25 February 2010

Thursday Tea: An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor

This week I'm listening to An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor. This is the third novel in Taylor's Irish Country series (I read the first two before I started blogging, so no reviews here).

It's been one year since Barry Laverty received his diploma from Queen's University in Belfast. Instead of staying in the city and becoming a high-powered specialist, he has joined the household and practice of one Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, where he is learning that being a country GP takes more skills than just doctoring.

In 1964, the village of Ballybucklebo is still very traditionally country but close enough to Belfast to take advantage of the latest trends. The older folks are charmingly old-fashioned but not totally removed from modern life. If you want to travel to a simpler time in an Ireland beyond the familiar conflicts, stop by and visit the quirky patients of the doctors at 1 Main Street.

The Tea. I'm drinking Stash Tea's White Christmas, which is one of my favorite teas. The company describes it as a "unique blend of white tea, cool peppermint, and a hint of ginger." It is a perfect tea for a winter's night, with just the right amount of spice and sweet.

The Assessment. Barry and his girlfriend might try a white tea, if they could find one in Belfast in the 1960s. But Mrs. Kincaid, the housekeeper, would likely poo-poo such a fancy concoction in favor of something more familiar, such as a good Irish breakfast tea. On the other hand, could it be a better match? White Christmas tea for a book that takes place during the Christmas season.

Now it's your turn: What are you reading or listening to this week? What's in your mug or glass?

Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.

Source: Review copy (see review policy).
FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.


Molly 3/13/10, 7:40 AM  

I haven't read the series, but I did try the tea this past holiday season. I am not much of a peppermint fan, and I had never tried white tea before, but I LOVED this blend. I plan to order more next fall.

Juile 3/13/10, 7:40 AM  

I agree with Molly. I never think I like peppermint tea, but this is one of my favorites!

Whitney,  3/13/10, 7:41 AM  

I love the name of that tea! It makes me think of Grace Kelly. I've never been much for holiday flavored blends {ba humbug} but this one sounds intriguing.

Dorte H 3/13/10, 7:41 AM  

Ballybucklebo, an Irish village in 1964 + that cover? My, that is what I call a temptation!

I am in the English village of Scardale myself which is ever so cozy, but I fear that the plot is not very Christmassy.

Bermudaonion 3/13/10, 7:42 AM  

The tea and the book sound like a perfect match even if Mrs. Kincaid would poo-poo it!

Belle 3/13/10, 7:46 AM  

I love white tea - I need to try this blend, it sounds delicious. An Irish Country Christmas sounds good too.

Veens 3/13/10, 7:47 AM  

oh my! I so so so want that tea :) :)

it sounds yummy and the book - i m sure will go well with it too!

Book Psmith,  3/13/10, 7:48 AM  

What a perfect pair! The tea sounds lovely as does this series which I hope to get to soon:)

Books in the City 3/13/10, 7:48 AM  

I love this series and just got the newest one - Irish Country Girl which tells the story of Mrs.Kincaid as a young woman.

That tea sounds wonderful - I like peppermint tea and the addition of ginger is a bonus!

Jennygirl 3/13/10, 7:49 AM  

This sounds like a perfect little read! Also reminds me of book I just finished. Thanks for the review and recommendation.

Carrie K 3/13/10, 8:25 AM  

I am reading An Irish Country Girl right now - and loving it!

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