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?
Oh my gawd! What are you drinking? Why is it so green? Oh, don't worry. It's just mugwort tea. This interesting herbal drink from Korea I was introduced to a couple years back by some friends at Puripan Tea Garden in California.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Korean teas an wildly underrepresented in the tea industry as it is today. Largely this seems to be due to their herbal and floral nature as opposed to the Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Sri Lankan "pure" teas most tend to drink day to day.
It's been a week since the end of the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas and I'm still a little heady from the experience. Here's a recap of my time at the Expo and my takeaway from the event.