Grab a Cup, of Literary Tea, at Canio’s


If literary luminaries were cups of tea, William Shakespeare would be an amber cup of a sweet, floral black blend — a tip of the hat to gardens, herbs and flowers that frequently appear in the Bard’s plays.

Walt Whitman would be a green tea, Emily Dickinson a Jasmine blend, and Edgar Allan Poe a smoky lapsang souchong blend, with a dramatic reddish coloring.

“They are such high-quality teas,” said Maryann Calendrille, co-owner of Canio’s in Sag Harbor, which carries a selection of Simpson & Vail’s “Literary Teas.” “At first I thought, ‘Oh, this might just be something fun,’ but I sampled several of them and they were fantastic and delicious, and it was something I could really easily recommend. They make great gifts and, of course, they make a great pairing with a book. You have Jane Austen and you can bring a copy of ‘Emma,’ if you prefer. It was a perfect match for our shop.”

A four-ounce tin costs $10, and additional authors include James Joyce, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jane Austen, Beatrix Potter and Charles Dickens. For more information, please call (631) 725-4926.