It is heartening to realise that there are millions of people throughout history that were as fussy, and demanding in their tea drinking habits as I am. Not only in the past but now in the modern contemporary world of art, music, film and literature, ardent tea drinkers abound. Who would have thought Mick Jagger, Russell Crowe, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Kevin Spacey, Madonna, Audrey Hepburn and Kate Moss among others would all have a common interest and passion for Tea.
Tea for you may be just about the taste, and you love the robust, strong nature of a hearty builders brew or a malty Assam or Yorkshire Gold. On the other hand, perhaps a weaker tea with a refreshing slice of lemon or the fragrant scent of Earl Grey. Whatever the Tea you love to drink or the reason; for the energy it brings, the calmness or the clarity of mind or perhaps the slimming effect of green tea. or the profusion of other health benefits. We are certainly not alone as many famous actors, writers, musicians, rock stars, politicians, and poets claim Tea as their favourite beverage.
Dostoevsky is considered one of the world’s greatest writers, and George Orwell is two avid tea drinkers who were particularly fastidious about how they liked to make their Tea.
George Orwell was so fond of tea he wrote an essay on the proper way to drink Tea and was quite vocal in his distaste for people putting sugar in their Tea. He always drank strong black Assam tea from India. His essay was first published in the London Evening Standard on 12 January 1946- “A Nice Cup of Tea”. Dostoevsky was known to prefer to make his own Tea, believing that no one could make the perfect cup of Tea. He also drank black Tea and warmed the teapot first- a good habit.
There are few scenes in Jane Austen’s, novels where characters are not referencing tea. The tea scene provides the author with an opportunity for the characters to interact over the ritual of a lavish Afternoon tea. Many a murder scene in Agatha Christie’s stories have occurred over tea, at dinner or after dinner when the ladies retire to drink tea and talk.
Similarly her character Poirot is often seen sipping on his tisane – herbal infusions. His constitution is far too fastidious to require a strong black Indian tea like George Orwell.
Winston Churchill is quoted as saying that tea was as important to the Second World War effort as bullets and more recently David Walliams writes in his novel ‘Mr Stink’ the truth about the English
Although the Americans also love Tea, they love to mock the British for their rather one pointed view on the beverage of choice. Surprisingly, former American President Donald Trump has his own range of Teas called Trump, of course.
A woman after my own heart is English Actor Helen Mirren, who, unashamedly as I do, takes her teabags with her when she travels. The American singer Lady Gaga also loves her tea and carries her own fine China Tea set everywhere she goes. In a recent interview, she said
Mr and Mrs James Bond, Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz are also avid tea drinkers. He is an Earl Grey man, whereas Rachel is more a hearty ‘real’ tea drinker. Contrary to the sentiment of a large proportion of the British population James Bond in the films and novels by Ian Fleming has several references to the fact that James Bond dislikes tea,
Numerous other famous tea drinkers are not surprising given that tea is consumed worldwide second only to water. To end today are a few quotes from a list of famous people who love tea and are quoted below.
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Title quote – Virginia Wolf