July 18, 2024

Lavender: The Hot Herb of 2024

So lavender is the hot “new” herb for 2024?  Recorded data shows the use of lavender for healing properties, in perfumery and cooking back in 77AD! It’s popularity has never dwindled, however chefs, bakers, and baristas have elevated this aromatic herb to new culinary heights recently. For tea companies, the marriage of lavender with teas and other herbs is nothing new.  Many of us have incorporated lavender into our tea blends for many years, as well as created culinary recipes with those blends.     The first blend we created with lavender was an herbal concoction called Lavender Lace that we introduced in 1993.   Lavender Lace       The following year in 1994 we introduced Victorian Earl Grey which combines the ever popular Earl Grey with roses, […]
June 18, 2024

Zesty Sips: Your Guide to Refreshing Lemon Tea Pairings and Recipes

There’s something undeniably invigorating about the zesty flavor of lemon tea, especially during the warm summer months. Whether you’re a seasoned tea aficionado or just beginning your journey into the world of tea, lemon tea offers a delightful blend of tart and sweet that can be enjoyed hot or cold, morning or evening. Simpson & Vail offers the lemon flavor in a wide variety of tea types (green tea, black tea, and herbal)! Lemon Tea Pairings: 🍋 Organic Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia Citriodora) The Latin name is derived from: Backhausia for the British botanist James Backhouse who discovered the plant in the 1830’s and Citriodora – neo Latin lemon scented. Lemon Myrtle is a rare plant indigenous to the rainforest of Queensland Australia. The plant contains a natural essential […]
April 17, 2024
Floral Teas Gift Box

A Bouquet of Floral Blends to welcome Spring

After months of darkness and cold we are now rewarded with warmer temperatures, sunnier skies, and beautiful blossoming flowers. We’re honoring these fragrant blooms with our new Floral Teas Gift Box. This beautiful box contains four exquisite aromatic blends: Floral Nectar, Black Tea For those lovers of lavender, this tea provides a unique tasting experience. It’s lavender all the way, from the delightful floral bouquet to the tantalizing lavender liquor. The addition of sweet, succulent apricot fruit flavoring to this blend produces a cup that is full bodied with a uniquely sweet, floral taste. Lilac Bouquet, Black Tea Springtime wouldn’t be complete without the intoxicating aroma of lilacs blooming! This tea blend brews to a deep amber cup with a fragrant taste that leaves a delightful flowery aftertaste […]
March 28, 2024

Spring Tea Pairings

As the vibrant hues of spring paint the world, there’s no better time to indulge in the delicate flavors of Simpson & Vail floral teas. With their enchanting aromas and refreshing taste, floral infusions offer a delightful sensory experience that perfectly complements the season’s awakening. But what’s a cup of tea without a delectable companion to elevate the experience? Join us on a journey through the blossoming world of spring tea pairings, as we explore the enchanting realm of floral teas and discover the perfect culinary companions to enhance your tea experience. From light bites to decadent treats, these pairings promise to tantalize your taste buds and awaken your senses. Kashmir Rose Black Tea – Try pairing Kashmir Rose with carrots (savory and sweet (i.e. carrot cake)), apricots, mango, nuts, […]
March 28, 2024
Pomegranate Detox Herbal Tea

Herbal Wellness Blends: Tap into the power of herbs

We live in a hectic, fast-paced world, I’m not telling you anything you aren’t already experiencing!  More than ever, we’re all seeking to create a space for self-care.  One avenue that more people are exploring is the world of herbs, specifically wellness herbal blends.   Recently, there has been a significant surge in the popularity of herbal wellness tea blends.  Blends for stress relief and blends to aid with cold and flu symptoms haven been of paramount importance recently as well as blends for overall well-being and a variety of specific ailments. I started my journey of herbal exploration in my mid-20’s when I discovered an online class called “The Science & Art of Herbalism” with Rosemary Gladstar.  The impact this class had on my life was immense.  In the mid-90’s […]
March 28, 2024
Earl Grey Martini Recipe

