Before steel, before oil, before cars or guns or Coca-Cola, there was tea. | Photo by Anna Williams

What Tea Rituals Looks Like Around the World

Tea in Eastern Africa | Photo by Anna Williams

What Tea Rituals Looks Like Around the World

Eastern Africa "Many of the teas are grown in Malawi and Kenya and have a rich, old-leather fragrance," Stewart says. "They're very unusual and distinctive." [Tea Rituals Around the World - Condé Nast Traveler]

Warm up in the winter with Mary Berry's mulled wine. Maybe a mince pie, too.

Mulled wine

The smell of mulled wine alone is enough to make the home feel Christmassy - keep a pot of this on hand for visitors.

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling: Amy Wilson

Tea Ceremonies Around the World

Traditional mulled wine - Sainsbury's Magazine

Traditional mulled wine

They may not have discovered it, but no one (save the Chinese) loves tea more than the British. The United Kingdom’s two greatest contributions to tea are in fact relatively recent ones. The first, Earl Grey—a blend of black tea given a distinctive floral note from bergamot oil—was invented for the 2nd Earl Grey in the 1830s. The second, teatime—a light meal usually served at around 4 P.M. and not to be confused with high tea, which occurs between 5 and 7 P.M. and includes a hot dish—is…

What Tea Rituals Looks Like Around the World

This Tea Rituals Around the World slideshow at Condé Nast Traveler (condenasttraveler)

Eastern Africa "Many of the teas are grown in Malawi and Kenya and have a rich, old-leather fragrance," Stewart says. "They're very unusual and distinctive." [Tea Rituals Around the World - Condé Nast Traveler]

Russia. Tea time

Tea Ceremonies Around the World

RUSSIAN TEA~ The secret behind their particular brew is the samovar. The heart is stuffed with burning charcoal, wood, or pine cones, and boiling water, which dilutes the concentrated tea (usually black or green leaves.

Tea Ceremonies Around the World

Tea Ceremonies Around the World

Mulled wine

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Antes que el acero, que el petróleo, antes que los coches, las armas o la Coca-Cola. Antes que todo eso existía el té, una de las primeras materias primas globales de la civilización, así como una de las más duraderas y apreciadas. La idea de beber té se le atribuye (como tantas otras cosas buenas de la vida) a los chinos, quienes aseguran haber descubierto efectos curativos y relajantes de poner sus hojas en remojo en agua caliente allá por el año 2737 a.C.

La ceremonia del té alrededor del mundo

RUSSIAN TEA~ The secret behind their particular brew is the samovar. The heart is stuffed with burning charcoal, wood, or pine cones, and boiling water, which dilutes the concentrated tea (usually black or green leaves.

Spring Tea, Photography and Art Direction by Vanessa Rees, food styling by Lauren LaPenna, Prop styling by Kelly Shea.

Rees is a NYC based photography studio that creates food, still life, lifestyle, and portrait photography for clients and for fun.

Tea Ceremonies around the World - Morocco, Conde Nast Traveler, photo by Anna Williams

Tea Ceremonies Around the World

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Tea is serious business in China, where you're more likely to be served tea than plain water. | Photo by Anna Williams

What Tea Rituals Looks Like Around the World

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