RwandaRegular price $6.25
Origin: Rwanda, Africa
Description: Though the African continent is best known in the tea world for the caffeine-free Rooibos infusions from the Western Cape province of South Africa, or for the mint and green tea blends from Morocco and Egypt in the North, nearly every country on the continent now engages in the production of tea or tisane to some extent. The vast and varied topography, seasonal weather changes, cultural histories and lasting colonial impact across Africa have led to a diversity of tea types, tea rituals and tea export economies. Introduced to the country in 1952, tea is now one of Rwanda’s leading agricultural industries. Rooted in the abundant Central-East African terroir, most of Rwanda’s geography is elevated – the lowest point of the country is still 950 metres above sea level. Due to this elevation, the climate is relatively cooler than other countries so close to the equator, ensuring a healthy environment for tea plants.
Tasting Notes: A lively morning Pekoe tea. Flavourful, aromatic, and with a smooth boldness that remains strong, due to the broken-leaf quality, without becoming astringent or overpowering. The cup is a brisk amber, the liquor warm and the mouth invigorating and full.
Brewing Instructions: 2g per cup. 100ºC water. Steep 3-5 minutes.
China has a rich and ancient tradition of producing high quality teas of all varieties, and black tea is no exception. This is where tea culture and industry, as we know it, began nearly 2,000 years ago.
Known as ‘Red Tea’ in China, the tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis sinensis plant are smaller and finer than their Indian counterparts, the Camellia sinensis assamica, and prefer cooler mountainous regions. Usually plucked by hand and gently processed, the end result are exquisitely fragrant teas with lesser levels of astringency and a soft body.
Several Chinese provinces are famous for their regional tea selections: Fujian Province is home to the well-known, pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong, while Keemun tea, the official choice of the British Queen, is produced in Anhui Province. Yunnan province produces the ever-popular varieties of Yunnan black tea and is also the region where China started its tea cultivation.
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