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When East Meets West

Making Remarkable Connections has shaped The East India Company, transforming the world with fusion of cultures, materials and skills.

We remember and celebrate these not only in our choice of ingredients but also in our design work that transports through storytelling.

Enjoy one of our biscuits and cast your eye on the carton. You’ll see a shape that instantly takes you to India, the Taj Mahal of Agra. India and The East India Company’s history, inextricably linked.

Underneath, a beautiful Arts & Craft pattern. William Morris, the celebrated designer of this movement adored the colourful, artisan textiles of India. His designs are considered quintessentially British, but in fact he was enormously influenced by the patterns and colours of the Kashmir shawls, silks, indigo-dyed cottons and garments of South Asia.

We bring together east and west in celebration. Enjoy your biscuit!

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Twelve Spices Biscuits

Net Weight: 150g

An exotic take on the classic ginger biscuit, this remarkable treat brings the warmth of faraway lands with a sweet blend of cloves, spicy cinnamon and nutmeg leaves. Enjoy with a cup of our Vanilla Tea.

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The global spice trade is centuries old and not surprisingly, one in which The East India Company has played a full part, trading in pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and many others between the 17th and 19th centuries. Indeed, its network of Botanical Gardens propagated the world's spices and took them to every corner.

It's with full heritage therefore, that we present our The East India Company Twelve Spice Biscuit - spices having long been used in biscuit-making, with gingerbread being possibly the first,1000 years ago in Europe. If you'd like to read a little more about the Company and it's trade in spices, read our short story "EIC, Trade and Spices" over a cup of tea and a biscuit of course.
We've combined cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg with hints of coriander, mustard and still more, for an exotic, warming and sweet biscuit. The spice doesn't announce itslef immediately, but wait a moment and you'll enjoy a well balanced heat.

Perfect on a winter morning with a warming cup of Royal Breakfast tea.

Ingredients

Wheat Flour, Sugar, Partially Inverted Refiners Syrup, Salted Butter (Milk), Eggs, Mixed Spice (2%) (Coriander, Cassia, Cinnamon, Mustard, Caraway, Dill, Fennel, Ginger, Clove, Turmeric, Pimento), Nutmeg (1%), Raising Agent: Sodium Bicarbonate; Salt, Vegetable Oils (Vegetable Oils & Fats, Water, Salt, Natural Vegetable Colours: Annatto, Curcumin, Flavourings)


Allergens

Manufactured in a bakery that handles nuts & sesame seeds. Contains wheat, milk, gluten, egg and mustard.

Nutrition

Typical values 100g – Energy 1939kj/463kcal • Fat 16.8g, of which saturates 10.8g • Carbohydrate 72.5g, of which sugars 41.6g • Protein 5.1g • Salt 0.3g


Storage

Store cool and dry. Avoid sunlight and strong odours.

Stories

The Biscuit - from Hardtack to Sea Salt & Caramel

Today, there is a biscuit for every occasion, and it is one of the most popular sweet snacks in the world. But biscuits had a vital role in the life of the seafaring adventurers, including the men of The East India Company, in the 17th and 18th century.

Biscuits date back much further and like much else, it was the Romans who created the ‘panis bicoctus,’ or bread twice baked, to create a food that could be stored. Richard the Lionheart took stores of ‘biskits’ on his crusade ships and in the Armada battle of 1588, each sailor had biscuits included within their diet.

It was Samuel Pepys, famous diarist but also naval administrator, who introduced victualising, the planning and rationing of food supplies at sea. Rations included "1 lb daily of good, clean, sweet, sound, well-baked and well-conditioned wheaten biscuit (plus a gallon of beer!)". Ships of The East India Company routinely received 8 months rations for their long voyages.
The ship’s biscuit was also known as hardtack, a very hard-baked substance made of wheat flour, salt and water which would survive long journeys - inedible without softening in stew or brien - the original ‘dunk’ perhaps?

We celebrate the heritage of the humble biscuit, a truly critical ingredient in the success of The East India Company. Pepys’ description as ‘sweet, sound and well-baked’ still sounds relevant today, but our artisans in British and French bakeries now elevate that to a fine art using wonderful new ingredients, like our Seville Orange Marmalade or Caramel and Sea Salt Biscuits.

Our spirit delivers no ordinary products

  • FAQ

    How long will the biscuits last once opened?
    Once opened, they should be stored in an airtight container and consumed within 30 days.

    Where are your sweet biscuits made?
    Our sweet artisan biscuits are made in the United Kingdom.

  • Delivery & Returns

    UK Standard Delivery: £3.95
    UK Next Day Delivery (mainland UK only): £9.95 (Order before 12pm)
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