The man who would become Lewis Carroll was born as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in January 1832. He spent his happy childhood under the tutelage of his Reverend father, and enjoyed creating fantastical stories for his ten siblings. It was not until after he had graduated university and became a lecturer of mathematics that he met Alice Liddell. He would entertain her and her sisters with the absurd stories that he later published as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. His most famous novels conveyed a childlike look at the seemingly arbitrary rules and customs of adult society.
A tea party plays a memorable role in Carroll’s most celebrated novel as the setting for Alice’s nonsensical meeting with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. “A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden” where, as the Mad Hatter told Alice earlier, “it’s always tea time.” To make our Lewis Carroll blend, we added our fragrant violet flavor to an Indian Black tea and Rose Congou tea, a China black that has been scented with rose petals during the drying process, to create a deep amber cup with an incomparable bouquet and a flavor that is absolutely heavenly.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Rose Congou tea, flavoring, malva flowers.
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 Lewis Carroll’s works:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (W. W. Norton)
A Tangled Tale
Rhyme? And Reason? (also published as Phantasmagoria)
Sylvie and Bruno
Sylvie and Bruno Concluded
The Hunting of the Snark
Three Sunsets and Other Poems
What the Tortoise Said to Achilles
Check with your local bookstore for more titles or for recommendations for further reading.
||A lovely floral blend -- so very tasty!
|I needed a whimsical tea today for this mad as a hatter winter weather. This tea should do. It's also very tasty. Immediately on opening the pouch, I am reminded of all of the flowers that are constantly in anything Wonderland related, from the book to the Disney movie. So many flowers in this cup! The blend is made up of an Indian black tea, rose Congou, violet flavoring, and tons of pretty flowers. The flavor is divine -- both rose and violets equally take the stage but the black tea also comes through amazingly well. It's malty, smooth and sweet. I'd love the base tea even without the floral flavors. I'd definitely stock up on this one. It's one of my favorite floral teas.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a mug // 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep|
||Nothing short of magical!
|Let me first say that my favorites from SVTea are strawberry shortcake and creamy earl grey. Stating that first lets you know I am one that loves flavored teas and not simplistic flavors. This tea is my new favorite! I sipped this tea and was so very overwhelmed with how delightful it truly is! It tastes like Im transposed into a magical and whimsical story, sitting next to the mad hatter. It was so very cheery, feminine and scrumptious! I love it!! My absolute new favorite tea! I will be returning for a larger portion and have it as one of my go tos. Thank you Simpson and Vail for such beautiful tea that is beyond reproach!|
|- Jenny H, AZ|
||If I were a writing desk...
|Seems the other reviewers werent quite so enthusiastic about this blend as I am. My mother read me *Alice in Wonderland* and *Through the Looking-Glass* when I was very little, and I have loved both stories ever since. (Actually, Ive wanted to LIVE in Looking-Glass world ever since.) When I first read the list of ingredients of LCs Black Tea Blend, I recognized elements Ive enjoyed in other tea brands--especially one that was sent to me from a friend in Germany--so I figured itd be a safe bet. I am delighted with the violet notes and have discovered that when Im feeling blue or lacking muster, this tea brightens my day. I enjoy it with a dab of honey and a dollop of milk.|
|- Mariya R., CT|
||Mad as a hatter
|It was agreed among a tasting party that if you preffered this tea over any other black you must be mad as a hatter. The tea seemed to put my tastebuds through a unpleasant gambit (or croquet field?) Of flavors. Many different smell and taste comparisons were jovially discussed among the group of 10 of us who tried it. We might all be mad here, but we werent over this tea.|
|- Bethany Giles, MD|
||This one is not for me.
|I drink my tea black. Perhaps this tea would be better with milk and sweetener. I used too much the first time and felt like I was drinking perfume. I do like rose but this was too much for me. I tried it again with less tea but still not something I want more of. If you love rose, this is the tea for you!|
|- Anna C, WI|
||A good blend with a natural sweetness!
|This is a blend of tea that I wish I had when I was a little girl! It has a strong aroma that makes me look back fondly on little girl tea parties with my sisters and our stuffed animal guests!|
|- CASSIE CAMILLE WILLIAMS, AR|