Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Where is the only place in Europe where tea is cultivated?
Here in São Miguel..the Azores.
The Portuguese introduced tea to the Dutch, and through trade, the Dutch brought the tea to France, Holland and the Baltic countries. In 1662, Catherine Braganza of Portugal married King Charles II and brought tea to the royal court of England for the first time.
In 1750 the initial trials of tea occurred on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores.
It was in September of 1874 two Chinese tea experts arrived from then Portuguese Macau and introduced the art of commercial tea cultivation to the island with the first tea being produced and sold in 1883 under the family compound of Gorreana.
Gorreana's tea estate is the only remaining of the 14 original tea producing estates and has remained family owned and operated for 5 generations. Black and green teas are still produced using ancient techniques that have been passed down at Gorreana for over a century.
I find it delicate and fruity.. and just delightful iced with a spring of fresh mint..