Tea Travels with The Tao of Tea

Since their beginning in 1997, owner and staff from The Tao of Tea have had the pleasure of taking many trips abroad to explore tea and connect with farmers and artisan tea makers from different parts of the world. Join Veerinder Chawla, owner of The Tao of Tea and purveyor of some of the finest whole leaf teas available—including handcrafted teas sourced directly from the growers, as he shares his personal stories and photos of cultivating tea from India and China.

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Sunday, October 8—Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China

Less than 1 percent of all tea in the world originates from Old Growth Tea Forest. These are the oldest tea trees in the world, some dating back over a thousand years. Located in the south, Xishuangbanna is considered as the birthplace of tea and home to several tea mountains with minorities’ communities. 

Sunday, October 15—Dinshu, Jiangsu Province, China

Dinshu, also known as Yixing is located on the western side of Lake Tai in Jiangsu Province. It is world famous for its clay teapots. The clay here is very flexible and can be fired at temperatures as high as porcelains. Resourceful tea drinking monks discovered that teapot made by clay in this region is ideal for tea brewing because of its porous structure and its distinctive mineral content.

Sunday, October 22—Darjeeling, India

Darjeeling, India located in the lesser Himalayas of west Bengal, at the elevation of 6700 feet, is one the best known areas for tea in the world. Unlike most Indian teas, Darjeeling tea is normally made from small-leaved Chinese variety of Camellia rather than the large-leaved Assam plant.

About The Tao of Tea

Purveyors of some of the finest whole leaf teas available—including handcrafted teas sourced directly from the growers. Providing one of the largest selections of certified organic teas in the United States, The Tao of Tea also offers a vast selection in handcrafted and artisan tea wares to complement the tea drinking experience. 

Upcoming Tea Travels with The Tao of Tea

Sunday, October 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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