Earl Grey Marteani Recipe

Earl Grey teas, traditionally, were blends comprised of varying black teas with Bergamot oil added to them. Today, any tea (green, white, herbal) that is sprayed with Bergamot oil is known as Earl Grey (such as our Emerald Green Earl Grey, Rooibos Earl Grey, etc).  Every tea merchant carries an Earl Grey black tea blend, but they are all very different due to the variations in black teas used for the blend and the quality of the bergamot oil. Earl Grey is also used in a wide variety of recipes – check out our delicious Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies! If baking isn’t for you, Earl Grey pairs well with liquor too. Earl Grey Marteani  Makes one 6 oz. cocktail  Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. gin  1/2 oz. lemon juice 3/4 […]
March 28, 2024

Unveiling the Triple Crown Trail Tea Gift Box

The Perfect Companion for your next Hiking Adventures Simpson & Vail is excited to announce the launch of this new nature themed tea gift box!  This gift box honors those intrepid hikers who venture off to complete the Triple Crown: the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.   Each kraft package contains approx. ¾ of an ounce of loose-leaf teas and is adorned with a beautiful label that invokes the adventure of hiking.  These are perfect for brewing at home while reading journals of hiking adventures and plotting your next trip.  They make a great gift for hiking enthusiasts and the packages are light and compact which makes them perfect for taking on your next hike.    “There are no shortcuts to any place worth […]
March 28, 2024

Sip Your Way into Enchantment: Exploring the Magic of our New Fairy Tale Teas Gift Box

Put on the kettle and brew up a cup of one of Simpson & Vail’s new Fairy Tale Teas! Simpson & Vail is thrilled to announce the launch of this new fairy tale tea gift box that’s perfect for young and old alike. Soon after the launching of our popular Literary Tea line, I’ve wanted to introduce teas based on Fairy Tales.  It’s taken quite a few years, but we’re thrilled with this new gift box! The fairy tale inspired blends in the box are based off five classics tales: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood, Little Snow White, and Hansel and Gretel.   “But Grandmother! What big teeth you have,” said Little Red Riding Hood her voice quivering slightly. “The better to eat you with, my […]
March 28, 2024

Teatime with Cats is Purrfect

There is a strong culture of cat lovers that exists today. If you look up the history and mythology of cats in Wikipedia you’ll find the following: “In ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped, and the goddess Bastet often depicted in cat form, sometimes taking on the war-like aspect of a lioness. The Greek historian Herodotus reported that killing a cat was forbidden, and when a household cat died, the entire family mourned and shaved their eyebrows. … In Japan, the maneki neko cat is a symbol of good fortune. In Norse mythology, Freyja, the goddess of love, beauty, and fertility, is depicted as riding a chariot drawn by cats. In Jewish legend, the first cat was living in the house of the first man Adam as a pet […]
March 28, 2024
Cupcakes made with Bubblegum Tea

Refreshing Delights: Six New Summer Tea Recipes to Beat the Heat

Strawberry Lemonade Margarita:  Ingredients (yields approx. 2 margaritas) –  2-3 Tablespoons Strawberry Lemonade Rooibos  5-8 Fresh Strawberries  1 Cup Lemonade (I used Simply Light)  1 Cup Silver Tequila  Sugar & Lemon Slice for Garnish Instructions –  Infuse Strawberry Lemonade Rooibos into any Silver Tequila (I used  Espolòn Blanco Tequila). Let sit in the fridge for 24-48 hours or until tequila turns a dark pink/red.  Strain the leaves using a fine strainer or cheese cloth. You may need to do this twice to remove all the rooibos leaves. Mash 1-2 strawberries into a cocktail shaker.  Combine Strawberry Lemonade infused tequila, mashed strawberries, lemonade and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake until blended. I highly recommend using a ‘light’ or low sugar lemonade blend to avoid an overly sweet drink. Rim the margarita […]