The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has produced some incredible authors and here we offer teas created especially to honor such authors. We proudly present our selection of Literary Teas.

William Shakespeare's Black Tea Blend - in stock
Possibly the most well-known name in western literature, William Shakespeare began
his life as a tanner’s son in Stratford-Upon-Avon in the spring of 1564. After a seven year
period following the birth of his children he appeared in London where he began writing
and acting in plays. Initially, his name was relegated to the corners of playbills, but as his
productions grew in popularity, theaters began using “written by William Shakespeare”
as their main selling point. The plays and poems he produced during the thirty year period
when he was writing have endured the test of time and are studied and read across the world.
He pioneered many styles and structures that have set the foundations for some of western
literature’s greatest achievements. Shakespeare is even credited with inventing over 1700
words in the English language.

Gardens, herbs, and flowers appear in many of Shakespeare’s plays and oftentimes play a critical role in his stories. This William Shakespeare tea blend is a combination of a few of the many herbs he references: lavender, rose petals, rosemary, along with bergamot oil and Rose Congou black tea.



Beatrix Potter's Organic Herbal Tisane - in stock
Beatrix Potter’s talent as an illustrator surfaced shortly after she was born to wealthy parents
in 1866. She spent her childhood enjoying long walks in the countryside with her brother
where she drew everything she could see. She developed a special affinity for drawing the local
animal life, especially rabbits. Her pet rabbit, Benjamin Bouncer, served as the model for many
of her early illustrations and would later inspire her most memorable creation. In 1902, her first
book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was published. It was based on a story she had written and
illustrated for the children of a former governess, and it became immediately and immensely
popular. The success of Peter Rabbit rocketed her to literary fame and, even today, her books
are a mainstay of children’s collections everywhere.

As evidenced by the myriad plants she mentions in her stories, Beatrix Potter was a lover of nature and an avid gardener. In her stories tea takes the form of healing herbals like the one given to Peter Rabbit.  This Beatrix Potter blend combines a soothing selection of organic herbs such as rosehips, chamomile,  spearmint, ad lemongrass in a gree rooibos base.


Lewis Carroll's Black Tea Blend - in stock
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, where, as
the Mad Hatter told Alice earlier, “it’s always tea time.”

This Lewis Carroll blend, features a  fragrant violet flavor with 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.


Jane Austen's Black Tea Blend - in stock
Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775. After receiving her primary education at boarding
school, Jane returned home where she and her older sister Cassandra would spend long hours in
their father’s library reading the classics and writing their own stories. Jane had a close relationship
with her father and he encouraged her creativity by supplying her with the paper and writing utensils
she desired. In 1811, Jane’s first novel Sense and Sensibility was published and met with immediate
success. Jane Austen’s novels illuminate the everyday lives of young women in the early 19th century
and blend contemplative pastoral prose with witty banter and intriguing romance plots. Besides
writing, she was an avid gardener who tended to her own plants late into her life.

The delicate prose of Jane Austen’s novels is evoked in this blend that combines spearmint with a gentle touch of vanilla. Lavender flowers, which look lovely in both the cup and the gardens around Jane Austen’s estate, add a sweet floral taste that complements the mint and vanilla wonderfully.  It brews to a refreshing cup with a cool mint flavor that’s softened by the warm vanilla and the sweet lavender flowers.


James Joyce's Black Tea Blend
James Joyce was born February 2, 1882 in a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. He attended a private
boarding school until his father’s debts caught up with the family and he and his siblings were
forced to leave. He would later attend college and, while he achieved high marks, his views
never aligned with the Jesuit professors. A collection of his short stories, The Dubliners, was
published in 1914 and introduced Joyce’s dense and atmospheric prose to the world. He would
go on to travel Europe, spending most of his productive years in France, where Ulysses was
published in 1922. Joyce’s influence continues into the 21st century where his method of conveying
the complexity and chaos of random thought as a stream of consciousness is still in use.

For Joyce, tea was an expected part of life and it appears in his works as a routine part of the day. As a man of taste, he enjoyed the finer things in life and, as an article describing a meeting at his house says, “Mrs. Joyce gives us the best tea and the nicest cakes that are to be had in any house in Paris.” This James Joyce tea blend uses a distinctly Irish mix of black teas from India, Ceylon and Kenya to mimic the type of drink he and his friends would have enjoyed.  It brews to a golden cup with a malty flavor and a slightly fruity aftertaste.



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Jane Austen's Black Tea Blend - in stock

Bronte Sister's Black Tea Blend - in stock

Charles Dickens' Black Tea Blend - in stock

Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express Blend - in stock

Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes Blend

Diana Gabaldon Outlander Blend

JK Rowling Harry Potter Blend

Winston Graham Poldark Tea