A Jane Austen Inspired Valentine’s Day Giveaway with Bingley’s Teas

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We drank tea again yesterday with the Tilsons, & met the Smiths. I find all these little parties very pleasant. — Letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra 1811

Tea was at the center of social gatherings during Jane Austen’s time. Today, we enjoy tea everyday too, but the varieties and blends available would make any early nineteenth-century tea lover swoon.

I had the pleasure of tasting the wonderful array offered by Bingley’s Teas, Ltd. at the Jane Austen Society of North America’s AGM in Fort Worth, Texas last October. Their Jane Austen series is beautifully packaged as gift items and I bought two: one for a dear friend who had an upcoming birthday and one for myself. While I am still savoring my little parcel of Bingley’s tea, I would like to recommend them as the perfect Valentines gift for any Janeite or tea lover.

In celebration of Jane Austen and romance, Bingley’s Teas is offering this lovely giveaway. Included are one 55 gram package of the best selling Longbourn Wedding tea, one 50 gram package of the new Sweet Romance tea, one vintage inspired rosebud tea cup and saucer, and one ounce of pink rosebuds. Pure romance for the special person in your life – or yourself!

Bingleys Tea Valentine Giveaway (2012)

Longbourn Wedding Tea

Sparkling Champagne flavor, Rose buds and Raspberry are dressed in a Lovely White Tea.  Exquisite Silver Needle and pai mu tan white tea hold this blend that is sure to make a special moment whenever you share this tea! For very festive occasions, chill your Wedding tea with simple syrup and add to a glass of Champagne with rose petals.

Sweet Romance

Black Tea smitten with sweet marzipan and toasted almonds, graced with pink rose petals and a hint of rose flavor.

A Grand Giveaway

To enter the giveaway contest for the Bingley’s Teas, Ltd. items, just leave a comment stating who is your favorite romantic hero or heroine from any Jane Austen novel, or which of the Bingley teas is the most appealing to your sensibilities by 11:59pm PT, February 13, 2012. Winner to by drawn at random from the comments and announced on Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Shipment to US addresses only. Good luck!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Winner Announced in the Bingley’s Teas, Ltd Grand Gift Basket Giveaway

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121 of you weighed in and left a comment qualifying you for a chance at the Bingley’s Teas, Ltd. Grand Gift Basket Giveaway. The winner drawn at random is Felica, who left a comment on December 21. You luck duck. To claim your prize please contact me before January 11, 2011 with your full name and address. Shipment to continental US and Canadian addresses only.

Thanks again to Bingley’s Teas, Ltd for the great selection of Jane Austen inspired teas and the great giveaway.

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Bingley’s Teas, Ltd. Introduces the Jane Austen Tea Series

Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet sipping tea in Pride and Prejudice 1995

We drank tea again yesterday with the Tilsons, & met the Smiths. – I find all these little parties very pleasant. —Letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra 1811

Tea in Jane Austen’s society was not just a beverage, but a social ritual. Her novels and letters brim with references to her characters, herself and her family buying, preparing, serving, and drinking tea. It is mentioned no less than twenty times in her novel Mansfield Park.

Bingley's Teas at the Jane Austen Society of North America AGM Portland 2010

While attending the Jane Austen Society of North America’s conference in Portland this past October, one of the booths at the Milsom Street Emporium was Bingley’s Teas, Ltd. They were introducing a brand new line of teas the – Jane Austen Tea Series – beautifully packaged and aptly named after many of Austen’s famous characters:

Marianne’s Wild Abandon

A blend of lively green and black teas with colorful flowers and passionate fruits that throw themselves together for a passionate combination! Candied fruits along with the vibrant flowers in this blend will entice you to run free and seek your heart’s desire.

Compassion for Mrs. Bennet’s Nerves

At last there is compassion for what poor Mrs. Bennet suffers with her nerves!

A tisane of chamomile, peppermint, passion flower, rosehips, and lavender, sooth the most agitated of moments in a delicious cup. We recommend a touch of honey for added bliss!

Wicked Wickham

Dashing tart flavor with a candy like after taste in a humble white tea. A tea with so much charm it may lead you into temptation! The naturally withered, Pai Mu Tan White Tea and Pomegranate are both reported to have many anti-oxidant health benefits. Wicked Wickham, how bad could he be?

Bingley's Teas, Ltd. Jane Austen Tea Series packaging

Bingley’s Teas, Ltd.’s President Julia Matson has combined her passion for Jane Austen and fine teas and created the Jane Austen Tea Series, a line blended to match the personalities of the characters developed by the much loved author, Jane Austen to characteristics of fine teas. With a passion for studying tea and the works of this timeless author, Julia has striven to select the finest teas and presented them in gift quality packaging. “For me, through Bingley’s Teas, Jane Austen’s inspiration manifested itself via one of her favorite things, a quality cup of tea.” She is a member of the Specialty Tea Institute, training as a tea sommelier, and member of JASNA, with studies in English literature, languages and biology and healing arts.

Bingley's Teas Ltd. Jane Austen Tea Series Grand Gift Basket

Grand Gift Basket Giveaway

Enter a chance to win this beautiful Grand Gift Basket from Bingley’s Teas, Ltd., $75.00 value, which includes: one box each of Mr. Darcy, Miss Elizabeth, Longborn Wedding Tea, Compassion for Mrs. Bennett’s Nerves- Herbal Tisane, the novel Pemberley Manor, by Kathryn Nelson and a beautiful China Tea cup. Just leave a comment stating which of the tea pairings of Austen character personalities to teas appeals to you, or which of your favorite characters you would like included in the series by 11:59 PT, Monday, January 3, 2011. Winner to be announced on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Shipment to US or Canadian addresses only. Good luck to all participants!

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© 2007-2010 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose