Scented, aromatic and elegant — here are 7 destinations for tea lovers, an ancient beverage steeped in history and tradition.
We know that, like us, there are plenty of travelers out there who believe there’s no better way to travel than through the flavors and aromas of a destination. We’ve taken a look at some of the world’s most bizarre foods,best gourmet shops as well as some spiked hot tipples to cozy up with during the winter, but we haven’t talked about tea, the true beverage king.
Cozy, aromatic, warm but light, tea is suitable for every moment of the day, every season and every kind of accompanying food. Plus, tea is also the protagonist of ancient rites and traditions in different cultures. Therefore, he’s a look at seven destinations for tea lovers.
1. Uji, Japan
Let’s start from Japan, where the tradition of tea is expressed in a very precise ritual: the ceremony’s guest of honor must first admire and contemplate the beauty of everything around him or her, starting with the chawan cup. This ceremony is rooted in a Zen Buddhism philosophy based on the principle of the search for beauty in all things, and contemplation. As far as the raw material is concerned, Uji, near Kyoto, is one of the country’s oldest matcha producers. The powdered green tea that seems to have incredibly beneficial properties, and has now conquered even the passionate tea drinkers in the West. Uji’s matcha tea plantations are open to the public and of course, you can also test the product on site.
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One of the highlights of our Japan trip was visiting the tea farms in Wazuka 和束(hometown to the finest Uji Tea) and joining the Dmatcha tea picking tour 🍃 Every single corner of this place is magical, the endless rows of tea fields are so beautifully maintained. Daiki, the owner of Dmatcha gave us a thorough walkthrough of how green tea is made, and we also got to do a tasting of different types of green tea 😋 I would highly recommend you all to go for this tour, you won’t regret it! #nzjp19 . . . #kyoto #discoverkyoto #japan_vacations #instagramjapan #team_jp_ #japantrip #visitjapanjp #citygrammers #passionpassport #beautifuldestinations #photo_jpn #explorekyoto #sugoiijapan #wondersofnippon #京都 #bestjapanpics #retrip_nippon #wazuka #和束 #dmatcha #teapickingtour #greentea #matcha #ujitea #teafields #dmatchakyoto
2. San Miguel, Azores Islands
The Gorreana tea farms on San Miguel island in the Azores is an unexpected tea destination known by true connoisseurs. It seems that the first tea plants arrived from Brazil in the early 19th century and since then, tea growers have specialized in just one type of tea that varies in aroma depending on the processing. Broken Leaf is a persistent tea, Orange Pekoe has a rounder and lighter aroma, while Hysson is made from steam processing. Gorreana is open to visitors, and you can even take home a fragrant souvenir.
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Anche l'Europa ha le sue piantagioni di tè. Si trovano nell'isola di São Miguel e questa è una delle due. Si può fare un giro tra la piantagione, curiosare tra i macchinari, assaggiare tè a volontà e, ovviamente, acquistarlo. Una visita vale la pena anche durante una giornata di pioggia incessante.
Even British afternoon tea is, in fact, a real ritual. Black tea with milk coupled with an array of both sweet and savory appetizers, preferably served in an ancient and elegant atmosphere. There are many places in London where you can enjoy afternoon tea suited to various budgets and tastes—there are even some geared toward the young’ uns. Afternoon tea in London is a must-have experience for all tea lovers.
