Tea

Some of the different kinds of Teas that are very famous in Indian culture as well as around the globe:

 

Lemon Tea

Many people don’t know that, basically, Lemon tea is the combination of black tea or green tea by adding the right amount of fresh lime juice in it. Nowadays, drinking hot lemon tea in the morning time is very famous & it is one of the best drinks to start an energial morning. We all know that our body is not a self vitamin generator, so we need many drinks like lemon tea & hence it gives provides desired or fulfills the requirement in the body.

While adding fresh lemon juice to black or green tea, it changes the color, flavor, texture of both teas. So, the change or effect is known to be a bathochromic change, and it also varies the taste of the tea. Hence, lemon tea has a unique taste that makes it a delicious as well as a healthy cup of drink.

 

Black Tea

Black tea is also known as red tea in China & other Asian countries. Black tea is one of the most popular & favorable tea-flavored drinks among other teas and you will shock to know that black tea is fully oxidized. Black tea is basically made up of the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant & after that, they are undergone many processes like, withered, rolled, oxidization/fermentation, and dried or fired to produce a strong and full-bodied flavor for black tea. In India, Assam, Darjeeling, Nilgiri are some of the well famous black tea-producing areas & Sri Lanka has also been a leading producer of black tea for the last two decades. But, the flavor, texture, taste differ or vary from region to region or country to country as they have their own techniques of growing black tea. 

Black tea has many flavor profiles or textures like Malty, Full-bodied, strong, & many more… Some of the well-Known Varieties of black tea include Assam tea, earl grey tea, Darjeeling tea, etc.

 

Green Tea

Green tea is a very well-known or famous tea in India as well as outside the Indian boundaries i.e., the Rest of the world too. Green tea contains less quantity of caffeine than black tea & it is unoxidized Green tea is also made up of Camellia sinensis leaves that are picked & after that undergoes many processes like dried, heat-treatment to prevent oxidation. Nowadays, many variations are also taken place for tea-making techniques like In the Chinese region people prefer pan-fired tea leaves because it manually creates a dull green color, and whereas Japanese people prefer steamed tea leaves because it gives a brighter green shade.

Green tea has many flavor profiles or textures like vegetal/grassy, earthy, bright, & many more… Some of the well-Known Varieties of Green tea include  Matcha, Sencha, Gunpowder Green tea, Dragonwell (Longjing) green tea, etc.

 

White Tea

White tea is also made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, i.e., mainly found in the Fujian province region. White tea has very little amount of caffeine, which makes it more unique. White tea is only a variety of tea that is least processed from all other types of tea. In other words, we can simply say that the leaves are left to wither and dry by a natural process, which gives a very delicious, sweet, and well-rounded flavor to white tea leaves. 

White tea has many flavor profiles or textures like floral, delicate, fruity, & many more… Some of the well-Known Varieties of white tea include Silver Needle (Baihao Yinzhen) and White Peony (Bai Mudan).

 

Herbal Tea

As the name suggests, Herbal tea does not made up of other tea leaves varieties. But, actually, It is made from dried herbs, fruits, and flowers, which gives a unique & a wide range of delicate flavors, textures too. Herbal tea is only a type of tea that does not contain a single quantity of caffeine i.e., it is caffeine-free tea. This tea is most suitable for those people who want a dietary routine or with dietary restrictions. Some common ingredients used for making herbal tea include chamomile, ginger, lemongrass, peppermint, rosehips, hibiscus, and dried fruits.

 

Herbal tea has many flavor profiles or textures like delicate, fruity/herbaceous, sweet, & many more… Some of the well-Known Varieties of Herbal tea include hibiscus, chamomile, peppermint, Yerba Mate, etc.

 

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea is also known to be as African Red Tea. Rooibos tea is an herbal tea that mainly comes from the South African Red Bush tea plant, and before fermentation & drying processes, the leaves of the African red bush tea plant are ground and bruised. Green rooibos tea has a lighter flavor & texture as it doesn’t go through an oxidation or fermentation process.

Rooibos tea has many flavor profiles or textures like sweet, smooth, earthy, & many more… Some of the well-Known Varieties of Rooibos tea include red rooibos and green rooibos mainly.

 

Oolong Tea

Oolong is also known as Wulong tea. It is mainly originated from the Chinese region & oolong tea is semi-oxidized tea and picked later in the season than green tea or black tea. The leaves of oolong tea have also come from the Camellia sinensis tea plant but the only difference is that the leaves are bruised by being tossed or shaken in baskets, because of which the oxidation process changes. For preventing these tea leaves from oxidation, they are heat-treated & hence the prevention methods can varies from region to region and create a unique identified flavor among different types of teas.

 

Oolong or Wulong tea has many flavor profiles or textures ranges from light and fragrant to dark and full-bodied depending on the oxidation process techniques is used while preparation. Some of the well-Known Varieties of Oolong tea include Ti Kuan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) and Dan Cong (Phoenix Tea), etc.

 

Masala Chai

Masala chai is also known as “chai” in India and it is the traditional drink of India. Masala chai can be defined as a deep mixture of black tea, milk, sugar, and spices. In Indian Food cuisines, it is very much famous up to that extent means whenever any relative, friends came to the house, they usually demand for Masala Chai. There is no exact recipe for making this masala chai as it depends upon the region in which the peoples resides. 

 

The word “Masala” literally comes from the Hindi dictionary which generally means “blend of spices”. There are many ingredients are used while making Chai but the most commonly used ingredients are ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove. In its most traditional form, the masala chai contains black tea, sugar, and spices are boiled in water. Then the milk is added, boiled again & served in cups.

 

Dark Tea

Dark tea is the oldest or aged tea from China that is prepared through a secondary fermentation process. Puer tea is a sub-category of dark tea. The taste of dark tea may be earthy & the fact about dark tea is that it does not carry any type of flavor. Dark tea maybe is light or maybe a full-bodied tone tea. It is a smooth, sweet, floral flavored tea & it is very famous from 1500 A.D. China is a huge producer, as well as a large exporter of dark tea around the globe.