Is it really that time again? Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we couldn’t be more excited for Christmas, as we get to drink our Christmas Loose teas. It is, as we all know, a time for love, laughter, and festivities, as well as, of course, being a time to treat yourself with all sorts of different, delicious goodies. Perhaps you have spashed out on fancy chocolates or smelly cheeses; perhaps you have even brushed off the dust from that unopened bottle of port sitting in the back of the cupboard.

Yet, you don’t need to sacrifice your figure to enjoy such luxuries. In fact, with us, you can embrace some truly delectable flavours (and aromas) without putting on all those unwanted Christmas pounds! No longer will you need to fear the scales on January 1st, nor will you be required to retire your favourite pair of jeans; all you really need to worry about is brewing up!

We are very proud to share a large selection of festive teas with you to get you into the Christmas spirit.

"Even the grumpiest of grinches simply cannot resist"

Every one of our Christmas teas, herbal teas, or fruit tisanes are quality-assured and boast wonderfully unique characteristics. So, let’s explore together and discover which beverage is best suited to your festive needs, and why each one may be the best Christmas present you receive this year.

Pistachio and Marzipan Black Tea

Pistachio and Marzipan Flavoured Black Tea:

Put that nutcracker down! Pistachio and Marzipan Flavoured Black Tea is a great start to the holiday season, without all the mess! Intense nutty flavours are perfectly complemented by sweet, chocolatey notes from the black tea leaves. It is quite simply ‘Christmas in a cup’!

For many, the word ‘flavoured’ means ‘unnatural’, yet with this particular beverage, it is quite  the opposite. Pistachio and Marzipan Flavoured Black Tea is as visually appealing as it is tasty. Be sure to enjoy this smooth, comforting (and surprisingly beneficial) brew consisting of large marzipan drops and full green pistachios as you watch the snow fall just outside your window. Alas, even if we are not blessed with a white Christmas, Pistachio and Marzipan Flavoured Black Tea will undoubtedly keep you warm during the coldest nights of winter.

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: Because of the ingredients used, particularly the Black Tea itself. These tea leaves contain antioxidants called theaflavin and thearubigin, which have the ability to combat free radicals in the body. These free radicals are the product of oxidation, and can lead to complications such as heart disease and diabetes. Theaflavin and thearubigin, meanwhile, can slow down the damaging effects of oxidation through their work in neutralising free radicals.

Black Tea can also help in boosting the metabolism, which can, in turn, help you to burn fat quicker, and far more efficiently (yes, even and perhaps especially at Christmas time!). Further to this, pistachios contain fewer calories, as well as more potassium and vitamin K than any other nut. This makes Pistachio and Marzipan Flavoured Tea a great choice for improving your weight management capability.

Santa Berry Black Tea
Santa Berry Tea:

Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa is coming, and he is bringing with him one of our most popular Christmas Teas. This fine-quality black tea is mixed with sweet strawberries, raspberries, and tangy cranberries to bring you a seasonal delight!

The additions of cardamom seeds also add subtle spicy notes, while toasted almonds offer luxuriously creamy textures. Such are the amazing flavours of Santa Berry Tea, it almost feels as if it should be served with a scoop of ice cream and a cup of eggnog. If this is your preference then, by all means, treat yourself, although the dessert-like taste of Santa Berry Tea could also mean you no longer need to gorge yourself on calorie-stuffed Christmas puddings or fatty mince pies! Instead, why not just enjoy this tea and save the chocolates for another day?

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: Aside from Black Tea’s weight loss capability, any brew to contain these leaves including, of course, Santa Berry Tea can actually improve dental health. With this in mind, there is perhaps no better time to enjoy any black tea than at Christmas time. Don’t let your teeth suffer from excessive, seasonal sugar drink our Santa Berry Tea and watch the nasty plaque disappear.

This is scientifically proven, according to a collaborative study conducted in conjunction with the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa, USA. and the Institute of Odontology at Göteborg University, Sweden. Participants in the U.S. division of the study were given Black Tea to rinse their mouth with for 30 seconds, five times, waiting three minutes between each rinse. This concept was used to simulate the effect of sipping the average cup of tea.

