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The Beginner’s Guide to Different Types of Tea

Because what soothes the soul better than a cup of tea that heartily envelopes it?

Tea has evolved from being called an old man’s beverage to a healthier alternative for caffeine. It is savored by everyone, served hot or cold depending upon each one’s preferences.

Drinking tea is linked to many health benefits. It contains antioxidants that are crucial for a healthy cell building system. It boosts immunity and is less caffeinated than coffee. Some teas are even linked to weight loss.

Choosing a tea that suits you the best can be confusing so here’s a list of teas to your aid-

Masala Chai Tea

This is a type of tea that’s particularly a favourite among Indians. Add black tea, sugar also, cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon (whatever suits you the best) followed by milk as the concoction comes to a boil. The result is a frothy sweet drink that’s as comforting as a warm hug.

Green Tea

This is the non-oxidized tea which is linked to major health benefits. Its taste can vary from earthy to herbal depending upon the leaves used. It is linked to weight loss when paired with regular exercise.

Black Tea

This is the most flavourful of all teas and is oxidized more than the other teas. It has stronger flavors as compared to its green, oolong and white counterparts.

Matcha

This tea is particularly different from its contemporaries as it is harvested with a special procedure and care for its signature bright green color. It has 137 times more antioxidants as compared to other teas. Its consistency is powdery as stems and veins are removed during processing.

Oolong

This tea forms a community of its own as it neither falls under the green tea category nor the black tea. It is harvested from Camellia sinensis plant through the process of withering. It is a classic Chinese tea and a very healthy one, indeed.

White Tea

This tea offers a mellow taste and isn’t oxidized much like black tea. It goes through minimal processing to deliver a delicate and soothing taste. Drinking it is linked to good cardiovascular health.

Herbal Tea

Herbal tea with honey

It is a collective term for any tea made out of spices, herbs, plants, flowers but not tea leaves. They are soothing and can be altered according to one’s requirements.

Pu’erh Tea

This tea is common to the Yunnan district of China. It is a fermented tea that is oxidized and fermented after the tea leaves have been dried. It’s been shown to lower cholesterol levels and to lose weight.

Rooibus Tea

This tea is specially cultivated from Aspalathus linearis, a South African plant. The process of withering and oxidization turns the bright green leaves to red, offering the tea its colloquial name ‘Red Bush Tea’.

Hibiscus Tea

This tea is the most fruity of all teas. It is made from the petals of roselle flower and it results in a tea with the most beautiful shade of red.

Earl Grey

This particularly British tea is made from black tea leaves but which are flavored with oil from the rind of bergamot orange. It is one of the most recognized teas.

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Written by Manvi Panwar

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