Tea is a magical drink whose very presence adds meaning to every environment. Drinking tea is a habit that is independent of time or place. Tea, a refreshment that will keep you company on good and bad days, is the hero of an adventure adventure that has lasted for thousands of years.
Tea, with its leaves, color, and scent, is a S.000-year-old cultural phenomenon. After water, tea is the second most consumed drink in the world. The scent of tea alone warms one it is a natural flavor brewed in summer to quench thirst, a companion desired in conversations between friends, and has millions of devotees.
According to historical sources, tea first appeared in China. At first, the Chinese only used tea for medicinal purposes however, it was not long before the pleasure it provides was discovered. Naturally, the most common origin myth regarding tea comes from the same geography. One spring morning the servants of the great Chinese emperor Shennong started to boil water in the garden Just at that moment a leaf, caught up in the wind. fell into the water. The scent that emanated from the boiling water encouraged the emperor to taste the concoction, and this is how tea was discovered. Due to the divine characteristics of Shennong in Chinese mythology, tea took on a mystical meaning. A similar interpretation appears in the Indian tradition. tis claimed that the first person to drink Indian tea was Buddha. Both of these stories indicate that tea is not an ordinary drink.
The inspiration to brew dry tea leaves rather than fresh ones is another turning point in the history of tea In the 5th century AD this discovery led to an explosion of the popularity of drinking tea-this wave first hit Japan. Tea began to be greatly appreciated here, first in the palaces and the courts, and then among the people. its popularity became so great that a chai (chai is the Chinese word for tea) cult appeared. The basic rules of the tea ceremony, which are still practiced today in Japan . were formed in this era.
Europe became familiar with tea in the 17th century, when geographic exploration reached its peak. Naturally the British nation, which has to be mentioned when talking about tea, was part of this process. However, it cannot be said that the British immediately fell in love with tea. In particular, clergymen expressed their concern that tea was harmful not only to people’s health, but also to their faith. Such concerns, though, did nothing but increase the popularity of tea. In 1833, the British, who had long ago realized the value of the tea trade, started to grow tea in Northern India in order to take over the tea market. Today. Britain is still a country that plays an important role in the tea market, while the British are the inventors of five o’clock tea” with its biscuits and cake.
The first visit of tea to Turkish lands was thanks to the Silk Road. However the first incursion did not last long. due to the dominance of coffee in the country. Although there were attempts to grow tea in different regions in the 19th century. these efforts did not succeed. In 1924, Zhni Derin, who had been appointed as an expert by the state, made a positive report about growing tea in the Eastern Black Sea and new attempts to this end were made. In 1937, the region’s inseparable relationship with tea began.
In a few years. due to the climate, Rize and tea became inseparable, and tea contributed to the economy and aesthetics of the city. Turkish people love tea passionately and take every opportunity to hold the thin-waisted glasses in their hands. According to a report made by the World Tea Committee, 3.5 kilos of tea per person are consumed in Turkey every year. This puts Turkey at the top of the consumption list. The most important characteristic of Turkish tea is its naturalness. The tea plants in Turkey remain under snow in the winter months eliminating the need for the use of agrochemicals and this ensures the protection of the tea leaves scent and color. Turkish tea, which brings friends closer together and which enlivens moments with its aroma is unlike any other tea with its slightly bitter taste.
All tea lovers know that there are secrets of brewing the perfect tea t does not matter how good the quality is, tea must be stored properly. Tea does not like damp places and attracts scents easily. The water used to brew it should be soft, without chlorine or limescale. A copper. glass, or porcelain teapot produce different flavors. it is necessary to spend a little time to discover which type of teapot best suits your taste. To be able to attain ‘bright red” tea in the thin-waisted glasses it is important to add the boiling water gently. If you add the hot water first and then add the tea, the flavor of the tea will slowly mix with the water. This way the tea will infuse the water with its real flavor and color it without being burned. The tea leaves that have brewed slowly will settle in the water after about ten minutes, and then the tea will be ready to be poured into the elegant glasses. Tea, which brings life to a tired body early in the morning or which adds color to a gathering of friends, should be consumed within 45 minutes. Tea that waits for a long time after being brewed becomes bitter and loses its original aroma.
On the other hand, there are those who enjoy the experimental tastes of a variety of flavored teas. Different teas are combined with aromatic herbs. Early Grey, which is black tea that has been combined with bergamot oil, produces a scent of bitter oranges and has been one of the most preferred black tea blends since the 19th century. If you want a sharp flavor, simply use a mix of one-third Earl Grey and two-thirds your normal tea. You can also crush a clove, a stick of cinnamon, a few leaves of lemon thyme, honeysuckle flowers, or citrus peel to make your own black tea mix with natural aromas and tastes.
Not only does the unifying effect that black tea arouses in people help mend relationships, research has demonstrated that it is an important part of living a healthy life. Some of the best known benefits of tea are that it reduces stress, its polyphenol increases the ability to absorb antioxidants, and it helps to regulate the digestion system.
Brewing tea in the land of tea, i.e China, is an art form. Growing tea and the teahouse culture have maintained their importance for thousands of years. Pu’erh is a tea that increases its flavor with age and dates back to the Tang Dynasty, the most glorious era of the Chinese civilization. Puerh tea, which takes its name from the Puer region in the Yunnan province, is gathered from primarily wild and old bushes. The different fermentation process gives this tea its character. Pu’erh, known as black tea in China, is described as post-fermented tea in the West.
Pulerh is such a unique tea, with a taste that changes according to the aging process, that it is hard to arrive at a standard recipe. With its sharp, exotic, and strong aspects, it offers afferent flavors together. Pu’erh tea, which includes a range of different favors ranging from black to green tea, should be brewed for at least four minutes at a temperature that ranges between 95°Cand 99°C. However, the longer you leave the tea to brew. the more the flavor increases. Brewing it for a long time will not make it bitter and it is possible to use the same tee leaves in a new brew, by doing so, you can enjoy a growingly intense flavor. Puerh, which contains vitamin C, can be drunk with or without milk
The Japanese tea ceremony is an ancient tradition and is a way of purification and attainment of pure energy. In general, in the Japanese tea ceremony, Matcha tea, which gives comfort with its green color, is used. Matcha is a green tea and its greatest difference from other teas is that it is ground to a powder between millstones. As the tea is a powder, it isn’t brewed in the normal way the preference is to completely dissolve the Matcha tea in water. It is necessary to use a bamboo whisk that has 100 thin bamboo strips and a ceramic cup to prepare the Matcha. Bathe the bamboo whisk in hot water and add one teaspoon of Matcha tea to a dry ceramic cup. Water at a temperature of 75°C is added to the tea and this is mixed with the bamboo whisk until the mixture froths up. Later a ittle more water is added to the cup and the tea is ready to drink. Matcha, which has a very different flavor, has become a favorite tea in recent years due to its high level of antioxidants and healthy attributes.
Athough tea is treated in different ways throughout the world, everyone has their own personal experience of it. For those who are willing to try new flavors, adding a little inspiration offered by nature is sufficient.