Learn About Tea
Types of Tea
August 3, 2012
There are more than 15,000 varieties of teas produced in about twenty-five countries of the world. With the diverse colors, sizes, and shapes of tea leaves, as well as different methods for drying them, the taste of brewed teas can range from subtle to pungent. The hue may also vary from pale yellow to vibrant red or robust mahogany brown. Below are some of the most popular varieties.
English Breakfast: 100& pure China Black (Keemun). It is strong and simple.
Earl Grey: A blend of four teas from China and India that has been infused with oil of begamot, an expensive citrus flavor from the Mediterranean.
Irish Breakfast: A strong tea made up of 100% Assam tea with a slightly malty flavor.
Darjeeling: Considered the queen of teas, it is grown high in the Himalayas. With a slight muscat flavor, it yields a light color in the cup and a fragrant “nose.”
Orange Pekoe: A blend also referred to as Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and India, the two sources from which it comes. It is the basic black tea.
Lapsang Souchong: An unusual tea with large leaves smoked using a hand-fired method. It is a much loved tea with an intense smoky flavor.
Green and Oolong Teas
Gunpowder: From China, gunpowder takes its name from its hand-rolled pellet shape and leaden color. It steeps into a pale yellow liquid with an exquisite taste, and has one third the caffeine of black tea.
Moroccan Mint: Gunpowder green tea blended with aromatic peppermint leaves, producing a unique brisk green tea experience.
Citron Green: A wonderful introduction to green tea with a delicate citrus flavor and aroma from orange flavors.
Gyokuro: Japan’s finest green tea. During the plucking season, the gardens are shaded to increase the bright green color of the leaves. In the cup, gyokuro has a bright green color, an intense vegetal flavor, and high levels of caffeine.
Sencha: From Japan, sencha is a clear, bright green tea with little caffeine. It is believed to have great health benefits.
Bancha: Also from Japan, bancha is the basic quality of green tea.