Chai Green Tea and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

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 …

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Irish Breakfast Tea and “The Midwich Cuckoos”

“The Midwich Cuckoos” by John Wyndham is a 1957 classic. It's a little tricky to get hold of, but well worth the effort. It's one of my personal favorites, written at a time when science fiction writers were coming into their own. I once found Irish Breakfast tea to be a little tricky to get …

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Lapsang Souchong and “Fahrenheit 451″

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which books burn. In Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag is a fireman whose job it is to burn those offensive and illegal items. Fahrenheit 212 is the temperature at which water boils. Pour that over some leaves of Lapsang Souchang tea, and you’ve got the perfect complement …

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Blueberry Herbal and “Journey to the Center of the Earth”

Jules Verne’s classic story, Journey to the Center of the Earth, is a panoramic tale of voyage and fortitude. It’s also a mixture of charm and density of detail, to which Blueberry Herbal is the perfect tea-companion. In the novel, the story is told by Axel, the nephew of Professor Otto Lidenbrock. He reluctantly accompanies …

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Bone China

It’s a basic understanding, of course, that the vessel one chooses for tea drinking won’t necessarily affect the flavor, but it can certainly affect the experience. Style, color and, perhaps, size of the vessel are a matter of preference. But let’s get specific and pick one choice: bone china. What's the difference between bone china …

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Yorkshire Gold and “The Island of Dr. Moreau”

The Island of Dr. Moreau is the fourth in a long list of novels by Herbert George Wells. Wells' voice is as strong in this novel as in any of his earlier books -- full of meaty imaginings and the kind of view into humanity that makes one wince. The story requires a stout tea-companion …

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