It was a long and storied crossing that brought the princess. Catherine of Braganza, to her new home in England. When she arrived, the first thing she asked for was a cup a tea. None was available. The English offered her a glass of ale in its place. It didn’t do the trick, and she was ill for a few days.
Catherine’s adjustment to a less formal court was hard, though she did adopt their fashions. Over time she became more comfortable and accepted, and as the king’s consort she became a trendsetter. Her preference for her Portuguese cuisine and especially for tea, began to catch favor with the louder, livelier English court. Soon the aristocrats and the wealthier classes had made tea the latest fad. In 1663, poet and politician, Edmund Waller, wrote a poem about the queen and the gift of her tea to celebrate her birthday.
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I was very excited to receive teas to review from the UK-based company Teasup. They sent me three black teas to review: A Malawian First Flush and Malawian Smoked Guava from the Satemwa Tea Estate, and a Ceylon High-Grown Seasonal from the Aislaby Tea Estate. When my treasures arrived by … Continue reading
We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes “Huangshan Mao Feng and Guapian” and “Maojian and Yunwu”. We have added a link to the end of each one to take you to the next if you would like to read … Continue reading
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