18th C. Chinese Tea Plantation by the Granger Collection, New York

and inspired by the great British tea heist of Robert Fortune in 1848

No one knows who first placed a tea leaf into a cup of hot water.  Perhaps, it was the mythical Emperor Shennong or Gautama Buddha…there are plenty of legends.

Chinese planters, as depicted in the image above, planted, picked, dried, stir-fried in wok, and rolled tea leaves which were quickly reduced to a handful of tea leaves making Mr. Fortune’s spying on these plantations a priceless exotic world commodity, and a new challenge to the Indian tea trade.

Because the tea making process was not very sanitary, the Chinese began the tradition that ‘the first cup of tea is for your enemies.’   The world over, Chinese tea is enjoyed for its refreshing, aromatic, stimulating and restorative, yet slightly bitter taste.

I think I’ll have a sip of Pi Lo Chun scented with peach, apricot and plum…try it, you might like it.

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