Tea: A World & History
Chinese legends credit Shennong, the legendary Emperor of China and inventor of agriculture and Chinese medicine as the father of tea. Around the year 2737 BC Shennong was drinking a bowl of boiled water due to his decree that his subjects should boil water before drinking it. Before he drank his hot water, the wind blew, and a few leaves were blown from a nearby tree into his water. The emperor took a sip of the brew and was pleasantly surprised by its flavor and healthy properties. The tea put a smile on his face.
For nearly 5,000 years after Shennong, tea has ingrained itself as a part of most world cultures. The drink has spread across the continents and trade routes. Today, we are blessed with thousands of different types of teas and hundreds of growing regions. Discover tea for yourself, just as the legendary emperor did so many years ago.
beginners and experts use three basic steps:
Learn about tea and the different types of tea.
Beginners and experts can spend a lifetime learning about tea. Read about the thousands of types of teas, where they are grown, and their history and culture.
Inhale the aroma of the leaves.
When you sample tea, before you even boil the water, smell the fragrance of the leaves. Some teas smell light and perfumed, and others are deep and earthy.
Slowly taste and appreciate your tea.
After preparing your tea take time to taste it. Some tea has a strong first taste and faint aftertaste. Whereas, other teas are light at first, but linger in your palette.
Learn about the different types of tea
There are over 3,000 varieties of tea!
Four common categories of tea
Green tea is made from the leaves from Camellia Sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originated in China, but it has become associated with many cultures throughout Asia and has recently spread to tea cups in the West.
Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than oolong, green and white teas. Black tea is generally stronger in flavor than the less oxidized teas. Two varieties of the species are used: the small-leaved Chinese variety plant, and the large-leaved Assamese plant.
Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea. The taste of oolong varies widely among different subvarieties. It can be sweet and fruity with honey aromas, or woody and thick with roasted aromas, or green and fresh with bouquet aromas, all depending on the style of production.
Herbal tea, or tisane, is any beverage made from herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water, and usually does not contain caffeine. Herbal teas are often consumed for their physical or medicinal effects. Examples: Mate, Rooibos, Ginseng, & Chamomile.