In order for freshly picked tea leaves to be further processed, they need to be dried of most of the water they contain. This allows the next processing steps to be correctly executed. It is also, in itself, the first transformation step of the leaves. The way this drying is being implemented (by spreading or by withering), already partly determines which type of tea the leaves will become.
In the video above you can watch the compressing of our 2015 Sweet & Smoked Dark Log:
Tea picking is the first operation in making any type and variety of tea. The way your leaves were picked, and the attention paid to this process, already have an influence on the quality of your tea. In this post, we describe this important step in more details.