Tea 201 – Origin – Where Tea is Grown

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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?

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Culture: Darjeeling’s New Gorkha Overlords

Something historic happened last week. Something with such mixed blessings it’s difficult to really even interpret it’s possible long term ramifications yet. But I’ll certainly try. Those of us who really love our Darjeeling teas may already be aware, but most people won’t be. Darjeeling is now ruled by the Gorkha.

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2011 World Tea Expo (Day 2)

This year’s World Tea Expo is my 3rd trip to this event. I’ve appreciated the opportunities to learn and meet new people each year. I’ve made friends and contacts from every corner of the world and every continent save for Antarctica. The events and sights from this first day of the expo are similar to those from the past two years. Full of energy, vibrant colors and effusive scents tantalizing for everyone here. Read more to learn more.

Check out my coverage of both Day 1 and Day 3 of the 2011 World Tea Expo.

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Himalayan Jade (SAFA Himalaya)

It seems oolong teas are all the rage right now. They’re being grown in Hawaii and New Zealand as well as Nepal and most of these oolong teas are wonderful! This rule stands true for this Himalayan Jade oolong tea from SAFA Himalaya.

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2009 HOP (Jun Chiyabari)

You can meet some pretty stellar people by going to exhibitions. Just that is what has happened the past two years at the World Tea Expo for me out in Las Vegas! This tea was presented to me by the fine folks at Jun Chiyabari.

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