Elevation and Tea.
Today was spent in the mountains of Kumamoto. This inspired a conversation about teas grown at elevation and and those grown closer to sea level.
A tea plant growing above about 2,000 feet and beyond must struggle to grow. Lower oxygen levels, bright sunshine, cool nights and sometimes compromised soil will produce a slower growing plant. The result of a longer time before maturing is often a richer, sweeter tea. Teas grown closer to sea level mature much quicker and often have a grassier/”fresh” taste, compared to high elevation teas often having more umami, natural sweetness and a rich round taste.
We offer teas grown at various altitudes and it’s interesting to taste the difference. Of course, many factors affect a teas taste, elevation being just one.