1.When did people first begin to drink tea?
in the VI century BC, in China. Firstly, it was used only as a medicine. It took the Chinese about three centuries to make tea their national drink.
in VI century BC, in India. When Prince Badhidharma found it in mountains.
in VI century BC, in Japan. The legend told that Prince Daruma meditated and cut his eyelids, in that place tea grew.
2.Which region is considered to be the motherland of tea?
South-West of China
Province Assam, India
•When did tea come to Britain? How did it happen?
Thomas Garaway who owned a small coffeehouse not far from London was the first one who bought some kilos of tea from Portuguese sellers. He advertised it as a drink that was able to cure any disease
Lord McCartney exported tea seeds to the London Botanic Garden and was tempted by his mistress to try it as drink.
Merchants used tea as token money. Some years later they made a present for Queen Victoria bringing two pounds of tea. She liked it so much that widespread this drink among all Englishmen.
•What is the peculiarity of drinking tea in England?
tea is drunk from earthenware. There is only one sort of tea. Tablecloth is often dark.
All cups should be from one service. 8 or 10 sorts of tea should be presented. Tablecloth is preferable to be white or blue
Tea is presented in samovar and it’s drunk from wooden drinking-cup.
•What does “Russian tea” mean?
tea with herbs
tea with lemon
tea with gingerbread
•What does the word “teatester” mean?
a person who defines a sort and quality of the tea
a cup of tea that is given to person to define if tea is good or not
a tea bag that is given to a key customer as a bonus
•When and where was iced tea created?
in the USA
•What is the background of 5 o’clock tea tradition?
In 1840 Duchess Bedford was bored and asked her maid to bring tea service. Next day she invited her friends to spend time with a cup of tea. It was repeated so many times that became a tradition.
Queen Victoria was bored between dinner and supper, invited her friends to have a cup of tea. And that’s why it became a tradition/
This event was mentioned in Luis Carol’s book about Alisa. The English liked this episode and as a result it became a tradition.
•Who invented tea in bags?
Thomas Sallivan decided to sell tea in small silk bags coz he thought that it would be more profitable. His customers found out that it was possible to brew it just in bags. Later silk was changed to gauze.
Chinese Wise Men invented those bags to save tea flavor.
Once a ship of unknown sailor was flooded. in the hold there were bags full of tea. Although all bags were wet people bought bags and the sailor invented the production of tea bags.
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