Today, tea is grown in more than 25 countries around the world, each with their own distinctive taste and character. Among the more renowned tea producing countries are:
The world’s largest tea producer with an annual production of 2.46 million tonnes, China produces 40% of the world’s teas. There are 18 tea-growing provinces, located in north and south of the Yangtze River, in south and west China. The better-quality teas are produced from the first crop between late March and early April in Xheijang, Hunan, Sichuan and Anhui.
India is the second largest tea producer in the world with an annual tea production of 1.32 million tonnes. Their teas come either from North or South India. In the north, Assam is the world’s most important tea producer, and this is because they grow teas with the strongest liquor. The finest teas arguably however, come from Darjeeling on the slopes of the Himalayas. In South Indian, between Assam and Ceylon, the high-grown Nigri tea is rather like fine Ceylon, while the low-grown teas from Kerala are similar to a light Assam.
As the third largest tea producer in the world with an annual tea production of around 439,000 tonnes, Kenya has five main tea-growing areas situated in the highlands in the central and western part of the country. The teas, which are now almost all of CTC (Cut – Tear- Curl) manufacture have established a reputation for their consistent standard throughout the year. Kenyan teas are known for their robust and malty characteristics and are highly sought after by tea drinking markets such as the United Kingdom. These teas give a richer infusion when mixed with milk, compared to most other teas.
Sri Lanka produces 349,000 tonnes of tea annually. The quality period coincides with the two monsoons. During June to September, the southwest monsoon rains on the west of the island and dry winds prevail in the Iva and eastern districts. These dry winds produce the special Uva character. From December to March the northeast monsoon rain falls on the eastern side. The dry cool weather in the west of the island produces seasonal Dimbula and Dickoya quality teas.
Malaysia is a niche tea producer in the global market, producing less than 10,000 tonnes tea annually. Tea is grown predominantly in Cameron Highlands which is one of the country’s most fertile agricultural spots, possessing all the right attributes for growing outstanding tea, and is situated over 5,000 feet above sea level on the main mountain range of Malaysia. As Cameron Highlands is the home of BOH our tea is greatly influenced by the conditions at the tea estates; namely high altitude, low temperatures, abundant rainfall and acidic soil. These leads to our teas having a distinctive character, namely its robust flavour and pleasant aroma.