A few days ago, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump met in the White House for tea. While the mere idea of Melania Trump being in the White House would have sent shock waves all across the world a few weeks or months ago. Melania and the White House will soon be synonymous. Not to mention her being in the same room as the current first lady, whose speech she allegedly plagiarized. Most people’s focus would quickly focus on the big names in the news post. But for us tea lovers, what catches the eye is TEA.
The two women who made and hope to make American history are sitting down to a cup of tea. While a photograph of the two women, Michelle Obama caught mid-sentence with a manicured hand pointing toward her chest, may saw different seeds in each individual’s brain. My gaze wanders straight to the white with teal ringed tea cup and saucer. My mind cannot help but try and figure out what tea such highly esteemed and wealthy women would drink, and if I knew would I switch my tea just to get to know their tastes in tea?
There is no time stamp to the photo but it would be interesting to note that afternoon tea was not a thing until the late 1800s and early 1900s. The main reason why afternoon tea was introduced was because a Duchess had the munchies during the long wait between lunch and supper. She had her maid bring tea to her room with buttered bread. While this hungry, I mean humble beginning of afternoon tea served as a go between meals for hungry nobles, it became a social event where people gathered for afternoon tea. Women had tea parties while men had meetings over the beverage.
While the world has changed since the 1900s, afternoon tea is still a must for some of the less noble who cannot live without their 4 o’clock tea arrangement. Why not have your afternoon in a new fashion; with tantalising aromas and taste bud tickling flavours. Try our Basilur Treasure Collection; for an afternoon tea to remember.