The Republic of Tea Launches New Downton Abbey® Inspired Tea

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Downton Estate Tea Now Available Exclusively at Cost Plus World Market® Nationwide

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The Republic of Tea, leading purveyor of premium teas, is proud to announce Downton Estate Earl Grey Vanilla Black Tea, the third in the line of three Downton Abbey® inspired teas, is now available exclusively at Cost Plus World Market®. The Downton Estate blend is an earl grey black tea, which has become one of the most enjoyed flavored teas in the world. This classic traditional British tea with bergamot orange oil is paired with exotic vanilla for an intriguing finish.

“Cost Plus World Market and The Republic of Tea, both founded in the Bay Area, have been partners for over 20 years. Our two companies delight shoppers as a place to find unique products from around the world,” said Ron Rubin, Minister of Tea. “Together, we offer our citizens the exclusive Downton Estate blend to celebrate the new season of the successful series, Downton Abbey.”

Cost Plus World Market VP of Marketing, John Wight, stated, “Cost Plus World Market is excited to partner with The Republic of Tea to offer the exclusive Downton Estate blend in our stores and online at For over 55 years, World Market has been a destination for unique holiday gifts, stylish décor and affordable entertaining essentials. With the addition of our Downton Abbey sweepstakes and exclusive product offerings, we are more poised than ever to offer our customers everything they need for the holidays.”

Downton Abbey is home to the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. The first two seasons follow their lives from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 through the First World War while the later seasons follow them into the early 1920s. The show saw record-breaking viewership for its third season and has been watched by 120 million people around the world to date.

Downton Estate blend is certified gluten free and is delicious when served hot or over a tall glass of ice. This premium tea comes in a colorful tin featuring Dowager Countess of Grantham and holds 36 round, unbleached tea bags free of tags, strings and staples.

Downton Estate Early Grey Vanilla Black Tea retails for $11.99 and is now available for purchase at Cost Plus World Market locations nationwide. English Rose and Grantham Breakfast, also part of the Downton Abbey collection, are available nationwide at natural and specialty food stores, through the company website (, mail-order catalogue and by calling 800.298.4TEA (4832). English Rose can also be purchased online at

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About Downton Abbey:
Downton Abbey is a Primetime Emmy™ and Golden Globe™ award-winning British television series produced by Carnival Films, part of NBCUniversal International Television Production. The popular period drama is screened in the U.S. on PBS/MASTERPIECE and is transmitted to more than 200 other territories around the world. Downton Abbey’s third season drew 24 million U.S. viewers and its season finale earned an 8.1 rating to top everything else on broadcast or cable television that night (February 17, 2013). Downton Abbey is set to return to PBS with the Season 4 premiere in January 2014.

About Cost Plus World Market:
Cost Plus World Market ( operates 267 stores in 31 states under the World Market® and Cost Plus World Market® trademarks. The stores feature an ever-changing selection of casual home décor and furnishings, housewares, gifts, jewelry, decorative accessories, over 500 international wines, gourmet foods and beverages offered at affordable prices and imported from more than 50 countries. Many items are unique and exclusive to Cost Plus World Market and are regularly supplied by an international network of individual and regional artisans developed over the Company’s more than 50 years in the import business.

About The Republic of Tea:
The Republic of Tea enriches people’s lives through its premium teas, education and innovation, as it emphasizes a “Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp” lifestyle. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a specialty tea revolution. Today the brand offers an unequaled selection of the highest-quality teas, herbal blends, books and nature-inspired sip ware, available exclusively at specialty retailers throughout the U.S. Further, The Republic of Tea is mindful of how its actions impact the greater community and actively supports worthy organizations like the Whole Planet Foundation, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Room to Read, Action Against Hunger, The Ethical Tea Partnership, Rainforest Alliance certification and Non-GMO Project verification. For more information, please visit or call 1.800.298.4832. Follow The Republic of Tea on Twitter at and Like us on Facebook at

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