Some things have such a natural marriage that we don’t even think twice about them. Peanut butter and jelly. Weekends and sleeping in. Coffee and morning news. Another one is tea and books. Lucky for us, some people did think twice about this last pairing, and have crafted literature inspired teas that anyone can enjoy.
The Literary Tea Company creates blends inspired by the geniuses who wrote the classics. Imagine being a tester in the tasting panel for this company! And just try getting through this portion of their product descriptions without wanting to pull out your favorite classic and see how well the blends suit the mood.
Hunter S. Thompson blend: “This delicious blend is a combination of black tea, skullcap to relax the nerves and sweet blue mallow flowers. Recommended to drink while reading Fear and Loathing or after a big night that you can’t remember.”
“The J.R.R. Tolkien tea is a fresh and floral blend of Green Jasmine tea, Juniper Berries and Blue Mallow Flowers. You could very well be transported to a grassy knoll in Hobbiton whilst drinking this tea.”
“The Agatha Christie blend is an instant favourite. It’s a delicious blend of English Breakfast tea, rose petals and mango. It is very English and interesting but with an unexpected fruity twist.” (Just as her novels have those unexpected twists, we might add)
“The Virginia Woolf tea is a strong and surprising blend like the writer herself. Smokey Russian Caravan with lemon peel and elderberries, it will be unlike any tea you’ve tasted.”
“The Roald Dahl tea is a fun and enjoyable blend of strong English Breakfast tea, cinnamon and vanilla bean. It’s the perfect tea to start your day.”
Writer’s Tea. “It’s the perfect tea for any writer who can’t sit down and write without a cuppa! It’s a delicious blend of Organic English Breakfast Tea, Mango, Vanilla Bean and Ginkgo for that extra kick you need to get through your word count.”
An important note about how they craft their teas: All of our teas are made with organic ingredients and blended with love and peace.
Furthermore, if you live in Australia, they offer workshops on tea blending: “You will learn everything you need to know about tea. From its history, tea grading, tisanes, teaism, healing properties, how to distinguish types of tea and more. You will then learn the art of tea blending and create your very own tea blend.” Sounds pretty dreamy, like a lot of their blends. So go check them out.
Now, if you want an even more specific feeling while reading your favorite book, there’s a company whose concept was born from the whimsical notion, “What if books were tea?” Stephanie Sandercock’s passion is books, through and through, and it led her to create the First Edition Tea Company.
You can sip on a cup of these titles:
Alice in Wonderland. “It’s always tea time. Indulge with this sweet and floral blend of rooibos and black tea, filled with rose petals. A candy sweet blend that just says ‘Drink me!’” You’ll find lots of floral notes in this one, just as the gardens were a big part of Alice in Wonderland.
Pride and Prejudice. “A tea that will bewitch you, body and soul.” Need we say more?
Jane Eyre. “A solid black tea with a wild and free heart, an independent will, and all the warmth of a hearth in a home long searched for.”
The Great Gatsby. “Starts out green as cash, brews up rich as gold.” Sandercock wanted a blend that could easily be made into a cocktail, naturally. The tea itself is strong and astringent almost to the point of bitterness. This parallels a theme of the book, that behind all those rich lavish parties, all is not quite well. But throw some gin in it and everything seems all right.
She also offers other specific blends. One is an ode to Sherlock Holmes: a robust and smoky blend, “perfect for sipping while lost in your mind palace.” Another is a themed line of blends, The Wanderlust Collection, which aims to transport you across the globe. You can visit Toronto, Marrakech, Paris, London, or Mumbai, all without leaving the comfort of your teacup. Feeling thirsty for an adventure? Check them out.