Literary Teas - Edgar Allan 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 Pu'erh 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.
Ingredients: Black teas, pu'erh tea, lapsang souchong tea, beetroot and bergamot oil.
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
4 Ounces of loose tea makes approximately 50 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 Tell Tale Heart
Check with your local bookstore for more titles or for recommendations for further reading.