The union of tea and England starts with the Portuguese reaching India in 1498. Portuguese explorers L. Almeida (1576), Teixeira (1610) wrote about tea. In 1557, Portugal established a trading port in Macau and word of the Chinese drink "chá" spread quickly.
Tea was first introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants in China during the 16th century, and they brought it back to Europe.
The importing of tea into Britain began in the 1660s with the marriage of King Charles II to Catherine of Bragança of Portugal -who brought to the Royal Court the habit of taking afternoon tea. It was a custom that was already very popular among the nobility of Portugal.
In the Azores you will find the only major tea plantations in Europe, which produce excellent teas, processing the leaves on vintage 19th century English machinery.
The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance dates to the treaty of Windsor in 1386, and is the oldest alliance in the world still in force.
It was very important throughout history, influencing the participation of the England in the Napoleonic Wars and the establishment of an Anglo-American base in The Azores. On being granted use of the Azores in WWII, Prime Minister Churchill said:
I take this opportunity of placing on record the appreciation by His Majesty's Government, which I have no doubt is shared by Parliament and the British nation, of the attitude of the Portuguese Government, whose loyalty to their British Ally never wavered in the darkest hours of the war.