Bob Ross wrote:We were told that the tea industry in South Carolina generally failed for two other reasons, Paul -- tea sells at very low prices and there has been great consumer resistence to US tea. The bushes -- Oolong if memory serves -- were growing on a low island near Charleston.
That's what I was alluding to when I touched on the labor costs--tea doesn't fetch enough of a market price to justify the US production costs.
I observe that the best teas worldwide are grown in higher-altitude hillside locations. Charleston is one the last areas I'd consider suitable, due to both altitude and temperature.
Oolong isn't a tea bush variety--it's a production process (semi-fermentation).
I'd think the Appalachian foothills in the Carolinas might be appropriate--similar to Assam or Ceylon, for example. But again the production costs probably mean it would never be commercially viable, even if the product is of reasonable quality.