Did you know tea is the most popular manufactured drink in the world, surpassing coffee, soft drinks and alcohol combined? Or that it takes about three years before a new tea plant is ready for harvest? People have been using tea for food, medicine, spirituality and beverage for the last 4000 years. The history of tea is extensive and fascinating, with its origins deeply rooted in Asian culture. Its story is interwoven with emperors, trade routes, wars, espionage, art, poetry, ritual and ceremony. Ottawa’s own Zhen Tea is our expert Linda’s go-to small-batch supplier of rare and limited imported teas. Whether you’re looking for the finest Oolong or Darjeeling, her top picks are sure to impress.