I’ve always been more of a tea drinker than a coffee drinker so naturally, one of the first things I do when I arrive in a country is grab a tea to enjoy! I love how many countries express their tea culture as a way of life and as a meaningful social event. It’s such an experience and I always love trying new flavours and tea scents.
Here’s a list of countries that every tea lover would love – and appreciate!
Japan love their green teas, and with it being so widely popular in their culinary culture across all of Japan, you can get it almost anywhere; from restaurants to vending machines, cafes and supermarkets. They even have sweets and chocolate bar flavoured green tea! Many restaurants give you free green tea either during or after meal time too and are a drink that can be drunk hot or cold.
Common green teas to Japan are: Matcha, Genmaicha (green tea with roasted brown rice), Ryokucha (green tea with gyokuro, sencha, bancha) and Hojicha (roasted green tea).
Tea ceremonies are also a popular tradition in Japan, one that would be a great experience to witness!
Vietnam produces quite a large variety of teas such as black, green, white, and oolong teas, but they are more known for their green teas. The Vietnamese drink tea for the medical and therapeutics side of things, but also for weddings, family gatherings and other social events that bring people together.
Lotus tea is a common tea produced in Vietnam and as is Jasmine tea. Each are prepared and extracted carefully to get the beautiful scent and flavour of both tea leaves and buds.
India is nowadays one of the largest tea producers in the world and the history of tea drinking in India dates back to 750 BC (wow!!). There are over 2000 producers of tea in India, with the majority located in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. And what is the most popular form of tea in India? It’s Masala chai, which is a milky tea spiced with cardamom and cinnamon. In saying that, they have many, many varieties of chai teas that taste incredible, so if you love a good chai tea, head to India RIGHT NOW !
Fun Fact: Tea is the national drink in China and there are several types of Chinese teas, which vary in fermentation and processing, and many that include health benefits. Although green tea is the most common and eldest tea type, there are also others such as:Scented Tea,Yellow Tea, White Tea, Red Tea and Wulong Tea.
Drinking tea is a way of life in Morocco and is a much loved and meaningful part of their life. It is Moroccan etiquette to offer tea to any visitors that stop by and if you ever visit Morocco an invitation to drink tea is a very meaningful gesture.
The most common type of tea served in Morocco is green tea and brewed with fresh mint and plenty of sugar. Depending on the region and location will vary slightly too, as in the more southern parts of the country they tend to drink much sweeter tea.
Sri Lanka is known for Ceylon black, green and white tea. The black tea has the sweet scent of citrus while the Ceylon green tea is made from Assam tea leaves and has a slight nutty taste. Ceylon white tea is the least common out of the black and green teas and has hints of pine and honey.
Sri lanka is surrounded by many hills of tea plantations and the 6 main being Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula, Kandy, Uda Pussellawa Uva Province, and Southern Province. As a result of the many plantations, tea is a hugely popular beverage among the people and has become part of the culture of Sri Lanka.
There is never a wrong time to drink tea in Turkey, in fact all day every day is pretty normal!
Turkish tea is normally black and very full-flavored, often too strong to be served in large cups hence why it is generally served in little tulip-shaped glasses. Usually sugar is added into the tea instead of milk, and you can have it either weaker or stronger depending on your taste.
Many other Middle Eastern countries
Yellow Saffron tea tastes AMAZING and holds excellent health benefits too! Saffron is the most expensive spice on Earth and is used in various Indian, Persian, Arab and Turkish cuisines as a seasoning and colouring spice (as well as a brewed tea).
I had milky yellow saffron teas many times during my visit to Dubai and absolutely loved it! It is popular in a lot of middle eastern countries not just in Dubai though.
Where is your favourite tea from? Comment below, I would love to know 🙂