Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Charleston Tea Plantation Tour

The Charleston Tea Plantation "Green Giant" cuts the top new tea leaves which are transported by truck into the "factory.'
We continued our tour of the plantation into the factory. You can see the part of the process in these photos. This is a photo of the Withering Process where 12% of the moisture is removed from the leaves.
I got a little sidetracked from photo taking in the factory and became a "Nurse" to take care of a bee sting and dry up tears for 7 year old KJ. Fortunately, ice and unlimited cups of refreshing American Classic iced tea were available for us to sample in the air conditioned gift shop! It is amazing how tea and a little TLC from Grandma can help in most situations.
As we walked through the viewing gallery of the factory, we watched the process of the Charleston Tea Plantation tea making through large windows. We were fortunate to be able to see the entire process of withering, resting, oxidation, drying, sorting and bulk packaging. The tea processing is explained on three large TV screens via the DVD shown in the photo above. The 20 minute DVD is available in the gift shop and, in my opinion, is an excellent, easy-to-understand explanation of the growing, harvesting and production of tea, the history of tea, the types of tea and more.

Did we shop in the gift shop? You bet we did! It is a very nice gift shop for tea lovers and grandchildren of tea lovers! *wink*
I'll show a few photos of our fun purchases in the next post.
 

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