The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has produced some incredible authors and here we offer teas created especially to honor such authors. We proudly present our selection of Literary Teas.

William Shakespeare's Black Tea Blend - in stock
Possibly the most well-known name in western literature, William Shakespeare began
his life as a tanner’s son in Stratford-Upon-Avon in the spring of 1564. After a seven year
period following the birth of his children he appeared in London where he began writing
and acting in plays. Initially, his name was relegated to the corners of playbills, but as his
productions grew in popularity, theaters began using “written by William Shakespeare”
as their main selling point. The plays and poems he produced during the thirty year period
when he was writing have endured the test of time and are studied and read across the world.
He pioneered many styles and structures that have set the foundations for some of western
literature’s greatest achievements. Shakespeare is even credited with inventing over 1700
words in the English language.

Gardens, herbs, and flowers appear in many of Shakespeare’s plays and oftentimes play a critical role in his stories. This William Shakespeare tea blend is a combination of a few of the many herbs he references: lavender, rose petals, rosemary, along with bergamot oil and Rose Congou black tea.



Beatrix Potter's Organic Herbal Tisane - in stock
Beatrix Potter’s talent as an illustrator surfaced shortly after she was born to wealthy parents
in 1866. She spent her childhood enjoying long walks in the countryside with her brother
where she drew everything she could see. She developed a special affinity for drawing the local
animal life, especially rabbits. Her pet rabbit, Benjamin Bouncer, served as the model for many
of her early illustrations and would later inspire her most memorable creation. In 1902, her first
book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was published. It was based on a story she had written and
illustrated for the children of a former governess, and it became immediately and immensely
popular. The success of Peter Rabbit rocketed her to literary fame and, even today, her books
are a mainstay of children’s collections everywhere.

As evidenced by the myriad plants she mentions in her stories, Beatrix Potter was a lover of nature and an avid gardener. In her stories tea takes the form of healing herbals like the one given to Peter Rabbit.  This Beatrix Potter blend combines a soothing selection of organic herbs such as rosehips, chamomile,  spearmint, ad lemongrass in a gree rooibos base.


Lewis Carroll's Black Tea Blend - in stock
The man who would become Lewis Carroll was born as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in
January 1832. He spent his happy childhood under the tutelage of his Reverend father, and
enjoyed creating fantastical stories for his ten siblings. It was not until after he had graduated
university and became a lecturer of mathematics that he met Alice Liddell. He would entertain
her and her sisters with the absurd stories that he later published as Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland. His most famous novels conveyed a childlike look at the seemingly arbitrary rules
and customs of adult society. A tea party plays a memorable role in Carroll’s most celebrated novel
as the setting for Alice’s nonsensical meeting with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, where, as
the Mad Hatter told Alice earlier, “it’s always tea time.”

This Lewis Carroll blend, features a  fragrant violet flavor with an Indian Black tea and Rose Congou tea, a China black that has been scented with rose petals during the drying process, to create a deep amber cup with an incomparable bouquet and a flavor that is absolutely heavenly.


Jane Austen's Black Tea Blend - in stock
Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775. After receiving her primary education at boarding
school, Jane returned home where she and her older sister Cassandra would spend long hours in
their father’s library reading the classics and writing their own stories. Jane had a close relationship
with her father and he encouraged her creativity by supplying her with the paper and writing utensils
she desired. In 1811, Jane’s first novel Sense and Sensibility was published and met with immediate
success. Jane Austen’s novels illuminate the everyday lives of young women in the early 19th century
and blend contemplative pastoral prose with witty banter and intriguing romance plots. Besides
writing, she was an avid gardener who tended to her own plants late into her life.

The delicate prose of Jane Austen’s novels is evoked in this blend that combines spearmint with a gentle touch of vanilla. Lavender flowers, which look lovely in both the cup and the gardens around Jane Austen’s estate, add a sweet floral taste that complements the mint and vanilla wonderfully.  It brews to a refreshing cup with a cool mint flavor that’s softened by the warm vanilla and the sweet lavender flowers.


