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As much as I love my coffee, there’s some cozy and romantic about settling down a dainty cup of tea and my current book. I found some fun book inspired teas that are perfect for a snow day or a quiet Friday night on the couch. I can’t wait to brew a hot cuppa!
Literary Inspired Teas (with Book Pairings)
Jane Austen fans will be delighted to sip one of five gourmet teas inspired by the manor homes of Austen’s characters. Perhaps you’re in the mood for Pemberly, a lavender and lemon tea inspired by Mr. Darcy’s country estate. Maybe you’d rather the cinnamon marsala blend of Mr. Knightley’s Donwell Abbey. You can see all five Jane Austen teas here.
Recommended book pairings: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, (obviously), First Impressions by Charlie Lovett or Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg.
Let your taste buds visit Highclere Castle with Downton Abbey inspired teas. I know, I know, it’s not a book, but I’ve got some good book pairings for you with this line of from Republic of Tea. If you’d prefer to stay downstairs, brew a cup of Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding Tea, a dessert tea with flavors of vanilla sponge cake drizzled with caramel sauce. The upstairs peeps can delicately sip Lady Cora’s Evening Tea, an herbal blend of chamomile and lemon balm. (Though the name conjures up steamier flavors than chamomile.) Not what you’re looking for, there’s an entire line of Downton Abbey inspired teas.
Recommended book pairings: Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey or Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by Countess of Carnarvon (who owns Highclere, where Downton Abbey is filmed)
While this Sherlock Holmes tea sampler is inspired by the BBC series, you can still channel your favorite Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic characters. Watson prefers a blend of Irish breakfast, cinnamon and earl grey green while Holmes’ blend includes his favorite lapsang souchong.
Recommended book pairings: Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova, The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King, or Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
I can pretend I’m no longer a Muggle with this Harry Potter inspired Magic Potions sampler. Though I hope the Polyjuice blend (chai, chocolate, rooibos, and black tea) can turn me into someone else. If not, I can drown my sorrows in a mug of Butterbeer tea (black tea with notes of caramel, cream and vanilla). There’s four other potions in this sampler that will keep you busy.
Recommended book pairings: Clearly a Harry Potter reread is necessary, but also try Harry Potter: The Creature Vault by Jody Revenson or Harry Potter and the Art of Spying by Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest
To drink or not to drink? There’s not question when you have a box of Shakespeare’s Blend from Metropolitan Tea. This classic English breakfast tea will give you a jolt of caffeine so you can stay awake all night for your binge reading.
READ MORE: Looking for some literary mugs for your tea?