Tea has been around for thousands of years. Originating in the area of modern day India, Burma, southwest China and Tibet , legend says that Chinese Emperor Shennong discovered tea when leaves blew into the water that he was boiling to purify .
Nowadays there is quite a variety of tea available. From the original and traditional Chinese and Assam teas, to varieties created through various plants, drying and fermentation processes and blends. While traditional tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, other teas come from plants such as South African Rooibos, chamomile from the daisy family, or any other number of sources.
There are now many types of teas available to the . And there are tea blends which use the base plant plus additives such as lavender, or orange oil, or even popped rice, such as in Genmaicha tea. Everyone has their own tastes - you certainly can find one that appeals to you.
SOME TEA TERMS:
First Flush: The first tea harvested in the spring, sometimes late winter season. This is considered to be the best, and is often the most expensive.