Monday October 24, 2011 | 1 comment
The words “Boston” and “tea” seem to go hand and hand. When we talk about Boston’s history, some of the first things that come to mind are the Boston Tea Party and the unfair tax on tea imposed by Britain. The tax, of course, was the cause of the Boston Tea Party, which resulted in a total of 342 chests of tea being dumped into the water over the course of three hours. (Oddly, no one ever brings up the Boston Molasses Flood. Look it up. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like.) So when I went to Boston this summer, I made a game of taking photographs of every teapot I saw. (By the way, the water in Boston Harbor was very pretty and showed no signs of any tea.)
As you can imagine, there were a lot of tea-related things! Not so many molasses-related ones. The first teapot I spotted was at the Museum of Fine Arts, and it was small and green. It was cool, but oddly shaped. In another room, I discovered a much larger silver teapot with letters engraved on it.
Later, at a National Park Educational Center-thing in Salem, I found even more tea-related things! I saw a large white teapot with blue trim, a smaller blue-and-white teapot, and a set of beautiful blue-and-white teacups. There was also an entire display in the gift shop for tea, with pots, cups, saucers, books, small silver elephants that appeared to have no purpose, and, of course, tea itself. That is where my sister and I purchased a bag of Scottish Breakfast tea, which I’ll get back to in a moment.
The cutest tea thing I saw in Massachusetts was at the Louisa May Alcott Apple Orchard House. In their gift shop, they had four different tea sets – one for each of the four main characters of Alcott’s book, Little Women. They each had a different design. Beth’s set was white, with pink checks on the edges and bunches of blue flowers. Amy’s and Meg’s also had blue floral patterns, although Meg’s had winding blue vines and Amy’s had straight blue trim. Jo’s also featured flowers, although they were small reddish-purple roses on green stems as opposed to the blue decorations.
The bag of Scottish Breakfast came home with us, where we tried it. It tastes quite a bit like a subdued English Breakfast, although it has a more bitter (but still good) aftertaste. It also smells incredible.
So there you have it: the Boston tea experience, although I’m still wondering about the molasses.