If you've done a wine tasting before you may have heard the term terroir thrown around by the sommelier. Terroir is used to refer to the group of environmental factors like altitude, climate and soil composition that influences the taste of the wine, or in our case, the tea. In this post, I'll focus on the effect of climate, an element of terroir, on tea.
Springtime rolls around, the air is crisp and flowers are in full boom. So what's up with the tea plants? Although tea can be harvested at any time of year, the spring harvest boasts the best quality tea. This is when fresh green teas are being plucked, withered, and pan-fried or steamed.