Tea by Country
The birthplace of tea is China. A legend tells that around 2700 BC the Chinese emperor and renowned herbalist Sheng Nung was resting beneath a tree while his servant was boiling drinking water. Some leaves from the tree fell into the water, and the emperor, who often tried various plants to assess their medical value, decided to drink it anyway. He noticed that the accidentally brewed concoction made him feel more energised, and that's how tea was discovered.
Cultivation of tea in China started around 350AD and it was a popular drink among Buddhist monks. Tea was introduced to Korea around 6th century during Silla dynasty where it was later grown by Buddhist monks. And during Tang dynasty (9th century) tea seeds were brought to Japan. Soon after tea was also cultivated in Japan and enjoyed by Buddhist scholars, monks and imperial court nobles.
There is evidence that tea was recognised in North Eastern areas of India already around 750BC, but the first actual tea garden was established in Assam by East India Company in late 19th century during British rule in India. Around the same time tea replaced coffee production in Sri Lanka.
Taiwanese tea cultivation started with tea plants brought from Fujian province in China around 17th century, but larger scale production started in 19th century influenced by British entrepreneur John Dodd who strived to produce an export product that would work as an alternative to Indian tea.
Nowadays each of these countries has developed their own distinct tea culture, and products grown in these countries differ greatly. It is our pleasure to offer some of the finest brews available to illustrate the journey through the tea world.