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Types of Tea

No doubt you have your own favourite tea brand or blend, but do look through this section and discover other wonderful teas to go out and try...

Although tea was discovered in China nearly five thousand years ago, it took several thousand years before the plant, botanical name Camellia sinensis, found its way to other parts of the world. Today, tea is grown on a commercial scale in approximately three dozen countries and, in each country, the product makes a significant contribution to the economy of the agricultural sector. Tea is grown from China to Argentina, Nepal to South Africa, and, next to water, tea is the worlds most consumed drink.

Tea scientists have been working closely with nature for the past two hundred years to produce new tea cultivars that can thrive in difficult conditions like drought yet continue to produce satisfactory yields that deliver the quality that consumers expect.

 

There are approximately 1,500 different varieties of tea, all offering interesting and varied style´s, taste and colour. The character of tea, like wine, is influenced by the elevation of the garden, the soil, wind conditions and temperature and, of course, the quality of the plucking. With so many teas to choose from there is a lifetime of enjoyable exploration ahead.

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How many?

How many cups a day...... The number of recommended cups of tea to drink each day is 4, this gives you optimal benefit. More →

Tea Advisory Panel (TAP)

TAP The Tea Advisory Panel was created to provide media with impartial information regarding the health benefits of tea. Panel members include nutritionists; dieticians and doctors. For further information please call 0207 052 8989. Read more...

TEA a brief history...

Tea is so much a part of everyday life in Britain that we might never stop to think about how a unique plant from faraway China became the nation's favourite drink. But the history of tea is fascinating, and in this section we can follow its story from the earliest times in Imperial China right up to its present place at the heart of British life. Read more...