What Is “Grand Cru” Tea?

Tea terms are popping up all over. Every so often the term grand cru (pronounced “grahn croo”) pops up in relation to a particularly fine tea. But what is grand crutea? The term actually comes from the wine industry. Words are like that. They slide around from one area of knowledge to another, being applied …

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Toasted Leaves: An Essay on the Origin of Tea

One of the more pervasive legends about tea is that it was supposedly discovered in 2784 B.C. (according to the more detailed accounts) by a Chinese emperor (referred to as Chen Nung in some accounts) who was apparently keen to boil water for sanitary reasons. One day, as the story goes, the emperor was boiling …

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