10 tea and book pairings
Is there a better way to spend time in isolation than with a good book and the perfect cup of tea? Tea and books go hand in hand for a reason. Maybe you just want to enjoy your favorite drink while reading a good book. Or you need something to keep you awake while turning pages of a classic with a complicated plot. There will always be a perfect tea for a good book.
We paired some of the most popular and interesting classic books with teas. Why classics? Because now may be the right time to read one of those books everyone should read at least once in a life.
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
With a plot set in the 1920s, the best tea to enjoy while reading this American classic is a Ceylon Orange Pekoe, a tea that was popular at that time. Ceylon Orange Pekoe is brisk, interesting, fresh and full of flavor, and perfect to accompany you through Gatsby’s parties and tragedy.
2. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
The story of good and evil, kindness and cruelty, all with a good dose of magic, dragons and mandragoras deserves a truly unique tea too. Although the Harry Potter series may not be a classic in the traditional sense, it is for sure a classic of modern time. Try Green Dragon, a blend of green tea and flowers with light and smooth flavor. And just like in the book, when life to gets a bit heavy, chrysanthemum flowers may help you go through it more easily.
3. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lord of the Flies, a book that may be more interesting than ever, explores the importance of rules, and takes a deep look at the society. With a plot set on a tropical island, the best companion to this interesting, thrilling and dark book is Tropical Black, a flavorful blend with tropical notes, good to keep you focused and give a brighter side to your book and tea time.
4. Ulysses by James Joyce
Often considered one of the most difficult books to read, Ulysses by an Irish writer James Joyce calls for a strong and complex tea. Irish Breakfast is just that – rich and complex and goes well with a touch of milk and sugar.
5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Despite being a children’s book, The Little Prince is a classic that won over hearts of many grownups. It tells a story of the importance of looking into your heart, and to see what’s really important. Red Rose, a sweet and tart blend, will not make you unhappy, like the red rose that made Little Prince so sad. On the contrary, by experimenting with different brewing styles, you may discover an amazing nature of fruit teas.
6. The Lord Of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
A true classic and a must read not only for those into fantasy books. A yes, hobbits drink tea too. The best blend to enjoy while reading about heroes on their quest to save the world from evil is Earl Grey, a true gem in the world of black tea blends.
7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Published in 1818 and being one of the first horror stories in the world, Frankenstein is a must read not only for those that enjoy horror and science fiction. It’s a story that’s still relevant in modern times. The best tea to enjoy? Blood Orange, intensely red and flavorful rooibos blend.
8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The most important family saga in the history of literature begins with words „All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.“ Russian Caravan is a perfect tea to accompany this literary masterpiece set in Russia in the late 18th century. It hides a complex taste and background too. In a similar way, all Russian Caravans are alike, harmonious and strong, but each may have a different ingredients and subtle flavor differences.
9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Simple Strawberry Green, a traditional hyson green tea with strawberry pieces, pairs perfectly well with Little Women. Both strong and subtle, this blend is one of those you’d like to enjoy with an interesting book in the garden.
10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
An experience of reading this cult Sci-Fi classic wouldn’t be complete without a cup of tea in hand. In fact, this is one of the books that should absolutely be read with a cup of English black blend in your hands. Add some milk to your dried leaves boiled in water too.