Black Tea : is made by drying green tea leaves, then applying hot air (to stop the oxidation process).
Oolong Tea : is prepared similar to Black Tea, except the drying process is shorter.
The Tea Plant. (Camellia Sinensis) is an evergreen shrub thought to have originated wild in the Brahmaphtra valley in northern India, and in the Yunnan province of China. It does well in the more southerly parts of India and Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), and is widely cultivated in China. Tea is also grown commercially in Kenya, Indonesia and Brazil. Tea cultivation requires a sub-tropical climate with high rainfall and grows at altitudes up to 7000'.
Darjeeling Tea :, grown in the Himalayas, is probably the most highly prized of teas (the best are very expensive). It’s been called the “champagne of teas”. The leaves are very large and the liquor very aromatic with exceptional flavor.
Assamese Tea :comes from a large area just south of the Himalayas. They are noted for their heavy body.
Nilgiri Teas :are found in southern India. The estate teas from this region are noted for their exceptional flavor.
Sri Lanka is a major producer of high quality teas, namely Uvas, Nuware Eliyas and Dimbulas.
Did you know? The Irish consume more tea per capita than anyone else in the world.
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