Around the World with Tea: CHINA
TIME FOR TEA
To celebrate the launch of Time for Tea, we're setting off on our own little odyssey through the history of the world's most popular drink as part of our 'Around the World' series. And where better to start our adventure than in ancient China, the birthplace of tea and home to the largest tea-drinking population on the planet.
From its fabled origins as the creation of a wise and powerful emperor to the Buddhist monks that helped spread this glorious brew across Asia, there are a huge range of styles and varieties of tea in China, from the super-strong Tibetan yak butter tea in the west, via the pu’er of Yunnan down south, to the eastern regions of Fujian (where you’ll find whites, jasmines and Lapsang Souchongs), and the famed green teas of Zhejiang. From the soft, delicate, apricot-scented purity of Fuding Silver Needle, to the rich, smoky allure of Lapsang Souchong, China is a tea lover’s paradise.
Enjoy this excerpt from Time for Tea, written by Tom Parker-Bowles, with illustrations by Zebedee Helm and photography by David Loftus.