Tea by twilight with Taylors

IMG_7268It was a Thursday night, more or less just like any other.  I left the office and headed back in the direction of home, but instead of alighting at my usual end-of-the-line stop of Richmond, I jumped off at Kew and made my way to the beautiful Kew Gardens for an evening of tea tasting and fairy dust with Taylors of Harrogate.

There to launch their new range of fruit and herbal tea infusions, in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Taylors treated us to an enchanting evening that featured a unique, moon-lit first-ever performance by Northern Ballet on water!

It was really something.

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First we gathered in the Palm House, where the sounds of birds chirping as the day turned to dusk, provided the perfect setting for us to sip and savour the new range of six blended infusions from Taylors, which have been certified by the experts at Kew:  peppermint, lemongrass and ginger, chamomile and vanilla, spiced apple, sweet rhubarb and blackberry and elderflower.  It was hard to pick a favourite but I think my two front-runners would have to be the sweet rhubarb and the lemongrass and ginger.  Both delicious and both really flavoursome and easily identifiable in terms of ingredients.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find with herbal teas or fruit infusions, they smell delicious but then they sort of just taste of, well, hot.  Not these.  They actually do taste of the fruits and herbs they promise.

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After the tasting, we were then invited out to the gardens to pick up a few tasty sweet-treats courtesy of Betty’s of Harrogate (oh my goodness, macaroons and fondant fancies to die for!) before taking our seats by the lake to wait for nighttime to fall and the ballet to begin.

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Honestly, it was pretty damn incredible.  I’m not entirely sure how they did it, but the Northern Ballet put on a performance that saw two of their ballerinas, dressed as fairies from a Midsummer Night’s Dream, “dance on water”.  Well, a sort of hologram projection of them danced on water anyway.  It was incredibly clever and as I sat there, sipping my fruit tea, headphones on and classical music playing into my ears, watching this ballet by moonlight in the beautiful surroundings of Kew, I really felt pretty damn lucky to be there, experiencing such a magical moment.

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I’m afraid my photos don’t really do the performance justice – just as with real fairies, fairy ballerinas dancing on water are quite hard to capture on camera!

Thank you Taylors.  It really was fab.

As are the teas.

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Now one of you lucky Richmond Mummy readers can also get a taste of the Taylors’ magic as one of you has the chance to win a hamper of Taylors tea by answering this simple question:

Q.  How many fruit and herbal tea infusions are in the new range from Taylors?

Please leave your answer below, along with your name and email address and a winner will be picked at random by me on Sunday 18th May and will be contacted soon after.

Now, pop on the kettle and good luck!

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Some competition Terms & Conditions – one winner will be picked at random to win a hamper of Taylors teas.  There will be no cash prize alternative.  Entry is open to UK residents only (sorry!).  Closing date for entry is Sunday 18th May 2014 and the winner will be announced by Sunday 25th May 2014.

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