Plowing Through Agatha Christie with the Help of Tea

Yorkshire Harrogate is a good reading companion tea!
Yorkshire Harrogate is a good reading companion tea!

Our collection of Agatha Christie paperbacks isn’t complete but is sizable and, sadly, unread. So, I decided to plow through them all with the help of tea. Not in one sitting, of course.

Some how Agatha Christie skipped the notice of my professors in university where I was an English Literature major. Rather high-fallutin’ of them. In the ensuing years, though, I became quite a fan through the various movies and BBC episodes available on TV. From Monsieur Poirot (portrayed by Peter Ustinov, Albert Finney, Tony Randall, and others up to the quintessential performance by David Suchet) to Miss Marple (portrayed by Margaret Rutherford, Angela Lansbury, Helen Hayes, and more) to the Tuppences, and so on, their sleuthing always held my rapt attention.

Then I met hubby. And hubby had all of these Agatha Christie paperbacks, which he had read most of. Time for me to play catch-up!

But first, as with any good book, a pot of tea was needed as companion. And some McVitie’s digestives or Walker’s shortbread. Reading can build up quite a thirst and appetite. Best to be prepared.

My tea options:

  • Barry’s Tea Gold Blend — The company’s flagship brand, this tea has a uniquely refreshing taste and a bright golden color. It leads the pack in the Gold blend sector of the market, comprised of the finest quality teas from the high mountain slopes of Kenya and the Assam Valley of India, skillfully selected.
  • Yorkshire Harrogate Tea — Full bodied with a deep, rich flavor, this tea is blended from a luxury black tea. Harrogate, Yorkshire in England is famous for its water – and that’s a key ingredient in a great cuppa! The city is also famous for its tea shops, and the annual Harrogate Crime Writing Festival. A perfect tea to sip while you’re curling up with a good crime novel (especially Agatha Christie), this tea takes milk well and delivers a lightly astringent infusion. For the best brew, steep for 2-5 minutes in water that has been brought to a rolling boil.
  • White Monkey Paw Green Tea — White green tea with very delicate but intense full green tea flavor. Originates from the famous Wuyi Mountains in Fujian Province, China. Grown at 2,500 to 5,000 feet above sea level. White Monkey Paw is made from the top two leaves and the bud of new season growth (late March /early April). These delicate leaves are gently and gingerly steamed and dried so the end result is an exquisite hand made green tea. You will see that the leaves still have the “hairy down” on them which indicates that these leaves were plucked very early in the morning and within the first two weeks of the new season of growth. When you infuse these teas you will witness the delicate two leaves and a bud uncurl in your cup almost coming back to life!. The dry leaf appearance of these teas is tending white and said to resemble a monkey paw. Even though this is a green tea, the visual appearance and cup liquor is so delicate that is can also be almost considered a white tea.
  • Monks Blend Flavored Black Tea — A very popular tea, full of flavor. The dramatic combination of vanilla and grenadine make a very satisfying drink. You would almost think it had a dash of the real Grenadine. This is a naturally flavored black tea comprised of high-grown Ceylon tea (more than 5,500 feet above sea level).

I’m thinking of starting with the Yorkshire Harrogate tea and going from there. Got the shortbread ready. Time to dive into to the Christie brand of mayhem!

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