The Swedish division of the study, meanwhile, saw participants rinse their mouth with Black Tea for one minute, 10 times a day. Both co-operating studies discovered that the more participants rinsed, the more their plaque and bacteria levels fell. This is because the Polyphenolic compounds present in Black Tea can kill or suppress cavity-causing bacteria from either growing or producing acid. The tea also affected the bacterial enzymes and prevented the formation of the sticky-like material that binds plaque to teeth.

Christmas Black Tea
Christmas Black Tea:

Prefer to keep things simple? Christmas Black Tea contains traditionally festive ingredients, including almonds, sweet orange, cinnamon, and clove. Not only does this tea taste like Christmas, but also smells like it, too. In fact, the aroma of Christmas Black Tea is almost as mesmerising as its flavour. Yet the emphasis is on ‘almost’, as this beverage boasts irresistibly spicy and tangy notes coupled with a bold maltiness from the black tea leaves.

Combined, these distinct ingredients are a match made in heaven. It is a choice-blend to be enjoyed after a large, Christmas meal as it can cleanse the palate and even improve digestion! With the latter benefit, in particular, Christmas Black Tea, like any other black tea, contains tannins that have a helpful astringent effect on the intestinal lining. Black Tea also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce symptoms associated with digestive disorders.

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: If this wasn’t enough, many of the other ingredients that make up this superb tea can also offer health benefits, particularly cinnamon and clove, which have been used for their medicinal qualities for literally thousands of years!

Today, modern science is able to support these age-old claims while providing us with an insight into these two fascinating spices and their respective health-promoting properties. Cinnamon’s frequent consumption, for example, is largely associated with a reduction in blood pressure (perfect for Christmas stress!). Cloves, on the other hand, contain a wealth of vitamins and minerals (including iron, magnesium, and Vitamin C) which can boost the immune system and keep those horrible wintertime colds at bay!

Fruity Mulled Wine Green Tea

Fruity Mulled Wine Green Tea:

It is certainly hard to resist a nice, hot cup of mulled wine during the festive season, especially when the harsh wind is battering against the windows and you are warm and toasty inside. Yet, for those looking to cut down on their alcohol intake this Christmas, our very special Fruity Mulled Wine Green Tea is the answer.

This flavoured green tea consists of strong berry and spicy notes, combined with delicate, grassy, green tea flavours. As the name suggests, Fruity Mulled Wine Green Tea tastes very much like, "you guessed it" mulled wine. It doesn’t, however, contain any alcohol. This essentially means that you are free to indulge without needing to worry about waking up to an unpleasant hangover on boxing day. What more could you possibly want?

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: Not only can this brew satisfy your taste buds with fruity winter berries and classic Christmas-time spices, but it can likewise offer amazing health benefits. This goes for any Green Tea, flavoured or unflavoured; the only difference being that Fruity Mulled Wine Green Tea tastes more like a devilish treat than a nutritious infusion.

This blend, when consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, surpasses the weight loss capabilities of any black tea thanks to a particular antioxidant compound called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG can, like black tea’s theaflavin and thearubigin, combat free radicals in the body. It can also increase the body’s ability to burn calories while helping to use stored fat for energy, instead of having it just sitting on the waist.

Gingerbread Green Tea

Gingerbread Flavoured Green Tea:

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had the time to build extravagant gingerbread houses populated by gingerbread men? Alas, with all the other responsibilities of Christmas, this is most unlikely. Instead, brew up a cup of one of our most popular Christmas loose teas, Gingerbread Flavoured Green Tea, put your feet up, and enjoy all the same flavours of any gingerbread creation without it eating away at your precious time.

Blended to perfection, this beautifully decorated beverage brimming with indulgent sweetness will evoke warm, festive, childhood memories while offering mouthwatering tastes of Star Anise, Cardamoms, Cloves, and Cinnamon. Fruity undertones may also be enjoyed followed by a lovely, refreshing aftertaste.

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: Another good reason to enjoy this flavoured green tea over actual gingerbread is the fact that high diets in saturated fats coupled with low physical activity are two of the main contributors to Cardiovascular Disease. We are not necessarily implying that munching on a single gingerbread man will cause this condition, rather Gingerbread Flavoured Green Tea can actually reduce the risks of atherosclerosis.

This is according to a recent meta-analysis of 13 Green Tea related observational studies, which discovered that participants who drank the most Green Tea had a 28% lower risk of developing any coronary artery disease, compared with those who drank the least amount of Green Tea. In addition to this, studies using experimental animals have since established the preventive effect of Green Tea against atherosclerosis.

