Did you know that green tea comes from the
same plant as black tea? In fact, one of the
most amazing things about tea is that whether it’s black, green, white or oolong, it ALL comes from the same plant; camellia sinensis (or the tea bush to you and me). The type of tea you end up simply depends on the processes the leaf goes through once it’s picked. Rooibos and herbals aren’t technically ‘teas’ at all, because they don’t come from the tea bush – but more on that later!
In its wild state, tea grows best in regions that enjoy a warm, humid climate with a lots of rainfall – typically, that’s the region between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
The big players in the world of tea growing are China, India, Sri Lanka and Kenya, followed by Turkey, Vietnam, Iran and Indonesia, but this is by no means an exhaustive list; tea can be grown in any area with the right climate and conditions…there’s even a tea estate in Cornwall!
A good tea is a well-made tea - one that has been looked after and finely crafted. Generally tea estates have to choose between making large volumes of ok tea or a smaller amount of something really top-quality. If they choose the latter they will only pick the best leaves (the freshest shoots from the top of the bush) and process them very delicately ensuring that they don't damage the leaf.
We always say, The best tea is the one you love the best. And if you're anything like us, that will change depending on the time, the occasion, even your mood. We love all our teas, at different times - asking us to pick one would be like a parent choosing a favourite child! What you can be sure of is that teapigs teas will always be of the best quality.