TYPES OF TRUE TEA

If you are looking for the healthiest drinks, then nothing can beat True Teas! Being the most consumed beverage in the world after water, each tea has its own taste and health benefit. The difference between teas falls on how they are processed.

True Teas come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis and oxidation determines the category and flavour of True Teas. Heavily oxidized teas will have deep taste, aroma and will yield dark reddish brown infusion. And less oxidized teas, vice versa.  However, the best tea is subjective to one’s personal opinion. If you are a True Tea lover, then keep reading more about them.

1. White Tea

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Colour Pale Golden
Flavour Sweet & Fruity
Health Value

Made from new leaves and buds, White Teas are sun dried and contains large extent of catechins.  Oxidized in a controlled manner, they have a pale golden yellow colour with a fruity flavour. The process is very expensive as the fine white hairs on the leaves are treated and preserved with great care. White tea is rated as the healthiest tea as it has high level of antioxidants and theanine. It continues as high quality tea as they combat aging and has anti-cancer potential. Lowest in caffeine content, White Tea contains stress- relieving and mood-lifting properties. White Tea leaves retain natural colour as they undergoes only little processing.

2. Green Tea

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Colour Green
Flavour Earthy & Smooth
Health Value

It is always advised to replace any unhealthy drink with Green Tea, as it is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that are great for your body and mind. Unlike Black Tea, they do not allow fermentation. The leaves are steamed and pan-fried retaining maximum amount of polyphenols, which helps in increasing metabolism catalyses breakdown of calories.  Direct intake of Green Tea is a treatment for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. A brewed Green Tea is typically green in colour, with an earthy and smooth flavour that is overpowering. At times it leaves a bitter aftertaste. They are available in different exotic taste with added flavours like Honey, Lemon, and Mint etc.

3. Black Tea

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Colour Dark Brown
Flavour Bold & Brisk
Health Value

Strong in flavour, Black Teas are the heavily oxidised among true teas. Rich in caffeine, they offers a variety of health benefits because it has antioxidants and compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body. Black Tea leaves are rolled and dried deeply in such a way that it develops a bold and brisk flavour. Optimal dose of Black Tea is advised for alertness and energy. A cup of black tea can make you smile, at the same time relaxes and rejuvenates you due to the presence of L-theanine. The well-fermented black tea induces weight loss when consumed without milk and sugar.

4. Oolong Tea

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Colour Yellow
Flavour Floral & Sweet
Health Value

Semi oxidized true tea, Oolong, has several health benefits for both brain and body. They falls somewhere in between Green Tea and Black Tea in oxidation. Rolled and twisted, Oolong Tea is available in different flavour. The hue of the brewed tea may vary from yellow to golden and then to brown. Similar to black tea and Green Tea, they contain several vitamins, minerals and helpful oxidants. A cup of brewed Oolong Tea contain good amount of Fluoride, Manganese, Sodium, Potassium, Niacin and Caffeine. Presence of an amino acid, theanine is responsible for its relaxing effect.

5. Pu-erh Tea

 

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Colour Dark brown red
Flavour Smoky
Health Value

The last variant of true tea, Pu-reh Tea is post fermented. The period of prolonged storage determines the taste of Pu-erh Tea. Having Pu-reh Tea will improve mental alertness and sharp thinking. Unlike other true teas, they contain a small amount of chemical called lovastatin, which helps in bringing down cholesterol level. A cup of Pu-erh Tea is the best pick any time you need a little boost. The antibacterial properties in Pu-erh Tea can keep you healthy and away from harmful bacteria.  One single steeping gives a combination of different tastes like sweet, earthy, woody and watery. The taste of Pu-erh Tea changes as the tea ages.

Each sip of tea involves different experience as the world of tea is a fascinating one. Never forget to remember true teas next time you delve into the world of tea !