(Photograph taken by me on 2/20/2018)
Good morning my friends, and welcome to my first tea and book review!
I prepared a cup of this beautifully aromatic tea first thing on Tuesday, the 20th of February-which was a rather gloomy, cold, and rainy winter morning. What better time than to warm oneself than with a cup of tea.
The tea that I chose to pair up perfectly with this book is Harney & Sons Murder on the Orient Express Tea
Steeping: 5 minutes at 208°F (98°C)
Aroma: light smokiness with a faint, yet creamy, citrus tone
Flavor: bold with a balance of floral and citrus
Liquor: dark amber color
I chose to steep this tea at the recommended time ( normally I prepare my black teas/blends at most 4 minutes) to see what the flavor might be like, since I am not opposed to trying new ways of brewing, let alone new teas. I also decided on an average high temperature since this tea is predominantly a black tea blend, and I feel that for me, this temperature is hot enough to get the full flavor of the tea to blossom. This blend of black teas, Oolong, jasmine and bergamot has been quiet a delightful ride. The strength of the black tea is what my taste buds pick up on first, followed by a smooth, creamy finish of a well balanced floral and citrus tone that leaves such a calming effect. Between the delightful and calming moodiness of the weather, this tea really warmed me up to the setting for the story.
Since this story is taking place during the winter time, I found it very easy for me to relate and feel what was going on, as well as have a more clear visual of the setting that the story is taking place in. I find it’s easier for myself to be more immersed into a book when I’m reading it within the season the story is taking place. I soon found myself more distracted by the main character, Monsieur Hercule Poirot, a rather quirky and intuitive Belgian detective. From beginning to end, I enjoyed sitting back and getting to know how this character thinks and investigates the crime that takes place on his journey back to England (Christie, 15); Poirot has before him the Millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett who ends up dead in his own compartment of the train; stabbed at least a dozen times with his door locked from the inside. (Christie, Back Cover description.) Some of the main points that I personally loved about this book was not only Christie’s attention to detail, but how well organized and fluid the story progressed. The book is segmented into three parts. This first part goes over the facts as they appear. The second part’s focus is the collection of evidence of all the passengers on the train. The third and final part is where Poirot takes all the evidence collected and comes to a conclusion of whom the murder could be. Without giving too much away, I will try to be vague, only because, I don’t want to spoil this book for those who have yet to read it. I can honestly say, that even when I set the book down to take a break, I could pick it up with everything still fresh in my mind, and still be so immersed with the plot as it thickened. As this is my first Agatha Christie book, as well as my first introduction into Poirot, I can without a doubt say, overall, I’m hooked, and can’t wait to read more of her work, especially with Poirot. I love how dramatic his monologue could be, especially when asked where he “belonged” as a detective, “I belong to the world, Madame” was his response. (Christie, 124.) As for whom committed the murder, well, you’ll just have to find out for yourself, with the friendly help of Hercule Poirot.
In regards to Agatha Christie, to my new found Queen of Mystery, I tip my cup of tea to and rejoice in your artistry of literature.
Thank you for stopping by to read my first tea and book review. Your time and care are much appreciated. May your tea always be warm, and your books wholesome.
Until next time, Sincerely,
If you would like to know more about Agatha Christie, a great place to start is the hyperlink I’ve made with her name.
If you are interested in the tea, there’s a hyperlink in the name at the top of the page, and I will place one here as well: Harney & Sons Murder on the Orient Express Tea
To purchase the book, here’s a link to Amazon.
For those whom love books as much as I do, support your local independent book sellers as well as your local libraries!
Christie, Agatha. Murder on the Orient Express. 2011. HarperCollins Publishers. 1934.