Not all Teas are Tea Blends

Not all Teas are Tea Blends

In the realm of tea, the term "tea blend" is often used, but it's essential to understand that not all teas are tea blends. This distinction is particularly significant in Chinese tea culture, where blending is not a traditional practice. The creation of tea blends is primarily an outcome of the industrialisation of tea production. To reduce costs, flavours, and qualities, teas from different regions or various parts of the tea plant, such as leaves and stems, are blended together. This process ensures a consistent product but often overlooks the unique characteristics that individual teas can offer.   For a more detailed exploration of tea's authentic essence, delve into our How to identify a good tea blog post.
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The urgency and standardisation inherent in producing tea blends contrast with the appreciation for "living teas" - teas that embody the unique essence of their origin and the meticulous care in their production. It is through this lens that we begin to appreciate tea not just as a commodity, but as a living heritage — a cup of tea is not merely a blend but a reflection of a region's culture, climate, and the tea maker's philosophy.  Such teas invite us to slow down and savor the diversity and richness of flavours that the world of tea has to offer, beyond the realm of standardised blends. This understanding shifts the perspective on tea, highlighting the beauty of Wild, Ancient and Traditional tea practices. 
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