Quick Intro to Tea
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- China’s Fujian Province is the home to authentic white tea.
- Blooming flower teas generally utilize white tea buds
- Only harvested from early Spring to late Spring
- Buds and leaves are very small, creating a delicate flavored tea
- Low in caffeine
- Tea in it’s purest form, minimally altered by man. 0% oxidized
- This tea can be scorched very easily leaving a bitter taste
- General water temperatures for this type of tea are 160°-180° depending on the specific varietal
- Low in caffeine, high in antioxidants
- Unique to high mountain regions of the Chinese provinces of Anhui, Hunan, and Sichuan.
- Not very well known in the West
- Are typically miscategorized as green tea
- This type of tea can be lightly oxidized or highly oxidized.
- Can be lightly oxidized (closer to a green tea flavor) or highly oxidized (closer to a black tea flavor)
- It’s the most versatile type of tea (and my favorite!).
- Water temperature of generally 180°-190° for brewing
- 100% oxidized
- Most popular type in North America for both hot and iced tea
- It’s what you would find in a generic teabag
- Water temperature of generally 190°-200° for brewing
- Called “Red Tea” in China
- High in caffeine
- A microbial fermented and oxidized tea that has been dried and rolled
- Exposed to micro-flora and bacteria that ferment the tea, in a way similar to wine or yogurt
- The process takes longer though, and the tea’s flavor profile can change drastically and increase in-depth over many years.
- Beginning phase is categorized as “raw”
- Great for digestion-lots of natural probiotics!
- Often compressed into a disc shape before aging (not left loose in a bag)
- Cannot technically be called “tea”! (because it’s not made from the tea plant, the Camellia sinensus bush
- It is something called a “tisane”
- As defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, Tisane: an infusion (as of dried herbs) used as a beverage or for medicinal effects
- Typically caffeine free
- Light and delicate, need to use around 160° water