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

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 […]
March 27, 2024
Coffee Lover's Information

Information for Coffee Lovers

The word coffee is derived from the Arabic word “qahwah”, meaning “that which gives strength”. The coffee tree was first discovered centuries ago in Ethiopia, although it’s use has now spread to every country in the world. Coffee is the fruit, or berry, of an evergreen bush. Each bush yields about 2,000 berries a year, enough for a pound of roasted coffee. Initially coffee was prepared as a food by tribes who would crush the cherries and mix them with animal fat to give them energy. Coffee was also used in Africa as a wine made from the fermenting coffee cherries mixed with water. By 1000AD the Arabs began mixing crushed coffee with boiling water, which would soon evolve into the beverage we are most familiar with these […]
February 23, 2022
Joan & Jim Harron

The Life of Jim Harron Sr. – and the Legacy of a Four Decade Long Tea Connoisseur

As many of you know we lost our patriarch, Jim Harron Sr., on January 18th. Through the many hundreds of emails, posts, and cards that you sent us we know what an influence Jim had on your lives. He had an insatiable curiosity about people, places, art, food, and life experiences that allowed him to connect with so many different people. He was a truly wonderful and special man. In the 15 or so years I’ve been coming to S&V every interaction with Jim was such a pleasant experience. From his stories, to just his general demeanor, the occasions I got to interact with Jim are great memories. Just last month or so I brought a friend to S&V for the first time and we got to chat […]
November 4, 2021

Simpson & Vail’s Holiday Gift Guide – 2021

Simpson & Vail’s Holiday Sampler Gift Box Our Holiday tea sampler is the top pick for the 2021 Holiday Gift Guide! This sampler offers all 10 of our holiday teas in an elegant black gift box. This box features: Candy Cane Organic Rooibos, Figgy Pudding green, Gingerbread black, Holiday Blend, Nutcracker black, Roasted Chestnut Rooibos, St. Nick’s black, Sugar Plum Fairy Rooibos, White Chocolate Peppermint, & Winter Wonderland. Unit Price: $29.95 Christmas Teatime Book: Celebrating the Holiday with Afternoon Tea If you’re thinking of hosting a special tea celebration over the holidays then this colorful 134-page hardcover book will be a wonderful asset. More than 90 delectable recipes, (from scones, to savories, to sweets) along with 10 beautiful table settings, will serve as an inspiration in planning your […]
October 8, 2021

Blending our 2 new National Park Teas

A glimpse into the process of blending our National Park Tea Collection. Transforming Nature to Tea Through conducting extensive research on the different park flora, the environment and general appearance, the National Park Collection formed. This helped make the decision as to what flavors, herbs, teas, and fruits we would put into each blend. The goal was to create a blend that mentally transport’s the consumer to the park . Next, I will dive into details on our two new additions to the National Park collection – view information on the rest of the collection here. Blending The two new parks began the same as the others, with countless hours of research and visiting the locations. Anyone who has been to a national park in person knows the […]
September 10, 2021

Change up your Teas with the changing seasons

How did I know Summer was ending? I went for a cup of tea this afternoon and instinctively put on the kettle; I didn’t reach in the fridge for the iced tea. This inadvertent action made be realize that Summer is fading away and Fall is right around the corner. I took a look outside in surprise and it confirmed this notion; the trees are ever so slowly fading from vibrant green, the weather has a little cold snappiness in the early morning and evenings, and my gardens have changed from lupines, peonies and monarda to sedum, black eyed susans and goldenrod. Fall is coming people, so put on the kettle for Teas for Changing Seasons – the pumpkin, the chai, the apple teas. I went looking in […]