If our DM’s are anything to go by, we know that you’re all absolutely brimming with ideas for new blends & flavour combinations. So, to celebrate turning the grand ol’ age of 15 later this year, we want to create a super special birthday blend, chosen and created completely by our wonderful teapigs community! Your creation can be wild & wacky or classic & timeless – whatever tea you’ve always wished we did, now’s the time to let us know!
Excitingly, the winning blend will be available to buy as a special edition to celebrate our birthday in October!
Now, in an ideal world we'd have you all popping down to teapigs HQ in Brentford for a real life tea blending experience - sniffing & slurping & swirling up a storm in a blending bowl. But, with all that's going on in the world, it seems like that's probably not the best idea. Instead, we're bringing our tea blending experience to the digital world - meaning we can open it up to all of you teapigs abroad*, too!
all you need to do is...
- Pick a base tea from a range of teas & infusions - do you want it to be a true tea or an infusion? Something strong like a black tea, or softer like a chamomile? This sets the tone for the rest of your tea!
- Put your own spin on things by adding up to 5 ingredients - from sweet to spiced, fruity to floral. You can be as simple or as wild as you like, but remember we'll cap you at 5 - sometimes you can have too much of a good thing!
- Give your blend a name & let us know what in spired you - everyone loves a good back story!
who picks the winner?
Louise, our tea taster & co-founder has taste tasted every single batch of tea we've ever sold, and this one won't be any different!
She's been doing this for the best part of 20 years so it's pretty safe to say she knows how to pull together even the most bonkers ideas into a balanced cup. She's got the best deal here we reckon!
Lou will go through all of your entries, blend up a load of them & taste them (along with a few tasting volunteers from team teapigs). After lots of slurping, she'll shortlist 5 entries.
Once the teas are shortlisted, we'll be opening it up to you, the great teapigs public, to vote on the final winner! The lucky blend will then be made into an official special edition blend - available for everyone to buy on our birthday!
when & where can I buy it?
Well, would it be a birthday without a shiny new present?! We'll be launching the special edition online in time for Free Tea Day 2021 - that's October 27th, so mark your calendars!
The special edition will also be available to buy in a select number of independent stockists across the UK too! We'll update you on where a little later in the year.
ready, steady, BLEND!
Heard enough? Click the link below between April 21st - May 21st to enter!
need a little help?
We know, it can be a little overwhelming. Here's a breakdown of all the ingredients with a little more info to help make your choices
bases - you'll pick just 1 of these:
|white tea||soft, light & delicate - goes well with light fruit & floral flavours|
|green tea||crisp & refreshing - like white tea, but a little more grassy|
|oolong tea||mid way between green & black tea - a little sweet, mellow, and not quite strong enough for a milky brew. works wonders with tropical fruits!|
|black tea||your "tea" tea, your rosy lee. lots of body, lots of oomph - pairs well with pretty much everything!|
|lapsang souchong||a smoked black tea - dark & stormy, but works surprisingly well with creamy or strong fruit flavours|
|rooibos||black tea's naturally caffeine free friend. lots of body, none of the bitterness, & a little earthy.|
|apple||soft, light & sweet - acts as a great neutral base for your wildest herbal blends|
|peppermint||packs a mighty minty punch! instant uplift for any blend|
|chamomile||soft, sweet, floral - the base of all your favourite bedtime brews|
|hibiscus||bright & zingy - makes a gorgeously red-pink cup with a tart tang|
|yerba mate||packed full of caffeine for a good lift - tastes like a smoked bitter green tea even though it's not a true tea!|
mix ins - you can pick up to 5 of these:
|almond extract||natural flavouring (no nasties here) for an amaretto twist|
|aniseed||think liquorice sticks|
|apple||yes, here too! add sweetness to blends|
|banana||tropical & fruity - your favourite pick n mix treat without the chemicals|
|bergamot||a small citrus fruit - the key ingredient for an earl grey inspired blend|
|blue cornflower||bright, blue, beautiful. gives your blend a finishing flourish!|
|blue pea flower||is it a birthday party without a magician? makes your brew change colour!|
|blueberry||full berry burst of flavour|
|caramel pieces||the perfect garnish for the sweet-toothed blenders...|
|cardamom||deep, rich & aromatic|
|chamomile||soft, appley sweetness & floral finish|
|chilli||for those who like feeling hot hot hot|
|cinnamon||tastes like christmas regardless of what day it is - surprisingly sweet too|
|cloves||dark, aromatic & a little bitter - balances well with a sweet addition|
|cocoa nibs||for the chocoholics - dark & rich. think cooking chocolate rather than corner shop treat - mellows when brewed with milk|
|coconut||tropical aromas and a creamy finish|
|cranberry||tart, berry twist|
|cream flavour||natural flavouring (no nasties here!) for a richer sweet flavour|
|dandelion||earthy, herbal & good for your insides too (find it in our cleanse tea)|
|echinacea||tingling, invigorating & strong but floral flavour|
|edible glitter||...look, it's not every day you turn 15! sparkles are for celebrations|
|ginger||sweet, slightly peppery & warms you right up|
|ginseng||light liquorice & earthy tones|
|guarana||sweet, fruity & packs a caffeinated punch! (find it in our trim tea)|
|honey bush||for when you need a soft sweet touch but don't want to overdo it|
|jasmine||light, floral & a little fancy|
|lavender||wildflower florals though distantly related to & reminiscent of mint. sleep in a cup! (find it in our snooze tea)|
|lemon||a sharp, sweet zing|
|lemon balm||don't let the name fool you! soft, sweet, and aromatic - lightly acidic with a minty finish (find it in our happy tea)|
|liquorice root||a classic in teas for adding sweetness - no liquorice allsorts here! soft, sweet, almost haylike at times.|
|mango||can fruits taste like sunshine? because this one does!|
|marigold petals||bright yellow petals, brings a sunshine glow to your brew|
|orange||lemon's less sharp cousin - juicy sweetness|
|orange blossom||orange's floral sibling - soft, flowery, somewhere between bergamot & jasmine|
|oregano||super aromatic - but surprisingly peppery in the cup|
|pear||soft & mellow sweetness, keep it soft & light|
|peppermint||powerfully minty - add for a brightening lift of flavour|
|pink pepper||want a darker hot kick? pink pepper will pep up any brew|
|pomegranate||sharp but sweet, works best with softer base teas|
|raspberry||rich, red & fruity - full of flavour|
|rose||strong but sweet floral tone - pair with lighter flavours to bring out the smell of an english garden|
|rosemary||think pine, lemon & mint all rolled into one|
|safflower||golden orange petals to make your brew look beautiful|
|shaped sugars||okay fine, we'll allow ONE full blown sugar treat. looks cute, bigs up the sweet.|
|spirulina||this ones for the green juice fans - adds a blue-green hue & tastes reminiscent of it too!|
|star anise||sweet like liquorice but spiced. works well with lots of spice friends.|
|strawberry||sweet berry goodness - tastes of Wimbledon|
|thyme||herbaceous & earthy|
|turmeric||earthy, peppery, almost fruity|
|valerian||herbal & earthy, with a strong aroma (find it in our calm tea)|
|vanilla||less is more - adds a strong, creamy sweetness|
|white chocolate||not just for kids in cowboy hats anymore - adds both creamy texture & sweet tone all in one|
now for the important bit
This competition is a little different to how we usually do things! Click here to read the full t&c's