Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow in 1821 and spent his first sixteen years among the orphans, criminals, and asylum patients with whom his father worked. In 1846, Poor Folk gave the young Dostoyevsky his first taste of literary fame, but it is Crime and Punishment and The Idiot that cemented his legacy. His works examined the complicated relationship between ideology, political climate, and personal upbringing and how they each affect a person’s psyche. His novels serve as a precursor to existentialism, and they are pivotal in the Russian Symbolism Movement.
Tea plays an important symbolic role in Dostoyevsky’s writing, where it often serves as a comforting staple in an otherwise chaotic world. In Poor Folk, he writes that “all the world needs tea” and then later the main character reminisces about a simpler time when he could be “sitting in [their] little parlour at tea with [his] parents—in the familiar little parlour where everything was snug and warm!” The Russian samovar provides warmth and a central meeting place equivalent to the watercooler. Our Fyodor Dostoyevsky tea blend is an approximation of a typical Russian blend of the time and it recreates the flavors that he and his characters would have savored. Sip along with Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin, Rodion Raskolnikov, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky himself with this delicious blend.
This Russian style tea brews to a bright copper cup with a mellow, flavorful, medium-bodied taste and a lemon-citrus aftertaste.
Ingredients: Black teas from India, Sri Lanka, China and Taiwan 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 sampling of Dostoyevsky’s works:
The House of the Dead
Notes from the Underground
Crime and Punishment
The Eternal Husband
The Possessed (Demons)
The Brothers Karamazov
Check with your local bookstore for more titles or for recommendations for further reading.
||So Fine and Smooth
|This is the black tea you do not put any milk in. It is so fine and so smooth, you must sit, relax and enjoy its subtleness. I can drink this all day long.The bergamot is just the right touch and gives the tea a specialness. . It is SUPERB! Well done, S&V|
|- Fanny, NY|
||Black Tea Perfection
|Despite not being a fan of Dostoyevsky, I tried this tea and it has become one of my favorites. A perfect blend of black teas with just a hint of citrus. Like a more subtle Earl Grey. I don’t tolerate caffeine very well, so I need to limit caffeinated teas to one cup per day. However, I have gotten my entire department addicted to this and I need to buy more and more of it every time I order. All 8 of us highly recommend it! Maybe I'll try reading one of his novels again too...|
|- Karen B, NY|
||I expected smokiness from Fyodor, but got this lovely tea anyway!
|Now for Dostoyevsky's blend. I haven't actually read any of his books... yet. Assumptions out of the way, I kind of expected this to be a smoky blend... and with the bergamot would have been lovely. I'm a fan of the occasional smoky tea, yet this is not one. This blend features black teas from India, Sri Lanka, China and Taiwan and bergamot oil. The black teas here make for an exceptional blend with just the perfect amount of bright bergamot. The black tea is brisk enough while also being smooth, sweet, and tasty. A great showcase for the bergamot. Though this tea does not have my favorite bergamot (that would be tough to beat) this bergamot is certainly delicious enough for me.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 13 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep|
|Im 75, and have been drinking tea for most of my life, but this is the finest tea I have ever tasted. I received it this past Friday, and spent the next three days drinking many cups. I didnt bring any to work with me so I could concentrate on my work and not on how delicious the tea is. It is now my go-to basic tea.|
||Full bodied flavor
|Just enough bergamot. Doesnt overpower. A very smooth black tea.|
||A Good Strong Earl Grey
|Some people may have days where they want a good, stiff drink. When I have that kind of day, I need a good, strong Earl Grey. The Fyodor Dostoyevsky blend hits the spot when a boost is needed.|
||Very Good Earl Grey
|Dostoyevsky tastes like a good Earl Grey, which happens to be one of my favorite tea blends.|
|- Dana Huff, MA|
||This is my new go to tea!
|The Literary Teas are fast becoming my favorites! This is such a smooth and yummy tea that I find myself drinking three to four pots of it one right after the other everyday! This is a tea that I hadnt expected to like as much as I did, I mainly ordered it just to try new things so I was pleasantly surprised when I made my first pot and it smelled so wonderful!|
|- CASSIE CAMILLE WILLIAMS, AR|