Cravings for Tea:
Drinking tea has been a part and parcel of your culture for several hundred years. There is no better way to kick start a day without a cup of aromatic tea. Tea lovers, it’s not tea drinkers but lover, are smart. Brewing a soothing cup of tea is a host of flavors, refreshments, and also hosts many health benefits.
Hundreds of tea varieties are available across the globe. Obviously, cravings for tea are unavoidable. As a surprising note, all tea varieties came from the same plant. It’s called Camellia Sinensis. Of course, don’t include the herbal teas that don’t brew tea leaves.
While the plant is native to Asia, tropical and subtropical regions across the globe cultivate the tea. So here arises the difference in taste. The way of processing, climate, location, and growing conditions, impacts the flavor.
If you are a tea lover, you won’t obviously get satisfied with a single flavor. Satiate your cravings for tea by exploring the different varieties.
As the name indicates, it is the more oxidized tea variety. It is stronger in color and flavor.
Black teas have two types of processing, traditional and CTC.
Traditional method is nothing but processed by hand or conventional machines. Usually high quality black teas are processed by hand.
CTC means Crush, Tear, and Curl. It usually uses medium and low quality tea leaves to produce better quality tea and consistently dark color.
If you crave for a strong flavor, you can blindly choose the black tea. The best thing about black tea – it retains the flavor for years.
The least processed tea type that undergoes minimal oxidation is called Green Tea. Green tea originates in China. It tastes quite different from other varieties. The least processed variety retains most of its nutritional values.
- It is high in antioxidant which fights against free radicals.
- Green tea is a stress buster.
- Delays ageing
- Aids in weight management
It’s the favorite among the health conscious people.
This is the least processed variety of tea. Tea connoisseurs appreciate white tea for its subtle sweetness and unmatched delicacy.
The tea variety is named after the buds of the tea plant have the silvery white hairs. It makes the plant appear white.
Unlike other varieties of tea, white tea is processed from young leaves, buds, and flowers. Before processing, the buds and leaves are dried up in the natural sunlight. During the processing stage, steam or dry heat is used to stop oxidation.
The subtlety of the tea stays in your taste buds for hours after drinking. This delicious beverage looks pale yellow.
Oolong tea is a traditional variety of tea, popular in China. The way of processing the tea makes all the difference. It’s a partially oxidized tea, one of the complex varieties.
It is labeled as traditional Chinese tea. The tea leaves are oxidized after whitening under the sunlight.
Apart from these, specific tea cultivars use the particular types of tea plants for oolong teas. Tea connoisseurs from China and South East Asia love oolong tea.
Matcha tea aka matcha green tea is the supreme quality green tea, available in powdered form. Matcha tea has been a part of the Japanese culture and tradition for ages. Matcha means “powdered tea.”
It is made from young leaves of the tea plants, which is rich in nutrients. The process involves steaming, stemming, and de-vining, which is processed into fine powder.
When you drink matcha, you actually drink the goodness of the fresh leaves.
Yellow tea is a similar alternative to green tea. It is the rarest category of tea. This tea has a very slow drying tea. Usually, the leaves are allowed to turn yellow during the drying phase. Slow drying period and more oxidation mark the difference.
Often, the flavor or aroma of the yellow tea is mistaken for black tea. The tea looks yellowish green and tastes unique. It appears like green tea, it doesn’t have the grassy taste you can find in green tea.
It is nothing but aged black tea variety. It is popular in China for its incredible medicinal values. In fact, this variety still remains a mystery since export of puer tea to US was banned. It has the richest and intense flavor, with no trace of bitterness.
No tea lover would deny having a cup of masala tea. It’s a flavored tea that has the combination of black tea mixed with the aromatic Indian herbs and spices. Many reputed tea and coffee houses proudly feature the masala tea.
It’s very versatile that you can include or exclude any spices / dried herbs as you prefer.
Green cardamom, cloves, ground ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper is the commonly included spice mix with the black tea leaves.
Masala tea is the most refreshing, aromatic, and delicious variety of tea that makes you crave more. Whenever you feel sick or dull or tired, all you need is a cup of masala tea.