There are a number of different teas: white, green, black, rooibos and herbal. It can seem very overwhelming at times to keep them all straight and what their differences are. Today I'd like to talk about the difference between green tea, black tea and white tea. One of the most surprising things of all is that they come from the same tea bush, Camellia sinensis. Especially when you look at them:
White Tea Leaves
Green Tea Leaves
Black Tea Leaves
It is all in the picking and processing of the leaves that make the difference. White tea is harvested from the very top of the tea bush early in the year. They only pick the top leaf and a bud. These tea leaves are then dried in the sun and that is it.
Green tea are tea leaves from the whole bush and they also undergo a step of being steamed or pan fired. Before being dried it is often rolled into different shapes depending on the type of green tea. For instance Jasmine tea is sometimes rolled into a pearl shape.
Black tea undergoes the most processing. Tea leaves from all over the bush are picked and then left in the sun to wilt. The tea leaves are then rolled allowing the tea leaves to ferment as they react with the air. The fermenting process turns the tea leaves black. They are then dried.
So that is the basics. Look for another post coming soon discussing the various types of teas within each class and why they taste so different. Hope you enjoyed reading about the differences between green tea, black tea, and white tea. Check out our Tea Shop and order some to try today.
Today's cup of tea is from Teavana. It is their Rooibos Rose Garden, which I believe they are clearing out. It is a really great tea and a total steal at just $2.40 for 2 oz.
Teavana is having a sale! Check out all the yummy teas and fill up your tea cabinet. They have a number of loose teas on sale along with tea cups, teapots, music CDs and more.
This is a great time to check out all that Teavana offers in the world of tea. They are a great source of loose tea. I am loving their Rooibos Peach Bloom tea right now. It is a green Rooibos blended with pieces of peach and safflower petals. It is especially good blended with Strawberry Kiwi Herbal Tea.
And to help you keep your New Year's Resolutions, Teavana offers a complete selection of diet teas. They claim that drinking Oolong tea in the morning and Mate tea for the rest of the day can help to speed up your metabolism and suppress hunger. You can check these out by clicking the banner below.
We are going to be posting several Black Friday tea deals as we learn of them. Our first one up is from Teavana. Starting today and running through Monday 11/30/2009 you will receive 2 oz of Rooibos Rose Garden loose tea for free with any purchase. It is described as a flowery and fruity blend of green Rooibos, rhubarb pieces, red currants, and pink rose petals. And you will get to try it for free.
This is a great time to purchase gifts for others or to try out some new teas from Teavana. Or just restock your tea cabinet with your favorites.
Here is our top gift suggestion:
Imperial Blooming Flower Tea Collection. This lovely gift comes with four kinds of blooming tea as well as four tea tins and two double-walled glass tea tumblers. Who says that flowers just have to bloom in the garden?
Again the deal is for Free Tea with Any Order - Receive 2oz Rooibos Rose Garden Tea with any order at Teavana.com Wednesday 11/25/09 thru Monday 11/30/09. You will also receive free shipping on any order over $50. Avoid the stores and shop online this week.
Lest you think that the tea cabinet is completely snobby and just full of loose leaf teas, you would be very wrong. We also have a fine collection of tea bags to choose from when we make tea. I like to think of them as comfort teas, the ones you turn to when you are in a huge hurry or just want something very easy.
I often work outside of the home at a coffee shop while my daughter is in school. This coffee shop with the mermaid logo serves Tazo Tea and it is how I discovered it. I am normally a venti Zen tea with no sweetener kind of gal. It is a nice green tea flavored with lemongrass, spearmint and lemon essence. It is definitely my favorite in the Tazo line.
Yesterday I had a chance to try Tazo China Green Tips. It is Mao Feng green tea that has a very refreshing taste. They have a wide variety of black, green, white, rooibos and herbal teas to choose from. They also have loose leaf teas too, which I have yet to try. Available only during the holiday season is Tazo Joy, a blend of Darjeeling, Oolong, Nuwara Eliya, and Yunnan teas. Try it now or miss out till next year.
Do you have any favorite Tazo teas in your tea cabinet? Tell us about them in the comment below.
While there are some tea bags in our tea cabinet, the majority is loose teas. I find that they have a far superior flavor to tea made from a teabag. We have everything from a gundpowder green tea flavored with almond slices to a rooibos with red currants and blue mallow blossoms.
Loose teas can be either single origin teas that are just purely tea leaves. Other times they are blends of various teas, flowers, fruits, or berries. Brewing tea loose in a tea pot or inside of an infuser is a great way to let the leaves expand and uncurl in the water. You want to give the essential oils a chance to impart as much flavor to the water as possible.
While I have tried some poor quality loose teas, for the most part the teas that I sampled are all very good quality. Most tea merchants choose the finest quality tea leaves.
What do you look for when choosing a tea? What are some of your favorite loose teas? It is definitely all based on personal preference. My husband has not found a rooibos tea that he likes and while I like most teas, I do not like to drink chai tea iced. We would love to know what you like and dislike.