What is Tea?
Over 2000 cultivars of the tea plant are known to exist. Cultivar variations affect the flavor and aroma of a tea; it is one of the factors that determine a tea’s character.
Where a particular tea is grown affects the quality of its leaves. Soil type, climate, surrounding vegetation, and elevation are all conditions that can produce different nuances in character.
Time of harvest can distinguish a phenomenal tea from a mediocre one. Different tea types typically have one or two peak harvesting times.
Crafting creates a tea’s final identity. By controlling the enzymatic oxidation of the tea leaf with heat, the tea maker creates the different tea types we are familiar with.