Queen Elizabeth Afternoon

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Profile : Queen Elizabeth
Loose - English Favourites Tea
March 6, 2019
CUP CHARACTERISTICS: Piquant flavor from tea estates in South India and Ceylon is superbly combined with malty Assam and toasty Darjeeling.
Ingredients: Black tea.
INGREDIENTS FROM: Darjeeling + Nilgiri + Assam / Dimbula
REGION(S): India / Sri Lanka
SHIPPING PORT(S): Calcutta + Haldia + Cochin / Colombo
GROWING ALTITUDES: 500 - 7000 feet above sea level
GRADE(S): OP (Orange Pekoe)
MANUFACTURE TYPE(S): Orthodox (Traditional leafy)
INFUSION: Bright and coppery
When creating tea blends in honor of Britain's notable residents, it seemed only fitting that we dedicate one to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. This is not only because she is the reigning Monarch of the Commonwealth but because she is also a celebrated lover of the historic beverage. Queen Elizabeth, christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, was born on April 21, 1926 in London to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, (the Queen Mum as she was more commonly and affectionately known.) In 1952 while on a royal visit to Kenya, the Queen learned of the death of her father. Immediately she cut her trip short to return home and ascended the throne. Her official coronation took place a year later on June 2, 1953.

And what about her renowned love of tea? Well, ever since the year of her coronation, Queen Elizabeth has thrown an annual Royal garden party for her loyal subjects. At these parties, among other delicacies, tea is served. And when we say tea is served, we really mean it. On average, 27,000 cups of tea are consumed on the lawn of Buckingham Palace, as are 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 pieces of cake!

If you are lucky enough to be invited to one of these affairs, you will find yourself tipping cup after cup of tea blended with varieties from India and Ceylon in reverence of Britain's colonial past. In honor of England and her noble Queen, we've created this tea with the same reverence, using Indian teas from Nilgiri, Assam, and Darjeeling, and a Dimbula from Ceylon. The result is a fabulous cup with rich malty notes, slight muscatel undertones, and a smooth finish. Long Live the Queen!

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