As we approach the festive season, why not try something different and experience the delights of one of these exquisite festive hampers from the The East India Company.
The East India Company has focused further on bespoke hampers, offering the possibility to select foods tailored to individual taste, and the ability to customise packaging as well. Each hamper is filled with the finest flavours, from the quintessentially British to the wonderfully exotic – ranging from £30 to £1,500 and beyond.
A Christmas Adventure
The Festive Collection includes a range of evocative seasonal blended teas, aromatic coffees, festive spiced chai drinking chocolate, indulgent milk and dark chocolate enrobed spiced biscuits, seasonal jam and chutney, as well as a selection of festive chocolates including mint & green tea white chocolate thins and milk chocolate infused with exotic spices.
Festive Tea, Mulling Spices, Spiced Chai Drinking Chocolate, Festive Biscuits, Festive Coffee and Festive Preserves & Condiments.
But wait, there’s so much more… introducing the Luxury Festive Gift Hampers
For the adventurer, explorer, renegade, and the individual who looks beyond the average, or status quo. The festive collection is inspired by the spirit of adventure each of us has within us – an invitation to explorers to travel beyond the boundaries of the everyday, to discover the unknown and to define new ways of creating and experiencing the world around them. This Christmas, awaken your adventuring spirit with delicious and decadent gifts from The East India Company whose 400 year history and explorer’s spirit has been harnessed to create a range of luxurious hampers, each with its story to tell.
Festive Gift Hampers Overview:
- Coffee Connoisseur £30
- The Adventure Begins £35
- Festive Tales £35
- Tea Master’s Blends £70
- Festive Flavours £75
- Adventures in Chocolate £125
- Ultimate Festive Flavours £175
- The Explorer’s Bounty £400
- Traveller’s Tails £750
- Grand Adventures (with alcohol) £1,500
- Grand Adventures (without alcohol) £1,500
Festive Tea Punch & Cocktails
Especially for the festive season, The East India Company tea master has collaborated with mixologists to create a range of seasonal tea infused punch and cocktail recipes.
Inspired by The East India Company’s exquisite collection of rare tea and fine foods, and its rich history of exploration, each recipe evokes all of one’s senses – from the sound of adding prosecco to Bombay Dreams, the vibrant passionfruit puree in Tea Party Punch to the smell of the delicate notes of bergamot, neroli and mint in The Staunton Twist. Each of The East India Company’s tea cocktails are unique and perfectly suited to a variety of festive occasions. Romance of The East is an elegant aperitif cocktail, while The Staunton Twist is a vibrant and refreshing cocktail perfect for festive soirees.
Historically, The East India Company was responsible for introducing ‘punch’ to England from India in the early seventeenth century. Punch, originally derived from the hindi word ‘Paanch’, translates as the number ‘five’. The word referred to a drink made of five ingredients: water, fruit, tea, sugar and alcohol; a summer elixir used to escape the searing Indian heat, or a winter warmer to keep the cold at bay. Paying homage to this heritage, is the Tea Party Punch using The East India Company Boston Tea Party Tea, The East India Company Vanilla Sugar, fresh thyme, passion fruit puree, lime juice, orange juice and dark rum.
Ingredients (serves one):
- 1 cube of white sugar soaked in ‘The East India Company Hibiscus Cordial’
- 25ml of cold ‘Governor Aungier’s Bombay Chai Tea’
- 10ml of Goldschlager
- 90ml of prosecco or sparkling white wine
- 1 orange
- Soak a cube of white sugar in ‘Hibiscus Cordial’ and drop into a champagne flute glass
- Pour the cold ‘Governor Aungier’s Bombay Chai Tea‘ into the flute
- Top with Goldschlager and prosecco
- Grate some orange zest on top of the glass
Hibiscus Cordial (£7.95)
Fragrant and vibrantly coloured, The East India Company’s hibiscus cordial gives a rich fruit undertone to any cocktail.
Governor Aungier’s Bombay Chai Loose Tea (£12.00)
Honouring the vibrancy of Bombay and the legacy of Gerald Aungier, president of the East India Company in 1699, The East India Company’s Bombay Chai Loose Tea blend infuses black tea with fragrant cinnamon, clove and cardamom. The perfect choice tea for a multitude of festivities.
The East India Company’s Romance of The East
Ingredients (serves one):
- 35ml of cold ‘The East India Company First Romance Tea’
- 25ml of Zubrowka
- 25ml of pressed apple juice
- 10ml of fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp of ‘The East India Company Peach & Armagnac Jam’
- 1 dried orange
- Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker
- Add some ice cubes and shake vigorously until the jam has emulsified
- Strain the blended ingredients into a martini coupe glass
Garnish with a heart-shaped dried orangeFirst Romance Loose Black Tea (£12)
A colourful selection of delicious fruits and flower petals brought together to create a very special fruit-tea blend. Laced with strawberry, mango and orange, the sweet exotic flavours will delight your senses with the excitement of first romance.
Peach & Armagnac Jam (£6.95)
Enriched with a dash of Armagnac – one of the oldest types of French brandy – this sweet jam boasts a deep and fruity flavour.
The East India Company’s Tea Party Punch
Ingredients (serves one):
- 200ml of dark rum
- 80ml of passion fruit puree
- 60ml of fresh lime juice
- 200ml of cold ‘The East India Company Boston Tea Party Tea’
- 200ml of fresh orange juice
- 3 tsp of ‘The East India Company Vanilla Sugar’
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme
- 1 passion fruit, 1 lime and 1 orange
- Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl
- Slice passion fruit, lime and orange into the bowl
- Gently stir the ingredients together
Serve in individual small oriental tea cupsThe Boston Tea Party Black Tea (£12.00)
This blend of black Chinese Keemun tea, and black and green Yunnan teas is based on the original varieties thrown overboard during the Boston Tea Party in 1773.
Vanilla Sugar (£10.00)
Hand-crushed vanilla pods give this natural, unrefined cane sugar its delicious flavour.
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