With the wealth of valuable knowledge weve accumulated over the years, we feel that some previous posts are worth sharing again. Thus, Fridays are Blast From the Past – where we choose a T Ching post from this month but a previous year that we feel is worth another read and breathe new life into it. Weve also included a link to another related article that might be of similar interest. Enjoy!
Originally Posted: November 2013
The term teetotaler (also spelled tea totaler) came into vogue in the 1830s in England when members of the Preston Temperance Society initiated a pledge to abstain from all intoxicating beverages, except as medicine. The increase in the drinking of alcohol in England was partly due to the growth of London and concerns about all manner of health problems, including the quality of the drinking water, which prompted Parliament in 1830 to deregulate the beer and cider trades. What followed was a proliferation of alehouses that were set up without the consent of magistrates. The reactionary formation of temperance societies followed shortly thereafter.
There is some debate over who first used the term teetotal, if it was an invented word or a stutter, or whether its intent was just used to signify the marking of a T in the recording of a temperance pledge. Richard Turner, the person who is frequently credited with first using teetotal, was so proud of his linguistic place in history that he had it engraved on his tombstone, Beneath this stone are deposited the remains of Richard Turner author of the word teetotal as applied to abstinence from all intoxicating liquors, who departed this life on the 27th of October, 1846, age 56 years. It should be noted that at the time, the national average life expectancy in England was 41 and in London the cause of death for about a third of the population was from tuberculosis. It would seem the teetotaling Mr. Turner did quite well to make it to 56 years.
Often the impression of todays tea lovers is that they are also teetotalers due to religious, health or social reasons and that they do not typically consume alcoholic beverages. (Theyve obviously never observed tea lovers attending a Tea Expo in Las Vegas!) In fact, the same educated tasting palate that enjoys and discerns the differences in a variety of teas will also be useful in enjoying the flavor differences in tasting wines, microbrew beers and spirits.
One way to create a bridge between tea lovers and alcoholic beverages is to incorporate teas into tasting events or dinner parties where tea is an important ingredient in wines or cocktails. Infusing green tea in Sake adds the prefect grassy note, jasmine tea to white wines makes an everyday bottle of wine exceptional, and the use of tea infusions in cocktails is only limited by ones creativity and blending skills.
One of our holiday favorites that is very simple to make is a Chai White Russian:
*For individual drinks a smaller quantity of vodka can be infused with the tea rather than an entire bottle.
And for true teetotalers, many of the same methods of infusing alcoholic beverages can be used for nonalcoholic drinks as well. Happy Holidays!
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I never post reviews to T Ching, but of course that’s a lot of what I write about in my blog (Tea in the Ancient World). I’m converting a review of a black tea and sheng from old-plant sources in Laos (from this vendor) into a short version for a … Continue reading
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Established in 2005, International Tea Day brings awareness to the tea workers’ contributions to the tea world and their working conditions. It has been observed annually on December 15. However, starting in 2020 it will take place on May 21. But, how exactly should one recognize it? Well, if you’re a business owner I would steer away from using this day as just another marketing opportunity. As someone in the marketing industry, I wanted to offer some other options that businesses, tea related or not, can take into consideration if they would like to honour International Tea Day.