Duchess of BedfordLoose Leaf Tea | Black
Anna Russell's treats, sweet and savory, tempt. China clinks. Conversations charm. Time slows. Afternoon tea begins and a histroic moment lingers.
AROMA: Fresh & invigorating
PALATE: Lingering, muscatel notes
PURPOSE: Slow down time
An elegant blend of muscatel Darjeeling, Ceylon and perfumed jasmine.
Black tea and green tea blended with jasmine flowers and natural flavors
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.
- St. Regis
I first had this tea at the St. Regis and absolutely loved it, but I have never been able to find something similar. Then when I realized that Tealeaves makes this tea (as well as another lovely blend for the St. Regis), I ordered the largest size. It is so lovely, with a light floral flavor. Unlike some other black teas (including the St. Regis blend), though, this one can suffer and cause a weird aftertaste if it's steeped too long.