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Tea Types - Black Tea Fun Facts and Trivia

Black tea - Darjeeling, Assam, Ceylon and Keemun are the best known black teas.  These teas are heavily oxidized and processed, compared to white and green teas, giving this tea its namesake dark, dusky appearance. Black teas are graded according to the size of the leaves - Orange Pekoe (OP) is full leaf tea, while BOP is broken leaf black tea. Black tea's flavor profile is strong, bold, smoky and malty. Black Tea Fun Facts and Trivia: Black tea is called red tea in China. Black tea constitutes about 75% of teas consumed globally. When stored properly, black tea does not lose its flavor for many years. This is the primary reason why it was traded extensively in the past....

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Tea Types - Green Tea Facts and Trivia

Green tea is the second-least processed of the 5 major tea types, second only to white tea.  Green tea gets its name from the color of the finished product, as well as the emerald or jade green color produced when it is brewed.   Green tea leaves are plucked from the 2 topmost leaves and the top bud of the camellia sinensis plant, pan-fried or steamed to halt oxygenation, then dried and sorted before packaging.   The flavors of green tea can vary widely, based on the method of cooking (pan-frying vs steaming), and can range from a smooth buttery flavor to smoky and savory.   Trivia about Green Tea: Japanese green teas are typically steamed, while Chinese greens are pan-fired. Popular Japanese greens include...

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Tea Types - White Tea: Things to Know and Fun Facts

White tea gets its name from the white hairs present on most varieties of white tea.  The flavor profile is generally lighter than any other tea, due to the low levels of processing and oxidation (or browning, much like an apple will turn brown when exposed to the atmosphere).   White tea is typically made from the youngest leaves and un-opened buds of the camellia sinensis plant, also adding to its delicate flavor profile.   Trivia about White Tea: White tea is a curious phenomena. It is simultaneously a young and old tea. Ancient Chinese sun-dried tea before storing for later consumption. This is white tea processing in its most primitive. White tea leaves can be left to dry briefly in the sun...

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A Tea Primer

A Tea Primer Tea is an amazing beverage.  From its high levels of antioxidants to its abundance of vitamins and minerals necessary for our bodies to function correctly, tea is one of the healthiest drinks on the planet. But what most people don't know, is that all types of "Tea" come from a single plant:  Camillia Sinensis.   Is it a Tea or a Tisane? Tea is one of the most oft-consumed beverages in the world, second only to water.  As stated above, “Tea” is a beverage that is brewed using a single plant called the Camellia Sinensis.  All other types of drinks that use another type of plant or herb are usually called Herbal Teas, or more accurately, Tisanes (Ti-zahn)....

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