Tea time

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I make no secret about the fact I rarely have hot drinks. It seems to raise looks of consternation and disbelief amongst my friends – what, you don’t drink tea in the morning? No coffee fix? The short answer is no – the occasional espresso after dinner or poured over vanilla ice cream being the exception. But being great friends with the finest tea lady in the UK has changed all that. Her tea is inspirational, delicious and decadent, flavourful, luxurious and more-ish.

Henrietta’s latest tea is an old school British tea blend she has created in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It’s for a good cause too – 7 per cent of your money
goes to the RAFA Wings Appeal and 3 per cent goes to supporting the RAF museum and the organisation’s proud history. In her own charming, quirky words (and she is one of the most charming and quirky people I know) it’s “
calming in times of national peril. Fortifying when courage is required.” Very British.

It’s on sale on her website and from Sainsbury’s. A fantastic tea for a very good cause. Check back next week for a brilliant idea Henrietta gave me for a cocktail – white tip jasmine tea shaken with ice, elderflower, gin and sugar syrup and served icy and short.

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