English Tea

Tea 201 - Origin - Where Tea is Grown

Tea Origin by Percentage (c.o. Wikipedia.org)

Tea Origin by Percentage (c.o. Wikipedia.org)

It would not be a proper lesson on tea without sitting down and discussing the origin of tea.  Where is it grown?  More importantly where can it grow?

Let’s start with tea’s origin.  Where did it originally come from?

Originally its natural form was believed to have originated in China.  The most celebrated of teas come from the area of China known as “The Golden Triangle.” This area is found between the mountains of Huang Shan, Mogan Shan, Qi Shan and Tianmu Shan.

In the country of Taiwan, it is well known for its oolong teas.

India has grown in popularity due its Assam teas (which are grown in the Brahmaputra valley) and Darjeeling teas (which is grown in the ex-British hills of the Himalayas).  Darjeeling teas are known as the “Champagne of teas.”

This also spreads into Nepal.  In their side of the Himalayas, they have their own tea that resembles Darjeeling.

Sri Lanka is the source of the famous and fragrant Ceylon tea.  The principle growing regions of this country are Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva.

Of course, we can never forget Japan renowned for its green sencha, courser bancha and matcha.

But that’s just the Asian countries.

Tea growing has also made its way to East Africa to the countries of Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania.   These countries have made a dent in the mark by way of making large quantities of black teas.  However, they have not been able to deliver the same quality of Chinese Yunnan or Indian Darjeeling.

But it does not stop there.  Tea growing has also spread to the Americas to the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and the good old USA.

Tea has spread all over the world and it will continue to do so as it continues to also grow in popularity.

Pretty cool, no?

Morning Cup #55 - Decaf Breakfast Tea

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A little on the groggy side this morning I dove straight for this Breakfast Tea from Taylors of Harrogate. So groggy, I failed to notice it was decaf!

Thankfully this tea is brisk enough to wake me up by force without the caffeine.

The aroma is nice, light and malty. I sensed some hint of a honeyed touch. The flavor is malty, strong and brisk. Could use a lump of sugar and a dollop of milk if you're into that sorta thing.

What's in your cup?

Morning Cup #33 - English Breakfast Tea

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Today's cup is English Breakfast Tea from Taylors of Harrogate.

This blend of black teas from India, China and Sri Lanka brews up astringent and firm. The body remains light. Nicer than expected.

The aroma offers some hints at stone fruits such as peach, but only the subtlest of those comes through in the flavor.

What's in your cup?