Discover Six Distinct Teas From Around The World

Discover Six Distinct Teas From Around The World

If you love tea and want to be transported around the world, this is the sampler pack for you. Explore the world and immerse yourself in tea culture with these six unique flavors from all over the globe. From Japan to South Africa to Ecuador and everywhere in between, you can taste the flavor of each unique location without ever leaving your home. Each sample brews approximately 5 cups of tea – enough to share with a friend or two.

Morocco:

Morocco

Welcome to Morocco! Home of the world-famous Moroccan Mint Tea. Let's dive in and discover what is Moroccan Mint tea and how it plays an integral role for the people of Morocco.

Moroccan Mint Tea: Moroccan mint tea is a fragrant and flavorful tea that is traditionally brewed in Morocco. It is made with fresh mint leaves, sweetened with sugar, and served hot or cold.

How is Moroccan Mint Made? The recipe for Moroccan mint tea is very simple and easy to follow. All you need are some fresh mint leaves (lots of them), hot water, and sugar. If you want to add some more flavor, you can add green tea some lemon juice, or other spices such as cinnamon or cloves.

The first step in making Moroccan mint tea is to boil the water in a pot on the stovetop until it boils vigorously and steam rises from the surface. Remove the pot from heat when this happens. Then place several sprigs of fresh mint leaves (and other herbs or spices) into the pot so that they are submerged underwater. Cover the pan with a lid (or use a plate) and let steep for about 5 minutes, until your desired strength has been achieved.

The Culture and history behind Moroccan Mint Tea: Moroccan mint tea is often served as a welcoming gesture to guests and friends. In Moroccan culture, it is customary to offer guests a glass of this tea when they arrive at your home or business. This gesture shows that you are happy to see them and that you appreciate their visit! The one who prepares the tea, usually pours the tea from high in the air, into a small cup. This practice of high pouring is started at a young age and perfected throughout the years.

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China:

China

Let's go east to China, where we will be introduced to Dragonwell tea, also known as Lung Ching Tea.

Dragonwell tea: The name dragonwell comes from the fact that it was first cultivated in the Dragon Well Valley, located in the Zhejiang province of China. This particular type of tea is considered one of China's "famous teas" and has been popular for hundreds of years because of its high quality, excellent taste, and low price.

How is Dragonwell Made? Dragonwell tea is made by pan-frying or steaming fresh leaves to prevent oxidation and ensure that the delicate flavor does not deteriorate. Dragonwell tea is very delicate and has a mild yet sweet and nutty flavor that is refreshing and smooth. The leaves are large, flat, and emerald green in color when brewed.

The Culture and history behind Dragonwell Tea: According to legend, during the Qing Dynasty, Emperor Qianlong visited Shi-feng Mountain and was served Longjing (Dragonwell) tea by one of the monks. The Emperor was very impressed with its beautiful appearance, elegant fragrance, and mellow taste.

The monk who introduced the tea, brought him to see the 18 trees from which it came, and while he was enjoying plucking the leaves from these trees he received urgent news that his mother had fallen ill and needed to return to the palace.

After returning to his sick mother, the scent of the tea leaves he had in his pocket emitted and attracted her attention. Without a second thought, he served her this tea which she enjoyed very much. After drinking several times, she fully recovered.

The Emperor was so grateful for this gift that he granted these 18 trees as Imperial Tea Trees. Since then, Longjing tea has been one of the tribute teas given to emperors up until today. All 18 trees remain at Shi-feng Mountain.

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Japan:

Japan

Now let's take a hop skip and a jump to the islands of Japan!

Genmai Cha Tea: Genmaicha is a Japanese tea that is made from green tea and roasted brown rice. The name of the tea comes from the fact that it is a combination of genmai (brown rice) and cha (tea). It's also sometimes called "popcorn tea" because of its popcorn-like aroma, which comes from the roasted brown rice.

How is Genmai Cha made? Genmaicha tea is made by mixing green tea leaves (usually sencha) with roasted brown rice. This gives it a sweet, nutty flavor that is different from other teas. The ratio of rice to green tea varies depending on how you like to drink it, but typically there are 20-40% brown rice kernels in genmaicha.

