Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Arcane Tea Terms: Bohea

In addition to publishing Tea Guy Speaks, I'm a regular contributor to The English Tea Store blog. Here's an article I recently wrote for them. Click the link to read the full article.

Arcane Tea Terms: Bohea
By William I. Lengeman III

Though it’s mainly a term used in days of yore, there are actually a few scattered merchants these days who offer something known as Bohea tea. Over the years there has been some mild confusion regarding its point of origin, but Bohea was (and is) most commonly used to describe a type of tea from China’s Wu-Yi Mountains, which the Chinese apparently pronounced more along the lines of bu-yi or bu-i. In 1852 tea pioneer Robert Fortune published his account of traveling to various tea regions of China, including one that was referred to as the Bohea Hills.


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