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

#44 High Grown, Low Grown and Teas in Between

#44 High Grown, Low Grown and Teas in Between

Altitude, soil, rainfall and climate collectively referred to as ‘terroir’ in wine growing and tea production also determine the flavour, appearance and quality of the tea. High grown teas generally have a distinctly lighter, subtle flavour and quality in comparison to the denser and more liquory low grown teas. There are also mid grown teas(…)

#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(…)

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