So, my mom is absolutely giddy – Downton Abbey, the popular television show on PBS about a British aristocratic family going about their drama-filled lives starting with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, is starting back up tonight. From what I’ve seen of the show, all I know is that Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter) is in the show,which is enough for me to say it must be excellent.
Obviously, being proper Brits, this family MUST have their tea. Whether it’s the afternoon tea imbibed between 4pm and 6pm or the high tea sipped between 5pm and 7pm, sure as rain, you can find this elite family sitting down and having their tea to discuss the issues of the time and the drama of their lives.
Tea companies apparently watch the show too, as they are coming out with numerous Downton Abbey merchandise. Here’s a small sampling:
Downton Abbey Tea, The Republic of Tea:
The Republic of Tea was founded not too long ago, 1992, and has strived to spark a tea revolution in order to get people to sip most tea. For Downton Abbey, The Republic of Tea has come out with a line of teas, including an herbal English Rose filled with raspberries, roses, and hibiscus flowers, an Estate blend consisting of earl grey, and a spicy Grantham Breakfast blend flavored with ginger root and Assam tea.
So why not buy some tea and sip away while watching the Crawley family fall apart?
Keep Calm And Ring Carson to Bring Tea, Signals.com:
Signals.com’s slogan is to offer “Gifts that Inform, Enlighten, and Entertain”. They specialize in public television that invoke thought and discussion while inspiring continued learning.
Apparently, the thought here is to get a butler to bring you tea. I don’t know about you, but I think I can get behind that thinking.
More Than 150 Recipes from Upstairs and Downstairs by Emily Ansara Baines, Barnes and Noble:
Wouldn’t you love to serve some smoked salmon mousse with your tea? How about some crunchy fig and bleu cheese tarts? Wouldn’t some dark chocolate truffles go so well with the Grantham Breakfast blend from The Republic of Tea? Emily Ansara Baines gathered recipes that your favorite characters supped on and is offering for you to dine like British aristocrats. Available in both hardcover and for the Nook, you can have your high tea with a little bit of clotted cream and some scones like The Dower.
What are you drinking in order to prepare for the season premier tonight?