Different types of teas around world you must surely try!
Nothing soothes the throat (and in a way, the soul) like a hot cup of tea. But with so many different types of tea out there, how do you know which one is best?
21 May 2020, marks International Tea day. While coffee is the drink of choice in most of the Western world, tea dominates the Eastern part of the planet including United Kingdom. Discovering which of the multiple kinds of tea is your favorite, can be a delicious journey its own. From rich and bold black teas to light and fruity white teas, there are so many different types of teas you must definitely give a try to enlighten your taste buds.
- Black Tea
Made with the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, black tea is a true tea. Particularly, in Great Britain and Ireland. Due to the slightly bitter and astringent taste, many people enjoy the drink together with small amount milk. Some studies have shown that black tea could reduce the risk of stroke, regulate cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.
- Peppermint Tea
The dried leaves of the peppermint plant (mentha x piperita) make a bold, refreshing, and very minty tea. It has a strong flavor and smell, so if you’re looking for a mild flavor, you won’t find it here. It can be an effective digestive aid and it may relieve stomach upsets and discomfort.
- Raspberry Leaf Tea
Despite the name, the tea doesn’t really taste like raspberries, and the flavor is similar to other green/grassy teas. It’s a popular drink and since it’s non-caffeinated, it’s a good match for those looking for a caffeine-free option.
- Rooibos Tea:
Rooibos has an interesting taste, and it is equal measures of fruity, spicy, and nutty. For those sensitive to caffeine, rooibos has the benefit of being caffeine-free.
- Earl Grey Tea
Perhaps the most famous of all black teas, earl grey is flavored with bergamot oil (which, for the few of you who aren’t huge bergamot fans, is an orangey citrus fruit), lending it a rich aroma.
- Dandelion Tea
Dandelions are edible, and dandelion salads and dandelion tea are both popular options. Tea made from dandelion leaves is very light and mild, with a slight floral taste.
- Essiac TeaEssiac tea is a traditional drink of the Ojibwa, a North American Indian tribe also known as the Chippewa. It has a slightly bitter, grassy kind of flavor. It’s not a tea I’d call enjoyable, but it doesn’t taste too bad either.
- Moringa Tea
The Moringa (moringa oleifera) plant sometimes goes by the name of ‘horseradish tree’ and it is native to the Himalayas in north-west India. The flowers, seeds, root, and leaves are all edible, and some Asian cultures use the leaves for culinary purposes. This tea is rich in Vitamin B and C.
- Nettle Tea
Otherwise known as ‘stinging nettle tea’, the drink comes from the dried leaves of the urtica dioica plant (commonly referred to as ‘nettle’). The taste of nettle is a light, grassy, and earthy tasting tea that has a mild, refreshing taste.
- Masala tea
Take black tea and add ginger and cardamom (and sometimes cinnamon, clove, or anise), then serve it with milk and sugar, and you get masala chai. This tea is especially popular in India, but it has found a home in contemporary Western coffeehouses in the last few decades.
- Green Tea
This traditional Chinese tea is made from leaves that aren’t oxidized as long as black tea leaves, producing flavors that range from earthy to toasty to seaweedy. Expect the color to be … well, green! Though sometimes it looks yellowish. However, it has several benefits like increases metabolism, lower cholesterol, and possibly decreased risk of heart failure.
Out of the many different types of tea, Matcha is a little peculiar. You won’t find matcha leaves—this green tea comes as a stone-ground powder, and is so beloved in Japan that there’s a ceremony centered on how to prepare and serve it. If you eaten green-tea ice cream, well then that’s derived from matcha.
Sencha is also one of the most-popular Japanese teas, but it differs from matcha in that it’s served as leaves, not as a powder, and grown in the sunlight.
- Pau d’arco Tea
Pau d’arco bark (otherwise known as taheebo) is a herb that comes from the pau d’arco tree. These trees grow in the Amazon rainforest and the inner bark (taheebo) contains a variety of phytonutrients. The tea is also rather tasty, and it has an interesting fruity/herby flavor that is hard to describe.
- Oolong Tea
Oolong tea is made from the same plant that produces black and green tea, but while black tea is fully oxidized and green tea is not oxidized, oolong is semi-oxidized. This tea is highly packed with anti-oxidants.
- Pu’erh Tea
Another Chinese variety, Pu’erh is a fermented tea, using aged tea leaves—some are aged for decades before used. This tea is known to aid digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties.
- White Tea
Like green tea, white tea is not oxidized. But white teas are generally considered to have a lighter, mellower flavor than green or black tea. Expect a yellowish, dim color. Drinking white tea could aid in cardiovascular health, and its antioxidants have a range of purported benefits, from better skin to cell production.
- Herbal Teas
“Herbal tea” is a catch-all term for most any tea that doesn’t consist of tea plant leaves. Instead, an herbal tea is created by steeping spices, herbs, and other plants. From aiding digestion to soothing nasty cold, this tea is packed with number of benefits.
- Rose Tea
The rose is a flower that grows all around the world. Rose tea comes from the dried petals of the flower. In terms of taste, rose tastes light, sweet, and slightly tart. The mildly sour notes come from the rose petal’s citric and malic acid content. Also, the dried petals contain various anthocyanins, the same class of polyphenol present in different types of berries.
- Chamomile Tea
A popular tea to wind down the evening with, chamomile is an herb that, when steeped, creates a tasty, perfume brew. Some believe chamomile is the most stress-relieving of teas. It is also known to relax the muscular cramps.
- Spearmint Tea
Sharing some commonalities with peppermint tea, spearmint has its own unique flavor notes. For one thing, spearmint is a cooler and milder tea, and it doesn’t have the same strong ‘minty’ flavor. It has a subtle flavor which is quite refreshing.
- Chrysanthemum Tea
You’ve seen the flowers, now drink the tea! Chrysanthemum tea, predictably, tastes a lot like what you might imagine a flower would taste like—feel free to add a little honey to balance the bitterness.
- Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Butterfly pea flower tea is a unique traditional drink from South-East Asia, and it has a striking blue appearance. Interestingly, the tea may have some benefits too, and studies show that butterfly pea flower tea may help to control blood glucose. The tea is caffeine free and the color is certainly an interesting talking point.
- Hibiscus tea
Made from the petals of the Roselle flower, hibiscus turns water into a handsome shade of red, and has perhaps the most fruity, tart flavor of any tea on this list.
So, tea lovers, don’t forget to try out amazing teas availabe around the world and make happier.