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Friday, March 6, 2015

Gourmet Tea Blends Inspired By Jane - Barton Cottage Rose Garden Tea - Review & Giveaway - ends 3/22/15 US

Every morning I enjoy a cup of tea.  When I was a teenager, we toured Europe, and our first stop was London.  Here I learned to appreciate tea to its fullest.  I've been a tea drinker every since.

I love exploring and finding new varieties of teas.  My latest find - the Inspired by Jane Tea Collection.  Blended and named to reflect the spirit of the manor homes of each of the beloved characters in the works of author Jane Austin, these Victorian blend of teas are sure to inspire you a feeling of romance.  Each can is decorated with a beautiful Victorian scene that makes the cans collector pieces.  Currently, there are five of these Victorian inspired tea blends, of which, I sampled Barton Cottage Rose Garden Tea.

Barton Cottage is a light smooth aromatic blend of Ceylon black teas, rose petals, and flavoring with a medium amount of caffeine.  This tea has just a wonderful romantic Victorian flair to it.  The sweet rose petals give this tea a rich aroma and the taste is rich.  With the sweetness of the rose petals, there really is no need for any added sweeteners or milk (a bad habit that I got when in London).

The Barton Cottage Rose Garden Tea, as all the Inspired By Jane Teas, comes in a canister that seals well.  I love opening the can, because the richness of the rose petals burst out.  I love roses and their perfume as it is one of the flowers that I am not allergic to.  Each canister comes with 10 pyramid sachets that are large enough to allow room for the tea leaves to expand to ensure the best brew and flavor possible.

This tea will be steeped and ready for you in 1 to 3 minutes, and each sachet will give you 2 to 3 cups of tea.  I usually get two cups out the sachets as I like to let my tea steep for a more fuller flavor.  I will add about a half teaspoon of sugar, but this tea is great on it's own or by adding other flavors to your liking.  I have added some half-n-half, and it was still good, but I do prefer it with just a little hint of sugar.  Barton Cottage Rose Garden Tea is very soothing to drink, and leaves me with a romantic feeling.

Barton Cottage Rose Garden Tea gets its inspiration from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensiblity.  Barton Cottage is the romantic cottage by the sea where Elinor and Marianne Dashwood lived in most of Sense and Sensibility.  The art featured on this design is "Artist's daughter in a garden" by Stephen Douglas Volk.

The Inspired By Jane Tea Collection has five flavors in all.  Along with Barton Cottage Rose Garden Tea are the following:

Longbourn Quiet Reflections is a chamomile blend with lemon myrtle, spearmint and lavender. A relaxing tea that would have surely soothed Mrs. Bennet's "poor nerves". Caffeine-free.  It is named after Longbourn, the small estate in Pride and Prejudice where Elizabeth Bennet lives and dreams of finding happiness with a man she could truly love and respect.

Donwell Abbey Cinnamon Marsala is a black tea blended with cinnamon and marsala flavoring, for a slightly sweet tea with fantastic aroma. Contains caffeine.  Donwell Abbey is the home of Mr. Knightley in Emma, who, to Emma, embodies all the characteristics of honesty, warmth and generosity that define a true gentleman.  The artwork featured is "Planning the Grand Tour" by Emil Brack.

Hartfield Refreshing Mint is an antioxidant rich green tea infused with peppermint leaves and peppermint flavor.  Hartfield is the home of Emma Woodhouse in Emma, where she lives contently with her adoring father.  The artwork featured here is "Pea Blossoms" by Sir Edward Poynter.

Pemberley Lavender Lemon is a healthy green tea blended with lemon grass and lavender for a wonderful afternoon tea. Contains caffeine. Pemberley is the grand country estate of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, where Elizabeth finally starts to realize the goodness and complexity of his true character.  The art featured on this design is "La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains" by Antoine-Jean.

Barton Cottage is such a lovely delicate tea that is perfect to enjoy while reading in the afternoon.  The beautiful artwork on the canister looks beautiful on the shelf that I have it on, and it will continue to grace that shelf.  It is such a lovely addition set amid my rose collector plates.

All the teas from Inspired By Jane sound so lovely.  Not only do the flavors are so enticing, but the canisters made great collector items.  This tea would also make the perfect gift for any fan of Jane Austen, teachers, book club friends, librarians, or anyone who would love a beautiful collectible and decorative tin.  Get it NOW on Amazon!  I am sure you will love it just as much as I do.

"Is there a felicity in this world," said Marianne, "superior to this?"

Inspired by Jane is a Jane Austen fan web site with products and designs inspired by the works of Jane Austen such as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Northanger Abbey.  Besides the Insprised By Jane tea, they offer a large array of products such as mugs, t-shirts, phone and electronics cases for iPhones, iPads, and other brand phones and tablets.  They also will have British inspired products with antique and modern Union Jack designs, travel mugs for tea, and many others. 

With so many thanks to Sara at Inspired By Jane, one person is going to win their choice of one of the five different varieties of Inspired By Jane Gourmet Tea Blends.  This giveaway will end on March 22, 2015, and is open to US residents 18+ only.  Only the first entry of a blog post comment is mandatory, all others are optional.  Please bookmark this page so that you can claim your daily bonus entries.  Good Luck!

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