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Christmas Tea

Christmas is around the corner and it’s the season of goodwill and cheer! People all around the world celebrate Christmas with a passion and gusto embracing the spirit of this season – giving. Strangers smile at each other, people give way, charity and goodwill abounds.

Santa Claus, stockings, festive wreaths on the doors and decorated Christmas trees in different themes are all part and parcel of the season. In the true spirit of the season there are of course gifts under the tree, waiting to be opened on Christmas morning by family and friends.

Rewind from Christmas morning and the opening of gifts and you come to the stress and worry of what to get for your loved ones for Christmas. A yearly battle that everyone dreads, it is inevitable and has to be faced and conquered.

So what can you get for Christmas that is sure to make your loved ones feel like it’s truly the season of cheer and goodwill?


Christmas Hampers

This is a gift that is sure to make anyone’s day as it will contain more than one thing. Put your loved one’s favourite things into a beautiful basket wrapped in green and red ribbon. You can include anything in a hamper. Pick Christmassy items as well as some everyday things that they are sure to use. Include a tin of Zesta’s Christmas tea with its hint of cinnamon and Marzipan that is sure to give them something to remember the joy of Christmas time.

Personalised Christmas Ornaments

This is a beautiful gift to give your special someone. Christmas ornaments are re-used year after year. There are special ornaments that survive the years and make it to the tree without fail. These could be family heirlooms, or evidence of memories made, whatever it may be, these ornaments are treasured, and this Christmas would be the best Christmas to start your own memories.

Self-Care Package for Christmas

This is a perfect gift for someone in need of a pick-me at Christmas time. Include some nice self-care items like a journal to write out their feelings, Christmas candles, bath products, Zesta’s bundle offer teas and a pair of warm comfy socks that is sure to help lift their spirits and get them to celebrate along with you in the fun and cheer.

Stuffed Stockings

Stockings are a Christmas tradition that has been around for ages. A stocking full of sweets, smaller gifts and bon bons were a bonus on Christmas mornings. Get stockings for all your loved ones and stuff them with sweet goodies and smaller inexpensive items that fit each of their personalities. You can even add Zesta’s Connoisseur’s specialised tea flavours that will suit each person. It is sure to put a smile on your loved one’s faces when they get a tiny reminder that you truly know them.

Baked Goodies

For the foodie in your circle who loves food and drink, a box of baked goodies is sure to make their Christmas. Get creative with tea-based cookies and cakes or ensure to include teas that would pair well with your home baked goodness. You can choose from Zesta’s Connoisseur range of teas for the perfect tea to be used for baking or pairing. There is no lack of choice and you can be as creative and experimental as you like.

Puppy Love on Christmas Day

Why not surprise your loved one who is in need of some company, with a gift that keeps giving throughout the year – a puppy! Give them a companion for life who will stay by their side and love them unconditionally. You can give them a Christmassy name like Rudy or Snowflake to really remember the special Christmas day with.

 

 

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Teas’ the Season

Christmas Tea

Whether you’ve been on Santa’s naughty or nice list, a cup of warm Ceylon tea will cheer just about anyone this season. Here are a few teas to choose from Zesta’s endless range!

Oh, Christmas Tea

A black tea with lingering cinnamon and marzipan notes, brew a cup of Zesta’s Christmas Tea to get yourself in the mood for all the festivities. Even if you’re looking for a last-minute gift, this tea is sure to make anyone’s day! A cup of Christmas Tea can be enjoyed at any time, especially when you start to miss the season and all its cheer.

Wake up!

After a long night of Christmas cheer and merriment, there’s nothing a good cup of English Breakfast tea can’t fix. Zesta Connoisseur English Breakfast Tea is a robust full-bodied tea that’s slightly malty and is the perfect way to start your morning. Brew a pot of tea for your loved ones and kick start the day with a cup of energy! The tea can also be enjoyed with a dash of milk.

Something for Santa

With every house leaving milk and cookies for Santa, change things up a bit with a hot cup of tea instead! Black Tea Infused with Osmanthus Flowers is relaxing and fragrant, with a light fruity taste that’ll help Santa (or yourself) unwind after a long day. The delicate Osmanthus flowers, native to China combined with Ceylon’s iconic black tea makes this one of the most popular blends, due to its soothing flavours.

Stuffed?

After all the turkey and cranberry sauce, Christmas cake and pudding, waddle towards the kitchen and brew a cup of green tea to help get rid of that ‘stuffy’ feeling. Green tea is known to aid in digestion, leaving you with more space to indulge in festive food. If you’re looking for a different, flavourful brew of green tea, browse through Zesta’s wide range of green teas blended with other ingredients like peppermint, jasmine, peach & apricot and more, to enrich your tea experience.

Sleep with Ease

A soothing cup of Zesta’a Chamomile tea is the perfect tea to brew right before you head to bed. Chamomile has been used for years as a herbal remedy, and with its calming properties, it’s the ideal tea to brew as you unwind from a long day of festivities. The tea is light yellow in colour and best enjoyed as it is.

