Yorkshire Tea is a black tea blend produced by Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, one of the few remaining family tea and coffee merchants in the United Kingdom. The company was founded in 1886 by Yorkshire tea merchant Charles Taylor.
- Original Yorkshire Tea
- Yorkshire Tea for Hard Water
- Luxury blend Yorkshire Gold
- Yorkshire Seasonal
The Yorkshire Tea brand is currently being extended to include a range of cakes, biscuits, and fruit loaves, sold as being complementary to drinking tea. Yorkshire Tea Biscuits are a "T"-shaped shortbread for dunking.
When Safeway was taken over by West Yorkshire-based Morrisons in 2004, commentators in the London press noted the amount of shelf space in one former Safeway store that was suddenly given over to Yorkshire Tea.
For several years now, Yorkshire Tea has sponsored Wallace and Gromit's Children's Foundation and the company has played a key part in supporting the charity's annual tea party for fundraising towards children's hospitals and hospices.
Advertising and popular culture
Yorkshire Gold is mentioned in the popular Showtime TV series "Homeland." Ian Brabbin, tea buyer at Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate said: “We were both surprised and delighted to discover that Yorkshire Gold has been given such a starring role in Homeland and are looking forward to seeing the show when it arrives on our screens here later in the year."We are no strangers to the small screen - Yorkshire Tea has also made a cameo appearance on Friends, not to mention our ever growing band of celebrity fans such as Noel Gallagher and Alan Carr."
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- "The tea's off, ladies: Potty bureaucracy at the WI means the end of free cuppas for members". Associated Newspapers Ltd. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "A warming Heartbeat". The Grocer. 31 July 2004. Retrieved 15 March 2012.