Edith Wharton (Edith Newbold Jones) was born on January 24, 1862 into a wealthy and socially prominent family. Spending many of her early years touring Europe with her family, Edith was exposed to different styles of art and architecture, which would play a role in her life (as a landscape architect and designer) as well as in her writings. Throughout her 75 years, Wharton exhibited a great drive and energy towards a variety of interests.
She began her writing career at a very young age, having a volume of poetry privately published at the age of 16. Her literary accomplishments were vast and well acknowledged. She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize (for The Age of Innocence) as well as nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. She is most known today for her novels, however, she also was a published author of short stories, poetry and design. In her mid-30’s Edith co-authored a successful book on design and architecture, The Decoration of Houses, and at 39, Wharton designed and built her home called The Mount in Lenox, MA with her husband.
Many of Wharton’s novels poke fun at the social mores of her upper class society in an intelligent and humorous manner. Tea plays an essential part in her writings as many central themes of her stories happen whilst partaking of tea. “Lily, with the flavor of Selden’s caravan tea on her lips, had no great fancy to drown it in the railway brew which seemed such nectar to her companion; but, rightly judging that one of the charms of tea is the fact of drinking it together, she proceeded to give the last touch to Mr. Gryce’s enjoyment by smiling at him across her lifted cup.” (The House of Mirth). “Aren't you tired? It will be good to have some tea when we arrive—I'm sure the aunts have got everything beautifully ready," he rattled on, taking her hand in his; and her mind rushed away instantly to the magnificent tea and coffee service of Baltimore silver which the Beauforts had sent, and which "went" so perfectly with uncle Lovell Mingott's trays and side-dishes. (Age of Innocence)
For our Edith Wharton blend we pay homage to her descriptions of the undercurrents rippling through fashionable society. We have combined a refined, high-grown Darjeeling black tea with a little passionfruit and citrus flavor, a dash of spice and lovely flower petals to create a taste that is smooth and elegant. Perfect for an afternoon tête-à-tête.
Ingredients: Darjeeling black tea, organic ginger pieces, mallow blossoms, marigold petals and flavoring.
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 sampling of works by Edith Wharton:
The Decoration of Houses, 1897
Italian Villas and Their Gardens, 1904
The House of Mirth, 1905
Ethan Frome, 1911
Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort, 1915 (war)
French Ways and Their Meaning, 1919
The Age of Innocence, 1920 (Pulitzer Prize winner)
A Backward Glance, 1934 (autobiography)
The Buccaneers, 1938
Check with your local bookstore for more titles or for recommendations for further reading.
Now owned by Edith Wharton Restoration, The Mount’s house and gardens have lovingly been restored and are open to visitors.
||I love this tea
|Much more than the sum of its parts, this is not your average citrus-ginger blend. It's complex and refined, easy to drink, and tastes sweet with very little sugar. The aroma is pleasant but not overpowering, and makes me feel like I'm at a high-society tea party - which I suppose was the goal. Well done, Simpson & Vail!|
|- Johanna, MD|
||Delicious New Favorite
|I found this tea to be very pleasant upon first sip. The more I drank, the more I fell in love with it though. The ginger is just enough to to balance the fruit flavor and add a nice zip to the tea. It’s fantastic both hot and iced. I find myself reaching for it every day and will keep it on hand.|
|This tea will give you a cup full to think about. Its complexities were subtle and made for a "novel" of a tea. Slightly fruity, slightly floral with just a hint of spice from the ginger.|
|- Stacy, PA|
||Another literary winner
|This is a perfectly balanced tea with slight fruit flavor. It is not over-powering and its great for breakfast. Wonderful blend. Its not too strong or too mild.|