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Duchess of Bedford

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  • 3511
  • Light and fresh.
  • Flowery with a muscatel finish.
  • High energy and high caffeine.
An elegant, velvety smooth blend of muscatel Darjeeling, brisk Ceylon and perfumed jasmine, blended in honour of the woman who invented Afternoon Tea, Anna Maria Stanhope. Limited Quantities Available
  • 50 Cups
    100g | 3.53oz
    $23.95
  • 200 Cups
    400g | 14.1oz
    $71.85

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Duchess of Bedford

1 Tsp per
Teacup (8 oz)
210°F
99°C
2-3
min
milk
sugar
honey
lemon
drink plain
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Blend Story

During the 19th century, it was the custom to take an early breakfast and a late supper. Anna Maria Stanhope, the seventh Duchess of Bedford (1783-1857), found that this long gap between meals resulted in a "sinking feeling" at about four o'clock, and so invented afternoon tea as a way to fill the gap.

At first, the Duchess had her servants sneak her a pot of tea (likely English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong, or Darjeeling) and a few breadstuffs.

Later adopting the European tea tradition, she was fond of inviting friends for tea in her rooms at Belvoir Castle. Thus, she created a fashionable practice among ladies of the upper classes - small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, petit fours, and delectable teas.

The Duchess continued this tea practice upon her return to London, sending a stream of invite cards to her friends asking them to join her for "tea and a walk in the fields."

Its popularity spread, and four o'clock tea became a daily ritual of British life, and for some, the main meal of the day.