Duchess Earl Grey Tea: Basic Earl Grey (Sri Lankan black tea with bergamont and cornflower petals) with added lemon peel and rose petals.

Book blogger Sarah Tedford of Capturing the Book and I are joining up to pair books with teas that suit them.  We’re shooting for one a week so dust off that library card, find your favorite tea cup, and get ready for some adventures.

To start off, we’re reading a fun little whodunit mystery called Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.  This is the first of a series of mysteries that stars Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old protaganist who has an affection for chemistry and a knack for finding adventure.

The tea that accompanies us through our novel is the Duchess Earl Grey, a fitting match for our spunky English heroine. Duchess Earl Grey features traditional Earl Grey tea and adds zesty lemon peel and rosepetals.  Just like Flavia, this strong tea is bursting with energy and personality, though not without a touch of innocence.  Just like the story itself, the cup grows more exciting and bold as you reach its end.

Today’s tea was purchased as a loose leaf blend from Mon Tea in Lexington, Kentucky, but Duchess Earl Grey tea are available many places in individual sachets.  Happy reading, and cheers!