Premium Tea Blends: Quality And Value

The majority of teas that are purchased today are blends. This is due to the fact that truly pure teas are never duplicated. A fine black tea will taste differently due to variances in where the tea is grown and the time of year that it is harvested.

There are two reasons for developing premium tea blends. Number one is to try to create a standard quality for a particular tea. A cost-conscious but quality tea blend can be created by mixing a small amount of high grade tea with a large amount of a lower grade tea. The other reason to develop a premium tea blend is to create a new flavor.

The tea plant known as Camellia Sinensis is native to both China and regions in India. In the wild, tea plants are known to reach heights of over 90 feet. Historically, primates were taught to climb the plants, tear of the leaves, and drop them to their human counterparts for collection. In modern times we trim our tea plants to about three feet each, and harvest them in large crops to facilitate easy harvesting. Storing premium tea blends in sealed airtight containers away from light is essential to ensuring that they retain their flavor and don't soak up other smells or tastes.

In addition to being warming and having a great taste, tea is very beneficial to your health. Over 25 different countries produce tea, the key players including China, Nepal, India, Japan and Sri Lanka. Thus there are at least 2000 varieties of tea.

The three main categories of tea are: Black, Green, and Oolong, each with its own varieties. Black and Green teas originate from the same tea plant, but are being processed differently. Black tea is oxidized for several hours before drying. And Green tea is steamed immediately after picking. Oolong (green/black) tea is also partially fermented to preserve some of the delicate flavor of the black tea. Green Tea has long been known as a health tonic, elixir, and satisfying beverage. Many scientific researches today have proved that fact.

During the Tang Dynasty in China, which lasted from 6816 to 906 B.C., tea transformed into the nationally acclaimed beverage. Tea delivery prior to those times was a very lengthy and arduous process, since the Suez Canal had not yet been opened. Receiving tea all the way from Europe, whether by ocean or land delivery, took months and usually meant weak tea that had suffered loss of quality. When sent by boat, tea was called "Canton" tea, and tea delivered by land was called "Caravan" tea. Caravan tea was usually favored because of its better quality.

Teas today has become a very popular and profitable industry. Along with the premium tea blends, you can purchase many products as well as gift kits that would be truly appreciated by you friends and family as a gift for any occasion. Themed teas gift baskets, teas chests, Christmas teas baskets etc. usually come with beautiful mugs, spoons and other goodies.

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About The Author, Sveinung Skoglund
Today tea has become a large industry. Since most completely pure teas are never the same, almost all teas available today are blends. A fine black tea plucked on a certain date from a particular estate or region will vary from year to year. All premium tea blends are stored out of the sunlight in an air tight environment to maintain the integrity and flavor of the tea leaf.