Monday, November 29, 2010
Sipping Tea -- Georgian Style
Is there no Latin word for Tea? Upon my soul, if I had known that I would have let the vulgar stuff alone.
No Latin for tea because tea didn't travel the silk roads all the way to the west. In Roman times, tea was an entirely Chinese secret. Tea only made it to Europe about 1600, the Dutch and the Portuguese carrying it home along with the other spoils of oriental trade.
It was the Age of Enlightenment.
The Age of Exploration.
The Age of Discovery.
Europeans needed more than ale to fortify them for these earthshaking events. They took to tea, coffee and chocolate like ducks to watercress.
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