Tea, a beverage consumed more than any other beverage in the world, and behind this everyday brew, beyond the caddies on the tea-store shelves, lies a colorful and fascinating story that weaves its way through the social and cultural history of many nations. Little did Chinese Emperor Shen Nung realize that in 2737 B.C., when dried leaves blew into his cup of hot water, the beverage he discovered would cause sensations around the world. The pleasant aroma and refreshing taste enchanted him and soon everyone in the realm was drinking tea.
Until the third century A.D., the beverage was prepared as a medicine or tonic with the fresh green leaves gathered from the wild tea trees. To match supply to an increasing demand and guarantee a regular crop, farmers began to cultivate tea bushes on their smallholdings, and a system of drying and processing was gradually developed.
Dutch and Portuguese were responsible for bringing tea from China to Europe in the
early seventeenth century. Russia discovered tea when ornate chests of the dried leaves were sent to Czar Alexis by the Chinese Embassy in Moscow in 1618.
In the 1870s, Ceylon became a major tea producing area as an alternative to coffee crops which failed in the 1860s. First tea plantations were established in Loolecondra Estate near Kandy, and this marked the birth of tea industry in Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
Basilur tea takes you through this long journey of tea, with innovative blends and packaging yet, keeping the 5000 year old traditions intact.