...and to All a Good Night December 17 2018
That's all the last orders packaged up ready for posting in the morning, though you've time to sneak one in if you're willing to risk it being late.
And I'm afraid we also have some sad news. As many of you know, we are a small family business. Unfortunately we've had a particularly bad series of personal events the last few months, and we've finally taken the difficult decision that we will not be reopening to retail sales after Christmas.
We just don't have the ability to keep up with individual retail orders right now, and we'd rather not do it, than do it increasingly badly. Hopefully the future will offer a change in circumstances that means we can reopen, as we have loved speaking to every one of you by email and at markets and our heart really lies in making lovely individual experiences. We appreciate your respect for our privacy at this difficult time, however.
May all the finest things the season has to offer find their way to you - Merry Christmas.
We are NI Artisan Food Producer of the Year 2016! December 02 2016
We are humbled and honoured that our hard work and high standards this year have culminated in our winning an award. We are officially NI Artisan Food Producer of the Year 2016!
Turkish Delight November 16 2016
Every year we celebrate the C.S. Lewis festival with the release of our luscious Turkish Delight blend. Order yours from Friday 18th!
A treat fit for any Winter Queen or King... if you dare.
One of the most ancient sweets known to man, this sugary delicacy stands the test of time with gracious aplomb; from Sultan’s palace to Victorian high society it is a gift-wrapped token of admiration from a true gentleman to the object of his most earnest affections. And it is not without a dark side – you have surely heard tell of the Icy Queen for whom these treats were a most effective tool of persuasion, ushering her rivals to spill their secrets in the hope of another helping.
Turkish Delight is a scintillating blend of Chinese black tea, pure cocoa shells and delicate rose petals; a delight on the nose and a taste to brighten away Winter’s melancholy with its robust, rosy flavour and creamy finish. Suitable for Sultans, Ice Queens, talking lions, and all stalwart souls who brave the frozen Winter mornings.
Like the season’s frost, however, this Limited Edition blend will not last long - once Winter comes to a close, it will melt from our wardrobes, never to be seen again.
Steep for 3-5 minutes in freshly drawn water heated to 100 degrees Celsius. Serve with or without milk and sugar.
Chinese black tea, Cocoa shells, Rose petals, Flavour
Thank You for being amazing in 2015 January 08 2016
We deeply appreciate all the support and positivity you have given to us throughout 2015.
We aim to spend 2016 giving that support and positivity back to others wherever we can. As a start and as a small token of our thanks for your kind attention in 2015, we are offering you £5 off throughout January, for every order worth £10 or more.
To claim your £5 discount, please use the code 'ThankYou2015' during Checkout
Holiday orders and closures December 14 2015
LAST DATE for Christmas orders: 18th for UK, 14th for EU
Please note that we are closed between 21st Dec and Twelfth Night (5th Jan). You can still order, but you may have to wait a little longer than usual for your delivery.
BBC: "The bitter story behind the UK's national drink" September 08 2015
The BBC highlights the unpleasant realities for some tea workers in India, on estates used by most of the biggest UK tea brands - Twinings, Yorkshire Tea, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason, PG Tips, Liptons, and Tetley.This should be concerning to all of us - for how can we justify the happiness and relaxation we get from our nice cup of tea if it is produced on the back of human suffering?
Click through to the BBC article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-34173532
Our company is too small to buy directly from the tea estates. We buy our tea for blending from a carefully chosen UK wholesaler, due to the quality of product and very high personal standards. He is a Master Tea Blender with over thirty years experience, and personally visits the estates he buys from. Here's what he has to say:
"We do not purchase from either of the companies referenced in the article (McCleod Russell or Assam Company) and never have. We only purchase our Assam teas (and Darjeelings actually) from Goodricke group of estates as I have personally visited most of their estates and seen the quality of living and working condtitions for myself. We take sourcing of our teas very seriously and are happy to pay a premium for quality of both the teas and the conditions in which they are grown and I have always found Goodricke to follow the same ethos as our own (I have know them for 17 years). Goodricke take their own corporate social responsibility very seriously and you will see from their website (http://www.goodricke.com/sustainability) that a good proportion of their estates (in fact all the ones we purchase from) are certified and audited by a number of ethical and manufacturing accreditation schemes."
