Possibly the most well-known name in western literature, William Shakespeare began his life as a tanner’s son in Stratford-Upon-Avon in the spring of 1564. After a seven year period following the birth of his children in which no reliable records of his life can be found, Shakespeare reappeared in London where he began writing and acting in plays. Initially, his name was relegated to the corners of playbills, but as his productions grew in popularity, theaters began using “written by William Shakespeare” as their main selling point. The plays and poems he produced during the thirty year period when he was writing have endured the test of time and are studied and read across the world. He pioneered many styles and structures that have set the foundations for some of western literature’s greatest achievements. Shakespeare is even credited with inventing over 1700 words in the English language.
Gardens, herbs, and flowers appear in many of Shakespeare’s plays and oftentimes play a critical role in his stories. Our William Shakespeare tea blend is a combination of a few of the many herbs he references: lavender, roses, rosemary. The wit and playfulness of his verse means that Shakespeare’s plays can still be enjoyed today, ideally with a warm cup of tea.
This black tea and floral blend brews to an amber cup with a sweet, floral taste. The slightly earthy and woody notes are rounded out with the citrus taste of bergamot and sweet rose petals.
Ingredients: Rose Congou black tea, lavender petals, rose petals, rosemary and bergamot oil.
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
4 Ounces of loose tea makes approximately 50 cups of tea.
Please note that the photo is shown for our 4oz tin. We are also offering this in a 4oz pkg size, which will come in one of our double lined bags labeled with the name of the tea.
A small sampling of Shakespeare’s works are:
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merchant of Venice
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado about nothing
Taming of the Shrew
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Antony and Cleopatra
Romeo and Juliet
Check with your local bookstore for more titles or for recommendations for further reading.
||A great combination of flavors!
|I had to buy the lovely literary sampler gift box from S&V. Sadly, the box doesnt come with adorable mini versions of the awesome big tins.... but handy pouches of the teas will do. Im glad to sample them anyway! And each sample pouch comes with a few teaspoons or more. Today seemed like a very Shakespeare day... not sure why. The blend features a Rose Congou black tea with rose petals, rosemary, lavender and bergamot. I hate to say it though, but this blend seems a lot like S&Vs Victorian Earl Grey blend because I am probably too overly familiar with their wonderful offerings. To be fair, I havent actually tried their Victorian Earl Grey blend, so dont take my word for it. But this blend is great. A light black tea with plenty of floral flavor, with a hint of fresh, bright bergamot. A great combination.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 minute steep|
||Nice and floral
|Very strong rose/floral tones in this tea. Its very tasty but not as much my favorite as the Kashmir Rose blend.|
|I was given the half package from a friend who did not prefer this blend. She told me that the rose would be too strong. I was prepared to try it but not like it, but oh contraire! This tea is a delightful mix of summery flowers (you smell the hint of rose and lavender in your tea) with a depth of black tea. Just light enough to enjoy pretty much any time (save night time if you have caffeine issues). It brings spring and summer to a cold climate and reminds me of sitting in a garden with friends or going to a performance of Shakespeare on the Green. Going to have to order some for myself!|
|- Erin Krueger, NM|
||This bird hath found...
|I think I may have steeped this a bit too long, but I thoroughly enjoyed the sense of Loves wreaking fragrance let loose through my sip. I felt as though I were a puck biting into a bouquet. Wonderful floral combination!|
|- Bethany Giles, MD|
||Tea to inspire a sonnet!
|A subtle and satisfying afternoon tea that really surprised me. Its that hint of of rose and rosemary that lingers and opens the senses to a really sublime cup of tea. Something like Shakespeares use of language: it lifts the ordinary into the realm of the extraordinary. What a perfect gift for the aspiring poet or playwright on your list. Guaranteed to inspire a crown of sonnets!|
|- MARIANNE, NY|
||The rose flavor is wonderful!
|This is another good, strong Earl Grey with a hint of rose that makes it divine. It is excellent for a morning boost. The first time I tried this tea, I also treated myself to a Netflix documentary about The Bard. What a lovely tea!|
|- Julia Livingston, IL|
||Takes you away to another time!
|This tea is perfect for reading a good Shakespeare play, or watching the countless movies based on his literary masterpieces. It really amps up the experience!|
|- Cassie Williams, AR|