About Tea

Tea and The British

Us Brits have long enjoyed our tea.

In his rare moments of strife, Sherlock Holmes turned to tea. More recently, Harry Potter ‘found the [tea]… seemed to burn away a little of the fear fluttering in his chest’

And for a time there was a tradition to drink only excellent tea. AA Milne captures it brilliantly :

A ‘proper tea’ is much nicer than a ‘very nearly tea’, which is one you forget about afterwards.

 

Modern Tea

Oddly most modern tea bears little resemblance to the tea that grows naturally.

Today it is made using the lowest grade. This grade is called ‘fannings’ . It is the dust left over from the industrial machine-production of tea. An equivalent comparison is the cheap meat used to make a pork pie!

 

Tea Is Incredibly Good For Us

It is rich in the antioxidants that fight the aging of skin. Drinking tea also increases metabolism (good for weight loss!). Tea helps lessen colds and menstrual pain, and relieves diabetes and arthritis complications. Drinking tea cuts tooth loss, reduces risk of cancer and will protect against Alzheimer’s.

 

How is Tea Grown?

To produce tea requires similar technique used in the production of wine.

Like wine, tea comes from just the one bush (an evergreen plant, known as Camellia Sinensis). Making the very different types of tea depends on 3 key factors :

1. Nature

2. Farming Technique

3. The Tea Master

 

1. Nature

Based on the terroir (the climate, soil and how far up the mountain!) of the location, the type of tea is usually pre-determined

2. Farming Technique

Skilful cultivation of the land by the farmer will enhance the plant’s growth

3. The Tea Master

By hand, with careful use of ritual and technique, the Tea Master produces the character unique to each tea

For thousands of years tea was a luxury product that few could afford. Quality was high and consumers around the world were revered as connoisseurs.

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