Gladwell Tea Party Podcast

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I listen to podcasts.  A lot of podcasts, but mostly current events, politics, comedy and golf.

The first podcast I ever listened to was Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” in 2015. My friend, Matt Turck turned me on to podcasts, actually taking my phone from me while we were at the Corner Bistro in NYC, and downloading Gladwell’s first episode that had launched that very day. Thanks Matt.

Gladwell Tempest in a TeaCup

My preference is the long form interviews especially while driving my Tea Wagon around Sarasota.  Always on the lookout for new podcasts, though I don’t usually listen to podcast about Tea.  There are a bunch, I just don’t find them as interesting as the ones I like.

I’ve moved on from Revisionist History.  I still subscribe, but don’t really listen.  That is, until I noticed ‘Tempest in a Teacup’.  I read the overview and then listened. Fantastic!

Gladwell tells his tale, in this case revisiting the Boston Tea Party. The episode was released on July 4 and while I am a bit behind, I learned a few things…

The ‘Tea Party’ was actually the culmination of a colonial drug war.  And the colonial drug of choice was tea.  Really??  I always thought the Patriots dumped tea into Boston Harbor to take a stand against taxation without representation.  Not so, says Gladwell.

Boston Tea Party Local Tea CompanyThe Patriots were smuggling tea from China into the colonies.  This ‘Bohea Tea’ was cheaper and turned into a very profitable business by undercutting the British taxed tea.

Great Britain found out about the smuggling and passed the Tea Act of 1773 lowering the price of tea.  This was not good for biz.  So, the Patriots dressed up as Mohawk Indians and dumped the British taxed tea into the harbor. As the Canadian Gladwell points out, our Founding Fathers were a criminal enterprise, drug dealers defending their turf.  Cool!

Drug dealers?  Okay, anything that makes tea dangerous is good by me. It makes Local Tea Company a bit more interesting!  And if you are interested, have a listen to this podcast.

I also learned about the Lapsang Souchong smokiness scandal, part of a ‘bro’ thing.  Full confession, I drink lapsang souchong most mornings with honey and oat milk.

Apparently, lapsang has become popular with guys, and the smokier the better. As a result, tea companies have been upping the smokiness of lapsang souchongs. And, in the opinion of Tony Gebely of Tea Epicure, ruining lapsangs by over smoking them.

Gladwell, also a lapsang drinker and unaware of the scandal was deemed part of the problem by Gebely.  Thanks Malcolm.  Tea Epicure is a wonderful tea blog that rates “the world’s most exciting teas” and goes deep into the tea world.  Thanks Tony.

Our lapsang souchong has a subtle smokiness, and not nearly as smoky tasting as it smells in the tin.  And there is there is great story about the origin of lapsang or caravan tea posted in our Lapsang Souchong product description.

Lapsang Souchong black tea from Local Tea Company

More disclosure, I was thinking I might like a smokier version for my morning lapsang.  This podcast stopped me in my tracks. I don’t I believe our lapsang has gotten any smokier over time?  But please tell me if you think it has.

Anyway, an interesting podcast having to do with tea as the colonial drug of choice, and over smoked lapsang souchong that I thought I would share here.

And the Tea Journey continues.

 

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