The culture and history behind Genmai Cha tea: In old Kyoto, genmaicha was considered a drink for poor farmers and city dwellers who couldn’t afford expensive blends. Even people who were malnourished drank the mixture because it is brewed with nutritious green tea and roasted rice, which makes it almost as filling as some foods. Monks who were fasting, soldiers with scant rations, and those who couldn’t tolerate solid food during recuperation from illness all turned to genmaicha for inexpensive liquid nutrition in times of need.

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South Africa:

South Africa

Onward to the southernmost tip of Africa! Here we will find the delicious and nutritious rooibos tea, or as the south Africans call it; red bush tea.

Rooibos (Red Bush Tea): Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) is a South African herb that is naturally caffeine-free. Although it is often referred to as red bush tea, this name is misleading as rooibos is not related to true tea (Camellia sinensis). The name "rooibos" translates to "red bush", due to the color of the dry leaves.

Rooibos contains antioxidants known as flavonoids. Rooibos also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium which are vital for maintaining good health.

How is rooibos tea made? The rooibos tea is made from the leaf tips and tender shoots from the top two leaves of this shrub. The leaves are harvested throughout the year. Once harvested, they go through a process called oxidation which changes their color from green to red or brown. The oxidation process enables them to develop a naturally sweet flavor that makes drinking rooibos tea so enjoyable.

The culture and history behind Rooibos tea: Rooibos tea was first consumed by indigenous South Africans over 300 years ago. The Khoisan people—the tribe of Cederberg region—harvested wild rooibos plants and used the leaves to treat various ailments. They enjoyed the sweet, smooth taste of the tea so much that they eventually started drinking it regularly.

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India:

India

When we are talking about tea, it can't be understated how integral the Assam region of India has been to the distribution of tea around the world. Let's head northeast to India and discover the love and beauty of tea from Assam.

Assam Black Tea: Assam black tea is one of the most popular teas in the world. It's grown in Assam, India, and is one of the only black teas that doesn't come from China. Assam black tea has its own unique taste and aroma. It is a full-bodied tea with a rich dark color and a malty flavor.

Assam is a region in northeastern India that produces some of the best black tea in the world. It's also a part of India with some of the highest rainfall, which makes it ideal for growing tea.

How is Assam black tea made? The process for making Assam tea starts with picking fresh leaves from plants that have been cultivated specifically for this purpose. The leaves are then withered and rolled before being oxidized (a process that turns them brown). They're then fired again before going through a final drying phase where they're rolled into their final shape (typically balls or flakes).

The culture behind Assam black tea: Assam is a type of black tea grown in India. This tea has a bold, astringent flavor that stands up to milk and sugar, and makes for a hearty breakfast blend.

Black teas are produced from the camellia sinensis tea plant, which is native to China. While the Chinese have been drinking tea for thousands of years, it wasn’t until British colonization that tea began being produced on a large scale in India for export.

The Assam region produces some of the best quality black teas in India. This area is particularly suited to growing tea because it has fertile soil and adequate rainfall each year, which are important conditions for growing the camellia sinensis var. assamica varietal used for making Assam tea.

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South America:

South America

Final stop! South American rainforest! One of the most unique brewed beverage offerings is full of history and culture, harvested from the depths of the Amazon rainforest.

Guayusa: Guayusa tea is a traditional caffeinated drink made from the leaves of the holly tree native to the Amazon rainforest. It's one of the most popular beverages in Ecuador, where it has been drunk for centuries, and it's now becoming a popular health food and drink in the US.

How is Guayusa tea made? Guayusa tea comes from a particular species of holly tree (Ilex guayusa) that grows wild in Ecuador's rainforests. The leaves are picked from wild trees, dried, and then brewed just like any other tea.

The taste is described as earthy with citrus notes and a subtle smokiness — similar to green or black tea but sweeter, with less caffeine than coffee or black tea.

The culture behind Guayusa tea: Guayusa has been consumed by indigenous people living in the rainforest for more than 5,000 years. They use it as an energy booster before hunting, fishing or going on long journeys through the jungle. Today it is still used by many indigenous tribes who live near its natural habitat in Ecuador's Amazon region.

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Conclusion:

Now that was a trip! Thanks for taking the time to explore the world together through tea, culture a little bit of history, and a love for a beverage that helps us all create communitea.

If you want to discover some teas from around the world in your own mug, take a look at our best-selling Teas From Around The World sampler gift set!

 

Sincerely,
Ryan Conlon
Employee of Jesus Christ

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