Christmas Green Tea

Christmas Green Tea:

This unique and colourful blend is a combination of China Sencha Green Tea with an exotic, spicy surprise. Ingredients for this beverage include sugar crystals, pink peppercorns, and clove buds. It is also scented with almond, marzipan, and rum flavouring. Finally, the addition of chocolate chips ensures that Christmas Green Tea cannot be resisted.

Creamy, luxurious, and wholeheartedly flavoursome to the last drop, Christmas Green Tea is an absolute delight to the senses. It brings to light everything that is good about the season, and makes a brilliant brew for relaxing on the sofa while watching the kids excitedly open their presents. Meanwhile, Christmas Green Tea is a gift unto itself; it is a gift in the way it treats your taste buds, and more importantly, it is a gift to your health.

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: Excessive sugar intake during the winter months can potentially contribute to an increased risk of Type II Diabetes. Consuming Christmas Green Tea can actually reduce these risks. To be more specific, Green Tea drinkers have an 18% lower risk of becoming diabetic, according to one meta-analysis of 7 recent scientific studies. This is supposedly due to a number of factors.

For example, several studies have indicated that frequent Green Tea consumption can decrease fasting glucose levels and A1C levels, as well as fasting insulin levels. This likewise, and perhaps more importantly - applies to those who are already diabetic. Christmas can be a difficult time when you live with diabetes and find yourself surrounded by tempting, sugary treats. Christmas Loose Leaf Green Tea can, however, be an excellent alternative to consider.

Nougat Mousse Rooibos Tea

Nougat Mousse Rooibos Tea:

All the way from the sizzling Cederberg Region of South Africa, this herbal tea proves that you do not need snow to enjoy Christmas. However, while the Rooibos plant itself can withstand heats of well over 30C, Nougat Mousse Rooibos Tea is also great for “when the weather outside is frightful”.

A scrumptious infusion of creamy roasted nuts, tempting cocoa peel, and herbaceous rooibos leaves, this blend is an interesting twist on a beverage that has been enjoyed for many hundreds of years. In fact, the earliest known consumption of Rooibos Tea (admittedly, without the Christmassy additions) was among the numerous tribes of the Khoisan people one of the indigenous populations of the Cederberg Region. In the modern age, the global tea industry has experimented with many different blends using Rooibos leaves. Nougat Mousse Rooibos Tea is one such example - and a very popular one, at that!

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: All herbal tisanes that use Rooibos leaves as a main ingredient are among some of the healthiest beverages currently available on the market. While there are many things to be enjoyed at this time of year, a cold is not one of them. Yet almost every year, without fail, many of us will come down with a hard case of the ‘sniffles’ leading up to the festive season. Alas, this can be avoided with Nougat Mousse Rooibos Tea. How, you may ask? Many scientific studies have shown that the polyphenols in Rooibos, also known as antioxidants, help strengthen your immune system. Further to this, all Rooibos teas have antiviral and antibacterial properties, making it the ideal drink when trying to ward off symptoms of cold and flu.

Rooibos Cinnamon Angel Tea
Rooibos Cinnamon Angel:

Not quite a gift from above, but a gift nonetheless, Rooibos Cinnamon Angel is, as the name suggests, truly heavenly when it comes to both flavour and aroma. Infusing traditional Christmassy ingredients, such as apple, almonds, cinnamon, and orange blossom pieces, with South African Rooibos ensures a wonderful sensation to the palate with every sip.

Bold, rich, and flavoursome, this tea has all the necessary vigour to get you through the Christmas period (almost) stress-free! It can soothe the mind, body, and spirit so you are more than ready to take on the madness that is the season! One thing is for sure: Rooibos Cinnamon Angel Tea has all the makings of your next holiday tradition, year after year. Just be sure to take that turkey out of the oven before you get carried off into a world of your own enjoying this delicious herbal beverage.

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: Delving into further detail regarding Rooibos Cinnamon Angel’s ability to combat stress, a study conducted by Stellenbosch University, South Africa, found that the aspalathin and nothofagin compounds in Rooibos Tea can help lower the production of cortisol, a stress hormone in the body. Rooibos also contains minerals such as magnesium and calcium, which can play an important role in having a good night’s sleep. So, if you cannot avoid stress on Christmas Day itself, you can, at least, consider brewing up a cup of Rooibos Cinnamon Angel after all the excitement has passed to help you ‘nod’ off!

