February is chock-full of special days to celebrate. Right on the heels of Valentine's Day is Presidents' Day. The Federal Holiday is celebrated every year on the 3rd Monday in February. It initially began in 1796 to commemorate George Washington's birthday [Feb. 22, 1732]. It became a federal holiday in 1971.
George Washington [and his wife, Martha] were documented tea drinkers. His first recorded tea order to England was for six lbs. of the finest Hyson Green Tea. After his swearing in as America's first President, tea became the beverage of choice served during all state occasions.
In 2018 Tea Time magazine printed a wonderful article written by Bruce Richardson titled Taking Tea with Thomas Jefferson. In the article Bruce declared, "The author of the Declaration of Independence was a savvy tea drinker." His Monticello home included a tea room and he owned a lot of tea equipage.
Theodore Roosevelt loved Lapsang Souchong black tea and Caravan tea - both hearty teas for the rugged man that he was.
Abraham Lincoln was said to have been a devout tea drinker until he tried coffee. ;-)
The only replica of a presidential cup and saucer that I own is from Lincoln's presidency which I acquired in 2017. Mary Todd Lincoln selected the official china pattern when her husband was in office. Today is a good day to drink some tea from it.
Adagio Tea had a short [5 question] Presidential quiz on their website about Presidents and tea this year for Presidents' Day. I thought it would be fun to share it with you. I knew the answers to questions 1 thru 3 but didn't know 4 & 5. I blogged about President Barack Obama on Presidents' Day 2013 and stated that he prefers tea over coffee, and organic green tea is his preference.
1] The first tea Thomas Jefferson was recorded to have ordered in America was Bohea until he switched his favorite to? Ans. Hyson
2] President Barack Obama is frequently seen holding a cup of what type of tea? Ans. Green
3] Teddy Roosevelt was known for his love of American food and had little use for exotic treats, except for Hu-Kwa tea, otherwise known as? Lapsang Souchong
4] Which President of Dutch descent was known for adding herbs and saffron to his tea? Ans. Martin Van Buren
5] Joe Biden has been known to enjoy which brewed beverage best? Ans. Coffee [I'll try not to hold that against him! ;-)]