For me, this really highlights the difference between buying from a large corporation with little individual accountability and shareholders to appease with profits, and buying from an artisan producer who cares about every part of the process.
Two more Great Taste Award winners! August 04 2015
Work in Progress: Gift wrap and gift vouchers July 31 2015
We're just adding the final tweaks before sending everything to the printer, but we're already excited about how our new gift wrap and gift vouchers are looking! What do you think?
Midsummer Madness - Massive stock clearance! July 21 2015
We're making way for our Christmas stock intake with a sale of truly irregular proportions! For ten days only, get your favourite blends at only £1 for a refill bag! Are we off our rockers?! Probably! Order now before the month-end brings us to our senses!
Whether he gets up for the night feeds and takes his turn with the nappies, or helped you climb that big tree as a child and taxied you all over town as a teenager, he's the guy with the welcoming smile and the best hugs.
Give him some proper tea this Father's Day - he's worth it.
Order now, and get a £5 voucher each for you and a friend.
(offer ends midnight Thurs 18th June)
Delectable cinnamon & ginger pancakes the easy way! February 17 2015
For delectable cinnamon and ginger overtones, try infusing warm milk with Chai Melange or Warm Gingerbread, then cool and use in your pancake batter. Outstanding served with luscious berries and lashings of cream.
3 free gift envelopes until the end of February February 10 2015
Did you know our single teabag gift envelopes are perfect for tucking inside a card? Get three completely FREE with every order until the end of February!
You don't have to do anything except order, we will automatically add three assorted gift envelopes to your parcel before we send it.
New Year, new you! January 26 2015
Whether your New Year's resolutions include detoxing or just adding a bit more culture to your life, we have your back, chap!
Have a gander at Rhubarb & Ginger; good for the body, great for the soul, and popular among acting-types throughout these great Isles!
The clue is in the name, wot? Click through and read on!
Christmas closing November 30 2014
Our last date for Christmas delivery is Wednesday 17th December. After this date we will still post your order, but we can't guarantee it will get there on time.
We close for the Christmas holidays on Friday 19th December, and reopen on Monday 5th January. Any orders placed during the holidays will be fulfilled when we re-open.
Introducing: Limited Edition Turkish Delight November 28 2014
[available in mini apothecary jar and sample sachet]
One of the most ancient sweets known to man, this sweet delicacy has stood the test of time with gracious aplomb; from Sultan’s palace to Victorian high society it is a gift-wrapped token of admiration from a true gentleman to the object of his most earnest affections. And it is not without a dark side – you have surely heard tell of the Icy Queen for whom these treats were a most effective tool of persuasion, ushering her rivals to spill their secrets in the hope of another helping.
Turkish Delight is a scintillating blend of Chinese black tea, pure cocoa shells and delicate rose petals; a delight on the nose and a taste to brighten away Winter’s melancholy with its robust, rosy flavour and creamy finish. Suitable for Sultans, Ice Queens, talking lions, and all stalwart souls who brave the frozen December mornings.
Like the season’s frost, however, this Limited Edition blend will not last long - once January comes to a close, it will melt from our wardrobes, never to be seen again.
Launching at the Narnia Fine & Dandy market this Sunday, you can also pick some up at any of our December markets, or on our website from Monday.
Two Great Taste Award winners today! August 12 2014
We are doing the (refined and elegant) happy tea dance here today, as we have just won TWO Great Taste awards!
To celebrate our newly award winning Assam Gold and Pear Champagne blends, use the code WINNER at checkout to receive free UK delivery on any order at missmckeowns.com.
Offer expires 17/08/14
30% off large refill bags while stocks last July 04 2014
We're excited that our smaller refill bags have finally arrived from our suppliers!
It also means we'll be changing the amount of tea in our bags; you will get a smaller amount of tea in the Regular size bag, and the Large bags will have much more tea in them. To do this, we need to shift all the stock of tea in the existing bag size.
So choose your large refill bags and add your discount code at the checkout to receive a whacking 30% off the list price - but hurry, it's only while stock lasts!
DISCOUNT CODE: MoreTeaVicar
Happy Father's Day! June 07 2014
To celebrate the most splendid chap in your life we have a special offer just for him!
Just type No1CHAP as a discount code when you checkout to get Free UK Delivery on your order!
Valid until 12:01am Tuesday 17th.