Rooibos Gingerbread Biscuit and Orange Tea
Rooibos Gingerbread and Orange Biscuit:

While small similarities can be made with this brew and that of Gingerbread Flavoured Green Tea, the unmistakably herbaceous notes of the rooibos leaves mean that, for the most, Rooibos Gingerbread and Orange Biscuit is very different indeed. With enticing ingredients such as pepper and coriander, it is certainly hard to resist this beverage, even outside of the Christmas period.

In fact, this particular herbal tisane has gone on to become one of our bestselling varieties of Rooibos currently available, period. Strong citrusy notes are often the first flavours to hit the palate, followed by delectable tastes of gingerbread soon after. Try Rooibos Gingerbread and Orange Biscuit Tea today; we suspect that Christmas will never be the same without it ever again!

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: While it is usually the summer months most famously labelled as the ‘allergy season’, Christmas may come with its own issues for some individuals. Fear not, as Rooibos Gingerbread and Orange Biscuit can help. One of the very first publications on the health benefits of Rooibos Tea clearly highlighted its allergy-fighting ability.

Since then, many studies have likewise supported its consumption for this reason, owing to the fact that two bioflavonoid compounds found in Rooibos Tea, rutin and quercetin, can relieve itchy eyes and runny noses in allergy sufferers. An allergic reaction to dust mites in the winter time will often result in these particular symptoms, and so choosing Rooibos Gingerbread and Orange Biscuit to combat them is a great choice.

Rooibos Christmas Tea
Rooibos Christmas Tea:

This beverage is another fine example of how brewed rooibos leaves can be complemented by near enough any blend of ingredients. For this particular herbal tisane, we use many Christmassy ingredients such as cinnamon, blackberry leaves, orange blossom pieces, safflower petals, clove buds, cardamom seeds, and ginger. Like any other one of our seasonal brews, Rooibos Christmas Tea is bound to get you into the spirit of things. If you are bored of conventional Christmases, however; or sick to death of the ‘same-old-same-old’, then why not consider this tea an opportunity to break free from normality? Once you have tried Rooibos Christmas Tea, you’ll likely never go back.

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: Rooibos Christmas Tea is the gift that keeps on giving, especially when it comes to weight loss. That’s right, like Green Tea, Rooibos can boost the metabolism. Flavoured Rooibos teas are also low in fat (an average of 2 calories per 8-ounce serving), and their weight loss properties further extend to inhibiting fat-storage hormones within the body. If that wasn’t enough, Rooibos Christmas Tea is completely caffeine free and naturally sweet, meaning no added sugar is required.

Winter Romance Fruit Tisane

Winter Romance Fruit Tisane:

The deep flavours of baked apples, cinnamon, and almonds are a welcome pleasure while sitting around a roaring fire after a cold, brisk walk outside. This warming infusion has a strong romantic character, hence the name. Perhaps this is because of the deep red colour of the liquor, brought out by the addition of hibiscus. Perhaps, instead, this is due to its captivating flavour? We’ll let you be the judge, as, after all, no two people fall in love in the same way. All we know is that, like the person of your dreams, this fruit tisane is simply irresistible.

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: If taste alone isn’t enough, then Winter Romance Fruit Tisane can certainly offer so much more. The addition of hibiscus, in particular, can potentially lower your blood pressure, albeit less so than a standalone Hibiscus Tea. Still, the extract of hibiscus found in our Winter Romance Fruit Tisane remains beneficial, providing the avid consumer (that's you) exercises frequently and eats healthily. To find out more information, we recommend reading our Hibiscus Tea Blog!

Apple Fig and Cranberry Fruit Tisane
Apple Fig and Cranberry Festive Fruit Tisane:

When it comes to the blending of various Christmassy ingredients, you would be hard-pressed to find one more inclusive than our very own Apple Fig and Cranberry Festive Fruit Tisane. This brew is jam-packed with apple, cranberry, date, and fig pieces, as well as almonds, cinnamon, pistachios, and even freeze-dried pumpkin slices! This is quite literally just to name a few, with many more waiting to be discovered when you choose this beverage. Apple Fig and Cranberry Festive Fruit Tisane is arguably as flavoursome as they can get; so much so that you may wish to carry on enjoying it well into the new year.

