Tea Information


There's more to tea than you might think
As the second-most popular beverage in the world (behind water) tea has quite a following and quite a reputation. It's steeped in history, valuable information and some little known facts as well. So, when you're sipping your next glass of iced tea (more than 37 billion glasses are consumed every year in the U.S.) or having a spot of green tea (20% of all tea produced), follow the leaf and ponder this interesting information.

Once upon a time, there was water. And sunshine. And leaves from a bush called Camellia sinesis. Legend has it that in 2737 B.C., the Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung (also called "The Divine Healer") put the three together and created a new elixir known as tea. Shen-Nung, the wise man that he was, saw the potential in boiled water and tea leaves, and his wisdom spread from China to Japan and other Far Eastern lands.

But it actually took until the 1640's for tea to make it to Europe and to 1670 to sail to the Americas. And then that is when tea really took off. The world's passion for tea is legendary, and as it became less a drink for the rich and more a drink for the masses, the commerce of tea became big business. Tea kettles also grew in numbers.

In the 1800's, clipper ships made transporting tea faster and more economical. In 1904, the St. Louis Exhibition showcased a new phenomenon, iced tea. And a few years later, tea bags made their first appearance. Today, tea is the world's second most popular drink (after water). It's easy to make, affordable and one of the fastest growing beverages (6.5% over 5 years). So enjoy your tea. Everyone else in the world definitely is.

Of course, the Boston Tea Party of 1773 is tremendously famous for protesting King George's imposed tea tax. But there were plenty of tea parties in those days, including one at Greenwich, N.J., Charleston, Philadelphia, New York, Annapolis and Edenton, N.C., where the women of the town refused to serve tea mastly in kettles, like a Russell Hobbs Tea Kettle.

WHAT, eat a cup of tea? Way back iIn the early Colonies, like Salem, the leaves were boiled at length like in a tea kettle, creating a bitter concoction. Then the leaves were salted and eaten with butter. Thomas Sullivan, of New York, was looking for a cheaper way to distribute tea when he came up with the idea of packaging leaves in little silk bags. And the famous tea bag was born.

Blending tea gives it different subtle tones and flavors. In fact, in some tea bags, there may be as many as 60 different types of teas. Russell Hobbs Tea Kettles are very easy to use.

Styles of tasting tea. It's not rude, it's just a normal day at the office. To taste tea, experts must slurp it to the back of their throats to "atomize it," allowing them to taste and smell the tea simultaneously. Tea experts have such a finely tuned palate, that they can determine the manufacturing method, quality and value of the tea (sometimes even the estate where it was grown) with one good taste. Many companies have its own tea estates around the world.

There's more to tea than meets the leaf. Today's latest research suggests that tea has properties that may positively impact health.


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