Discovering the art of tea
• Made from fully fermented Camellia sinensis leaves
• Retains its flavor for several years.
• Black tea is processed using either the orthodox method or CTC (crush, tear, curl). The CTC method involves the mincing of weathered tea leaves.
• Black tea is often blended with other plants to create different varieties. Earl Grey tea is black tea blended with bergamot oil.
• Suggested health benefits of black tea include reducing atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), lowering the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease and may also aid in lowering the risk for diabetes, high cholesterol and kidney stones.
Suggested steeping time: 3-5 minutes at 206 F
• Made from unfermented Camellia sinensis leaves
• Different varieties of green tea are produced depending on the variety of Camellia sinensis used, growing conditions, horticultural methods and time of harvest.
• Processing starts by soaking green tea leaves in an alcohol solution.
• Higher-quality green teas are steeped at cooler temperatures and for a shorter amount of time than lower-quality green teas.
• Traditional Chinese and Indian medicines use green tea extracts for a variety of health benefits: as a stimulant, a diuretic, an astringent and to improve heart health.
Suggested steeping time: 3 minutes at 180-185 F
• There isn’t a universally-accepted definition of what white tea is, but it is essentially young or unprocessed tea.
• Produces very pale green or yellow-colored liquor.
• No processing occurs—white tea is generally just plucked and allowed to wither dry.
• There are different classifications of white tea including Bai Hao Yi Zhen (Silver Needle), Bai Mudan (White Peony), Gong Mei (Tribute Eyebrow) and Shoumei (Noble, Long Life Eyebrow).
• A study suggests white tea acts as an antioxidant agent and may reduce the risk of premature aging.
Suggested steeping time: 1-3 minutes at 175-185 F
• Made from partially fermented leaves, buds and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant
• Different styles vary widely in flavor—flavors range from sweet and fruity to woody to green and fresh.
• The process involves withering the plant under the sun and allowing it to oxidize.
• Leaves are formed into two distinct styles: rolled into long curly leaves or wrap-curled into small beads with tails.
• Suggested health benefits of oolong tea include boosting metabolism, lowering cholesterol, increasing mental awareness, aiding digestion, preventing osteoporosis and more.
Suggested steeping time: 3-5 minutes at 185-206 F