Welcome to the first installment of genres and tea pairings. I received some wonderful feedback for the By the Cup side of the blog to work on suggestions for ideas on book genres with teas and I couldn’t wait to get started. These are my opinions based on my current tea inventory and are not sponsored or endorsed by any of the companies linked in this article.
One of my favorite classic books, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins was a wonderful surprise. When I read this book a few years ago with my book club I read little if any classic literature. After The Woman in White I believe my opinions about classic literature was forever changed.
How could this book have me eager and excited to unravel the mystery, keeping me on the edge of my seat and up late many nights until I was finished. This was the first book in about 8 years of book club that I gave 5 stars (and I don’t hand those out freely). I’ll be teaming up with a buddy on bookstagram to host a readalong of The Woman in White in June (I’ll link the details if any are interested in joining).
Genre: Victorian Literature + Tea: Victorian London Fog (flavored black tea)
Wilkie Collins, an English novelist during the Victorian Literature period (1837-1901) is generally known for his books, The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale and No Name. He was a contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens, considered to be one of the more popular writers of the period. Once I fell in love with The Woman in White, I had more of an interest in Dickens who I’d first encountered in school with Great Expectations (I’ll have to read again because I vaguely remember it).
I paired this genre with one of my favorite teas, Victorian London Fog from Harney and Sons. It seemed like a perfect pairing since the London Fog (Earl Grey with steamed milk) is said to have originated during the Victorian era. I love a good Earl Grey especially when the bergamot shines through, but this blend to me is luxury in a cup. It contains a hint of lavender but by no means is overwhelming.
For fully engrossing reads like The Woman in White or Middlemarch this Victorian London Fog is highly recommended, especially as a latte.