Country of Origin: Kenya, China, Sri Lanka, India
Region: Kiambu, Fujian, Dimbula, Assam
Shipping Port: Mombasa, Fuzhou, Colombo, Calcutta
Grade: FBOP (Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe)
Altitude: 6800 ft, 1500 ft above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Infusion: Bright, coppery and golden
Cup Characteristics: Flavoury with medium body and delicate earl grey and jasmine notes.
Ingredients: Luxury black tea, Luxury green tea, Jasmine & Cornflower petals, Natural flavors.
Every May the Queen holds a garden party at Buckingham Palace, a lovely English springtime tradition. The Queen invites between 3000 and 4000 guests. Regal cucumber and watercress sandwiches served on white bread, smoked Scottish salmon pate, delicately scented earl grey cakes, and most importantly: Tea, are served on this prestigious occasion. The invitees are exotic guests from the far-flung reaches of the Empire. The common thread is that they have made contribution to the British Commonwealth of nations. The guests rub shoulders with lords, earls, dukes, duchesses and ladies from the aristocratic British society. At about 3:00 p.m. the Royal Family make their entrance -the Queen, Prince Philip and perhaps even Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew. You can see the scene now, the Royal Family dressed in formal spring party clothing, mingling with the excited crowd; shaking hands, smiling, stopping briefly to chat with the guests, making eye contact and the royal nod of the head to acknowledge one’s presence for those unable to personally meet the Royal Family.
The tea that is served is a long time favorite and delicious Palace medley specially selected for this occasion. Intriguing hints of high-grown pure Ceylon Earl Grey blend effortlessly with the soft jasmine from Fujian Province. Couple this with malty Assam (from the estate of Borengajuli), flavory Dimbula Ceylon (from Hatton), brisk and golden cup East of Rift Kenya (from Kambaa and Kagwe) and you have one of the most flavorful teas to come from the British Isles. Each cup is a cup of mystery - the flavors all come to the fore at separate times - one minute you taste the Earl Grey, the next second you can almost feel the soft floral notes of jasmine and finally you get the satisfying fullness of the Assam Ceylon and Kenya blend. Enjoy this tea and be a part of the annual tradition in the west gardens of Buckingham Palace.
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