Today, the entire afternoon on PBS has been devoted to rebroadcasting Season 4 of the internationally famous British drama, Downton Abbey. And yours truly has been parked in front of the TV watching it, sipping a most delicious black tea.
The show is set in the early 20th century England, and centers around the Crawley family, living in a beautiful castle that is the actual one used for the show. Season 3 ended with a shocker– the handsome Matthew Crawley, husband of Mary, died in a car crash, just as they were celebrating the birth of their new son. Season 4 was full of more surprises, and also focused on Mary, who was mourning the loss of her husband. Now things are heating up with possible suitors and Mary’ return to the living, as she starts to manage the huge estate holdings which her father did not think she capable of doing.
Regardless of which of the many characters may be your favorite (Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Maggie Smith, is my second favorite character—her one-liners are great, and she believes everything can be solved over tea; and Tom Branson, nice eye candy and such a gentleman, is my third favorite), there is one character that stands out in every episode. And it is TEA! I lost count of the many times tea was brought into a scene. And those scenes—the epitome of manners that I wish we could bring back to our society in full!
The tea that has kept me company all afternoon is from Celestial Seasonings, and is their Sweet Harvest Pumpkin black tea. If you like a nice flavor of pumpkin that is not too overpowering, and in a tea that you do not have to embellish with sugar, then this tea is for you. It is a low to medium black tea (in strength), and also has cinnamon, ginger, roasted chicory, natural pumpkin flavor, cloves, nutmeg, and some Stevia extract to sweeten it. One bag can be brewed about 2 ½ times.
As a side note, the pumpkin flavor reminds me of the same flavor in a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, but without the calories.
So, work up your excitement for season 5 of Downton Abbey by watching the special on PBS tonight, too. (Check your local public television stations for the time.) And fix yourself a nice hot cup of tea. Then decide what kind of tea you will drink as you indulge yourself on January 4, 2015.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO GET UP TO SPEED IN TIME FOR THE SEASON 5 PREMIERE on Sunday, January 4, 2015, click here.
FYI: Dan Stevens, who played Matthew Crawley, was recently in New Mexico filming a movie. Wouldn’t it have been nice to run into him!