China is the birthplace of tea. Today, it remains just as important within the global tea industry as it was some 5,000 years ago. For many, China and the world of tea are so intertwined that seldom can one evoke images of the country without immediately associating it with the much-loved beverage - and vice versa!
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According to legend, an ancient Chinese emperor named Shennong discovered tea in 2737 BCE - by pure accident! One day, the Emperor came to rest underneath an unknown tree with a boiling cup of water by his side. He fell asleep in the midday sun, and when he awoke, he found that leaves from the tree above had dropped into his drink. An avid herbalist, Shennong decided to try the infusion, and to his surprise, he immediately fell in love with it. Without knowing it at the time, the Emperor had just discovered tea - or so the story goes.
Thousands of years later, and as of the 21st Century, this country produces well over 20% of the world’s tea. Tea-growing provinces in China include, but are not limited to, Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Yunnan and Zhejiang, as well as the island of Formosa (present-day Taiwan). These tea-growing areas differ significantly from one another, with each producing teas of unique quality. One of the most famous Chinese tea plantations is the Long Jing Tea Plantation in Hangzhou, east China The Yunnan province is also famous for growing Dianhong tea, which is a high-end gourmet Chinese tea.
The most famous type of Chinese tea is Green tea; however, the country likewise produces Black Tea (dark tea), White Tea and Oolong tea. Additionally, several herbal teas plants have a close association with the holistic practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The region is also famous for yellow tea (Chinese huángchá). A lot of Chinese tea is grown from the Camellia Sinensis plant, which is an evergreen tea plant used to create a wide variety of tea types.
We stock an extensive selection of Chinese drinking teas, including varieties of Pu erh Tea, Sencha Green Tea, Yunnan Black Tea, Lapsang Souchong, Jasmine Tea, Flowering Tea, Matcha Tea, Dragon Well Tea, White Peony Tea, Gunpowder Tea and Chrysanthemum Flower Tea - to name but a few.
Every Loose Leaf Tea has our guarantee of being packed fresh to order here in our Pluckley-based factory, a quaint village nestled away within the beautiful vistas of the Kentish countryside. This ensures not only quality but also consistency in every Loose Leaf China Tea bought through The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company.