Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tea at Althorp

I found this on Althorp's website:
Christmas at Althorp 2008
Treat your family, friends or colleagues to a special festive afternoon tea and tour.
Althorp is festively decorated in the weeks before Christmas and is opening on just six selected dates, to offer parties of eight or more people an hour-long tour of the house, followed by Afternoon Tea in the sumptuous State Dining Room.
Featuring home made sandwiches, scones and cakes, tea is served on Spencer Family china as a pianist plays the grand piano.
Available on Mondays to Wednesdays November 24-26 and December 1-3 2008.
The festive tours cost £29.50 per person and also include a welcoming glass of mulled wine and free souvenir guide for each party member.
Bookings are available for parties of 8 or more people. Please call 01604 772108 to book.
Oh my goodness!!! I'm ready to pack my bag! Anyone want to join me?!?

Where Do I Buy Tea?

Where do I buy my tea is a question I often receive. The short answer is...everywhere!! I order various teas online and I buy different teas at many different tea rooms and tea shops while traveling.

These are photos of an order I just received from the Red Blossom Tea Company in San Francisco. I discovered this shop walking on Grant Street in Chinatown with GJ and AJ a couple of years ago. We went in, sampled a few excellent teas, and I purchased the Eastern Beauty Formosa Oolong. Read about it here.
After returning home, I served this tea to several non-tea drinking friends who declared it to be the best tea they ever tasted, because in their opinions, it has a natural sweet flavor. My daughter, Melissa took the remainder of that package home with her.

I decided to visit the Red Blossom website to order the Eastern Beauty to try again. While placing the order, I got a bit carried away and ordered Silver Needle White Tea and Keemun Black Tea, too. That's a lot of tea! Sounds like a good reason to invite a group of friends over to share a nice cuppa!

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