Tea is the most common beverage consumed in the world, second only to water. An often-surprising fact to tea novices is that all teas (Black, Green, Oolong, White, and Pu’erh) come from the same plant. Tea is basically a combination of leaves and buds of A plant called Camellia sinensis. So, in short, “tea” is anything derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. Anything else, while sometimes called “tea”, is more accurately referred to as an herbal tea or tisane. Tisanes include chamomile, rooibos and fruit teas.
The traditional tea-growing countries are India, China, Japan, and Sri Lanka. Origin impacts the flavor characteristics while altitude, soil type, plant type and age of the tea plant are other influencing factors.
Whether you choose organic green tea, white tea or black tea, it’s important to learn where your tea is grown, as well as how it’s harvested and distributed, to ensure the highest standards in ethics, quality and taste.