GLORY OF BEST TEAS ACROSS THE WORLD
There is a tea for every person and for every occasion and Australians are always interested to experiment every now and then with a different infusion. Over the year’s new teas have emerged when people have blended different ingredients and tried new methods of preparation. One should always have an assortment of teas in the cupboard! Many tea brands now offer teas that can help you sleep, pick you up in the morning or calm your anxiety. It is an ever-growing industry than still has room for expansion.
Like any other products, the popularity keeps fluctuating over time. But few types of tea have remained consistently favored for hundreds of years. Let’s find out more about the teas that continue to be drunk around the world.
There are only five types of tea and many of much famed teas come from these five basic types.
These are those from the Camellia sinensis plant:
The collection depends on how the leaves are treated after picking. These are the only “true teas”, anything else among the many common tea flavors is actually an herbal or plant infusion.
With so many options, you might be asking yourself, what is the finest kind of tea? Their respective popularity can give us an indication of which tea is commonly thought of as the best drink! Let’s explore the wonderful world of the most popular teas.
Black tea, in general, is perhaps the most loved tea in the world and as one of these, Darjeeling is the top Indian tea. It has a light, nutty flavor as compared to the bold and robust taste of other black teas.
Black tea is the most processed of the true teas, being harvested, withered, rolled, oxidized and dried. Its color comes from the enzymes reacting with oxygen, having been exposed during the rolling process. Contrary to its name, Darjeeling is a light-colored black tea with a pleasing floral aroma. If for some reason you haven’t tried Darjeeling tea, go out and get yourself a cup today.
English Breakfast tea actually began in neighboring Scotland, but Queen Victoria liked it so much that she brought it back over the border during the 19th century. English Breakfast is the most popular tea in England, and therefore by legacy is also a popular tea in Australia.
English Breakfast tea has a rich and hearty flavor. While it doesn’t have the worldwide appeal of Darjeeling, English Breakfast Tea has been popular around the world for many years.
Green tea comes out on top in terms of benefit in health and wellness. In terms of processing, it is harvested, withered and dried immediately to prevent oxidation and retain its natural green color and nutrients.
Matcha has the unique form of a fine powder, which is actually brewed into the tea, not strained. As the leaves are actually consumed, matcha contains a particularly high concentration of the antioxidants and nutrients associated with green tea.
The word ‘chai’ actually just means tea which denotes flavored hot tea. Chai often has the Indian teas Assam and Darjeeling as a base, but can, in fact, be made with most black, and even some green teas.
It has a delicate and pleasing taste that blends well with many other flavors. So make sure you try both an iced chai latte and a traditional cup of masala chai if you want to get the full chai experience.
The tea base can be made with most black varieties but traditionally it’s a blend of Indian tea and Ceylon. Added to this is bergamot – a citrus fruit like a blend of orange, lemon, and grapefruit.
Earl Grey tea is best served without milk or sugar. A slice of lemon is the perfect complement to its smoky, fragrant, citrus tones. A piece of cake would also go well with a spot of Earl Grey tea.
Oolong is one of the five true teas. It is known as the happy medium between green and black tea. Taiwan is one of the main producers of this most popular tea. But it is also a popular choice in tea shops around the world.
The oolong leaves are harvested and oxidized for a selected amount of time, leading to partial oxidation of between 8 and 80%. It is then rolled into long spindles and pan-fried to extract the oil and flavors. The leaves for oolong tea must not be picked too early but just when they reach their peak, and they must be processed immediately. The wide range of oolong’s potential oxidation means that it comes in lots of common tea flavors. It can be sharp and fruity or earthy – this woodsy flavor increasing with oxidation.
Pu’er or pu-erh is a fermented tea originally produced in China. Pu-erh teas are characteristically earthy, mellow and balanced. The careful aging process gives the tea a unique taste. The dark tea has become increasingly popular and maybe in a few years, it will be further up this list.
What’s your best-flavored hot tea?