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  • Colonial Bohea Tea - Loose Leaf

    6 reviews

    Description:  Bohea tea, (pronounced “Boo-hee” - Ukers 510), was by far the largest tea import during colonial times. Sometimes called Bohea Souchong or Lapsang Bohea, the blend originated in China with trade to the British and Dutch East India Companies. It was so popular that the word bohea became the slang term for tea. The blend varied wildly, consisting of broken orange pekoe, pekoe, and souchong dumped in a pile and then sifted, typically the scrap tea of lower quality leaves, but was considered high quality by the colonists. 

    Notes:  Smoky, winey, warm.  Lighter smoky flavor than lapsang souchong.

    History:  In the Boston Tea Party, 242 chests of Bohea were destroyed.  

    Source: Oliver Pluff & Co. offers the historical black tea bohea blend. Originally from the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian, China, the name Bohea is the same as the name Wuyi (武夷). The modern tea market offers tea from the Bohea (Wuyi) region, as well as the historical black tea blend version. 

    Size/Weight:  3oz loose tea, sealed in matte black signature tea tin

    Hand Blended and Packaged by Oliver Pluff & Co. Charleston, South Carolina

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    Elizabeth P.
    United States United States

    Smokey and delicious

    This is my "go to" tea. Smokey, full bodied and so enjoyable. Was "the" tea served at Mount Vernon. Absolutely delicious.

    Kathleen B.
    United States United States

    A scent of the 18th century

    I've been reading about Bohea for years without having any idea of what it was like. Wonderful aroma, reminiscent of wood smoke. Sometimes I just open the can to enjoy the scent.

    De R.
    United States United States

    Good, historical tea

    I bought this for a Yule gift for a friend. It smells wonderful!