Legend has it that over 4700 years ago a fortuitous blunder caused a few dry leaves to accidentally fall into a pot of boiled water being prepared for an emperor in the hills of China. Since that time tea has exploded into the most popular beverage on the planet (other than, water). An out-and-out quest has been undertaken to discover which leaves on which plants brew the best tea.
After millennia of exploring, discovering and experimenting, the world of tea has become more vast and specialized than fine wine. Most wine is made from grapes and is generally classified as red, white and rose. Likewise, all tea comes from the tea bush Camellia Sinensis and is generally either Black, Oolong, Green or White. A fifth main category, herbal is technically not tea, as “herbal tea” refers to the world of wonderful infused beverages made from plants other than Camellia Sinensis. Sometimes the more precise word “tisane” may be used when refering to herbal infusions.