Where is tea grown? It is principally grown in sub-tropical countries of the Far East.
Tea producing countries such as China, India, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and Japan immediately come to mind. Where is tea grown? is a question which today has a more complex answer however. We source our teas from all the principal tea growing countries and areas of the world as well as from some rather less well known areas that produce excellent, distinctive tea. Where is tea grown – a matter of nature and trade.
China, from where the native tea plant grows in the wild. The most celebrated tea growing area in China is the ‘golden triangle’ formed by the mountains of Huang Shan, Mogan Shan, Qi Shan and Tian mu Shan.
Anhui province is famous for its black Keemun known by some as the ‘Burgundy of teas’. These teas were England’s favourite in the 1800s. Yunnan Province produces black teas with distinctive earthy teas of the same name, and Fujian province from where unique Lapsang Souchong tea originates. Most tea grown in China is green. We stock a large range of Green China tea. White tea originates from Anhui Province in China. We stock several traditional budset and leaf style white teas. See our page dedicated to explaining the origins of China Tea.
Taiwan, originally known as Formosa, is highly regarded for its oolong teas. See our Oolong Teas page.
Vietnam has been producing tea for centuries and has been exporting it since the start of the 19th century. It is particularly suited to producing oolongs of which we have a high quality rolled example.
India is known for robust Assam teas, grown in the Brahmaputra valley. These are generally drunk with milk. Darjeeling, around the famous ex-British hill station in the Himalayas produces light afternoon teas known as the ‘Champagne of Teas’. In the Western Ghats, to the south of India, are the Nilgiri hills which produce highly acclaimed Nilgiri Teas.
Tea is also notably grown in these countries
Nepal, also in the Himalayas, has a loyal following. We stock very good Nepalese tea grown in the east of the country. Since privatisation Nepal produces excellent quality orthodox teas at high altitude of a Darjeeling character.
Sri Lanka is source of the much admired and distinctively fragrant Ceylon Teas. We stock teas from the principal tea growing areas: Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva.
Japan is renown for its green sencha, courser bancha and matcha. See our Japanese Teas.
Kenya is generally known as the source for most of our well known, branded tea blends. These tend to be small leaf CTC (Cut Tear Curl). However, we are pleased to stock two unusual large leaf orthodox teas. See our Kenyan Black Tea.
Rwanda in central Africa, particularly mountainous in the west has highly fertile volcanic soils at high altitude perfect for good quality tea production. The teas are golden and flowery of which we have a good example from the Rukeri garden.
Tanzania in East Africa now produces a little high quality orthodox tea. Privatisation and research into clonals and soil and water conservation is helping this. We stock a green tea and an oolong from the Usambara Mountains in the Masai Steppe.