on Sunday, August 4, 2013 12:41:00 AM
We often talk about how our tea is high mountain grown, but we
usually don't explain enough why it is important to get your tea from
mountain sources rather than from valleys or from lower elevations. Here
are three reasons to sources your teas from high elevations.
plants are best suited to high mountain climates. The earliest known
tea plants were found wild growing in the high mountains of China, so
the plant is ideally suited for this type of environment. The high
mountain soil, water, air, and climate all provide a unique terroir that
lends itself to the highest quality tea
- The higher elevation
farms tend to be cleaner. A farm can use only organic growing standards,
but if they are located at the bottom of a mountain and the farms above
them use lots of pesticides and chemical fertilizers that will
eventually come down the mountain and end up in the soil.
elevation farms are typically more bio diverse. When you look for a tea
try to avoid farms that strip the land to plant tea crops. Instead look
for farms that allow the natural grasses and plants to continue growing
around the tea plants. The tea plants take longer to grow in these
types of environments, but the flavor is much better and more rounded
than with strictly monoculture tea farms.
These are three good reasons to search for truly high mountain grown teas rather than low elevation teas.