Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tea Review: Bingley's Miss Elizabeth

Jane Austen Teas

Bingley's Teas, LLC.

Kirsten, Xyra

Miss Elizabeth (Now Lizzie Bennet's Wit)

Which of the four should we try first?
Hmm, Mr. Darcy? No, I think not yet. 
I think we should start with the main character...Miss Elizabeth.
Very good.
Oh, it's so pretty. Smells lovely. Look at the blue.
Yes, I believe that is the blue mallow.
We've learned a few things lately and will try them in the steeping. First we'll warm the steeping pot. Add the tea.
Add the hot water. Set timer for 4 minutes.
Watch those leaves dance.
Wow! Miss Ellizabeth really knows how to move! (giggles)
Shall we add sweetener?
It smells kind of flowery so why not add some honey?
Sounds good.
It has great color.
Tastes good.
Now with a bit of milk. 
Nice flavor, but I'm not sure it will go on my favorites list.

Second Try

Our first try went well, but the blend was not one of my favorites. Too flowery. Was good hot and lukewarm, but not cold. So we contacted Bingley's for some tips.

This time we are going to use our IngenuiTEA pot. 
Tea in the pot.
Oh, no! We forgot about the tea.
Not good! We've over steeped!
Look at how dark it is...
...even with milk.
When you over steep your tea it will be bitter. Some blends can be decent with a bit of sugar. Others are terrible. Whenever possible do NOT over steep.

Third Try

Third time is the charm, right?
Has to be.
So tea leaves in the infuser. Infuser in the warmed pot.
Pouring water over. Steep 4 minutes. Setting the loud timer this time.
(laughing) Good idea, Kirsten.
Now, this looks good. Smells good too.
Remember no sweetener.
Right, just a bit of milk (sorry, no cream on hand). Yummy.
Tastes great with Gramma Enne's Christmas bread.

Xyra Note
Not everyone has the same likes and dislikes with tea blends and flavors. Don't be afraid to try something new. In fact, try it more than once. It took us a few tries to get this blend steeped and accented properly. At first, I was not a fan, but this is a nice blend. Don't hesitate to ask for help either. Bingley's Teas was very gracious in helping us get this tasting right. Or as close as possible. Cream would help bring out the chocolate note better, but it was lightly present with the 1% milk.

If you have read or seen Pride and Prejudice, what are your thoughts on Miss Elizabeth?

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  1. When are you going to try the Mr. Darcy blend?

    1. Good question. Not sure at this time, but should be in the near future. Keep checking in. :-D

  2. Ooh, I love P&P! I've read the book and seen the movies--both are great.

    The tea sounds good, and I went on the site; all the different names are quite fun. Awesome post!


    1. After reading Jane Austen I find that I write and speak more precisely and formally. Then I laugh at myself. Have read and seen as well. Which version of P&P have you seen?

      They came up with some really great names and blends. We have 3 more to try in the sampler.

    2. I've seen the 2005 version with Keira Knightley, (I try to watch it at least once every year!) What other blends do you have besides Elizabeth and Darcy?

    3. That version was on last night. :) I watched most of it before ehading to bed.

      The sample we have includes Sweet Jane and Longborn Wedding blends along with Miss Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

  3. Love P & P, my favorite is the A & E version with Colin Firth.

    I wonder if when you've accidentally oversteeped a batch if it would make decent iced tea? Not sure if the tannins in it would turn it in to what my husband calls "swill" lol.

    1. Hmmm, it never crossed our minds to pour it over ice with the oversteeped batch.I know for iced you are supposed to double the tea.

      Yes, Colin firth is my favorite Mr. Darcy. ~Xyra