Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly 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…"
Brand: Simpson & Vail (Local CT tea company)
- Literary Tea Collection.
Ingredients: Green tea, organic cacao nibs, sweet blackberry leaf and flavouring.
- Certified Kosher
Makes: 50 cups of tea
Best known as the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley was also an accomplished writer of poetry and travel writings, a skilled editor and a devoted wife and mother. Born in 1797 to Mary Wollstonecraft (a radical writer) and William Godwin (a political philosopher), Mary Shelley enjoyed an expansive education. She met the poet Percy Shelley in 1814 when she was 16, wed him in 1816 and was a widow before she turned 25.
Tea was an essential part of Mary and Percy's daily lives and it is recorded that they favored black tea that was sweetened. After learning of the plight of slaves on sugar cane plantations they boycotted sugar and, not liking unsweetened black tea, they switched to drinking plain green tea.
Since there are no references to tea in Mary's writings, the inspiration for this blend came from the green tea she enjoyed as well as popular foods and flavors found in countries they visited during the time of the writing of Frankenstein, namely blackberries and chocolate. We incorporated both into this green tea blend and added sweet blackberry leaf as a nod to Mary's sweet tooth.
Some examples of Mary Shelley works:
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
The Last Man
History of a Six Weeks' Tour Rambles in Germany and Italy