Tea is one of those things that brings people together. There’s nothing like a nice warm cuppa in a heated home on a cold afternoon. Cold days might be rare in Thailand but warm teas are still very popular. Thailand is known for harvesting some of the most sought after tea in the world. One of the more popular teas in Thailand is Oolong tea and the Northern Mountains of Thailand provide the perfect climate for the harvesting of these leaves.
Tea can be divided into three main processing categories:
- Green Tea, which is not fermented.
- Oolong Tea, which is partly fermented.
- Black Tea, which is fully fermented.
The Doi Mae Salong Mountain in Chiang Rai is probably the most famous area for Oolong tea in Thailand. Not only is it one of the highest mountains in the province, with some of the best panoramic views around, it is also has ideal conditions for High Mountain Oolong teas.
The teas are cultivated at elevations of 1,200 to 1,400 meters. The climate and soil conditions combine perfectly to produce high quality tea leaves and the sharp contrast in day and night temperatures make it so that the plants grow more slowly. This causes a stronger aroma and sweetness. Due to the clouds that envelop the mountain, the tea leaves are also able to absorb more moisture.
So the next time you’re enjoying a cup of Oolong tea, remember the heights from which its leaves came from and remember that there is a story behind everything.