If you are one of the millions of worldwide fans of Downton Abbey on PBS, you know that tea is always "on the table."
It was served for breakfast, at teatime, for visitors, and whenever there was trouble or a problem to solve.
Was it just a popular habit of the British Empire, or did this all day long habit really help them cope better with change and suffering?
Your life may not be as stressful for you as it was for the Crawleys, their cousins, friends, household, and estate, but we can all use the benefits of tea as expressed by William Gladstone (1809-1898), one of Queen Victoria's prime ministers:
If you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.
Check out these special Downton Abbey Tea blends created by Republic Of Tea with limited edition tins.
These are also a great hostess, birthday, or holiday gift for Downton Abbey fans!
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Here is the Estate Blend, an Earl Grey flavored black tea with a hint of vanilla, perhaps to help sweeten Cousin Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. This tea is sourced from India, sometimes called the Jewel in Queen Victoria's crown.
This is Robert Crawley's breakfast choice, an invigorating blend of organic Assam black tea with organic ginger. With a bit of warm milk and sweetener, it takes on a dessert quality.
Lady Cora occasionally needs a very comforting cup at the end of a challenging day. Her choice is a caffeine-free herbal blend of lemon balm and chamomile, scented with linden flowers, lavender flowers, and orange blossoms, and a touch of other relaxing herbs.
The three daughters, Mary, Edith, and Sybil are English roses, of course. Their tea is a caffeine-free herb and fruit blend of rose petals, rose hips, hibiscus, and raspberry, with a touch of stevia for sweetness. This is a fragrant, vibrant, and elegant selection served hot and is very attractive served iced during the summer garden parties.
Mr. and Mrs. Bates have shown us that true love overcomes grief and survives all challenges. They need this black tea for strength and appreciate the richness of summer berries including bits of blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry.
Mrs. Patmore and Daisy offer this dessert tea with puddings and other creamy desserts like trifle. It is a combination of black tea, sweet blackberry leaves, and carob bits, with additional flavoring of caramel and vanilla.
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