Tea and the East India Company

Most tea that colonists and the English drank was grown in China. The East India Company would pick up the tea from Canton, China and ship it to London to be auctioned. The tradition of tea auctioning involved a candle. The auctioneer would light an inch-tall candle and the auction would go on until the candle burned out. The highest bidder at the time the candle burned out received the tea. Tea made the East India Company very profitable.

What's your favorite kind of tea? Green? Earl Grey? Oolong?

What’s your favorite kind of tea? Green? Earl Grey? Oolong?

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