On a sweltering day in 1904 a tea huckster, India Tea Commissioner Richard Blechynden, was having a hard time convincing visitors to the St. Louis World's Fair to sample his hot tea. So he put the tea in large bottles, flipped them upside down and let the tea flow through iced lead pipes.
Iced tea, minus the lead pipes, has, according to the Tea Association of the United States of America, been a part of American summer ever since.
Address --1705 Eastern Ave.
Hours --10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday- Sunday
I picked a blended black tea, sweet orange and honey, from the impressive selection of loose teas. The tea, $3.18 for 24 ounces, had a winning copper color, but the honey flavor was too strong for me. It got even stronger with a couple of packets of Hawaiian sugar.
Note: Another Teavolve is scheduled to open this month at 1401 Aliceanna St. When it does, the Eastern Avenue store will be open only on weekends, 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. The Aliceanna store hours will be 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
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