Shai Guy wrote:Another question I have,when people speak of the "strength" of Tea,are they talking taste-wise or stimulant wise?? I could never figure out.
I don't know, to be honest I don't hear "weak" or "strong" used to describe tea all that often, and these terms might have to do with the length of brewing time and concentration of tea-to-water used, which isn't really a reflection of the tea itself. Perhaps "astringent, full, complex, robust, mild, etc" are more common terms used to describe tea "strength," and these would refer to the taste/flavor profile of the tea.
Not so sure about Wal-mart or Lipton, although I know that Sir Thomas did a lot to distribute tea to the poorer classes previously unable to afford it in the West, and there are no-doubt similarities btwn Lipton and Walton.
"The following year he opened his first provision shop - Lipton's Market - at 101 Stobcross Street in the Anderston area of Glasgow. This enterprise proved to be successful and Lipton soon established a chain of groceries, first across Glasgow, the rest of Scotland, until finally he had stores throughout Britain.
While Lipton was expanding his empire, tea prices were falling and supply was growing among his middle class customers. In 1888, when his empire had grown to 300 stores, he entered the tea trade and opened his tea-tasting office.
He started bypassing traditional trading and wholesale distribution channels (most UK tea-trading was focused in London's Mincing Lane) in order to sell teas at unprecedented prices to the untapped poor working class market.
In order to provide his shops with goods Lipton bought plantations and in doing so - amongst other things - he established the famous Lipton tea brand which is still in existence today.
Thomas Lipton visited Sri Lanka in the 1890s and made business deals with James Taylor the man who introduced tea plantations to Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Lipton's company purchased good quality tea from Sri Lanka and distributed it through Europe and the USA."
If you like lipton, try ordering a Ceylon or Assam from Adagio,
which will probably be a much better quality tea than something you would find at a grocery store.