The First Tea in Scotland

Mary of Modena, Duchess of York Tea was first served in the royal palaces of both Scotland and England by queens who grew up on The Continent where tea was already a fashionable beverage. The Duchess of York, Italian born Mary of Modena, picked up her tea habit while living in the Netherlands. She poured…

Lipton Tea and British Social Classes

Thomas Lipton was always the master of marketing, especially when it came to touting the fact that he indeed owned the Ceylon gardens wherein his teas were grown. "Direct from the Grower" was one of his favorite slogans. Why then pay the extortionate prices that are being charged by the Trade when you can buy…

Thomas Lipton’s Roots in America

Sir Thomas LiptonHow did Britain's greatest tea mogul come to work on a rice plantation in South Carolina?The front page of the October 25, 1899,¬†Georgetown (SC) Semi-Weekly Times reported a rumor from Washington, DC that famed grocer and tea entrepreneur Sir Thomas J. Lipton was determined to invest $500,000 in tea culture in South Carolina…