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Bergamot, Black Tea, Blackberry, Blackberry Leaves, Cornflower Petals, Lavender Flowers, Natural Creme Flavor, Orange Peel, Vanilla, White Peony
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From Adagio Custom Blends, Sami Kelsh

Victoria Waterfield, at once possessed of great courage, yet not afraid to be afraid, while still getting stuff done. The delicate floral of white peony and lavender are met with blackberry and earl grey, for a blend that expresses a decidedly Victorian innocence, sweetness, and courage. A Doctor Who blend.

Created by: Sami Kelsh

Ingredients: black tea, white peony, lavender, natural blackberry flavor, orange, raspberry leaves, blue cornflowers, natural vanilla flavor, natural bergamot flavor & natural creme flavor

Steeping Instructions: Steep at 200° for 3 minutes.

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You know, I tried to do some research as to what types of tea people were drinking during the Victorian period, and man, it’s a challenge. Google “Victorian tea” and you’ll just get the yelp listings for like a million Victorian tea rooms, presumably with delicate china cups and frilly doilies on the tables. And now I really want to go out for an afternoon tea, which is something you’d think I do more often as a dorky tea enthusiast and recent UK resident, but I think I’ve only done once since I got here, and it was only because my friend and I happened to stumble upon a Victorian tea room on a daytrip to Buxton over the summer. I remember my sandwiches were made from Lancashire cheese and caramelised onion chutney. Yum!

So I don’t think they would have had this tea in Victoria Waterfield’s time, but it suits her and her era beautifully. The initial fragrance upon opening the bag is blackberry, fading into floral earl grey. Brewing at a lower temperature, as befits the white peony in the blend, yields a delicately perfumed cup. There’s a definite floral presence in the flavour, balanced by the sweet berry finish, a union of innocence and plucky sweetness. Nothing overwhelms here: it really is such a light, lovely, perfectly balanced combination of flavours, perfect for enjoying over a quiet afternoon with delicate sandwiches and little cakes, or as a treat to yourself after shooting a cybermat point-blank, then putting it in your purse for safe-keeping.

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