The Night of the Iguana is often considered to be the last major artistic, critical, and box office success for Tennessee Williams,
the distinguished American playwright - and noted tea lover. The play features a captive iguana that is tied up to the edge of a
veranda while a cast of characters discuss their sometimes tormented sexual relationships - and we all know how complicated
those can be! For his own part, Tennessee Williams was something of a tormented soul. At an early age he suffered a nervous
breakdown and throughout his life lived in fear that he would go insane. Williams' subsequent outlook on life was that it was
woefully impermanent. He is quoted as saying, "Whether or not we admit it to ourselves, we are all haunted by a truly awful
sense of impermanence." It is perhaps because of this outlook that the playwright took such comfort in a hot cup of tea - its
impermanent nature is what makes it so wonderful - after all, once brewed and enjoyed, the leaves are discarded.
OK, back to the play. Our Master Taster, an avid Tennessee Williams fan decided to honor the complex themes of The Night of
the Iguana, by creating an equally complex chai. He used as its base a lush and full-bodied black Assam in order to impart the
chai a wonderful depth. Next, white chocolate, caramel, and a heady blend of spices from the Malabar Coast of India were
added to the mix - sharp ginger, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. Finally, calendula petals and elder
blossoms were added to give the blend some color - representing Williams' colorful existence.
The result, we're sure you'll agree, is one of our most intoxicating chaise. It is at once rich and astringent, with pleasant
overtures of spice. It is tragic that Tennessee himself never had an opportunity to sample a steaming hot cup-full. Instead, we
ask that you brew a pot and hoist a cup in his honor. Although traditional chai preparation methods require that the tea be
brewed in heavy milk in order to bring out its spiciness, adding scalded milk to Night of the Iguana will have a similar effect.
Here's to ol' Tennessee.
Michael (Submitted on 7th Oct 2015)
Night of the Iguana Chocolate Chai this tea is an awesome blend. It's a very great tasting tea.
Unknown (Submitted on 15th Dec 2014)
This tea is good if you brew it strong and add milk and sweeteners.
Unknown (Submitted on 18th Sep 2014)
I like this one but I would have like the spice flavors to be a little bit stronger. Also a little hint don't brew with boiling water, let the water cool for a few minutes before brewing.