Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tea Therapy - Bingley's Teas' Longbourn Wedding Tea

Rather unsurprisingly, after Anime Boston I realized that I had caught the stereotypical con plague. A decent amount of coughing, sneezing, and sore throats later I'm still in the clutches of my yearly illness which seems to follow an overdose of fun. Instead of simply submitting to the illness, I decided to challenge it a bit with a healthy dose of my new tea from Bingley's Teas. I heard about this fabulous company a few months back via a historical costuming blog and felt that I just had to try them out for myself. 

Searching through their selection of tea I loved that they have an entire Jane Austen themed selection with teas such as: Lydia Had More Fun, The Captain, and Compassion for Mrs. Bennet's Nerves. Delighted I looked through and fell in love with the sound of Longbourn Wedding Tea. It's a delicate white tea with hints of champagne, raspberry, and rose buds. Naturally, as a champagne enthusiast I simply had to get it and take it for a test run. Needless to say, I've not been disappointed. I was especially excited to see that they included a recipe for mixing the tea with champagne and simple syrup for a delicious cocktail which I cannot wait to try! 

The tea itself comes packaged in an adorable box shaped like a book. It was delicately nestled into the box it was shipped in with plenty of padding to avoid any wear and tear on the box. They also included a darling letter set after Pride & Prejudice which gives us a glimpse into the life of Mrs. Jane Bennet as she settles into her new station. The letter ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and I wonder if there is any continuation with teas from the same book! I'll just have to buy a few more to find out.

Opening up the book box the first thing I noticed was that the tea was packaged in a very easy to reseal bag which will help it to stay fresh for quite some time. With loose leaf teas, I don't always have spare tea tins lying around so it's a relief to know that the manufacturers assumed that you might not have a good storage system in place. The tea itself is vibrant and gorgeous with whole buds and plenty of colors present in the mix. 

Since Longbourn Wedding Tea is a white tea base, it's best when steeped for 1-3 minutes. I went for a solid two-minutes myself and have been pleasantly surprised with the result. The tea turns a gorgeous golden shade after being strained and has a surprisingly balanced and mild flavor. I'm not normally a big fan of white teas, but ended up falling in love with the clean flavors. There is a strong presence of rose buds with the champagne serving as a nice crisp flavor throughout and the raspberry as a sweet undertone. The aftertaste is something like a beautiful day in the middle of summer where you can almost taste the perfumed blooms on the wind. I found this particular blend to be perfect to drink while sick because it is so light and mild that it doesn't irritate the throat at all and can be had straight without honey or cream. 

If I ever get the con plague again (and I'm sure that I will), I'll be happy to know that I have the perfect remedy waiting for me at home to enjoy! 10/10 would buy again~

Until next time, stay strong and beautiful, my lovelies, 

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