Last night, the third season of Downton Abbey premiered on PBS. And while it appeared that spirits were served more often than tea, you can be sure that tea was still a major character in the life of any British citizen back in the 1920s!
To celebrate the new season on TV, the Albuquerque Taylor Ranch Library is holding a tea talk and tasting on January 9 by yours truly. The focus will be on the history of afternoon tea, and the proper way to prepare a cup of the most widely drunk beverage in the world, just behind water. Attendees will also hear how tea is processed, and how you can create your own tea ritual. See how professional tea tasters evaluate tea. You will need to bring a porcelain or glass cup or mug for the tastings (no paper cups!). Registration is required. To register, please call the library at 505-897-8816.
For those who do not live in Albuquerque, this tea lover has seen listings of tea events to celebrate the new season. So check your local tearooms. Don't see one? Have your own. For a few things 'Downton Abbey,' be sure to check out this website on the various ways to fete the occasion, plus read about the sites that are used in the show. Also check out the blog on Downton Abbey, which focuses on food.