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Cultivating Tea – Top Tea Growers in the World

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July 2, 2014

Along with millions of citizens around the globe, we at The Republic of Tea delight in the diverse world of tea.  With extensive choices in flavor and variety there is something for everyone.  Tea is one of the most consumed beverages worldwide (second only to water!)  Have you ever wondered where exactly all this tea is grown and produced?  Let us explore five of the top tea growing regions together.

5. Taiwan – Mostly produced in Taiwan, oolong teas have been beloved worldwide for the past 150 years.  Taiwan boasts a strong tea culture and the majority of the teas cultivated there are consumed on the island.  For a rare chance to enjoy the fine quality of teas from Taiwan, steep a cup of Wuyi Oolong Full-Leaf tea, the subtle flavors of honey and peach are sure to delight.

4. Japan – The teas of Japan are famous for their healthy and invigorating effects.  Solely producing green tea, Japan grows nearly 100,000 tons annually. Try a cup of Sencha Kyoto or Big Green Hojicha Full-Leaf teas to discover for yourself why Japan is synonymous with green tea.

3. Sri Lanka – Famous for its Ceylon black tea, Sri Lanka produces 7% of tea internationally.  Start your day with a warm cup of our Mango Ceylon Black Tea to acquaint yourself with a sample of Sri Lanka tea, straight from the source.

2. India – Formerly the number one tea producer, India generates 20% of tea worldwide.  Many of the most acclaimed and well-known teas hail from the areas of Assam and Darjeeling.  While India ranks number two in production, they are the world leaders in tea consumption.  To experience some of the prominent favorites, steep a cup of Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Tea, Organic Assam Breakfast Black Tea, or British Breakfast Black Tea.  Try sampling all three with our Indian Taster Tin Flight!

1. China – Producing 35% of world’s tea, China ranks number one in exportation with 15% of its land used for tea cultivation.  Green tea, white tea, and oolong are teas commonly associated with and developed in China.  If you would like to try some premium, China-grown tea, consider our Chinese Taster Tin featuring three full-leaf loose teas.  Make it a truly authentic occasion by using an Artisan Cast-Iron Teapot and Infuser.  For more information about Chinese tea, check out Great Teas of China by Roy Fong.

We hope we have piqued your thirst for knowledge with a better understanding of the world’s top tea producers as well as your thirst for tea!