A journey through the mysteries & myths of tea...

#43 White Tea – How can it be?

#43 White Tea – How can it be?

White tea is so named because of the whitened or silver colour of the leaves. In ancient China, because of its scarcity, only the nobility were permitted to drink it. Legend has it that the buds of the unopened leaves were picked at sunrise from selected bushes using golden shears by maidens wearing gloves. The buds were(…)

#42 Other Tea Growing Countries

#42 Other Tea Growing Countries

Many countries grow tea, mainly for domestic consumption. Indonesia is a large producer of quality black tea mainly used in tea bags. Taiwan is famous for its quality semi processed Oolong teas. Turkey, Russia, Iran, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil and Malaysia also produce commercial quantities. Russia was a relatively large producer(…)

#41 African Teas – Diverse Producers

#41 African Teas – Diverse Producers

It may surprise you to know that Kenya which produces 8 per cent of the world’s tea, which is the third largest producer behind China and India,  it is also the largest exporter of tea in the world. The strong and liquory  teas that are produced by the CTC method (crush, tear, curl) as distinct(…)

#40 Ceylon Tea – Golden Brew

#40 Ceylon Tea – Golden Brew

Probably producing the best black tea in the world, when Ceylon changed its name to Sri Lanka in the early 1970s it chose to retain the Ceylon Tea branding for which it had become famous. A country blessed with fertile soil and its weather governed by regular monsoon rains, agricultural produce such as grains, spices,(…)

#39 Matcha – Magic Green Powder

#39 Matcha – Magic Green Powder

Matcha is a finely powdered green tea used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony CHANOYU. Tea bushes which produce Matcha are covered with bamboo mats prior to being picked. This produces a slightly darker leaf and is said to increase the quality of nutrients, giving rise to many claims relating to its health benefits. The(…)

#38 Japan’s Exotic Teas

#38 Japan’s Exotic Teas

Japan has a very old and established history of tea. However almost all tea produced in Japan is consumed domestically. Tea is grown mainly in the Southern prefectures (regions) such as Kagoshima. Shizuku and Kyoto. Sencha teas where the harvested leaves are steamed to enhance flavour and appearance, make up almost 80 per cent of(…)

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