Chocked full of tidbits about Jane Austen, tea in the Regency era, and Regency era recipes, this is one book that I am proud to have in my collection.
Now the answer to yesterday’s trivia question: Where did Jane Austen purchase her tea?
Answer: Twinings of London
Here is a bit more about Jane and her tea.
Tea, once considered a luxury for the rich had become a necessity in Jane Austen’s time. From Jane Austen’s letters to her sister, Cassandra, we see that the Austen family purchased their tea from Twinings.
I am sorry to hear that there has been a rise in tea. I do not mean to pay Twining till later in the day, when we may order a fresh supply. -Letter from Jane Austen to Cassandra, 6 March 1814
If Jane went to the Twinings warehouse, 216 The Strand, to order her supply, she would have crossed through a doorway that looks almost the same as it does today. Once inside she would have been able to choose from a dozen or more varieties of tea:
Black Teas: Medium Teas: Green Teas:
Bohea Imperial Hyson
Pekoe Bing Gunpowder
Often in the Regency era tea was either called Bohea, meaning black or Hyson, meaning green. In her works, Jane Austen only refers to “tea” probably referring to black and “green tea”. Unfortunately, Twinings has no record of the type of amount Jane purchased, although she once referred to “China Tea‘” It is likely that the Austen’s would have bought several pounds at a time.
I would also like to say thank you to Heather R. for adding the link to Bingley Teas. If you have not had the opportunity to sip a cuppa of their Austen-inspired teas, I suggest that you give them a go.
One of my favorites is Emma’s Perfect Match.
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What place does this 1827 painting by George Catlin depict?
Here are a few more clues:The triangular building in the center is located on what would be known as "Paradise Square", Anthony Street veers off on right, Cross Street on the left and Orange Street runs left to right in foreground
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