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Smoked Tea

Smoked teas are black teas.

A Chinese story dates the appearance of black teas to around 1820 in the Fujian Province. The story goes that when a planter’s farm was requisitioned for service as a military garrison, he found himself obliged to clear out the hall where a large quantity of still damp tea leaves were drying. In order to speed up the process without losing his crop, he placed the leaves on racks above the burning spruce tree roots.

While this undoubtedly dried the leaves, it had very unusual smoky perfume which did not suit his local customers. However, I did appeal to foreign merchant who was passing through the area and took the entire batch back to Europe and had an instant success. 

       
Smoked tea

The manufacturing process used for these teas is exactly the same as for classic black teas except for one detail. After rolling, the leaves are grilled lightly on a hot iron sheet then spread on bamboo racks over burning pine roots. The amount of time that the leaves spend on the racks determines the degree of smoking. Smoked teas remain a specialty of the Fujian region, but it is also prepared in Taiwan.

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