Lets go back, way back.
The origins of tea go back many, many years, right back to 2737 B.C. in fact. The story goes that Shen Nung, the second emperor of China was boiling water when a gust of wind blew some tealeaves into the pot. Peering in to inspect the damage, the emperor noticed that the water had been infused with the tea and had turned a rich brown colour. Being the inquisitive sole that he was, Shen Nung tasted this chance concoction and liked what he found - a refreshing hot drink that tasted great.
Who would have known that one single gust of wind all those years ago would lead to the wonderful world of tea we know today with literally hundreds of different tastes, textures, flavours and aromas. However, while there may be many different types of tea, they mostly all come from the one plant - Camellia Sinensis. Camellia Sinensis has only two main cultivars - the large leaves of the Assam cultivar from India and the smaller leaves form the Chinese cultivar from, yep you guessed it, China. So the next time you sit down to enjoy a nice cup of tea, think of Shen Nung and his boiling pot of water.