Literary Teas - Lewis Carroll's Black Tea Blend
The man who would become Lewis Carroll was born as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in January 1832. He spent his happy childhood under the tutelage of his Reverend father, and enjoyed creating fantastical stories for his ten siblings. It was not until after he had graduated university and became a lecturer of mathematics that he met Alice Liddell. He would entertain her and her sisters with the absurd stories that he later published as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. His most famous novels conveyed a childlike look at the seemingly arbitrary rules and customs of adult society.
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, violet flavor, and malva flowers.
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
4 Ounces of loose tea makes approximately 50 cups of tea.
A sampling of Lewis Carroll's works:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (W. W. Norton)
A Tangled Tale
Rhyme? And Reason? (also published as Phantasmagoria)
Sylvie and Bruno
Sylvie and Bruno Concluded
The Hunting of the Snark
Three Sunsets and Other Poems
What the Tortoise Said to Achilles
Check with your local bookstore for more titles or for recommendations for further reading.