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Tea history

Tea history blog blog posts e.g. London’s tea sites, 18th Century Tea Chests, Silver teaware, Earl Grey Tea and the Man, Tea Clippers, Darjeeling Tea History, Russian Caravan.

Silver Teaware

Silver teaware: the ultimate luxury from which to serve good tea. From its earliest days when tea was introduced to Britain (in 1644) and Europe when tea was a hugely expensive luxury, locked away in tea chests, the beverage has been served in silver teaware appropriate for the expense of the tea and the wealth […]

Significant historic tea locations in London

Tea locations in London

Below we list a number of tea locations scattered around the City of London, some dating back centuries. They are significant in terms or tea sourcing, trading and consumption as well as the expansion of tea growing nations in colonial times. The George Inn, 57 Borough High Street, a traditional galleried coachong inn dating back […]

Tea Chests

18th Century Tea Chests: for a valuable new commodity Tea first exported from China to England in was extremely expensive and was stored in ceramic Chinese caddies, frequently blue and white. Soon tea chests were made in which to keep these tea caddies under lock and key and to be placed in the drawing room. […]

Earl Grey Tea and the Man

Grey's Monument in Newcastle

Discover more about Earl Grey tea and the man himself Earl Grey tea is the most famous blend but who was the man and how did the tea come about? Earl Grey was not, surprisingly for some, in the tea business. He was born at the family seat of Falloden in Northumberland. Becoming MP for Northumberland […]

Tea Clippers

Tea Clippers: Not beaten for speed until air-freight. In the 1850’s there was huge competition to build ever leaner and faster tea clippers to bring the harvest from China to Europe and north America. This was epitomised by the Champion of the Seas which in 1854 sailed 465 miles in one day – a feat […]

Darjeeling Tea History

Darjeeling Second Flush teas

Darjeeling Tea History: from 1859 The name Darjeeling (Dorje ling) is derived from the Tibetan name, \’Land of the Thunderbolt\’ due to its close proximity to the peaks of Kachenjunga. From around Darjeeling comes one of the most famous teas in the world, celebrated for its muscatel character which makes it highly sought-after as an afternoon […]

Russian Caravan: the origins of a great tea blend

Russian Caravan: a long-established and popular, aromatic blended tea Nizhny Novgorod, today a UNESCO heritage site Russian Caravan tea is traditionally prepared in a samovar and it became a national drink for all sections of Russian society. There was considerable demand for this tea which was imported by land from China. It was frequently served […]