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Review: Downton Estate Blend tea from Republic of Tea

Downton Estate Blend tea from Republic of Tea.  Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.

Downton Estate Blend tea from Republic of Tea. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.

The BBC’s popular serial drama, _Downton Abbey_, has returned to PBS for a 5th season!  Full of beautiful costumes, sets, and English countryside, this historical drama also includes tea as a regular part of life, as it was in Edwardian, and now “Roaring Twenties” era – English society.  The program has inspired a variety of products, from high fashion designs, to furniture and jewelry, to china and other housewares, to tea blends.  The Republic of Tea is the best-known company to have come out with a whole line of tea blends inspired by Downton Abbey.  The teas are available at Cost Plus World Market, and at some independent tea shops like Thyme for Tea in Niles.  I purchased this tin of tea for about $12 at the Cost Plus on Coleman Ave. in San Jose.

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San Jose’s Satori Tea Bar introduces new tea flavors

Fruit and tea. Photo: Grant Cochrane, http://www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The holiday season is a busy, exciting time in San Jose. Tea-lovers have several festive tea events and new tea products to choose from while enjoying the holiday season.  New tea flavors are among the additions to San Jose’s holiday enjoyment. Satori Tea Bar in San Pedro Square is bringing out a group of new tea flavors for the holidays, and it’s worth a trip down to the shop to try them!

One new flavor is a Marzipan black tea blend, which has proved to be one of the most popular of the new flavors. Satori’s Baked Apple blend promises to hit the spot on these cold, windy days, and another delicious tea is the Valley of Heart’s Delight blend, which is black tea flavored with cherries, apricots, and the other stone fruits that used to grow in the Santa Clara Valley 100 years ago.

In total, there are around 10 tea blends being introduced, and they are so new that the tea menu hasn’t been updated yet! A small cup of hot or iced tea “to go” is only $3, so a taste of these new teas, or any other one on Victoria’s extensive tea menu, is an affordable luxury this time of year.  Her holiday food menu combines with the new blends to make a lovely afternoon tea!

Copyright 2011, Elizabeth Urbach.

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For more information:
“San Jose’s newest tea shop: Satori Tea Bar”
“San Jose’s Satori Tea Company going to the World Tea Expo”
“Review: Vital Tea Leaf Angel green tea and Siberian Rose tisane”
“Review: the Royal Wedding tea from Lisa’s Tea Treasures”
“Review: Buccaneer blend from SerendipiTea”
“Review: Orange Blossom 100% White Tea from The Republic of Tea”
“Review: Passion blend from SerendipiTea”
“Review: Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea” 

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