious, Refresher Green blend (73%) and provides a myriad of health benefits. Sencha Green Tea is made from the Camellia sinensis leaf, which is steamed, rolled and dried to give it that refreshing touch. The other ingredients which give this green elixir our ‘twist’ include Ginkgo biloba, gotu kola, Siberian ginseng, and sunflower. 

In this post we are focusing on the health benefits of Sencha Green Tea.

 

Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances which may protect our cells. Sencha Green Tea contains a high amount of polyphenols which are proven to halt cell damage and fend off free radicals, which in turn can help prevent cancer. Additional benefits of polyphenols include aiding digestion, weight management and cardiovascular diseases.

Refresher Green Tea Blend by Twist Teas

Energy-boosting

Sencha contains various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which can actually give a sustainable boost of energy. So if you’re looking for mouth-watering brew to get you through the last part of the day then look no further. And don’t worry, although Sencha contains caffeine, a cup of Sencha contains around 20-30 milligrams, whereas its counterpart, coffee, contains upwards of 200 milligrams, so you won’t have a caffeine crash!

 

Rich in Vitamin C

Sencha is rich in vitamin C which is an essential ascorbic acid. The main benefits of vitamin C include supporting a proper immune function and the healing and formation of collagen, and, therefore, its importance in our diets cannot be understated!

 

Fat Burning benefits

I am sure you will have seen many fat burning kits and supplements which probably include Sencha and other Green Teas. This is because the properties Sencha Green Tea can increase metabolic rate, and therefore increase fat burning.

 

Sweet breath 

This is a peculiar benefit, but also a very practical one. Sencha Green Tea can actually improve the breath. This is due to the catechins present in the tea. Research shows that catechins reduce the growth of bacteria in the mouth, such as streptococcus mutans resulting in improved mouth hygiene and the prevention of bad breath. 

So, what are you waiting for? Stock up on our revitalising super brew and enjoy all the great benefits of Sencha Green Tea packed into a simple tea bag!

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Gifts, News

Christmas is fast approaching. In a year when many of us haven’t been able to share special moments with loved ones, you may be thinking of adding a little personal touch with a Twistmas gift. We’ve got you covered with 5 simple, yet effective, personalised gifts for your family and friends.

 

Pick & Mix: Tasting Menu

This is the perfect inexpensive but thoughtful gift. A personalised tasting menu with a selection of 6 different blends, chosen specifically by you. This is the ideal gift for that person you just don’t know what to get, but want to be certain it’ll make them smile.

Caddy of 50 Teabags

Twistmas is a time for sharing… but we all know someone who finds it hard to share the love when it comes to their favourite tea. We have the solution with this personalised caddy . Make sure there is no confusion over who this tea belongs to by putting the recipient’s name right there on the front of the caddy. The best thing about this gift is that they can use it all year, easily buying refills. Choose their favourite blend, add their name and we’ll take care of the rest – you can even get the loose leaf equivalent instead. All you have to do is make sure they’re not looking when you steal one! (We won’t tell if you don’t.)

Personalised Tea Gifts

Oh Christmas Tea Pyramid Tasting Menu
 
No one will be left unsatisfied with this Pyramid Tasting Menu Caddy. Bring Christmas cheer to all by sharing this caddy full of sixteen of our favourite blends, each beautifully presented in an individual pyramid box.

Oh Christmas Tea Pyramid Tasting Menu
Pick & Mix: The Six Pack

Personally curate a selection of six delicious teas, perfectly suited to the tastes of that special someone in your life. With over 50 different Great Taste Awards-winning, hand blended teas to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect combination. Just to add to the thoughtfulness, make sure they think of you with every brew by adding your own personal message to the caddy.

 
Oh Christmas Tea Stocking Filler


This thoughtful stocking filler contains 3 attractive pyramid boxes  of our Christmas blends. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice, everyone deserves this adorable gift. Perfect to fill up a stocking or as a little Christmas favour waiting for your guests at the dinner table, this makes a lovely well thought-out gift.
Oh Christmas Tea Stocking Filler

Turn your Christmas into a Twistmas this year. Hop over to the shop and place your orders in by December 21st to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.

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News

Many of you will have met William, the youngest member of Team Twist. At the effervescent age of 7, William is the life, soul and energy at Twist HQ.


On Remembrance Day, we pay special tribute to his Great Grandad William who was awarded with the Arctic Star. The Arctic Star is awarded to members of the British Armed Forces and Merchant Navy for services in World War II. Young William will proudly tell anyone, who has a minute, about the brave and selfless endeavours of those who served on Arctic convoys north of the Arctic circle, and of the severity of the conditions they faced. Thank you to all the brave men and women from near and far who sacrificed so much for our freedom.

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