Five different types of tea would have been available to Regency England: white, yellow, green, oolong, and black.
The most common and popular teas were green and black, much as these two types of tea are the most popular today. In the Regency era, tea was served hot, with sugar and milk.
In my Regency Inspirational romance, Seeking Patience, Lady Patience Blakwell would have enjoyed tea during the day and evening.
Thomas Twining changed his coffee house into a tea shop in 1717. Then, Richard Twining, who was chairman of the tea dealers’ guild in 1784, persuaded the government to reduce the tea import tax. Once tea was more affordable, the middle classes were able to enjoy this cheap beverage.
Did you know? Tipping began as a response to ensuring proper service in the Tea Gardens of England. Small, locked wooden boxes were place throughout the Garden on tables. On each box was inscribed T.I.P.S., which meant “To Insure Prompt Service.” If a guest wanted to be certain that his tea arrived hot, he placed a coin into the box for the waiter. And thus, the custom of tipping servers was born.
Did you know? “Drinking tea” is a proper phrase. “Taking tea” is vulgar.
I love hot, green tea with no sugar and cream, just black, thank you.
How do you drink your tea?
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