Edith Wharton's Black Tea Blend


For our Edith Wharton blend we pay 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.

Brand: Simpson & Vail (Local CT tea company)
 - Literary Tea Collection.
Ingredients: Darjeeling black tea, organic ginger pieces, passionfruit flavor, blood orange flavor, mallow blossoms, and marigold petals.
- Certified Kosher
Makes: 10-12 cups of tea

Tea plays an essential part in Edith Wharton's writings as many central themes of her stories happen whilst partaking of tea.
“Lily, with the flavor of Selden’s caravan tea on her lips, had no great fancy to drown it in the railway brew which seemed such nectar to her companion; but, rightly judging that one of the charms of tea is the fact of drinking it together, she proceeded to give the last touch to Mr. Gryce’s enjoyment by smiling at him across her lifted cup.” (The House of Mirth).
“Aren't you tired? It will be good to have some tea when we arrive—I'm sure the aunts have got everything beautifully ready," he rattled on, taking her hand in his; and her mind rushed away instantly to the magnificent tea and coffee service of Baltimore silver which the Beauforts had sent, and which "went" so perfectly with uncle Lovell Mingott's trays and side-dishes. (Age of Innocence)

A sampling of works by Edith Wharton:

     Verses, 1878
     The Decoration of Houses, 1897
     Italian Villas and Their Gardens, 1904
     The House of Mirth, 1905
     Ethan Frome, 1911
     Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort, 1915 (war)
     French Ways and Their Meaning, 1919
     The Age of Innocence, 1920 (Pulitzer Prize winner)
     A Backward Glance, 1934 (autobiography)
     The Buccaneers, 1938