The most delicate of tea. Only the freshest leafs should be used. Contrary to their name white tea is yellowish in color with a light flavor. It’s great for sunny spring days.
The most consumed beverage in the world, apart from water. Green tea lays claim to a myriad of health benefits. With moderate caffeine it gives a refreshing boost in every cup. High quality leafs burst with crisp, fresh flavor. Never bitter.
Almost identical to green tea except for an extra step in processing. Each cup of tea gives a vivid color. The taste is smooth with less leaf flavor than green tea. Yellow tea sells fast so quality leafs can be hard to come by. Its a great tea for an afternoon or sharing with guests.
Literally meaning “Black Dragon Tea” oolong has the most varieties among tea. Described as “rolled tea” the leafs are twisted into long strands or wrap-curled balls. With a little hot water the leafs unfold to impart tastes of honey, wood, fruit or flower. Each flavor is unique to the town where it was produced.
Lighter in flavor than Chinese black tea. It’s most commonly sold as “Black Tea” in the west. In the past these were sold as a mixture of older, low quality leafs. Nowadays the tea taste is overshadowed by a plethora of added flavors. The most famous blends include, “Earl Grey,” “English Breakfast,” or “Masala Chai.” Each marketed with a distinct taste or time for drinking.
While green tea utilizes fresh buds black tea uses large, mature leafs. This gives a strong, earthy flavor. Not to be confused with western “black tea”, Chinese black tea is compressed into cakes or bricks. You may store the tea for many years as the flavors combine and mature.
In ancient times people would store tea in jars for many years. These aged teas were unique as the seasons effected the leafs. Pu-er is a modern replication of these aged teas. Each sip gives an earthy, smoke flavor. It can be an unusual but rewarding experience for the senses.
Tea with bacteria mixed inside. This black tea is widely unknown outside China. After processing a strain of europium cristatum is added. Advertised with all kinds of health benefits this tea is popular for its smoky, leaf flavor. It’s a great drink packed with flavor. Perfect for chilly mornings.
Any brew that isn’t from the tea tree, camellia sinensis, is considered herbal. Flower, bark, spice all hold brewing opportunity. Naturally free of caffeine each brew has been studied for their health benefits. They’re a perfect for evenings or any moment when you want to unwind.