Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, with a rich history dating back thousands of years. There are numerous types of tea available, each with its unique flavor, aroma, and health benefits. In this article, we look at six of the most popular types of tea and explore their unique qualities.
1. Black Tea:
Black tea is one of the most popular types of tea in the world. It is produced by oxidizing the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, giving the tea a bold and rich flavor. Black tea is often served with milk and sugar, but it can also be enjoyed on its own. Popular types of black tea include Darjeeling, Assam, English Breakfast and Earl Grey.
2. Green Tea:
Green tea is another popular type of tea that is produced by steaming or pan-firing the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Unlike black tea, green tea is not oxidized, giving it a more delicate flavor and lighter color. Green tea is often consumed for its health benefits, which include improving brain function and reducing the risk of certain types of cancer. Some popular varieties of green tea include matcha and sencha.
3. White Tea:
White tea is the most delicate type of tea and is made from the youngest leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. The leaves are typically picked before they fully open and are then dried in the sun or with minimal processing. White tea is the least processed of all teas has a subtle flavor and is often described as having a "silky" texture. Some popular varieties of white tea include Silver Needle and White Peony.
4. Oolong Tea:
Oolong tea is a partially oxidized tea that falls between green tea and black tea in terms of flavor and color. Oolong tea is produced by withering the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant and then oxidizing them for a specific amount of time. The resulting tea has a unique floral and fruity flavor.
5. Herbal Tea:
Herbal teas are not technically tea since they are not made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Instead, they are made from a variety of herbs, flowers, and spices. Popular types of herbal tea include chamomile, peppermint, and ginger. Herbal teas are often consumed for their soothing and relaxing properties.
6. Pu-erh Tea:
Pu-erh tea is a fermented tea that is aged for several years. It is produced by withering and rolling the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant and then allowing them to ferment naturally. Pu-erh tea has a unique earthy flavor and is often consumed for its digestive benefits.
With so many different teas available, each offering their own unique flavour profile and health-giving benefits - from the bold richness of black tea to the delicacy of white tea - there is in essence a varietal for every palette, and for every occasion.
Just let us know which new tea you'd like to try when you place your next order and we'll enclose a sample sachet of that tea for you, free of charge and with our best wishes.