Fess up, you know that you have an unhealthy, neurotic, inordinate obsession or fixation with sight, aroma, and everything that is perfect about the marriage of tea and books. Who needs inebriation, when tea gives sharpness of mind, and acerbic wit, with one tea-bag, and a dash of sugar, and a spot of milk? Why not add a book, with that robust blend of English breakfast tea?
Here at A Bibliophile’s Reverie, we are tea addicts, and that is why this blog now includes two new features: Tea at Reverie (exceptionally tantalizing tea reviews, written by tea connoisseur Sara Letourneau), and Literary Teas, which are tea recipes, customized to whatever book is being featured.
Check out all the details below, for past Tea at Reverie reviews, and a collection of Literary Tea recipes, tailored to whatever book you may be reading at the moment!!
Tea at Reverie-Tea Reviews, written by our own tea contributor, Sara Letourneau
Mastermind Tea Blogger: Sara Letourneau-
Hello! My name is Sara Letourneau, and I’m a tea reviewer here at A Bibliophile’s Reverie. I drink all kinds of tea and am thrilled to combine my love for this beverage with my passion for writing. Speaking of writing, I’m a published poet with several poems showcased in print and online literary journals. I’m also working on a fantasy novel and occasionally freelance articles on the writing craft, and I write CD and book reviews at my personal blog. Previously I was a staff writer for Sonic Cathedral, which promotes rock and metal music with female vocalists. On top of all the writing (yes, I still have free time after all that!), I enjoy reading, cooking, visiting Cape Cod (I Iive in Massachusetts, USA), new age / spirituality, spending time with family and friends, and immersing myself in whatever music speaks to me at a given time.
Favorite Teas: Any jasmine tea, Rooibos Tropica (Teavana), Orchid Vanilla (TeaForté), African Solstice (Tea Forté)… I’ll stop there. *lol*
Favorite Authors: Ursula LeGuin, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Paolo Coelho, Allan G. Hunter, George R.R. Martin, Kristin Cashore, and Michelle Moran.
Favorite Books: Don’t ask me to choose between any of Ursula LeGuin’s books – it’s impossible! Besides that, I’d also list Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Coelho’s The Alchemist, Cashore’s Fire, Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study, Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games trilogy, Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s A Gift From The Sea, and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
Favorite Musicians: Anathema, Within Temptation, Kamelot, Stream Of Passion, Darren Hayes, Epica, Autumn, Flowing Tears, Howard Shore (specifically his Lord Of The Rings film scores), and Deuter.
Favorite Films: The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter franchise (especially “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”), “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Ever After,” “Wall-E,” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Favorite TV Shows: I rarely watch TV, but I discovered BBC America’s “Orphan Black” not too long ago and am now OBSESSED with that show!
Archive of Tea at Reverie Reviews:
- Review of Tea Forte Oasis Green Tea
- Review of Teavana’s ToLife® White Tea
- Review of Stash Tea Company’s Vanilla Nut Creme Decaf Black Tea
- Review of Tazo®’s China Green Tips Green Tea
- Review of Teasenz’s Jasmine Dragon Pearls
- Review of Yezi Tea’s Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea
- Review of Compassion For Mrs. Bennet’s Nerves Herbal Tea from Bingley’s Teas
- Review of Teasenz’s Red Dragon Pearls Black Tea
- Review of Yezi Tea’s White Peony Grade White Tea
- Review of Sanctuary T’s Honey Chocolate HoneyBush Tea
- Review of Tea from Taiwan’s Dong Ding Ming Xang Oolong Tea
**Contact Me: If you’re a tea seller and would like to have one of your products reviewed here, feel free to contact A Bibliophile’s Reverie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Literary Tea Blends: Specially customized Tea Recipes, paired with a book of our choosing:
Lately, my book reviews or book features of any kind have felt a bit bereft, as though they’re missing something vital to really make them appealing, more importantly, enticing to readers that are casually perusing this blog for the next best book to read.
Many people love to drink tea, when they’re settled down after a long, stressful day of work. But, have you ever wondered how a tea, distinctly tailored to the book you’re reading would taste, or feasibly look?
Well, the tea experts at A Bibliophile’s Reverie have recently added a newly renovated spot at our literary headquarters (the mythical Beast’s library, from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast film), and we have added a tea laboratory, where we are always fastidiously working on teas that match the essence of the books we happen to be reading at the time.
Remember, that publishers and tea companies, are welcome to email me at email@example.com, to inquire about having some type of clever tea coverage for a book of your choice!!
Here is one literary tea blend recipe, tailored to the novel Outlander, as an example!
Outlander Tea (Taken from the initial Outlander Monday Post) This tea is suited for binge-watching sessions of Starz’s new Outlander tv series!
This tea is aptly titled Outlander tea, and it combines (1) 2 Eastern Shore Canton Spice tea bags (composed of spicy ginger, black&green tea); this is the Jamie part of the tea, very robust, and it has that strong taste that is both memorable and lingers in your mind. I picked this tea, because it really serves as a metaphor for Claire’s lasting impression of Jamie (and his rich mysterious history, that unfolds throughout the course of the novel & show . (2) 1 Gypsy Zhena Red Lavender Tea Bag, I intentionally chose this combo, because it reflects the dimension of Claire’s character, which is revealed through her growing relationship with both Jaime and the world of eighteenth century Scotland. It has a strong, tangy taste (uniquely feminine in many ways, with the lavender). The lavender, in this tea, is french lavender, representing the fact that Claire is sometimes seen by Jamie’s compatriots as being French, due to her last name. Yet, lavender is very strong, resilient, and Claire is a very strong spirit, who really helps exhume a burrowed part of Jamie’s personality.
Of course, you need to add a dash of extra-ginger, to make the taste stronger, as you are reading, and the emotional connection between both characters deepens. In much the same way, each brew of tea really represents their personalities. The extra spices further augment the richness of the blend. So, you’ll want to add a dash of sage (representing Claire’s medical expertise), and some ginger (representing Jamie’s military prowess and strong courage. Both characters are uniquely strong, and their relationship resonates with readers, just as the taste of this tea will hopefully do.
(You’ll need some Jammie Dodgers as well, to compliment the tea!)
So, here is the ingredients, arranged in a more orderly list form (and with hyperlinked text to show what tea blends I used):
Outlander Iced Tea Recipe:
Now, you’ll have your own potent Outlander iced tea to accompany your binge-reading sessions of Outlander!!
** If you are a tea company or even a publisher that would love to have books paired with specially-formulated tea recipes, please send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org, where I will be more than happy to read and meet any requests, you send to my email inbox!!**