The Tea Maker regularly visits the plantations, some of them tiny, located in countries such as China, India and Sri Lanka, in order to study and select the varieties of tea and tisanes which, by weight and infusion time, are ideal for preparing the finest flavoured drinks, in combination with other ingredients.
With the Tang dynasty, tea achieved its full glory in Chinese culture.
A large number of the destinations visited by our Tea Maker are in China, a vast territory which, in around 250 B. C., witnessed the beginning of the custom of serving leaves from the tea plant to give a good taste to boiling water. Initially consumed as a medicinal tonic, tea gradually became a mystical drink.
In China, tea had a Golden Age and its own sacred book
It was so important in Chinese culture that it even had a Golden Age – during the Tang dynasty – and a sacred book, the Cha Sing, or the Classical Art of Tea, providing a poetical explanation of the different techniques and ways of preparing it.
The prominence acquired by tea in Chinese culture and society is also reflected in its contribution to the development of the ceramic industry in the country. This material made it possible to create tools for its consumption and, at the same time, utensils which, in themselves, were an indication of the status and wealth of their owners.
In China, tea has inspired poetry, legends and tradition.