Chinese Tea and Mystery Author

by NancyM
(Wichita, KS)

I'm writing a mystery. One of my characters has spent time overseas, although he hasn't admitted this to anyone. I want to define him partially through his eating habits and his knowledge of tea. (Giving him a knowledge of tea that isn't common in the U.S.)

He and my main character have just had dinner. They and a guest have retired to the living room. What kind of tea and dessert would he be likely to serve? What would someone who had spent time in England be likely to offer his guests?

I've found some wonderful English desserts that sound yummy, but I don't want to make a mistake and have him serve a tea that wouldn't fit.

Can you help?

Thank you,



I can certainly try! Here are my three suggestions:

1. Dragon Well green tea - the tea that Richard Nixon and Margaret Thatcher drink when they visit China (Mrs Thatcher reportedly travelled all the way from Beijing to Hangzhou to visit the tea garden there.)

Dragon Well Tea

2. Wuyi Oolong Tea. Probably a good match to your English desert.

Wuyi Oolong Tea

3. I will let future readers suggest the third tea!

Hope it helps.


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Sep 19, 2008
Super Suggestions!
by: Nancy

These are wonderful suggestions! Thank you so much. I'm so glad I found this site.

Nancy (Mystery Author)

Sep 23, 2008
english tea habits
by: Ian

For the third tea may I suggest Earl Grey. It might be a tea that a knowledgeable Englishmen might serve a guest less knowledgeable about tea!

It's also very nice, in the whole-leaf variety at least.

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