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: One of the most dominant ingredients in this beverage is cranberry; known for its tasty tartness, as well as its incredible health benefits. Most documented of all, cranberries can play a vital role in preventing Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). This is because of brilliant little antioxidants called proanthocyanidins (PACs), which can stop certain bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract walls. Essentially, cranberries can keep UTIs at bay, although The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company recommend additional measures alongside our fruit tea when treating this condition.

Fruit Angle Tisane
Fruit Angel Tisane:

This harmonious fruit tea will make you “wish it could be Christmas every day” (too cheesy? We know!). Our Fruit Angel Tisane boasts a vibrant liquor along with a combination of perfectly matched fruits, spices and natural flavourings, including cinnamon, marzipan, and orange. If you are looking to fight those pesky Christmas cravings, but still need a little something for the sweet tooth, please rest assured that your search is thankfully over. Fruit Angel Tisane provides indulgence without the guilt that inevitably follows soon after! Who said you couldn’t enjoy Christmas while also maintaining your waist?

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: Quite simply, Fruit Angel Tisane is a healthy alternative to sugary drinks and sweets, especially during Christmas; a time where almost everything around the house is probably bad for you! Of course, there is no real harm in enjoying colas and confectionary items in moderation, but when it is time to cut down, choose Fruit Angel Tisane and miss out on the unpleasant sugar crash! Oftentimes, fruit teas will also contain vitamins and minerals; components that will rarely exist in your favourite fizzy drink or your choice chocolate bar.

Mulled Wine Fruit Tisane
Mulled Wine Fruit Tisane:

If you liked our Fruity Mulled Wine Green Tea, you are going to LOVE this brew! Mulled Wine Fruit Tisane really gives you that taste and aroma of a heavy, spicy, winter concoction. Lovely hints of cinnamon, almonds, and cloves can be embraced with every sip, leaving a warming, refreshing aftertaste that lingers on the palate long after you have drained your cup. Perhaps best of all, you can avoid that horrible hangover on the dreaded day after Christmas! After all, you don’t need alcohol to have a good time - just our Mulled Wine Fruit Tisane, instead!

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: Do you seem to get sick every time you drink alcohol? No, we are not referring to that kind of sickness (hangovers don’t count here), rather you may find yourself experiencing symptoms associated with food allergies. This could be because you are sulphite-sensitive.

Sulphites are naturally occurring compounds found in wine and beer, and they can help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. However, for some, sulfites can trigger asthma attacks and other similar conditions. Mulled Wine Fruit Tisane, meanwhile, does not contain these components, despite tasting just as good!

Christmas Tisane
Christmas Tea Tisane:

Finally, we have our Christmas Tea Tisane; a beverage that offers a slightly more exotic approach to Christmas, both in flavour and aroma. Like many of our other fruit teas, this brew has ingredients such as Hibiscus, Apple pieces and Clove oil. It also contains orange peel and rosehip shells.

Christmas Tea Tisane is for the adventurous; the ones who want to start their Christmas off with a bang. Perfect for parties and family gatherings, brewing up a pot of this fruity infusion will keep the festivities going well into the night. If, like many, you don’t want the season of giving to end, keep its spirit alive with our very own Christmas Tea Tisane.

Your beneficial Christmas present with this tea: Saving the best benefit till last, Christmas Tea Tisane, as well as every other Christmas Loose Teas available from us brings happiness. In this turbulent world of uncertainty, is there really a better time of the year than Christmas to enjoy the company of loved ones while sipping on your favourite brew? Christmas Tea Tisane is a beautiful cup that embodies this delightful season. It nourishes your entire being, and reminds you that the greatest pleasures in life come from togetherness. And ultimately, what

"Not Just for Christmas"

When the presents have been opened and the wrapping paper put away; the tree has come down and the decorations have been wedged in the attic once more, many will wish that Christmas wasn’t over so quickly. You will be pleased to know, in that case, that here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we believe that many of these teas are not just for Christmas, but are actually for any time in the year.

Even in the scorching heat of summer, when Christmas seems like a distant memory, many of our above selections can, in fact, be made into Iced Teas to be enjoyed in a lawn chair while ‘getting your tan on’. No matter the season or the time of year, we believe our Christmas Teas are absolutely divine. So, the choice is now yours, and whichever brew you decide upon, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!