"There she lies by night and day, A magic web with colours gray."
How have I never thought about this before?
Alright, let’s see here…
A general, ‘umbrella’ tea for Dunmer would likely start with black Formosa tea base. Specifically, “Ruby Tea” (from Taiwan, I believe?). From what I remember, it’s a very smooth cup that already has a semi-spice to it and also a touch of malt, so it would be perfect to layer in cinnamon and star anise without overpowering the base tea itself.
House Hlaalu would definitely be a green tea. Darjeeling and CTC so that it would produce something a little on the stronger side with a heavy vegetal taste. Ginger and lemon peel would suite it rather well, I think.
House Redoran would also be a green tea, but a lighter one such as Japanese Bancha or high-grade Sencha. I don’t think any other flavors would fit, but perhaps marigold for decoration.
House Indoril…Se Chung Oolong with the addition of a small amount of blackberry. It already has a faintly fruit-like note to it, so I am fairly certain the blackberry would compliment it.
House Dres would just be straight Pu-erh. I cannot think of anything more fitting for them.
House Dagoth - A green and black mix of China teas with just a touch of Rooibos added in.
House Telvanni demands Rukeri Estate Rwandan black tea - Strong, rich, with hints of malt and cedar. Double those flavors with Lapsang Souchong and add in orange, clove, and a hint of ginger.
Holy fuck, of course your answer was all the more perfect than even I expected!
I said god damn…Wonderfully thought out and, to the knowledge/opinion of an admittedly lesser order of tea-fiend such as myself (a tea imp?), rather well realised and appropriately put together.
The umbrella and Hlaalu teas in particular. The muscattiness in Darjeeling always feels subtly indulgent to me, and that sounds House Hlaalu brilliantly.
If you were ever to blend any of these teas, I would buy the shit out of them…if that’s alright to say?
I don’t know if I’d ever be able to list them for sale (at least not specifically as Dunmer-Themed products), but I will make sure to let you know if they should turn out palatable. If nothing else, I can at least send you the recipes for them.
Contemplating purchasing a bunch of sample teas just so I can attempt to blend the Dunmer Teas. They may never end up in the shop, but I have an extreme need to try them.
At the very least the Telvanni, Hlaalu, and ‘Umbrella’ teas need to be explored.