A tea's taste is greatly affected by its surroundings, including soil, altitude, weather and other geographic characteristics. Depending on the climate, certain regions of the world produce more tea than others. Today, China and India produce nearly half the world's tea leaves…more than 100,000 tons each year. Other countries, including Kenya, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and Belarus also produce high quality teas.

Twinings' expert blenders travel the world, through mountain villages and garden estates, to find teas with the consistent taste, aroma and uncompromising quality suitable to be called Twinings.

Growing tea

Because a tea's flavour depends so highly on where and how it's grown, Twinings buys from tea growers who take great care and attention to create and maintain the best possible growing conditions. Tea bushes are grown in dedicated "tea gardens," and are pruned every four to five years to keep them fresh and at the proper height for the "pluckers" to reach.

Hand Picking tea

Harvesting tea is very labour-intensive and requires considerable skill and expertise. Tea pluckers learn to recognize the perfect moment to pick the most tender leaves, for these are the ones that produce the finest teas. Between two and three thousand tea leaves are needed to produce a single kilogram of unprocessed tea.

Next Step: Tea Manufacturing