Tea was once labelled a “traitor’s drink” and boycotted by Americans as they fought back against the colonialist British.
Fast forward to the present, and tea is still not popular across the pond, with coffee being the more favoured drink.
But could that be about to change?
YouTubers Jon and Laura from Davenport, Iowa, recently discovered and sampled their first cup of Yorkshire Tea, which is produced by Taylors of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
The food blogging couple tried it “straight” without milk or sugar and then added what Laura called “cream” (which is really just blue milk), reports Yorkshire Live.
“Super excited” Laura, who was trying Yorkshire Tea for the first time, said: “It has a nice flavour.”
Jon said: “It tastes like a good black tea…I like it without the milk so far.”
Laura enjoyed it a lot more with a spoonful of sugar and some milk. “I like that a lot,” she declared.
“I like it. I don’t want to say I’m surprised so much.”
Both said they could imagine having a “cuppa” in the afternoon and finding it “relaxing”.
Jon said: “It’s the first time I have had milk in tea – it’s good.”
Laura joked: “We finally had a cuppa, Jon. It’s something we might do more.”
The couple’s YouTube channel is called Love and Junk Food and has more than 6,000 subscribers.
Some of their followers were quick to claim that they might have made one or two mistakes in their tea preparation.
Alan Minter said: “I was horrified when you left the teabags in so long. The longer you leave it, the stronger and bitter it gets. Most tea scientists say 2-3 minutes.”
CazYaz said: “Dear god…cream? No, no no.”
Others said they had done a fine job. Tony Walker posted: “That looked like a proper cuppa, you did a good job.”
Others brought up their use of the term “steep,” saying they should really say “brew”.
Perhaps Americans will now bury the hatchet and learn to love a bit of British tea.