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Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia.[1][2]


Tea was first discovered in China and was first consumed by priests and the rich for its medicinal properties. Tea is often associated with Zen Buddhism in Japan because priests drank tea to stay awake and meditate. These are generally served with biscuits for dunking.[3]

The origin of the word 'tea' came from the Chinese originally calling it 'Kia'. During the course of the 6th century AD that the name evolved into 'Cha'. On its arrival in the West it became 'Té' which is still the name for tea in many countries.[4]

Types of tea

The most popular tea flavours in the UK are:[5]