 

 

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The Importance of Tea Etiquette in the Chinese New Year

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The Chinese New Year is a unique spectacle for many an individual, as it helps connect people with their families, and re-enact centuries of tradition. While there are many rituals and traditions followed, many have changed over the years due to economic and social reasons. However, one such tradition that has not changed over the years is the tea offerings and the etiquette that comes with it. With colourful decorations come a burst of flavour too, making it a unique experience that many people wait for every year.

Generational tradition

The celebration of the Chinese New Year has many origins, and has been debated by others. However, many often trace the celebration of the Chinese New Year back to 3rd millennium BC China. As a result, the new year is depicted with a special animal that repeats in a 12-year cycle. Namely, the Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, and Dragon. Each animal having special omens. Regardless of the different omens and the changing of the animals, celebrations such as tea etiquette has stayed the same in many eastern cultures and has now become quite a spectacle even in North America and Europe. This can be attributed to the respect of the traditions the older generations pass down to the younger.

Well-wishing

The tea etiquette in the festive time gives the Chinese New Year great meaning, as it gives the younger generation the chance to appreciate the older generation with a refreshing cuppa. It also works in the opposite direction, as the elders also make it a point to give something to the young. Most often than not, it is often money or something that would delight the young folded in a red envelope. The tea etiquette starts early in the morning when the young would select some favourite treats and offer them in a ceremonious manner, with tea as the main element.

Unique tea selection

The tea selection varies and depends on certain preferences. However, there are notable types that have been used over the ages. Such variants include black teas, oolong teas, and puers (shu cha). Moreover, the leaves chosen are of the highest quality, which Zesta are proud to provide during this time of festivity. Our Large Leaf Black Tea OP, and Tie Guan Yin (Oolong tea) are perfect for the traditional tea ceremonies accompanied with the dried and candied fruits to the elders.

Connecting with your loved ones

At the end of the day, tea etiquette in the Chinese New Year is still practiced today because of how it brings families and people together, regardless of their age. Whether the festive season occurs in a time where you and your family are going through some hardship, resentment, misunderstandings, or even hatred, the tea etiquette is a symbolic tradition that ushers in the new year, a new spring to start things anew and forget about what has happened.

The Chinese New Year is a myriad of traditions filled with pageantry, cuisine, togetherness, and of course tea!

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Tea Gifts For Dad: How to Pick The Best Father’s Day Tea Gifts

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Father’s Day is fast approaching and you’re probably racking your brain trying to find the perfect gift for your dad; something personal, something he’ll enjoy, but also something that’s useful… 

Gift-giving is always stressful but it becomes even harder when it’s for parents because you want it to be thoughtful and for it to say ‘I appreciate everything you do for me’. Don’t stress! Zesta is your one-stop-shop not only for great tea gifts but new fun tea-related experiences to give your dad which are sure to bring a smile on his face on the 21st of June! Here are some ideas:

 

Baked Goods 

Baked goods are always a welcomed treat. Why don’t you bake your father something special like a sponge cake or some cookies, the perfect snack for an afternoon tea, and pair it with Zesta Luxury Loose Leaf Single Estate Tea? This tea is grown on one of Zesta’s tea estates in the misty mountains of Sri Lanka and has a slightly nutty, almost smokey, taste to it with a golden hue. Take your baked goodies to the next level and make some tea-infused cakes or cookies! 

 

Self Care 

One thing fathers don’t have time for is relaxation. Most of the time our dads are always on the move, rushing from one place to another so much so that they aren’t able to take some time for themselves and just relax. You can get him a book or a movie that you’ll think he’ll like, better yet make it a movie night and enjoy some family time. To de-stress even further, give your father a box of Zesta’s Pure Chamomile tea; chamomile is widely known to reduce anxiety and helps induce sleep, something your dad might need!

 

A Special Home Cooked Meal 

This is a really fun thing to do for your dad. Nothing can beat a home-cooked meal and no matter what it is, your father is sure to appreciate the gesture. If you’re looking to impress your father, try making a few Indian dishes and pair it with Zesta’s Masala Chai- a quintessential brew to accompany your Indian feast. A great tip is to make the Masala Chai as you normally would, but serve it in a nice tall glass with ice, the iced version of this traditional meal is perfect to wash down the spicy food. 

 

Take Him On A Trip Around The World… Sort Of!

Anyone would love to be taken on a vacation around the world, however, due to recent events this travel seems like a distant memory. If you can’t take your father around the world, why don’t you bring the world to him! Take your father on an international tea tasting tour from the comforts of your sofa! Apart from the Indian inspired Masala Chai, Zesta has a whole range of tea flavours originating from other exotic countries. Here are some flavours you should try:

Pure Peppermint Tea and be transported to the bustling streets of Morocco.

Zesta Exquisite Brew: Green Tea with Jasmine, one sip of this and it’ll feel as though you’re in a luxurious tearoom in China.

Zesta Premium Black Tea, have it with ice cubes and condensed milk and it will be as though you’re on the street of Bangkok sipping a Thai Iced Tea! 

If your father is not keen on “travelling”, gift him Zesta’s Ceylon Regional Pack. This bundle of teas has premium black tea from all five tea growing regions in Sri Lanka- Dimbula, Ruhuna, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Uva. 

Whatever you choose to give your dad, just know that what matters the most is that the gift comes from the heart. Take this day and do something special for your dad, because he definitely deserves it!