- A type of green China tea.
“If you use boiling water to brew hyson tea, it can taste bitter, just like all green tea.”
“We have several green teas on the menu, but my favorite is the hyson.”
“I can make iced tea out of the ginger tea or the hyson tea.”
Chinese, mid-18th century
Why this word?
Hyson is a type of green tea, but when it was imported in the mid-18th century by British East India Tea Company merchant Phillip Hyson, it was called “xīchūn” (“bright spring”) in China. Hyson was highly taxed for American colonists, and 70 cases of the tea were thrown into the harbor during the Boston Tea Party in December 1773. Still popular today, this mild-flavored loose-leaf green tea is recognizable by its thin rolled leaves that unfurl in hot water.
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