Britain and tea. It’s difficult to picture a time when these two weren’t linked, but that was very much the case until about 350 years ago. The change came when a Portuguese princess brought her tea addiction to England through her marriage to Charles II. Soon after, this ancient Chinese beverage captivated the entire British society, cutting across all classes, and spreading even further.

Join John and Patrick as they explore the origins of tea, its rise as a valuable trade commodity, and how it became a cultural phenomenon in Britain and the American colonies.

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