from the east india company
Looky what arrived for me in the mail yesterday!
A beautifully wrapped box from
the East India Company
sent to me by a dear friend as a thank you.
She knows me well, because inside this lovely red box
I found a few of my favorite things.
I got to treat myself to an elegant cup of
Staunton Earl Grey tea,
which was perfectly paired with
the Caramel & Sea Salt Biscuits.
The Dark Chocolate Enrobed Strawberries
were an extra delight.
What a quintessentially British experience!
I've never before tasted Earl Grey tea quite like this.
The flavors are extra refined and aromatic.
The Caramel & Sea Salt Biscuits are
oh, so decadent and so crisp and yummy with the tea.
They would also be perfect with coffee, cocoa and milk.
And the Dark Chocolate Strawberries are to-die-for.
The chocolate is extra rich and luscious! What a treat!
I went straight to their website,
and I discovered that
the East India Company has
a whole line of delicacies that
I am going to share with my friends
and family this Christmas.
When tea was newly discovered,
it was believed that “Tea is water bewitched”.
New traditions were established when The East India Company introduced exotic delights to England –
arguably the most famous of these being tea.
Brought by The Company as a gift for
King Charles II during the 17th century,
these leaves were passed on to his wife,
Queen Catherine of Braganza,
who had grown up with tea in her native Portugal.
She then slowly introduced
this curious drink into aristocratic and noble societies, beginning a tradition that would last for centuries.
Initially tea leaves arrived in small quantities
and were so expensive,
that only the upper class could afford them.
In fact, tea was once considered
so valuable that it was kept locked in caddies.
Flowering Tea is a new discovery for me.
I'm going to try some myself
and give some as lovely gifts to friends.
A symphony for the senses!
gently bloom in hot water
to unfold an exquisite bouquet of
colors, fragrances and flavors.
These clear glass tea pots make the tea look magical!
The East India Company transformed tastes
and social customs.
Ships and explorers returned from distant lands carrying exotic and vibrant flavors,
changing our palates forever.
Chocolates, spices, and tea
* once new and extraordinary luxuries *
soon became an indispensable
part of our lives.
To make shopping more fun,
I found out that the East India Company's products
can be found exclusively at Neiman-Marcus
stores in California (including Newport Beach, Palo Alto and San Francisco) and several other states.
The East India Company’s
delicacies can also be purchased online,
for the greatest of ease!