November 20, 2015

Literary Tea Line: Bronte Sisters, Potter, Carroll

This is the final blog of our Literary Tea Line introduction series. We only have three authors left and, as you can see in the title, they are some big names. This week, we’ll go through the life of the Bronte sisters, Beatrix Potter, and Lewis Carroll and explain why we chose the blends we did for each of them. First off, we have the the Bronte sisters. We decided to make one tea blend for all three so we didn’t have to choose between them. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne lived and wrote in Yorkshire, England. Born in 1816, 1818 and 1820, respectively, the sisters lived very short lives, with Charlotte living the longest at 38. During their tragically truncated lifetimes, each sister produced novels that would become […]
November 18, 2015

Festive Recipes using our Holiday Teas

Delight your family and friends this Holiday season with these delectable Festive Recipes Holiday Tea Treats made with our Holiday Teas.  These teas are delicious brewed as hot teas, but the recipes below take the experience one step further.  Do you have a favorite recipe using our teas? Please share with us we’d love to try it!   Candy Cane Rooibos Our Candy Cane organic rooibos blend is delicious hot or cold (yes any time of year!).  Caffeine free and sugar free, this tisane brings joy to your taste buds! Try this cookie recipe for your next holiday party.  Easy to make and delightfully festive, they are certain to be a sensation!   Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies Chocolate and mint … a perfect combination especially during the holiday season! […]
November 14, 2015

Literary Tea Line: Dostoyevsky, Joyce, Dickinson, Whitman

To continue our series of Literary Tea introduction blogs, we move on to some authors who are less well-known. You may have heard their names before or be familiar with their work, but these four don’t command the same immediate recognition that Shakespeare, Austen, and Dickens enjoy. Some of the greatest works of literature require a knowledge of multiple languages or a great translator to be enjoyed by English readers. Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote many such novels. He was born in Moscow in 1821 and spent the first sixteen years of his life among the orphans, criminals, and asylum patients with whom his father worked. The 1846 publication of his novel Poor Folk gave the young Dostoyevsky his first taste of literary fame, but it is Crime & Punishment […]
November 11, 2015

Cocktails for the Fall & Winter

Tis the season of shorter days and chillier nights.  It’s a great time to kick back and relax after a long Summer of go-go-go.  When you’re curled up at night with a good book in front of the fire here are some tea inspired cocktails that will warm you from the inside.  Enjoy! Pumpkin Spice Tea Cocktail 4 oz water 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice black tea 1.5 oz vodka .25 oz lemon juice 1 tsp simple syrup (I used an Herbal Chai syrup that I had on hand – see recipe below) Boil water and pour over Pumpkin tea.  Steep for 5 minutes, then strain and cool. Place vodka, lemon juice, brewed tea and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill, then pour into a […]
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, […]