Like wine, tea comes from one bush (an evergreen, known as Camellia Sinensis).
For hundreds of years tea was a luxury product that only very few could afford. Quality was high and consumers were revered as connoisseurs.
Oddly most tea today bears little resemblance. Today 94% of tea is the dust (called ‘fannings’) remaining from the industrial machine-production of tea. An equivalent comparison is the cheap meat used in a pork pie!
Fine Tea needs careful skill from the farmer with unique characters of the location, climate, soil and elevation – the terroir