THE MAGICAL CAMELLIA
For over 5,000 years, tea has played a very magical and mysterious role in producing relaxation, attentiveness, and an excellent mood to whoever consumed it. People from all walks of life appreciate it for all of its unique properties. As the most popular drink after water, there are still a lot of things that we do not know about tea. What is it for? Where does it come from? Historically, tea bush (Camellia sinensis) is a botanical cousin of the horticultural camellia (Camellia japonica). It originated from South-West China and North-East India. It is in these places where the two principal varieties were first discovered. There is the China bush and Assam bush.
There is an enormous diversity of the varieties of tea. It has grown in different parts of the world and has produced many different kinds of sensations, colors, and even effects. Tea lovers all know the varieties and what they are for. Whether it is the white tea, the green tea, oolong, or black tea, there is a tea variety that does not grow old in the taste of individuals. Every tea crop changes depending on the temperature, light, shadow, and even the quality of the soil and the water. The important aspect is the timing of the harvest and the part of the tea bush that is subjected to the harvest.
THE TEA MASTER’S CRAFT
Once the tea is harvested, the taste of the tea would depend on the processing. It is based on the kind of fermentation used by the tea master and the level of craft that he uses. This kind of fermentation is also called oxidation which can be done in different ways such as by bruising, rolling, drying, or baking the tea. The most important part of tea making is controlling the subtleties of the process. It is an art in itself that needs to be done with great skill and expertise.