Stash Tea offers an intriguing chai green tea that is at once familiar, yet surprising; mild, yet zesty. It’s a tea I have come to consider a favorite; just as the book I’ve chosen as the reading companion has become a favorite.
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, written by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, was first published in 1886. It’s narrated by the character Mr. Utterson, a London lawyer and longtime friend of Dr. Henry Jekyll. In the tale, Mr. Utterson encounters a strange and eerie gentleman, who he eventually learns is familiar, yet surprising, indeed.
It is this quality that so defines Stash’s Chai green tea, and pairs it so well with Stevenson’s story. Chai is a classic, spicy collection of flavors, but in combining it with green tea (versus the classic black), it’s a completely different creature. It is, in fact, the mildness of the green tea that makes the chai spice stand out, and, conversely, the flavor burst of chai that makes the green tea seem that much meeker.
In “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, the mild doctor concocts a mysterious potion (I assume there is no tea ingredient, although Stevenson doesn’t elaborate on that point) that causes a darker, disturbing version of himself to emerge. He becomes a man of two separate natures within a single vessel; an entirely new creature. His gentle self makes the darker more menacing, and vice versa.
And Stash’s chai green tea shares this duality of nature, with one exception. In reading of Dr. Jekyll and his frightful alter-ego, Mr. Hyde, we experience the tragedy of two characters at odds with each other. In sipping the tea, we experience the pleasure of two characters in harmony with each other, Chai Spice and Green tea. Give it a try and I think you’ll agree it’s the best-captured taste of split personality since Stevenson’s masterpiece.
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