Over the last few hundred years, black tea has become inextricably associated with the English. Tea is also a popular drink in the Indian subcontinent and China where it naturally grows, but England’s role in promoting it is undeniable. The traditional English teatime may be less widespread than it was fifty years ago, but most people continue to view tea as a social drink rather than a substance with potential medical benefits. It comes as a surprise to look back a few hundred years and see how the early tea publicists stressed the curative value of tea drinking. Now the wheel has turned a full circle with this health-conscious generation again interested in tea’s health benefits.