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📸@afternoonteadiaries Festive Afternoon Tea at The Shard’s Shangri-La Hotel… Tag your Festive Dates! ✨♥️🎄⛄️💝 . London feels particularly festive this year, with stunning seasonal installations and so many themed Afternoon Teas, so if you’re looking for one with beautiful views of London, the @shangrilalondon’s festive version is definitely not one to miss! As you make your way up to Level 35 of @theshardlondon, you’ll pass the Shangri-La’s contemporary festive installation made using recycled glass bottles, to promote sustainability, as well as more traditional festive decor including reindeer, baubles, a gingerbread man and even a gingerbread Shard! Your experience in @tinglondon begins with a magical palate cleansing tea, because who doesn’t love a bit of magic? You can try as many teas as you like from the extensive selection by @camellias_teahouse, and I particularly love the Chai Tea, Earl Grey Orange and Cinnamon Black Tea. Traditional and Vegetarian sandwiches are delicious and refillable, and our favourite fillings were turkey with cranberry, harissa paste, and roast peppers! Scones are freshly baked and moreish, perfectly accompanied by clotted cream and strawberry jam. The sweet treats are the most festive, with fruit cake and mince pies as well as 4 festive fancies: Mulled Wine & Pear Compote Christmas Baubles, Mint Chocolate, Blackcurrant & Hibiscus Christmas Trees, Coffee Bavarois & Orange Jam Snowmen, and my favourite, exquisite Passionfruit & Cardamom Macarons! Tasty food, gorgeous views and great service: be sure to request a window table! Swipe across for more details, Save it, Share it, and Tag your Festive Dates! [complimentary] ✨ . Have you been to The Shard? Any fun festive plans coming up soon? Let me know!✨ . . . #afternoonteadiaries #afternoontea #tea #teatime #afternoonteatime #londontea #teafortwo #londonafternoontea #afternoontealondon #hightea #creamtea #sweettreats #teaandcake #teaparty #scones #pinkpinkpink #theshard #theshardlondon #thisislondon #prettycitylondon #prettylittlelondon #visitlondon #timeoutlondon #mysecretlondon #londonlife #londonchristmas #christmasinlondon #feelingfestive #festiveafternoonte
4. Rize, Turkey
Another tea that boasts a tradition in its own right is Turkish tea. This strong black tea is prepared by dipping it in a double teapot and then served in a glass with a very particular shape. Tea lovers can add Rize to the list of places to visit as it is one of the largest tea producers in the Middle East.
5. Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
A former English colony, Sri Lanka’s favorable climate has made it an important destination on the tea producers’ map. Nuwara Eliya is even called “Little England” and the tradition of Tamil gatherers is very interesting to discover. The most exported tea is Ceylon, with its round taste and golden color.
6. Darjeeling, India
India as a whole is an incredible tea destination, and Darjeeling is said to produce around 25% of India’s tea. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in West Bengal, Darjeeling is known for its green, white, black and oolong teas. The Happy Valley Tea Estate, established in 1850, is open to visitors and makes for a memorable experience—though it might be a little unbecoming during Monsoon season (June – September), if your schedule permits, plan your trip for another time of year.
We said tea is good in any season, and we mean it! One of the perfect destinations for (cold) tea lovers is, in fact, Taiwan, where Bubble Tea was invented in the 80s. Legend says that a tired woman who, bored during a work meeting, dropped her tapioca cake in the tea to try something different and have some fun. The result of this experiment was so enjoyable that today there are so many versions of Bubble tea with so many different flavors and combined with so many flavors of gelatinous tapioca pearls.
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Kamu pasti sudah tidak asing dengan bubble tea? Yap minuman ini adalah minuman asal Taiwan yang terkenal di seluruh dunia. Bubble tea pertama kali diciptakan sekitar tahun 1980-an oleh pendiri kedai Chun Shui Tea House, Liu Han-Chieh. Ide membuat bubble tea ini muncul ketika ia mengunjungi Jepang dan melihat banyak minuman kopi yang diseduh dingin. Kemudian ia mencoba minuman teh yang disajikan dingin. . Lalu ketika ada rapat pengembangan bisnis kedainya, terdapat puding khas Taiwan yang terbuat dari tepung tapioka sebagai snack. Liu iseng untuk mencampur potongan puding itu ke dalam es teh dan meminumnya. Dan ternyata orang-orang yang ada di rapat tersebut menyukainya dan hal ini menjadi sejarah cikal bakal minuman bubble tea yang terkenal di dunia! #taiwanknowledge #bubbletea #bubbleteatime #taiwanbubbletea #bubbleteataiwan