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Default Chinese have neever been black-tea drinkers ? What ?

Feranija <feranija@net...> writes:

> There are many sites which have a following story on their web
> pages, a story which describe history of Earl Gray black tea:
> "It is said that in 1830, an Englishman named Charles Earl Grey
> traveled on a diplomatic mission to China, where in return for his
> act of kindness, a local mandarin presented him with the recipe for
> making this distinctive tea. A few corrections are in order.
> Firstly, the Chinese have never been black tea drinkers, and were
> unlikely to have a recipe for Earl Grey to bestow on visitors.
> Secondly, Charles Earl Grey never set foot in China. Otherwise, the
> story is completely true."
> Keemun is a Chinese tea. A province of Yunnan is famous for its
> black teas.

I believe neither Keemun nor Yunnan black tea existed in 1830.

> This is the first time I hear Chinese have never been black tea
> drinkers.
> If there is any true in it, does it mean a black tea is grown in
> China mostly for export, and only younger generations enjoy the
> black tea ?

I think there's a lot of truth to it, but not 100%

Lew Perin /