Did you know the tea that was dumped over board at the Boston Tea Party was brick tea?
I always invisioned millions of Lipton (Okay, maybe Earl Gray) tea bags floating about the harbor or on an intelligent day, I invisioned loose leaf tea (the kind you get at Teavana).
But never in my wildest daydreams, did I invision brick tea.
In fact, I didn't even know it existed until I purchased a brick at Fort Vancouver Historical Reserve. I even tired it. It is very good and smells yummy.
The brick shown above is from the same Chinese company that supplied tea to the Hudson Bay Company of London in 1845.
Brick tea was very popular with the fur trappers because it was so concentrated that it only took a small amount scrapped into a cup of boiling water to produce a great cup of tea.
There is your history lesson for today.