Edgar Allen Poe's Black Tea Blend


This dark, earthy blend evokes the damp tombs of Poe’s stories. While it is perhaps the most well known, The Cask of Amontillado is not Poe’s only story in which his fear of being buried alive becomes a major plot point. His vivid descriptions of “utter darkness among a quantity of loose earth” that “threaten[ed] to bury [him] entirely” offered a direction for our blend. It combines the earthy tones of Pu­erh black with the mellow smokiness of Lapsang and the slightest citrus hint of an Earl Grey. The dried beetroot turns the brewed tea a deep blood red.

Brand: Simpson & Vail (Local CT tea company)
 - Literary Tea Collection.
Ingredients: Black teas, pu­erh tea, lapsang souchong tea, beetroot and natural bergamot flavor.
- Certified Kosher
Makes: 10-12 cups of tea

A sampling of Poe’s works:

     The Cask of Amontillado
     The Fall of the House of Usher
     The Masque of the Red Death
     The Raven
     The Tell­Tale Heart