British tea? Yes, please!

Last year, I discovered Quantily & Co on Instagram. They are based in the UK and offer themed boxes of goodies from England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. I ordered up a Christmas themed box last year and a Scottish themed box. They are expensive, they take awhile to get here, but the goodies included are really special and unique to those of us who love everything British.

Due to the price, I don’t have a subscription, but only order when they’re items I think I might really enjoy and this year they offered up a Tea Time theme. How could I pass THAT one up? It also knew it would arrive right around the time I finished up the annual catalog at work and wanted to give myself something to look forward to. This tea-themed box did not disappoint!

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There were three different UK brands of tea and several different types:

  • Tregothnan British Tea (Great British Tea)
  • Brew Tea Co (English Breakfast loose leaf tea)
  • Quantily & Co (English Breakfast, Ceylon Earl Grey & Ceylon Orange Pekoe)
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Then some delicious goodies were included:

  • Two different kinds of bisquits (what we call cookies). Pecan & Maple Oat Bake and Yogurt, Cranberry & Pumpkin Seed Bake from Border. They didn’t survive the over-seas trip in one piece, but who cares! They’re very tasty.
  • A FABULOUS Mrs. Crimbles giant chocolate macaroon.
  • And a Raspberry & Cherry Flapjack bar.
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A delightful hand-decorated, stainless steel tea strainer was included.  It has lovely amber colored beads and a little teapot charm hanging from it.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a prettier tea tin than this lilac-colored beauty. It will be a please to use that. From London!

There was a wonderful Tea Towel that is not only functional but hosts a recipe for making a an Apple Crumble. Very clever. I really should have ironed the tea towels before photos though. Oh, well!

There is also included a recipe card to make a Victoria Sponge. If you’re a fan of The Great British Bake Off shows from the UK, then you’ve heard of this traditional “sandwich” from time to time. We’ll see how adventurous I get.

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For me, the highlight of this box was the London-themed Bone China cup and saucer.  The London Map design around the cup and covering the saucer is a fantastic way to daydream about my favorite parts of London. The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, The Thames river…it’s ALL there in a delightful, quirky way.

Each time I use my great-grandmother’s silver service, I think of my aunt and mother, who both remember my great grandmother using this set after their mother (my grandmother died at an early age) and I am proud to continue the tradition, even with a contemporary design, to use these pieces and enjoy them.

CHEERS!

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