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The most tea tourist countries

Red (black) and slightly fermented green tea are popular in China
Well, we got to China, doubtless one of the “most tea” countries in the world. Tea consumption per capita – 560 grams per year per person. Many? Yes. But here we must take into account the huge population, which will have to divide the entire volume of tea sold in the country (and part of it is also exported), and the type of everyday consumption – in China, tea is usually brewed in large teapots for the whole family, and tea consumption is relatively high.

Low-fermented green tea is most popular in everyday use in China. Although in China, in the homeland of tea, they naturally drink both red (the one that we call black) and black (the one that we call puer), white (unfermented) tea, and oolong tea (“Yellow”, “turquoise” teas), and numerous varieties of all these teas with additives and different processing methods – “smoked” tea, bound tea, jasmine tea, etc.

Low-fermented green tea is popular in everyday use in China.
All this wealth of tea culture is available to tourists. There is one thing – there are a lot of varieties of Chinese tea. The quality of tea produced in thousands of factories varies depending on the factory, and depending on the place of collection (province and plantation), the time of collection and weather for a particular year, the quality of packaging and other factors. In a word, it is difficult for tourists to understand Chinese tea. What is there to advise? Take a chance, but these tips will be very, very simplified.

Firstly, you can take tea in tea shops – in small ones. Secondly, it is better (and more practical on the road) to take tea in a tight sealed package (foil, vacuum packaging, cans in a plastic film, etc.). Well, and thirdly – very sparingly go through the grades.

If you take green tea, look for Te Guanyin (there are a lot of varieties, however, it would be nice to understand them, but seeing the hieroglyphs in the store in front of you is complicated).

It is easier to take red (black) tea – its varieties are much smaller than that of green, and you can at least roughly orientate yourself to the provinces. You can safely take black tea from Yunnan (the homeland of all tea in the world) – it is very soft and with a delicate fruity aroma. And from Fujian province – there are more sharp and tart teas in comparison with Yunnan (but not Indian and Ceylon), but also very tasty. Even simpler – look for (or ask a guide to help) among red teas dian-hoon tea, xiaozhong or kimun.

From oolongs take – da hong-pao (da hong pao). Finally, when buying Chinese puerh, remember that Shen-puer will be better (and more expensive) than shu-puer.
In Japan, almost all tea is green, with little fermentation.
The fifth place in tea consumption in the world is in Japan (960 grams per year per capita). In Japan, tea is a true national mass hot drink. What to bring and what to focus on?

Everything is simpler here than in China. In Japan, almost all tea is green, with little fermentation. Japanese-made Puer and black teas are on sale, but this is rare. Sencha is the most famous, basic, and domestic, and export grade of green Japanese tea. It is best to take the first harvest sencha. A cheaper and “coarser” variety of sencha is a bunch, it is very simple and can be slightly bitter.

In Japan, almost all tea is green, with little fermentation.
Exotic lovers can buy genmaicha (this is a mixture of these 2 varieties with fried brown rice). This tea is low in caffeine and has a pronounced nutty, or even “pomegranate” flavor.

Finally, connoisseurs of real Japanese green tea will appreciate the gokuro – this is an elite and very expensive green tea, brewed not with boiling water, but with water at a temperature of 60 degrees. Bringing it as a gift from Japan to yourself or to your relatives is a great idea.

There is no tea in Egypt, it is brought here
Egypt – in fourth place in the world in terms of tea consumption, no matter how surprising it sounds to us – 1 kilogram per year per person. Alas, there is nothing to take from here. There is no tea of ​​its own in the country – mainly cheap finely cut, granulated or even powdered black teas from Kenya, Sri Lanka and India are imported here.

There is no tea in Egypt
This is a cheap mass drink, a substitute for coffee that is expensive for the majority of the population. Such tea is drunk here in its pure form (making almost powdered fine tea in a cup or bag), and various tea drinks with local herbal mixtures are made on its basis.

Russia is growing loose leaf tea of ​​the “black line” of the Matsesta brand, only 1% of tea consumed in the country
Our country has the 3rd place in tea consumption in the world, according to the FAO: for every resident of our country, including infants, 1.3 kg of tea per year. Russia is one of the main importers of tea in the world. Russia itself grows only 1% of tea consumed (the tea we buy in stores is a mixture of teas from various countries – from Sri Lanka, China, India, Kenya, Vietnam and even Iran).

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