What makes Jade Tea a Jade Tea?

Tea is a value-added agriculture product with one of the world’s oldest history of craft and heritage. By itself, tea tree is a gift from nature. Respecting the nature and working in harmony with this gift, craftsmen have long mastered ways to tease out the best qualities of each tea leaf into something we as tea enthusiasts can understand and appreciate. 

Perhaps, it is not surprising that the intrinsic taste and aroma of a tea are significantly influenced by the pristine natural conditions in which they grow. At the heart of this intrinsic property are two pillars - terroir and cultivar, both mutually work together to give tea its unique intrinsic flavour profile. Terroir describe the micro-climate surrounding the area of tea fields in nature including elements such as soil, water, sunlight, temperature and rain etc. Because each mountain or plain field has its own terroir, moving a tea tree from one location to another will alter the final taste of tea. At Jade Tea, we call this nature’s signature on tea. 

Cultivar plays crucial role in determining the original characteristics of shape, taste and aroma of a tea. Although all tea comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, not all tea comes from the same variety. Indeed, the two varieties C. Sinensis var. assamica grown largely in plantations in India, Kenya, Sri Lanka etc tastes significantly different to the traditional, C. Sinensis var. sinensis owing to their different chemical compositions. In addition, even within the same variety of C. Sinensis, there are plethora of different cultivars each with their own unique qualities. One of the beauties of tea from China and Japan lies in the fact that over the past several millennia, local tea masters have continued to explore and experiment new tea cultivars suitable for their own unique processing techniques. This age-old evolution by craftsmen have created thousands of cultivars and almost infinite number of possibilities. We select both traditional cultivars that are known to have superior properties, and new cultivars that have unique flavours and worthy of more recognition.

Finally, craft is just as important when it comes to unlocking the best flavours from carefully plucked tea leaf. Tea leaf undergoes multi-step processing before becoming a finished product. Undoubtedly, craft is the most influential variable for how tea look, taste and smell in your cup. For traditional handcraft process, it takes years of experience and sensory skills to master each individual step. This value-added processing is what distinguishes tea from other herbs and plant based drink.

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With this understanding, we believe that focusing squarely on the origin of source does not guarantee the quality of tea. We choose to work directly with tea masters who share the same passion and respect for tea and are at the top of their respective field of craftsmanship. The overall quality of tea we select is evaluated with our in-house expertise and local knowledge on the ground. At the same time, we continue to innovate our offering tailored to each and every geographic market preferences. 

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