James Joyce was born February 2, 1882 in a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. He attended a private boarding school until his father’s debts caught up with the family and he and his siblings were forced to leave. He would later attend college and, while he achieved high marks, his views never aligned with the Jesuit professors. A collection of his short stories, The Dubliners, was published in 1914 and introduced Joyce’s dense and atmospheric prose to the world. He would go on to travel Europe, spending most of his productive years in France, where Ulysses was published in 1922. Joyce’s influence continues into the 21st century where his method of conveying the complexity and chaos of random thought as a stream of consciousness is still in use.
For Joyce, tea was an expected part of life and it appears in his works as a routine part of the day. As a man of taste, he enjoyed the finer things in life and, as an article describing a meeting at his house says, “Mrs. Joyce gives us the best tea and the nicest cakes that are to be had in any house in Paris.” Our James Joyce tea blend uses a distinctly Irish mix of black teas to mimic the type of drink he and his friends would have enjoyed.
This delightfully bold blend of teas brews to a golden cup with a malty flavor and a slightly fruity aftertaste.
Ingredients: Black teas from India, Sri Lanka and Kenya.
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.
Works by James Joyce:
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Check with your local bookstore for more titles or for recommendations for further reading.
||Delightful Irish Blend
|The James Joyce Tea Blend is the favoririte of the 4 tins I chose for a literary gift sampler for the family. It brews to a beautiful golden color, reminding me of a fine Darjeeling Second Flush. The taste was slightly fruity which I love in a good cup of tea. It tasted great as is, no milk, no sugar, I'm at the end of a very bad cold, and this tea is very gentle and comforting and I'm glad I did not need to add any milk but when I feel better, I'll try it with milk. Thanks S&V, for offering this lovely tea blend!|
|- Fanny Ip, NY|
||Win friends and influence people
|My Irish friend, Colleen, is a no frills tea drinker. Hot, black, sugar and milk is all she says she needs. Then I made her a pot of James Joyce Black Tea Blend. She tried her favorite way, then asked me for some ice and made it iced! She liked it so much, we had it iced again the next day. Thanks SV, you have a new convert to James Joyce Black Tea Blend.|
|- Char, CO|
||A fantastic black tea blend!
|I've never read Joyce but this tea is fantastic. I'm glad that S&V included a plain black tea blend because this one is amazing. The blend uses three black teas from India, Sri Lanka and Kenya. Not sure what they are specifically, but the result is perfection. I would agree with S&V's description that this is a malty brew with a fruity aftertaste. The sweetness and depth are there. I love a strong yet sweet black tea. I can appreciate a great complex black tea. Too complex to really fully describe. Note to self: I brewed this perfectly. I'd stock up on this one!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep|
||Skeptic No More
|James Joyce Tea? I must admit I thought this was just a promotional gimmick. Then again, having ordered from S&V for 16 years, I just knew it must be a great tea blend. I was right. It is as good as my all time favorite, Beesakopie. A thoroughly delightful black tea that holds up at altitude (184 degrees = boiling point) and even better with a shot of Honey or Agave light.|
|- CHAR CARY, CO|
||Lovely black tea blend
|Sometimes I just want black tea and no extra flavoring. This is perfect.|
|- Anna C, WI|
||A great tea for company!
|This is the tea that I knew I would like when I read the description of it! This is my tea that I share with my sister when she comes over, I love this tea because it is something we can both agree on! She usually prefers Green teas and I drink mostly Black teas so we dont always see eye to eye in our tea times together, I know if I serve this we can have a pleasant day together talking about how we both love it!|
|- Cassie Williams, AR|