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How Many Types Of Tea Do You Know About?

by TEAM SALEBHAI - 31-Jul-2018 - Foods & Drinks
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Are you a chai addict? Absolutely yes! Why else would you be reading this blog, right?

 

Well, if you aren’t, it’s probably because you just haven’t tried the right kind for yourself. Did you know there are thousands of types of tea – with their own individual appearance, taste, and aroma – across the world? And the fun fact is that they all come from the same plant called Camellia sinensis (okay, not all. Herbal tea doesn’t and that’s why it’s not even regarded as real tea but owing to its popularity, we’re going to talk about it nonetheless).

 

The differences in their personality and characteristic are mainly due to two reasons. Firstly, it depends on the typography and climate of the region. That’s why the taste of tea from the same plantation may vary from one year to the next. And secondly, it also depends on its cultivation and processing method.

 

So it all boils down to mainly four types (five if you include herbal) which are widely available in the market – white tea, green tea, oolong tea, and black tea. Let’s know about them a little more so that next time you’re in a high-tea party, you can sound like a real tea connoisseur.

 

1. White Tea

 

 

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The most delicate and the sweetest of all varieties is white tea. It’s because the tea undergoes the least amount of processing. It is harvested when the silvery-white hair is visible on the unopened buds, hence the name “white” tea.

 

These buds are hand-picked and quickly dried so that these leaves are not allowed to oxidise. No wonder, the flavour is softer and more delicate compared to other teas.

 

Health benefits:

The less processed the tea leaf, the greater is its antioxidant value. White tea has the maximum antioxidants which come with many benefits.

  • It acts as an anti-ageing agent and reduces premature ageing.
  • It helps in quick repair and recovery of damaged skin. It protects the skin against the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays.
  • It reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases due to the presence of a substance called flavonoids.

Which one to buy:

SaleBhai recommends Woods & Petals White Tea – a refreshing natural tonic from the lap of nature – just the right beverage to thoroughly rejuvenate your senses. This exotic blend of whole-leaf white tea is organically grown.

 

white tea benefits

 

How to use:

  • Put a tea bag in hot water
  • Allow some time for the water to take in all the flavours of the tea
  • You can add honey or sugar as per requirement

Savour this white tea morning, evening, or night and enjoy its innumerable health benefits.

 

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2. Green Tea

 

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Green tea retains its colour because the leaves of Camellia sinensis are unoxidised, i.e. the leaves are never exposed to air. The leaves are heat-processed to eliminate the enzyme that would react with the oxygen in the air and cause the leaf to ferment.

 

The taste of green tea also depends on how they are processed. In China, it is generally done by roasting or pan-firing the leaves, while the Japanese flash-steam the leaves at a high temperature. Each process tends to bring out a different flavour from the tea leaves.

 

Health benefits:

Green tea is fast becoming popular amongst the health conscious and fitness freaks. Every household, from big celebrities to common people like us, swear by this beverage. All for obvious reasons –

  • The antioxidants present in it boost metabolism, and thus aid in weight loss.
  • It boosts your immunity by protecting against oxidants and radicals present in your body.
  • It lowers bad cholesterol levels which directly contribute to heart diseases.

Which one to buy:

There are varieties of green tea available in the market. SaleBhai recommends Gourmet Treats Ceylon Mixed Berry Green Tea. The mesmerising flavour of fresh berries is entwined with refreshing, subtle notes of hand-picked green tea from Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, to excite your taste bud.

green tea benefits

How to use:

  • Dip a tea bag in a mug of hot, boiled water
  • Let it steep for 2-3 minutes
  • Drink the beverage thrice a day for best results

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3. Oolong Tea

 

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Oolong tea, or some would pronounce it as Wu long tea, is widely recognised as Chinese tea. It is semi-oxidised which combines the processing method of both black tea and green tea.

 

The leaves are first wilted for four or five hours in direct sunlight. They are then rolled and later fermented. Rolling is an important aspect of oolong processing. It releases secret juices when applied pressure that alter the appearance, colour, and aroma of the final tea leaves. This process is repeated numerous times and once the desired flavour is extracted, the leaves are finally set to dry.

 

Health benefits:

Oolong tea represents just the 2% of the world’s tea, yet it is said to be good for your health.

  • It helps fight type-2 diabetes by decreasing the glucose levels in the blood.
  • It strengthens bone, also helps maintain stronger teeth.
  • The presence of antioxidants protect hair follicles from environmental damage and oxidative stress. They help prevent hair loss

Which one to buy:

SaleBhai recommends Woods and Petals Oolong Tea – absolutely pure and flavourful – sourced from small and marginal tea growers who cultivate environmentally sustainable tea.

 

Oolong tea benifits

 

How to use:

  • Place a pyramid bag in a cup of boiling water
  • Let it brew for 4 minutes or till it reaches its desired strength
  • Add sugar or honey, if desired
  • Should be taken without cream or milk

4. Black Tea

 

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Black tea is one of the types of tea which is most loved, desired, and praised. The leaves are fully oxidised. They are exposed to high heat which facilitates the growth of specific bacteria that produce the deep-dark flavour of these teas.

 

Black tea first originated in China and now its cultivation has reached worldwide, especially India and Sri Lanka. In fact, some of the regions of India such as Assam, Darjeeling, and Nilgiri are famous for tea cultivation.

 

Health benefits:

Black tea is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. Clearly, the benefits of black tea are endless. 

  • Its antioxidant properties promote improvement in overall health.
  • The presence of theaflavins in black tea is known to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Drinking black tea with lemon helps flush out toxic substances from our body.

Which one to buy:

There are varieties of black tea available such as Ceylon, Assam, Darjeeling and lots more. SaleBhai recommends Woods & Petals Darjeeling Black Tea – dark in colour and filled with a plethora of health benefits. It’s cultivated in high altitudes.

 

black tea benefits

 

How to use:

  • Boil a cup of water in a pot
  • Add a tablespoon of the blend into it
  • Allow the water to soak the goodness of tea for few minutes
  • Relish your black tea when it's ready

5. Herbal Tea 

 

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Herbal tea, also known as tisane, is the only tea that doesn’t come from Camellia sinensis. It refers to a whole range of plants, spices, flowers, and other natural infusions that offer appealing taste and aroma. It is caffeine-free and gentle on the body.

 

Health benefits:

It is said that Chinese drink herbal teas to provide a cooling effect to the body. It balances the body temperature. So whenever people fall sick, they usually consume herbal tea to heal.

  • It contains a good amount of calcium, iron, silica, and other essential minerals needed by the body, thus can help recover from mineral deficiency.
  • It contains tryptophan, a type of amino acid that relaxes the body and helps people fall asleep. This is especially good for those suffering from insomnia.
  • It makes the tissues of the body stronger and its antioxidant properties prevent cell damage.

Which one to buy:

Herbal tea has several varieties; the choice of flavours is limitless. SaleBhai recommends Indian Origins Hibiscus Herbal Tea – made with shade-dried hibiscus flower petals that give a wonderful colour and unique flavour to your beverage. 

 

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How to use:

  • Boil a cup of water in a pot
  • Add a tablespoon of the blend into it
  • Allow the water to soak the goodness of tea for few minutes
  • For a tangy touch, you can squeeze some lemon juice drops

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That’s the end of our list. Even writing about it made us happy; imagine how good it would feel to take sips of these amazing varieties. 

 

So, how many types of tea have you already tasted or have known? Tell us in the comment section below.

 

And lastly, if you haven’t tasted all the varieties yet, are you really a chai-lover? Think about it!

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