CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Listeners of the Rush Limbaugh show today might have thought Rush had developed a speech impediment.
But, no. When he was saying "Two if by Tea," he really meant "tea" and not "sea."
Sweet tea and tea itself has taken off in the last 3 years -- with Arizona Tea making huge sales gains. Arnold Palmer's -- a mix of tea and lemon -- are also selling well premixed in grocery stores.
Also, just a couple of years ago, a company in Charleston launched sweet tea favored vodka.
The name of the new product is a play on the line in the famous Henry Wadsworth Longfellow line "Two if by sea" in Longfellow's poem about Rivere.
Interestingly enough, Sarah Palin was recently chided by the media for a possible gaff when talking about Paul Revere. It's unclear if this is all related.
The flavors for Limbaugh's tea are Original Sweet Tea, Diet Original Tea, Raspberry Tea, and Diet Raspberry Tea. Limbaugh, of course, launched a website for his endeavor.
As of 3:30 pm Wednesday, sales seemed to be overwhelming the staff answering phones -- a man who placed an order for 6 cases was on the phone for 57 minutes, he told Limbaugh.