My First Online Tea Order Experience

Ordering tea online is a new experience for me.  I had no idea how thrilling it could be to see a box of tea outside my door.

The giddy rush of seeing a box of books, that I am well acquainted with.

But a box with tea inside, well it's something I could get used to!

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My first online tea ordering experience was with The Republic of Tea
Reason being: the last season of Downton Abbey was set to premiere and I wanted something "Downton-ish" to indulge in. 

The Republic of Tea just so happens to have a whole line of Downton inspired tea and paraphernalia.

I picked out this sampler envelope for myself and a fellow Downton enthusiast.

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This gift assortment contains six different teas, each with a Downton themed name!  This was an ideal purchase for me.  I had no idea if I would enjoy the new tea I picked out or if it would be forgotten in my tea stash never to be tasted again.
Now for the next six episodes, I have a new tea to try.  I can then order more of the one/ones that I loved.

* For premier night I tried out the Downton Christmas black tea and it was delicious! With just the right amount of spice and with its hint of fruit- I loved every sip! *

The ordering process with The Republic of Tea went smoothly. 
It is stated that it could take 1 to 2 business days to prepare for shipping. They really weren't kidding about the handling time.  So plan ahead!
The shipping was great. The package arrived a day ahead of schedule!  Thank you to either the Republic of Tea or the shipping heros!

The biggest thrill aside from having a package on my doorstep were the samples that I found inside!  I adore samples!

Samples

Truly every company needs to adopt this practice, ( hint hint local health food store ) I am sure I am not the only person who finds it difficult to order something, especially something edible, without knowledge that I will like it and that it won't end up in the trash.

The Republic of Tea tweeted that samples arrive in every order!!  🙂

 

I am very pleased with my order from The Republic of Tea and will happily order from them again in the future!

 

Weekend Reading for the Downton FANatic

I would never consider myself a Downton Abbey fanatic. 
I am most definitely a fan of normal proportions.  I have my favorite characters and I set aside Sunday nights when the season starts. 

But knowing that this is the final season I have been a bit more curious about all things Downton Abbey.

Enter my recent book findings perfect for the Downton fan or the FANatic.

Downtonbooks

 A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey:  This book is separated into months of the year. Each month focuses on a different area of life at this large estate. Under the chapter is also a spotlight on an aspect of the filming of Downton Abbey.  The book is filled with beautiful photographs and even a recipe or two. 

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 Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey Just like it says on the cover, this is the backstage pass to the set of Downton Abbey! This book is loaded with photos of the actors, props, costumes and the set.  Along side these photos are the insider how to's with a smattering of the actors thoughts. A great read for those fans who want to know how Downton Abbey is produced.

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 The World of Downton Abbey This book is like revisiting the show in book form. It has a storyline quality to it.  Again, great pictures of the actors and the set. It also included bits on how the designers came up with or how they produced the look and feel of the time period.  My favorite bit of this book was the quotes by the characters.  These really gave the book a Downton-ish quality that I enjoyed.

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 Last but not least is-  The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook:   This book is filled with yummy sounding recipes. A mix of traditional English  and Downtonesque recipes featuring characters names.  I have not tried any of these recipes yet, but I am mulling over the idea of a Downton dinner for the last episode.  Hmmm, or would a tea be better?

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It is pointed out that this book is an Unofficial cookbook.  I wonder if an official one will come out by Masterpiece or Carnival? Hint, Hint to the powers that be….oh and add pictures!!

These books have kept me entertained and will keep me entertained as I enjoy this last season of Downton Abbey.

Have I missed any good Downton books?

 

 

 

Downton Abbey Night

Tonight is the night -  Downton Abbey Season 6 airs in the States!

I have been a fan of the show since its first episode and now have mixed emotions on this last and final season.  The uppity world of the English aristocracy and all their goings on has been my winter escape for years.  So these final hours will be met with bittersweet emotions. 

I do hope the writers tie up all the loose ends and make it a happy ending! 
After carefully avoiding any hint of spoilers, I await the 9pm hour with anticipation and a little preparation.

I ordered a special tea time treat for myself from the Republic of Tea, to enjoy along side the Downton Abbey premier.  ( I will share my experience on that later )

Assortment

This envelope has six Downton themed teas inside.  I will be sampling a different one for the next six episodes.
 
A late night tea time and Downton Abbey episodes, my Sunday night is set!

But wait, what is tea without a side of shortbread?

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Tea at Downton

 Tea at Downton: Afternoon Tea Recipes From The Unofficial Guide to Downton Abbey, while short, a mere 77 pages, is a treat of a book.

Written by Elizabeth Fellows, Tea at Downton shares the origins history of afternoon tea time.
It came as no surprise that afternoon tea began as a necessity in a woman's life.  With a myriad of responsibilities, then and now, sometimes a woman just needs a treat to make it through the day.

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I enjoyed the history aspect of how World Wars influenced changes in tea time and its menu.  The book is filled with recipes and etiquette techniques.

With Downton in the title, you can expect the book to cater to we Downton Abbey fans.  The book does include tidbits of information on Edwardian kitchens and homes, such as Downton. There are recipes that bear the names of favorite characters from the television show.

My only grumble of complaint would be that a few photos would have been nice, throughout the book or at least in the recipe section.  Being an average cook, I like to see how my new creation should look when I am finished.

I am looking forward to trying out a new recipe or two when the last season of Downton Abbey airs in January 2016.

Tea at Downton is best, when read in an English accent and is a lovely addition to my kitchen bookshelf.