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Easter Already?

Easter Already?

How can it be Easter already? It seems like just yesterday we were heralding the start of a new year. Now we’re all used to writing 2014 on things and planning our summer holidays. A whiff of warm weather gets us all terribly excited and […]

Our First Review Star

Our First Review Star

A few weeks ago we launched a competition to find the first of our Ringtonian Reviewers. We aksed those on Facebook to place a review of us and our products and we chose one lucky winner to receive a treasure trove of all our Easter […]

The Ringtons Tea Tree

The Ringtons Tea Tree

Here at Ringtons we have a different tea for every day and every taste and while we’re famous for our classic black teas, we also have a wide selection of delicious fruit and herbal teas too. Being a family business, we decided to put all our teas into helpful “families”. Below is the Ringtons Family Tea Tree, which shows the different types in their new packaging. So you can print this off and keep it handy for when you need a reminder!

Click here to see the Ringtons Tea Tree!

Introducing the 1907 Heritage Range

Introducing the 1907 Heritage Range

You told us that you would like to see more collectable Ringtons items available all year round. So we are very proud to introduce our new “1907” range which is a celebration of Ringtons rich heritage and traditions – featuring the original Ringtons RT crest, […]

WILL YOU BE CELEBRATING ST GEORGE’S DAY?

WILL YOU BE CELEBRATING ST GEORGE’S DAY?

April 23rd is St George’s Day and here at Ringtons we’re going to be celebrating. The legend of St George dates back to the 10th Century and is thought to have been brought back with the Crusaders and retold. The narrative tells of a knight […]

Darjeeling Orange Valley 2012 1st Flush

Darjeeling Orange Valley 2012 1st Flush

These tea leaves come from a garden very close to Darjeeling town which has the only original small-leaved Chinese variety of bushes planted by the British over 100 years ago. This means relatively low yields but exceptional flavour.

The infused tea has a light amber colour, with a little more strength and less greenness than many First Flush teas. It has some dryness on the palate and good muscatel flavour, with a subtle sweetness in the aftertaste.

The place we now know as Darjeeling, translated from Tibetan literally means “the land of the thunderbolt”. It was also once known as the “Queen of the Hills.”

It is said there was a mighty god, who controlled nature. He coaxed the flowers to grow and allowed the rain to fall. But he was fickle and he often punished villages according to his mood.  The place we now know as Darjeeling was then a humble village, which often faced the wrath of this angry god. He would bring his clouds and rain and dull weather with him and throw thunderbolts in frustration. One day a young local girl travelled to the foot of the mountains that lay to the east and prayed to this god. She prayed that he would leave their town alone to thrive of its own accord. She thought him a cruel god and accused him of abusing the power he held, when he should have been using it to help his people.

The god heard her prayers and on seeing her, was struck by her beauty. Her words cut deep and he spent the night alone in the mountains, thinking over his mistakes. The next day, when the villagers awoke to a dull orange sun emerging, painting the sky with brilliant strokes of magenta, gold, terracotta and fuchsia. The snow-capped Everest, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Jannu and other peaks slowly became visible. The village folk gasped at the magnificent sight. As the fog lifted, the village gradually came alive. Flowers opened to the sun, grass grew green and fresh and the tea bushes flourished.

The god looked on the village and claimed it to be the “Queen of the Hills”.