"A woman is like a teabag – it’s only when she’s in hot water that you realise how strong she is." - Nancy Regan.
New Zealand’s flamboyant foodie- Peta Mathais brings you her idiosyncratic take on the story of tea and the world’s addiction to it.
“Life is like tea. The longer it is immersed, the richer it becomes.” - Chinese proverb.
Legend has it that ‘a Chinese emperor named Chen Nung discovered tea in 2737 BC. When sitting in his garden some dried leaves from a nearby camellia bush blew into a pot of boiling water. The emperor decided to drink the infusion and found it refreshing. A Taste of Tea takes off to China to put some geography into the legend. To the Chinese, tea making and drinking is an art form focused on taste. We visit a famed Beijing teahouse and to learn about the basics of tea.
“Cup of char, deary?” - blame the Poms.
Our love of tea can be directly blamed on the British. A Taste of Tea travels to London. Stephen Twining, a 10th generation Twining from London’s world famous tea business, recounts the remarkable history of tea and the Brits. Three hundred years ago London was awash with bawdy coffee and rum houses. No lady could be seen in such a place. Thomas Twining created a craze for tea among London’s society ladies.
A Taste of Tea takes us to Sri Lanka, to the plantations, the factories, the tastings and the auctions. Here in a picture perfect landscape we discover the secrets behind the diversity of tea.
When you look beyond the tealeaves in the bottom of a cup you are looking at a contemporary history of mankind for the simple tealeaf has an epic history. It has set national codes, sparked wars, revolutions, turned ordinary people into saints and sinners, Britain even lost its American colonies over it.