Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Down the Rabbit Hole with Teatulia

The story beneath my picture is from a visit I made at the end of 2009 to Charleston South Carolina to the only tea garden in the United States on a business trip for Teatulia.   In April I will be going to Bangladesh to visit our garden in Tetulia Bangladesh. As I continue down this "Rabbit Hole", that is the world of tea,  I become ever more amazed and in wonder. Please follow me on this  journey  into the world of tea!

When I was in Charleston I took the opportunity to visit the only tea estate in the United States. It's 127 acres are located close to Charleston on Wadmalaw Island. The history of tea in America is fascinating and I highly recommend reading the article in TeaMuse hyperlinked here. Bigelow bought the plantation in 2003. Bill Hall still has an ownership stake in the plantation. Bill, like his father and grandfather before him, is a tea taster trained in London. He spent over an hour with me, teaching me about tea. We brewed up  some Teatulia white tea and he was very impressed with how pure it was from the view point of there be only buds  in the tea sachet. This visit was definitely a high point on my great southern tour. Hope you enjoy.