From the Heart


How about these two teas for your Holiday Celebrations?

Sainbury’s is a supermarket chain in the United Kingdom and they have launched two very unusual festive inspired teas – Brussels Sprouts and Pigs in a Blanket. The supermarket chain is selling the bizarre blends of both Brussels Sprouts and Pigs in a Blanket (sausages wrapped in bacon) flavored tea bags. Can you believe it???????

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But first things first…

Sainsbury’s is the second largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom.  Founded in 1869, by John James Sainsbury with a shop in Drury Lane, London. The company became the largest retailer of groceries in 1922, and was an early adopter of self-service retailing in the United Kingdom in its heyday during the 1980s.

Just a bit of history…

Sainsbury started as a retailer of fresh foods and later expanded into packaged groceries such as tea and sugar. His trading philosophy, as stated on a sign outside his first shop in Islington, was: “Quality perfect, prices lower”.

Shops started to look similar, so in order that people could recognize them throughout London, a high cast-iron ‘J. SAINSBURY’ sign featured on every shop, so their shops could be seen from a distance.


In 1922, J Sainsbury was incorporated as a private company, as ‘J. Sainsbury Limited’, when it became the United Kingdom’s largest retailer of groceries. By this time each shop had the following departments: dairy, bacon and hams, poultry and game, cooked meats, and fresh meats. Groceries were introduced in 1903. Home delivery featured in every shop, as there were fewer cars in those days. Sites were carefully chosen, with a central position in a parade selected in preference to a corner shop. This allowed a larger display of products, which could be kept cooler in summer, which was important as there was no refrigeration.

By the time John James Sainsbury died in 1928, there were over 128 shops. His last words were said to be: ‘Keep the shops well lit’.

Now the teas… Sprouts and Pigs in a Blanket

Brussel Sprouts have long been a staple Christmas food, but this year you can enjoy these “little cabbages” in liquid form.   Now, what will this tea taste like? The Brussels Sprouts brew is a veggie infused green tea, while Pigs in a Blanket features sage and rosemary, offering a rather controversial take on the classic cuppa. The unique blends have already divided opinion on social media, with die heart tea fans commenting in outrage at the non-traditional flavors.

How much do they cost?

These “festive” tea bags come in packs of 20 and cost 1 pound per box, meaning that giving the new flavors a try won’t break the bank and both quirky blends are suitable for vegans, but many have said that are best served with milk.  


Tonight being Christmas Eve, we are having a hot tea inspired punch, but the tea base will be an Indian Assam – not Brussel Sprouts! 

Happy Holiday’s to you and yours!




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