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Tea in America: One Family's Story

We're excited to announce the latest installment of the Tea Masters Series!

Mike Spillane is the owner of the oldest continuous operating family-owned tea business in America, The G.S. Haly Company. That history and longevity gives him a unique perspective on tea in America. This latest installment of Tea Masters will focus on the origins of tea in America, how the tea industry and the specialty tea industry evolved, and how it kept pace as America grew and expanded from pre-revolutionary times into the 21st century. 

George Standish Haly (left) & son, Thomas (right)

We’ll taste our way through the history of tea in America:

  • Pre-revolutionary American colonies
  • The American Revolution era (we’ll sample the same tea that was thrown into Boston Harbor!).
  • The 1800’s thru the Opium Wars (which more accurately could be called the Tea Wars), during which black tea came into vogue.
  • Tea thru the 20th century – the global cultivation of tea, across two World Wars and the rise of communist China.
  • The rise of tea bags and the rise of specialty teas.
  • The last half of the 20th century (we’ll taste tea that was illegal to import into the U.S. until 2000).

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Mike succeeded his mother as president in 1977.

Mike is the 2016 recipient of the World Tea Expo’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Please join us for this rare opportunity to meet, learn from, and ask questions of a true Tea Master.

When: Sunday, September 2, 2018, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton, Bloomington Minneapolis South

Cost: $20.00 per person. Pre-registration is necessary. This workshop will sell out.

To register: Call the TeaSource warehouse at 651-788-9971

Mike’s father Edward Spillane (4th from left) at the Board of Tea Directors meeting, 1955

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