Recently, a fellow Charlottean (a person living in Charlotte, NC) approached me with a product she distributed. This woman, Sara Thomas, recognized my love of all things Jane Austen. Ms. Thomas offered me a free canister of one of her specialty teas for an HONEST review. So, permit me to introduce you to the “Inspired By Jane” Tea Collection.
Inspired By Jane LLC, in cooperation with The Tea Can Company, is proud to announce their new Jane Austen Inspired Tea Collection. These beautiful tea tins are inspired by the literary works of Jane Austen. Each blend is named for a manor home of one of the beloved characters, and the flavors were specially chosen to reflect the spirit of that home. Each can features period artwork against a vintage background, and a quote from the associated book. The current flavors are:
Pemberley, a lavender and lemon green tea. Contains caffeine.
Longbourn, a chamomile blend with lemon myrtle, spearmint and lavender. Caffeine-free
Donwell Abbey, a black tea flavored with cinnamon and marsala wine. Contains caffeine.
Hartfield, an antioxidant rich green tea infused with peppermint leaves and peppermint flavor.
Barton Cottage, a delicate blend of Ceylon black tea, with rose petals and flavoring. Contains caffeine.
MY REVIEW: For those of you who know me well, you will easily guess that I tried the “Pemberley” brew. In reality, I chose the Pemberley tea for it has been several years since I enjoyed a good lavender tea, plus it was combined with a green tea (one of my favorites). Many times “packaged” teas combine lavender with honey, but that makes the tea too sweet for me. This tea had a light, floral flavor (sweet, even without the sugar). The lavender is the prominent flavor – not overpowered by the lemon grass. As lavender is a member of the mint family, one can taste an undertone of mint, but also an earthy, apple-like sense of flavor is quickly noted. The lavender and lemongrass combination makes a beautiful tea, complementing each others’ flavors. The tea is full and smooth at the same time. The lemongrass keeps the floral flavor from being too dominant. Both lavender and lemongrass are known for their calming effects on the digestive tract, and I found this to be true. Lemongrass is a milder flavor, which does not dominate the lavender, which I find both honey and perhaps even a chamomile combination would do. Lemon grass has a delicate lemon taste and a very aromatic floral fragrance: Smooth and fragrant with a clean finish and a slightly, spicy taste.
I loved the flavor of this tea and had two full “mugs” early in the day on Saturday last. I chose the earlier part of thee day for in choosing the “Pemberley” brew, I erred. I did not read the “caffeine” part of the label, and as I do not do well with caffeine, I paid the price for this oversight. Instead of the lavender and lemon grass creating a calming effect, I knew a faster heart rate. That being said, I have purchased the caffeine free blend.
Note! There are other Austen related items available upon the website. If you are interested, pay it a visit; yet, know this is review is not meant as an endorsement. I receive no reimbursement for this review other than a canister of the tea.