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Tea Origins, Growing, Processing, Blending & Cupping

Learn about advanced tea topics, such as tea origins and processing, with this guide to tea. It includes articles on tea growing regions, tea books / documentaries, aged Taiwanese oolongs, Japanese green teas and more.

Aged Taiwanese Oolong Tea
In this Q&A, aged oolong collector Shiuwen Tai of Floating Leaves discusses how to age oolong tea, what aged Taiwanese oolongs taste like and more.

Bai Tea Ceremony
The Bai are an ethnic minority in China with a deep, longstanding connection to tea. In this collection of photos, About.com's guide to travel in China explains the three-course Bai tea ceremony, which is a celebration of the three stages of life.

Documentary Films About Tea
With its inherent good looks and charm, tea is a natural star on the silver screen. Here are a few of the documentary films about tea that have chronicled the histories, cultures and techniques behind it.

Japanese Green Tea Image Gallery
Around the world, most green teas are roasted for a smooth, mellow flavor. However, Japanese green teas such as Asamushi Sencha, Yame Gyokuro and Genmaimatcha are steamed, resulting in a vibrant green color and "vegetal" (vegetable-like, "green" or grassy) flavor. Learn what makes each Japanese green tea unique in this illustrated guide to...

Maps of India's Tea-Producing Regions
Explore India's terroir and tea-producing regions with these annotated maps of Darjeeling, Assam, Nilgiri and more.

Pu-erh Processing & Harvesting
About.com's guide to travel in China shared this illustrated guide to pu-erh harvesting and processing. The photo collection also includes images of the pu-erh ceremony, deep-fried tealeaves and how to make tealeaf dumplings.

Sri Lankan Tea Regions
Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) is home to several major tea-producing areas.

Tea Books
Ready to continue your tea education? This list of tea books is ideal for anyone who is interested in learning more about the flavors, histories, cultures and artisanal practices associated with the ancient brew we call “tea.”

Tea Cupping
Tea professionals often do "tea cuppings", or professional tea tastings, to assess the qualities of different teas. Learn about how they cup teas and what they look for with this guide to tea cupping.

Tea Flushes / Growing Seasons
Indian teas are often referred to as "First Flush" or "Second Flush," while Japanese teas go by names like "Shincha" ("first tea"). These names are important because of the impact growing season has on the flavor of the brew. Learn all about tea flushes (or growing seasons) here.

Tea Flushes in Darjeeling
Learn what makes first flush Darjeeling tea, second flush Darjeeling tea and autumnal Darjeeling tea unique with this guide to Darjeeling tea flushes.

Tea Production Regions
Tea is grown everywhere from the craggy Himalayan mountain range to the sandy lowlands outside Charleston, South Carolina. Learn more about the major tea producing countries and regions across the world, including India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka and more.

Tea Terroir / Growing Region Basics
Just like with wine, coffee and chocolate, growing region has a huge impact on the final flavor of tea. Here are the basics of tea terroir (or the impact growing location on flavor).

Test Your Tea Knowledge - Intermediate Tea Quiz
How much do you know about tea types, processing, origins, consumption and chemistry? Take this intermediate level tea quiz to find out!

White Tea Photo Gallery
Learn about white teas' flavors, processing and origins with this illustrated guide to white tea types.

Withering is an important step in processing many types of tea. It's also much simpler than you think it is.

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