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!

 

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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