November 6, 2015

Literary Tea Line: Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens

The Literary Tea Line is here! To introduce this brand new collection of tins, we’ve written a series of blogs that will provide both a short biography for each of the authors we’ve been inspired by and an explanation for how we decided what goes into their blend. Each of these authors provided unique challenges and we did our best to make sure that our tea blends captured their individuality. The scents and flavors of these blends will transport you to the cities and countries that your favorite characters knew and loved. Curl up with your favorite book and enjoy a cup of tea inspired by the life and works of its author. This week, our blog will focus on an introductory set of authors with whom everyone’s […]
November 4, 2015

Tea Drinks for the Fall and Winter

With the Summer season fading away it’s time to rejoice in the activities we love to do in the Fall and Winter seasons.  Apple picking, pumpkin carving, lovely hikes to view the foliage, skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and so much more.  Part of the joy at this time of year is the season change in our diets.  Gone are the fresh fruits and salads of summer – bring on hearty stews and the aroma of freshly baked goodies!  Below are a few recipes to add to your cool weather tea drinking repertoire. Happy Sipping!     Creamy Earl Grey London Fog 2 tsp Creamy Earl Grey tea 8 oz water 8 oz milk (regular, coconut, almond – your choice) ½ tsp sugar (if desired) Brew tea for 3-5 minutes […]
October 22, 2015

Celebrating Halloween with S&V Tea

By Connor Lofink In October, the leaves have turned from their summer green to the bright reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn. The air is crisp and it’s finally apple season. Every morning seems to start with a rake’s rhythmic scraping or the deafening whir of a leaf blower. Warm summer mornings are still fresh in your memory as you bundle up to brave the suddenly brisk dawns of Fall. By Halloween night, many trees have dropped their leaves and their gnarled limbs reach into the sky like boney fingers, ready to pluck a flying witch from her broomstick. The wind howls through the branches, twisting the trunks until they creak and groan like a ghoul. The spooky signs of the season are everywhere as people decorate their […]
October 19, 2015

Breaking News – our new Literary Tea Line

Simpson & Vail is unveiling a new line of tea tins that we’ve been working on for months. The Literary Tea Line is a collection of blends that were created with a specific author in mind. The teas vary from a black tea blend to a flavored herbal blend and each is inspired by the authors’ works and lives. The Literary Tea Line is inspired by William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, Beatrix Potter, Lewis Carroll, and Charles Dickens. A warm mug of tea and a good book go together like, well, a warm cup of tea and a good book. Keep warm in any armchair with occasional sips of tea while letting the words of brilliant writers wash over […]
October 13, 2015

Sweet Treats with Fall Teas

Now that the heat of Summer has fled turn up your oven and enjoy these recipes using “Fall” teas.  There’s nothing like a hot cup of tea and a tasty treat to keep you cozy inside when it’s chilly outside!   Chai Pumpkin Bread Enjoy teatime with the Fall tastes of pumpkin and spices. Delicious! 1 cup canola oil 2 2/3 cup white sugar 4 eggs 15oz can pumpkin puree 2/3 cup water 2 tsp Chai Black Tea (You can also use Herbal Chai Masala blend or any of our spiced teas) 3 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ½ tsp baking powder 2 tsp. baking soda 1 ½ tsp salt 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips Preheat oven […]
October 12, 2015

Apple Pie Chai Tea Scones

  Great tastes of Fall – These Apple Pie Chai Tea Scones will surely please your guests! Ingredients: 10 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp Apple Pie Chai Herbal Tisane 2 cups all purpose flour 1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup chopped apples 4 Tbsp sugar ½ cup vanilla yogurt ½ cup milk Drizzle: ½ cup confectioner’s sugar 1 Tbsp cream (or half and half) ½ tsp cinnamon Directions: In a small saucepan melt the butter. When melted add the tea, cover, and steep 10 minutes. Strain out the tea into a measuring glass to equal ½ cup of tea infused butter. Freeze. Preheat the oven to 500°F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Blend the flours, […]
October 5, 2015

Support Nepal with these New Aarubotay Garden Teas

by Connor Lofink Support Nepal – Simpson & Vail recently imported five new teas from Nepal’s Aarubotay Gardens. This organic and ISO-certified garden is located almost 400 miles east of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, and is perched in the misty hills of Pashupati Nagar at an altitude of 6000 feet. Aarubotay, which means “Plum Tree,” is a small, family-owned garden that produces between 11,000 and 17,500 pounds of tea each year. They are the first Nepalese facility to process their teas with Japanese machinery, technology, and expertise. Their size allows them to take great care in ensuring that their high standards of quality and cleanliness are maintained. The tea plants at Aarubotay Gardens are a mix of Japanese, Chinese, and Clonal varieties that are grown in rows and pruned […]
September 28, 2015

Summer Cocktails

  Summer’s not over yet!  Here are a couple of summer cocktails recipes to help you enjoy the last days of summer!     Don’t let the name fool you, this tea/ summer cocktails can be enjoyed anytime of the year! The tea brews to a dark amber cup with a smooth, refreshing, light peach taste and subtle Earl Grey undertones. Infused Vodka: Put 1 Tbsp of Summertime Earl Grey Tea in an 8oz jar and cover with vodka. Set aside for 5 days to infuse then strain out the tea. Cocktail: 1oz Summertime Earl Grey Vodka 5oz Tonic Orange twist or wedge Fill a glass with ice then add the vodka and tonic.  Garnish with an orange twist or wedge.  The orange flavor really complements the bergamot! […]
September 21, 2015

Tea Blending: Creating Our Valentine’s Day Blend

by Connor Lofink Simpson & Vail offers over 300 varieties of teas and tisanes and many of those are blends. Each tea blend had to be invented by someone and most of our flavored ones come from the wonderfully creative mind of Cyndi Harron. Ideas for new blends can come from anywhere. She might be struck with sudden inspiration or she might have to build an idea from scratch. The latter was the case with our new Valentine’s Day blend. This holiday is usually associated with creamy, decadent chocolate and rich, red fruits so when a customer emailed looking for a fruity chocolate tea, Cyndi went to work creating one. “When I first made the Valentine’s Day blend I was torn between rose and fruit,” Cyndi told me. […]
August 10, 2015

Keep Your Pot Hot with a Tea Cozy

by Connor Lofink It’s late in the afternoon and you have a few friends over to enjoy a hot cup of tea and some juicy gossip. Everyone sits around the small table in your drawing room and you pour each guest a piping hot cup of the aromatic drink. In between sentences, you each savor small sips of your beverages, enjoying every aspect: the flavor, the warmth, the gently wafting steam filled with tempting aromas. Every so often someone reaches out to grab one of the small sandwiches or delicate cakes that sit on the table. The conversation drifts from Mr. Havisham’s new haircut to Mrs. Gentry’s new job to the exciting news about Mrs. Cutter’s eldest who has recently gotten engaged. Everyone is having a good time […]