Literary Tea Collection
Delicious Literary Teas inspired by favorite authors!
Simpson & Vail's Literary Tea Line is a collection of loose leaf blends that were created with a specific author in mind. The teas vary from a black tea blend to a flavored herbal blend and each is inspired by the authors' works and lives. This collection of teas aims to complement any library or literary-minded person. At Wild Knits we are excited to share these blends with you and we hope you'll enjoy drinking them as much as we have! Each flavor comes in a decorative 4oz tin. See details for individual descriptions.
Maya Angelou's Black Tea Blend
The brewed cup is a delicately balanced blend with a reddish amber color and a fruity, heady, sassy taste. The combination of pineapple, vanilla and orange dance playfully on the tongue. The addition of cloves brings a new depth to this taste, while the hibiscus adds to the fruity flavor and adds a reddish tinge to the amber cup. There is a mild astringency and a lingering fruit/spice taste on the tongue. Ingredients: Black teas from China and Sri Lanka, hibiscus flowers, orange peel, cloves, flavors and orange blossoms.
Edgar Allan Poe's Black Tea Blend
Immerse yourself in the terrors of Edgar Allan Poe’s writings as you sip this smoky blend with an earthy hint and a deep blood red color that recalls his darkest tales of intrigue and the macabre. Ingredients: Black teas, puerh tea, lapsang souchong tea, beetroot and bergamot oil.
Bronte Sisters' Black Tea Blend
This delectable blend combines flavors from the family orchards where the Bronte sisters relaxed and wrote. Pear and apple provide the flavor base that supports the stronger gooseberry tones. Ingredients: Black teas, papaya pieces (papayas and sugar), flavorings, raspberry pieces, alfalfa leaves and marigold petals.
Frederick Douglass' Black Tea Blend
Frederick Douglass played a vital role in shaping American history and we still benefit today from his beliefs on equality and inclusiveness. To commemorate this eloquent and powerful man, we blended together teas from different countries that perfectly co-exist to create a taste that is strong and bold. Ingredients: Black teas from India, Vietnam, Kenya, China and Indonesia.
James Joyce's Black Tea Blend
Travel to Dublin with a cup of our Ireland-inspired James Joyce blend. This delightfully bold blend of teas brews to a golden cup with a malty flavor and a slightly fruity aftertaste. Ingredients: Black teas from India, Sri Lanka and Kenya.
Mary Shelley's Green Tea Blend
This heavenly blend brews up to a golden color with a sweet fruit taste and an undertone of chocolate that will elevate your taste buds. Inspired by Shelley's eloquent words in Frankenstein, "I feel my heart glow with an enthusiasm which elevates me to heaven…". Ingredients: Green tea, (organic) cacao nibs, sweet blackberry leaf and flavoring.
Henry David Thoreau's Herbal Tisane Blend
Imagine sitting at Walden Pond enjoying a quiet, peaceful moment with a cup of this caffeine free tea. The vibrant herbal blend has a fresh garden aroma that brews to a delightful red color. The cup imparts a mint and rose floral aroma and a taste that is slightly tart with earthy undertones and notes of rose and oats. Ingredients: Apples, organic cinnamon, spearmint, organic ginger, beetroot, chicory, organic oatstraw, organic red clover, sarsaparilla and rose petals
Edith Wharton's Black Tea Blend
Our Edith Wharton blend pays homage to her descriptions of the undercurrents rippling through fashionable society. We have combined a refined, high-grown Darjeeling black tea with a little passionfruit and citrus flavor, a dash of spice and lovely flower petals to create a taste that is smooth and elegant. Perfect for an afternoon tête-à-tête. Ingredients: Darjeeling black tea, organic ginger pieces, mallow blossoms, marigold petals and flavoring.
Louisa May Alcott's Green Tea Blend
Enjoy dessert with the March sisters and our Louisa May Alcott blend. Combining almond and strawberry flavors, this blend brews to a delicious tea that is fruity and aromatic. It manages to be both sweet and light thanks to the Chunmee green tea base and the gentle floral notes added by the rose petals. Ingredients: Green tea, apple pieces, flavoring, strawberry pieces and rose petals.
Jane Austen's Black Tea Blend
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. This blend captures the color and joy of Austen’s characters while taking inspiration from the herbs and flowers she cultivated in her own garden. It brews to a refreshing cup with a cool mint flavor that’s softened by the warm vanilla and the sweet lavender flowers. Ingredients: Black teas, spearmint, lavender flowers and vanilla flavor.
Walt Whitman's Organic Green Tea Blend
Our Walt Whitman tea blend is inspired by his beautiful nature imagery in Leaves of Grass, especially the poems he wrote about roots and herbs. In one of his memoirs, Whitman describes a man who “express'd a great desire for good, strong green tea.” This blend is an earthier and more mature variation on Simpson & Vail’s Lemon Ginger Green Tea. It combines an unobtrusive green tea base with the earthiness of ginger and eleuthero roots and the sweetness and acid bite of lemon (with lemongrass, lemon peel, and lemon flavoring). Ingredients: Organic Green Tea, organic ginger root, organic lemon peel, organic eleuthero root, organic lemongrass and natural lemon flavor.
Lewis Carroll's Black Tea Blend
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. “A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden” where, as the Mad Hatter told Alice earlier, “it’s always tea time.” To make our Lewis Carroll blend, we added our fragrant violet flavor to 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. Ingredients: Black Tea, Rose Congou tea, flavoring, malva flowers.