THE NAME TODDY MAY EITHER HAVE COME FROM A SOURCE OF WATER IN EDINBURGH, WHICH WAS CALLED ‘TOD’S WELL’, AS EXPLAINED BY ALLAN RAMSAY, A FAMOUS SCOTTISH POET BACK IN THE EARLY 1700’S, OR POSSIBLY IT CAME FROM ‘TORRIE’, AN EARLY 17TH CENTURY WORD FOR A DRINK, MADE FROM THE SAP OF A PALM TREE IN THE EAST INDIES. TAKE YOUR PICK! PERFECT WHEN FEELING A BIT WEARY AFTER A WET AND COLD DAY ON THE MOOR!
The table boasts its being from Japan, th’ingenious work of some great artisan. China, where potters coarsest mould refine, that rays through the transparent vessels shine; the costly plates and dishes are from thence, and Amazonia must her sweets dispence; to her warm banks our vessels cut the main, for the sweet product of her luscious cane. Here Scotia does no costly tribute bring, only some kettles full of todian spring. Where Indus and the double Ganges flow, on odorif’rous plains the leaves do grow, chief of the treat, a plant the boast of fame, sometimes call’d green, bohea’s its greater name. O happiest of herbs! who would not be pythagoriz’d into the form of thee, and with high transports act the part of tea? Kisses on thee the haughty belles bestow, while in thy steams their coral lips do glow; thy vertues and thy flavour they commend, while men, even beaux, with parched lips attend.
Extract form The Morning Interview by Allan Ramsay [1686 – 1758]