In order to discover all the tea-growing areas of the world, we would have to come around a lot. There are many famous tea growing areas that could not be more different. Today we will take you to Asia and show you five of the most popular tea growing areas in the world!

1. The traditional region of Darjeeling

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A picker at the Glenburn Tea Estate in Darjeeling

This tea growing area is particularly popular in the Western World. Darjeeling – a traditional name that stands for high quality teas from the Himalayas. Founded in the 18th century by the British, Darjeeling is a young growing area. It was founded, just like the tea farms in Assam, to make it independent of the Chinese tea trade. The tea plants in Darjeeling as well as a lot of knowledge about the production of tea also comes from China. Over the many decades, however, a very special character emerged.

On the one hand, the tea from the west to Darjeeling is immense and you want to adapt to the Western taste. Firstly, because the climatic conditions in the Himalayas produce a different aroma profile in tea than teas from China. We love Darjeeling tea and are always happy to find this delicious variety in our cups!

2. The tea paradise Taiwan

Taiwan has a lively and active tea culture. Nowhere in the world is tea as much a part of daily life as in Taiwan. It is not surprising that the small island has gained great fame all over the world for excellent oolong teas. Especially the tightly rolled oolongs make many tea hearts beat faster for their floral and fresh character. The teas from the highlands are of particularly high quality. The in Taiwan as Gao Shan Cha (“high mountain tea”) wake up to 2500 meters. These high mountain teas have a delicate and flowery character.

The best areas in Taiwan include:

There are also many more great regions within Taiwan. In the lower regions grows the famous tea variety name “Eastern Beauty”. Eastern Beauty is deliberately bitten by small cicadas called
Jacobiasca formosana,
which are found only in the lower areas. The cicadas bite provides a reaction in the tea leaves, which gives the fertgien tea a sweet and nutmeg-like taste! By the way: we have already written a great article about the history and production of taiwanese oolong teas!

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Tea plants in the highlands of Taiwan

3. The impressive mountains in the Wuyi Mountains

The Wuyi Gebige is one of the most famous and above all most important tea growing areas. The Wuyi Mountains are the birthplace of many teas and also the place of origin of the Oolong Tees. The area stretches over 500 km below is located at the highest punk and a whopping 2158 meters above sea level. The Wuyi Mountains have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. This means that nature conservation and the preservation of the surrounding area is of particular importance here. The gorges in the deep valleys and the striking steep mountains characterize this area like no other in China.

Famous varieties from Wuyi

There are four well-known teas from Wuyi. The Da Hong Pao “big red robe”. The Tie Luo Hao. “Iron War Monk” and the Bai Ji Guan white comb. And the Shui Jin Gui. “golden sea turtle”. All these teas have one thing in common: all four are oolong teas. Apart from that, all teas have an enormous variety of tastes and complexity and could not be more different.

The Da Hong Pao is mostly dark and roasted. Thus will underline the sweet and fruity notes in the tea. The Bai Ji Guan, on the other hand, is rather bright and reminds a little of greenish Taiwan Oolongs. Indeed, the Wuyi Mountains and Fujian region have had a huge impact on neighboring Taiwan. After World War II, many Oolong tea farmers fled to Taiwan and continue their traditional crafts on the small island.

4. Uji – The Tea Heart of Japan

The Uji region is located in central Japan and is part of Kyoto Prefecture. Uji is generally considered to be the heart of the Japanese tea industry. Here it was also that for the first time ever in Japanese history, tea was grown. Originally it was Japanese monks who started growing tea here. The freshly picked tea leaves grinded the Buddhist monks to a fine powder, which we know today under the name Matcha. The extremely caffeinated matcha was drunk by the temple dwellers to stay focused and awake during their long meditation.

Even today, Uji is especially famous for its high-quality matcha tea all over the world. Over the centuries, many tea farms have perfected and refined the knowledge of making a brilliant matcha. But it is not only matcha that has created a fantastic reputation for the Uji tea region: shadow teas such as Gyokuro or partially shaded Kabusecha are also very popular here!

The special thing about this fascinating region is the hilly landscape in Uji. Similar to the cultivation of wine, a steep position of the plants is advantageous for tea cultivation. As a result, the tea plants only get a part of the day light and not too many bitter substances are formed. We are always thrilled by the teas from Uji. In our shop you will find many noble green teas from Uji!

5. In Assam there are not only rhinos

Hardcore tea professionals will surely be surprised. For example, many manufacturers in the Assam region go so strongly out of mass rather than class. However, our reasons for including Assam in this list are quite simple. Assam is a tea growing area that enjoys immense popularity among tea drinkers all over the world. His now with the East Frisians, in whose nutty tea mixtures can often be found Assam tea. Or the British, where the Five o’ Clock and English Breakfast would not be the same without Assam.

Surely the Assam is rarely the creme de la creme of the tea world. It doesn’t have to be. Because Assam Tea makes countless tea hearts beat faster every day and is a firm everyday companion of many people. In addition, small pearls can be found from Assam from time to time, which give an impression of what Assam tea can offer!

 

Fancy tea?

Now that you’ve been drinking a lot of tea, you’ll surely feel the need to enjoy a delicious cup of tea. If so, have a look at our fantastic shop. Here you can discover high-quality and sustainably grown top teas from the most prestigious areas of Asia. We look forward to your visit!

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