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Colonial Tea Collection
This collection features five different varies of loose tea commonly drank in colonial America, including…
* Bohea Tea: This light, winey black tea was the most imported tea in colonial America.
* Cocoa Shell Tea: A favorite of Martha Washington, this tea is made from roasted cocoa shells and has a lightly bitter, chocolate taste.
* Young Hyson Tea: A highly prized colonial tea, this green tea is full-bodied and contains notes of plum.
* Peppermint Tea: This caffeine-free blend was common in colonial America and remains popular today.
* Gunpowder Tea: This lemony green tea comes in tightly rolled balls resembling gunpowder.
In colonial America, the new availability of stimulating beverages like tea provided a welcome alternative to alcohol, and helped coffeehouses become gathering places for community discussion and debate. Tea was also popularly drank at home. In the collections of the Newport Historical Society is the epitome of eighteenth century fashionable tea consumption - a rococo teapot made by Paul Revere.