[Sca-cooks] Queens Tea

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Mon Jan 28 12:31:01 PST 2013

Let me say that this is the knowledge of tea, not necessarily the drinking 
of tea.  The first commercial shipment of tea of which I have knowledge 
arrived in the Netherlands in 1610.  Tea in general use in Europe is 
somewhat later.


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Tea shows up right on the boundary line.
According to OED-
the plant
[1598   W. Phillip tr. J. H. van Linschoten [Disc. Voy. E. & W. Indies  i. 
xxvi. 46/1]   The aforesaid warme water is made with the powder of a 
certaine hearbe called Chaa.]
the drink
[1601   R. Johnson tr. G. Botero [Travellers Breviat  (1603) 216]   Water 
mixt with a certaine precious powder which they [the Japanese] use, they 
account a daintie beverage: they call it Chia.

Tea as "A meal or social entertainment at which tea is served" is mid 18th 


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