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Timeline of Tea

Although the great British cup of tea was not introduced in Britain until 1669, it’s history dates back to 2,737 BC, over 4,750 years ago!

I will be doing an ongoing series of blog’s on tea, the different kinds, health benefits, history, tea regions, how to brew and so. This first blog shows the timeline of tea from it’s discovery until the beginning of the 20th Century and will be edited and added to as a result of ongoing research.

2737 BC
Tea was accidentally discovered by Emperor Shennong in ancient China

Late 6th Century AD
Tea is introduced to Japan

780 AD
Tea is taxed and the first Book of Tea is written by Lu Yo of China

1368-1644 AD
Green, black and Oolong teas first appeared in the Ming Dynasty

Early 1600’s
Tea first arrives in the West

Mid 1600’s
Tea arrives in the New World
(New Amsterdam, a Dutch settlement at the southern tip of Manhattan Island that became New York city)

1669
East India Company brings first tea shipment to England

1773
The Boston Tea Party took place
(This was a political protest against the Tea Act of May 10, 1773 in which demonstrators destroyed an entire shipment of tea sent by the East India Company)

1810
First planting of Taiwan Tea

1823
The birth of Indian Tea
(The Assam tea plant was found growing wild on the side of the Brahamaputra in North East India)

1834
The Tea Committee was formed by Lord William Bentinck
(This was a new charter focusing on the administration of tea production in India)

1838
The first consignment of twelve boxes of Assam Tea were exported to England

1839
The first consignment of eight chests of Assam Tea was auctioned in Calcutta

1856
Tea cultivation was expanded to south-west India in the state of Kerala and the district of ilgiris in the state of Tamil Nadu

1869
Formosa Oolong tea is first exported

1881
The Indian Tea Association (ITA) is launched to promote the interests of the Indian tea industry

1888
Imports of Indian tea into Britain exceeded that of China and continues to the present day

1893
United Planters Association of Southern India (UPASI) was formed
(UPASI is an apex body of planters of tea, coffee, rubber, pepper and Cardamon in the Southern States of India, namely Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka)

1897
The US Tea Act is passed to ensure quality standards of all tea imported into the States

1908
The Tea bag was invented in the United States

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