We’re not pleased American citizens at this particular moment.
Let me give a little backstory here – as devoted Anglophiles, my wife and I love to take tea. We stocked up last time we were in Britain (last November) but we were running near the end of our Twinnings Earl Grey supply a couple weeks ago. While you can buy Twinnings in most American grocery stores, it’s simply not the same. It must be processed differently or made somewhere else – it certainly doesn’t taste like the Twinnings you buy in England.
Since supplies were running low – we asked one of our friends in England to send us some tea with our Monthly British newspaper shipment (you can’t buy British newspapers in the US anymore – at least in Chicag0) and she was happy to oblige. So, as we waited for the newspapers to come, we finally ran out of tea – it began to get ugly in the Thomas household!
I’m used to waiting for the papers – it often takes about a week for them to get here from the UK. But after a week they still hadn’t shown up. When they finally showed up another week later, the papers arrived, but the tea hadn’t. Puzzled, we examined the packaging and it had been opened by US Customs!
US Customs took our Tea! And we can’t figure out why. Generally they allow food from the UK in as long as it’s sealed in packaging, which the tea was. How did they even know it was in there?!?!? They didn’t even leave a note of explanation, just ripped open our package and left it at that.
Ridiculous. We’ve had trouble before bringing UK food into the US but this is just absrud – it’s TEA!!!! Hardly something that will bring a food born contagion apocalypse on the USA.
Oh well. I just feel bad for our friend who went to the trouble to send it to us. Thankfully, we found a source for UK Twinning Tea in the USA- the official Twinnings store. Check it out here.