Throughout classic literature,tea plays a prominent role. Authors often set up character development and their conversations around taking tea. Men and women, hobbits and fauns drink tea in the books we love including Austen’s and Dickens’ England, Montgomery’s Prince Edward Island and Lewis’ Narnia. Asian literature, while not as familar to me, must reference tea often as well.
When my tea journey began, I came across these references numerous times as my awareness grew. I remember beginning to understand that the tea Mr. Darcy drank and Mr. Tumnus served was not the tea I bought in American grocery stores. This was
not the tea as well that spurred the inventing of the Clipper Ships or triggered the Opium War. If tea satisfied aristocracy, served as the pinnacle of hospitality and even invited corruption, I needed to give this drink a try!
Until I discovered loose leaf tea, proper brewing techniques and the art and science of taking tea, I remained ignorant to tea’s beauty and role in history. Many believe grocery store bagged tea provides their only option. Its no wonder many
coffee drinkers wonder how they will ever give up their satisfying cup for the health and lower caffeine of green tea, despite all the health practictioners’ recommendations. Yes, tasteless or even worse bitter and overbrewed green tea is a
hard sell. But, oh, a properly brewed cup of Watson’s Nutty Green can easily become a daily favorite.
Have you experienced tea in all its richness, beauty and flavor? Are you drinking the tea of the classics?