Tea Term of the Month: “Single Origin”

Huang Shan Hair Tip Green Tea

Refers to those loose leaf teas which hail from a single geographic region, estate or garden.  Such “single origin” teas bear the closest relationship to the areas in which they’re grown, reflecting the unique combination of soil, climate, geography, etc. found there (often called “terroir” in the wine industry).  Single origin teas are contrasted by blends composed of teas from two or more geographic areas.   As with most agricultural products, the characteristics of single origin teas can fluctuate from year to year due to changing conditions where they’re grown.  Conversely, blends made of teas from a variety of locations can be adjusted to maintain a consistent flavor profile, year after year.  In doing so, however, they lose the special traits that are unique to any one particular origin.  Our website (www.ArborTeas.com) distinguishes which of our black teas, oolong teas, green teas, white teas and pu-erh teas are of “single origin” and which aren’t.  Finding top-quality single origin organic teas couldn’t be easier!

November 09 2009 07:30 pm | Tea Terms

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