Want to know what human beings drink most of in the world? That’s right, it’s water, but a close second is tea, which comes in a stunning array of flavors and blends. Wonder tea, peppermint bark tea, and Earl Grey are just a few of the amazing options available – and that’s just in the US!
The truth is tea features prominently around the world, and there are some pretty incredible locations that any tea fan would want to visit at some point in their lives.
By reading on, you’ll get to find out about some of the most beautiful and welcoming communities there are, so without further ado, let’s see where they are.
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Destination #1 – Japan
The US has Wonder Tea, and Japan has Matcha – a dried, green tea that has a velvety texture. It’s used in traditional ceremonies, and that’s been the case since for hundreds of years. Don’t be going there thinking that this is like the green tea you have at home, though, as it’s not!
This green tea is brewed with boiling water and a bamboo whisk and is drunk without being strained, so it has a taste that takes a little getting used to.
Japan is certainly big on tradition, so you’ll find these ‘Way of The Tea’ ceremonies right the way across the country, but if you head over to Kagoshima, and Sengan-en in particular, you’ll get to enjoy your tea against the tranquil yet ominous backdrop of an active volcano. Yikes!
Destination #2 – Sri Lanka
This is something of a hub for tea trading, as it’s one of the most prominent tea exporters in the world. Here you’ll find its signature Ceylon black tea – that’s named after the country’s former name – as well as famous types like Earl Grey. This is quite a diminutive country, but it still boasts countless blends, with their high-altitude growing practices creating a fresh and light taste.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy Sri Lanka’s answer to Wonder Tea, Ella in the South of the country is a good place to go. The place offers some wonderful scenery, along with the famed Uva Haplewatte tea factory that offers tours and rather a long train ride through picturesque countryside to get there.
Destination #3 – England
No trip to focus on tea drinking would be complete without a visit to Old Blighty! England is synonymous with tea drinking and their afternoon tea experience is one not to be missed. Tea served with clotted cream scones against the backdrop of the English countryside is something that needs to be experienced.
You’ll get some truly wonderful tea afternoon experiences in places like Bath, Devon and of course, London, where you’ll find the exclusive area that is Mayfair. Here you can experience the finer things in life with a cup of tea in hand.
Wonder Tea & So Much More to Enjoy
When searching for the very best tea experiences, there are so many for you to try. We’ve looked at three here today, but the truth is, there are dozens more that should be on your bucket list.
Do a little research online and you’ll find location after location that you’ll feel compelled to visit. Of course, you could just enjoy your tea at home, but if you’re looking for something different – something memorable, the world really is your oyster!