The history of tea is as rich and diverse as it’s many variations. The first mention of the beverage was back in 2737 BC, when Emperor Shen Nung drank a boiled water infusion made from Camellia sinensis leaves. This practice quickly spread to other parts of China, and eventually to Tibet, India, and Southeast Asia. It wasn’t until later that people started infusing tea with different spices such as ginger or chamomile flowers to create unique flavor profiles. Today we have over 1,500 varieties available on the market! See: Herbal teas UK
The history of tea?
The first known reference to tea in Europe was around 1559 when a Portuguese merchant purchased some leaves from China and served them as an exotic delicacy. Tea quickly gained popularity, with Catherine of Braganza providing the drink for her guests at court during the 1660s and even the ascetic Oliver Cromwell opening up his garden to visitors keen on sampling this new discovery. However, it would be another three centuries before Britain’s love affair with tea really took off – thanks largely to socialite Anna Maria Primerano-Foley who started serving afternoon tea regularly between 1842 and 1850!
When was earl gray formed?
It is not certain how Earl Gray came about but one theory suggests that it might have been named after Charles Edward Grey (1764–1845) who was the second Earl Grey and Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1830 to 1834. The tea is said to have been created as a tribute by his servants in honor of their master’s political achievements!
Properties of green tea?
Green Tea has become popular due its high levels of antioxidants which are beneficial for long-term health, it also contains L-theanine – an amino acid that produces a calming effect without causing drowsiness. There are various types including Sencha (Japanese green tea), Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Chinese white peony tea) and Gunpowder or zhong cha( Chinese black leaf tea). White teas offer more subtle flavors then green, with mellow floral notes coming through while black teas tend to have stronger flavors.
Properties of white tea?
White tea is made from the unfermented leaves of Camellia Sinensis, which contain high levels of antioxidants that are beneficial for long-term health and contains L-theanine – an amino acid that produces a calm effect without causing drowsiness. There are various types including Sencha (Japanese green tea), Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Chinese white peony) or Gunpowder zhong cha black leaf tea). White teas offer more subtle flavours then green, with mellow floral notes coming through while black teas tend to be stronger in flavour.
Properties of black tea?
It was only during the 1800s when Britain’s love affair with this beverage really took off thanks largely to socialite Anna Maria Primerano-Foley who started serving afternoon tea regularly, with ladies of high society soon following suit. Earl Gray is said to have been created as a tribute by his servants in honour of their master’s political achievements and has become popular due its high levels of antioxidants which are beneficial for long-term health.
The properties that make this beverage such an important part of British life can be found in the botanical family Theaceae – members include Camellia Sinensis (green) Chamomile flowers, Sage leaves etc. Black teas tend to have stronger flavours while white teas offer more subtle flavours.