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bohea tea

From Drums (1925) by James Boyd, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth. “Bohea tea” (pronounced “Boo-hee”), was a tea imported during colonial times. The blend originated in China with trade to the British and Dutch East India Companies, and consisted of broken orange pekoe, pekoe, and souchong leaves dumped in a pile and then sifted, typically the scrap tea of lower quality leaves, but considered high quality by the colonists.