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A black Chinese tea, originally the choicest grade but later an inferior variety.

[From Chinese (Amoy or a closely related dialect) Bú î (soan), the Wuyi mountain range, located on the border of Jiangxi and Fujian provinces, where prized teas are grown; akin to Mandarin Wǔ yí (shān).]
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(Cookery) a black Chinese tea, once regarded as the choicest, but now as an inferior grade
[C18: from Chinese (Fukien dialect) bu-i, from Mandarin Chinese Wu-i Shan range of hills on which this tea was grown]
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'Bohea,' a new tea type imported by the East India Company, was a dark, semi-fermented infusion that today would be classified as an 'oolong' (although it was often described as 'black' during the 18th century).
Last Night 3 Cargoes of Bohea Tea were emptied into the Sea.
The China tea plant, Thea bohea, initially transplanted to Assam as a test case also attracted a great deal of controversy.
A museum tells the story of the Boston Tea Party, when 60 locals disguised as Mohawks threw 342 crates of Bohea (tea) into the harbour in protest at the high taxes imposed by the Brits.
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For example, a placard displayed next to a photograph of a snake reads, "We eat breakfasts about seven of the clock in the morning, first smoke a pipe of tobacco, then drink bohea, afterwards we cut off the head of a viper, and suck the blood out of the body; this, in my humble opinion, is the most wholesome breakfast a man can make." Here, the horror of the foreign is entirely fictional, and monsters are vanquished through simple subversions of history.
It doubled as his home and dry goods store, with "Bohea and Gunpowder, Teas, serges, calamancoes and doubtless a variety of other articles," according to one account.
For Trollope, Fielding was the more preferable "sinner" to Richardson's "saint among novelists" (94); while Fielding, writes Tackeray, "couldn't do otherwise than laugh at the puny cockney bookseller, pouring out endless volumes of sentimental twaddle, and hold him up to scorn as a mollcoddle and a milksop.[...] Richardson's goddess was attended by old maids and dowagers, and fed on muffins and bohea" (95).
By the way, Bohea is a Chinese term for tea meaning "Happy Establishment."
Tusitala and his mamma, complete with Victorian widow's cap, delicate but spirited as any Mary Kingsley or Amelia Edwards, sipping fragrant bohea in her son's exotic Valima household.
The father of two said he now had to avoid local pubs in Bohea because of the hassle he received.