James Joyce's Black Tea Blend
James Joyce was born February 2, 1882 in a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. He attended a private
boarding school until his father’s debts caught up with the family and he and his siblings were
forced to leave. He would later attend college and, while he achieved high marks, his views
never aligned with the Jesuit professors. A collection of his short stories, The Dubliners, was
published in 1914 and introduced Joyce’s dense and atmospheric prose to the world. He would
go on to travel Europe, spending most of his productive years in France, where Ulysses was
published in 1922. Joyce’s influence continues into the 21st century where his method of conveying
the complexity and chaos of random thought as a stream of consciousness is still in use.

For Joyce, tea was an expected part of life and it appears in his works as a routine part of the day. As a man of taste, he enjoyed the finer things in life and, as an article describing a meeting at his house says, “Mrs. Joyce gives us the best tea and the nicest cakes that are to be had in any house in Paris.” This James Joyce tea blend uses a distinctly Irish mix of black teas from India, Ceylon and Kenya to mimic the type of drink he and his friends would have enjoyed.  It brews to a golden cup with a malty flavor and a slightly fruity aftertaste.




Bronte Sister's Black Tea Blend - in stock
The Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, lived and wrote in Yorkshire, England. Born in 1816,
1818 and 1820, respectively, the sisters lived very short lives, with Charlotte living the longest at 38.
During their unfortunately short lifetimes, each sister produced novels that would become
cornerstones of western literature and inspire studies for generations. Emily’s Wuthering Heights,
Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, and Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall each found an audience and acclaim
that continues to this day. With their novels, the sisters introduced the world to a starkly honest
portrayal of English womanhood that didn’t hide the ugliness and intrigue many novels of the time
shied away from. Although tame by today’s standards, their inclusion of independent female
characters, alcoholism, and abuse meant that the Bronte’s novels faced their share of controversy.

The Bronte family kept an orchard and garden where the sisters spent much of their time exploring, drawing, and writing. Charlotte was more inclined to draw the flowers and the plants than to stop and smell them, but Anne and Emily were happy to get their hands dirty with a little gardening. Emily especially, who was known to be a bit of a recluse, could often be found taking long walks and enjoying nature. This Bronte Sisters black tea blend combines papaya & raspberry pieces, pear, apple, and gooseberry flavors, alfalfa leaves and marigold petals to make a sweet and fragrant blend that’s reminiscent of an orchard stroll.



Charles Dickens' Black Tea Blend - in stock
Charles Dickens was born in February of 1812. However, when he was only 12, his father was imprisoned
for debt and Charles was sent to work in a blacking factory where he labeled endless bottles of shoeshine.
He would leave the factory four years later to finish his education, but those formative years deeply
affected him and inspired many of the boyhood horrors he would later write about. He wrote many of
his most famous novels like Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby episodically, with a new chapter
appearing in a magazine each month. These works examined the lives of the less fortunate and found
humanity amid the most inhuman conditions.

Tea appeared in Dickens’ work as a calming force like in David Copperfield, when the main character

recounts how he “sat swilling tea until [his] whole nervous system, if [he] had had any in those days,
must have gone by the board.” Or it could surface as a commonality between classes that allowed Dickens to emphasize the stark differences between lifestyles. While a “real solid silver teapot” and “real silver spoons to stir the tea with” are listed among the treasures of Old Lobbs in The Pickwick Papers, “a regular place of public entertainment for the poorer classes” described in Oliver Twist would provide “a public breakfast, dinner, tea, and supper all the year round.” This Charles Dickens blend adds a flash of color to a traditional British tea and is a hearty, well-rounded blend of China and Indian black and oolong teas that yields an amber cup with a light currant after-taste.


Edgar Allen Poe - in stock
Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 and  was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. He is best known
for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded
as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was
one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of t
he detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.
He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a
financially difficult life and career.

This dark, earthy blend evokes the damp tombs of Poe’s stories.  It combines the earthy tones of Pu­erh
black with the mellow smokiness of Lapsang and the slightest citrus hint of an Earl Grey bergamot.
The dried beetroot turns the brewed tea a deep blood red.


Agatha Christie "Murder on the Orient Express" Blend - in stock
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE  was born in 1890 and was an English writer.
 She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving
around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote the world's longest-
running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and six romances under the name Mary Westmacott.
In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her
contribution to literature.

“Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s
a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. This tea is a blend of black and
oolong teas, jasmine and bergamot oil.





WORK IN PROGRESS:

Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes Blend

Diana Gabaldon Outlander Blend

JK Rowling Harry Potter Blend

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