If and when you read A Discovery of Witches, you’ll learn that the protagonist Diana is either constantly brewing a pot of tea, drinking tea, washing tea cups or thinking of when she can next get her hands on a piping hot cuppa’. That’s not to say that a lot of other things don’t happen in this wonderful book, because indeed they do, but it was certainly an endearing aspect to Diana, a fledgling witch in denial of her supernatural powers, one that I could definitely relate to. Perhaps it’s a form of procrastination, or simply a way to further saveur what you’re doing, whether it’s reading, or writing, or maybe it can help you extend the adventure at hand, but drinking tea can undoubtedly enhance that experience.
While reading A Discovery of Witches I kept coming back to a classic black tea: Earl Grey. I felt the hint of bergamot, a fragrant fruit the size of an orange but the color of a lemon went perfectly with Diana’s story, a woman who tries desperately to be a mundane human when in fact she is quite unique. I could envision why Diana found comfort in tea, as I found myself brewing cups constantly to accompany me through the many plot twists and turns in the book.
Earl Grey tea is subtle, yet surprising in its complex balance of flavors. Bergamot fruit grows in the South of France, where Diana spends part of her time in the novel. Rich and amber colored, drinking earl grey makes me feel like traveling to Oxford, or Bordeaux, or at the very least, venturing there on the page.
Tea Tasting Notes: tangy, citrus, ceylon, floral, black tea, zest, honey, richness, bright