Flavours and Origins

Tea is a wonderful thing. It was discovered in 2737 BC by Chinese emperor, Shen-Ning. Tea leaves accidentally blew into his pot of boiling water and thus tea was born. Tea comes in an assortment of flavours and is the most consumed beverage after water. All tea is made from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. This evergreen plant is grown in high and cool mountainous regions. The difference between teas is the way in which the leaves are processed.

Black tea is the most common category. Black tea is typically bold in flavour. It has a longer oxidation process than most other teas. The leaves are cut up or rolled to release their natural oils, left to react with the air for several hours, roasted to stop oxidation and then dried out. Assam tea is a sultry and malty tasting black tea, and is India's most popular tea. It’s typically used as a blend in English breakfast tea. Assam tea is named after the region from where it's grown, at the edge of the eastern Himalayan mountains in India. Sri Lanka is known to have some of the finest tea in the world and has flavours ranging from chocolate to citrus. Sri Lankan tea tends to be strong, refreshing and colourful, and is tends to be used as a blend in English breakfast tea and Earl Grey tea. Sri Lanka's tea growing region is among the mountains of the central massif and the southern foothills of the island. Kenyan tea tends to be aromatic and has a distinct bright colour due to the country's tropical climate and rich volcanic soils. Kenyan tea is mostly grown in the highlands, west of the Rift Valley.

Our English breakfast tea is a black tea blend from Assam, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and Kenya, which gives this blend a strong and full-bodied flavour. Queen Victoria is said to have become very fond of this blend and it was eventually sold worldwide as ‘English breakfast tea’. This blend remains the popular choice of black teas even today. We recommend Mazawattee English Breakfast Tea to be served with a splash of milk, for an authentic British cuppa!

Earl Grey tea isn't a variety of tea at all. It's a blend of black teas, but the use of bergamot changes the flavour into an aromatic blend of floral, sweet and woodsy flavours. Our Earl Grey tea is a black tea blend from India and Sri Lanka, which gives it a zesty and vibrant taste. Earl Grey tea is one of the world's most popular flavoured teas, ideally served in the mornings and afternoons. As the story goes, Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1830 - 1834) reputedly received a gift of tea from a Chinese diplomat as a show of gratitude after the Earl saved his son from drowning. He then flavoured the tea with bergamot to counter balance the dominance of lime in his local water. This tale and the tea have proved to be so popular that he leaves behind one of his legacies known as Earl Grey tea. Our Mazawattee Earl Grey Tea which is further blended with orange peel and lemon peel to make for an aromatic and uplifting cup of tea. It is ideally served with a slice of lemon.

'Superfood' is a new term used to describe green tea. Green tea has the benefits of containing high levels of antioxidants which make it a powerful and healthy beverage. Green tea unlike black tea, is unoxidized, which means the oils in the leaves never react with the air and it gets to keep its green hue. Green tea is usually sweeter and mellower to taste than black tea, but it does depend a little on how it's processed. In Japan for example, green tea is usually flash-steamed to prevent oxidation and Chinese green tea is dry roasted instead. There are a wide variety of green teas available around the world. Sencha is the most popular tea in Japan. Sencha is briefly steamed before drying. This process gives it a grassy flavour and a bright green hue. Interestingly, some people say they can taste a little seaweed in the flavour too. Chinese tea from the Hunan Province, which is located in the south-central part, has long been known for its natural beauty and mixture of mountains and water. The region has been a major centre for growing fresh quality tea in China for thousands of years. Our green tea is sourced from the Hunan Province and processed the Japanese way, to give a light grassy and slightly sweet after taste, making for a smooth, clean and refreshing cup of tea. We recommend Mazawattee Sencha Green Tea to be served as is or with a slice of lemon.


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