SlientSipper wrote:I'd have to imagine it was the same stuff the british were drinking.
Earl Grey maybe? Darjeeling?
It had to have been a black tea of some sort since the west were not really open/interested in other teas at that time.
Wouldn´t be either of those
British tea production in India didn´t begin until the 1820´s in Assam and later spread to other areas of India.
Earl Grey´s origins are less clear but the Earl Grey that it´s named after wasn´t born until 1764 and didn´t become Prime Minister until 1830.
iirc it was Bohea and Chinese Green tea that was dumped in Boston Harbour so that gives some idea of what type of tea was popular in New England during the 2nd half of the 18th century.
I really don´t know exactly what the Bohea would be though...that refers to the Wuyi mountains in China but it´s not obvious if this was oolong tea or what we in the west call black tea...
In any case it would be Chinese tea that they drank.