Spilling The “T” On Tea
Don’t you just love a nice cup of tea? After a long hectic day, I love to come home, change into something comfy and turn on the tea kettle.
My tea selection is often dictated by my mood for the day. Hectic days call for a Chamomile and Lavender blend or something minty. On cold days, I prefer something fruity (reminds me of summer). Mornings belong to Earl Grey and every day is green day (green tea that is, it’s good for body and soul).
Most people I know grew up drinking Lipton and many years later, Celestial Seasonings introduced us to assorted flavors. These days there are enough flavors to choose from to keep our taste buds excited for years to come.
A few years ago a tea merchant opened in my neighborhood and I must say I was overwhelmed with the varieties they offer. Who knew there were so many different types and flavors of tea. Celestial Seasons you have competition (just kidding).
I love my Lipton tea, but my horizons have really broadened. I was amazed the by blends that contained chunks of fruit, flower petals, branches, seeds, and buds. The shop is fabulous is sight and scent, it smells terrific.
After several visits to the merchant, I realized that if I was going to become a serious tea connoisseur , it was time to education myself beyond, mint, chamomile, green tea and Lipton. I learned that there are different types of tea and within those types are many flavors to choose from. I hope the following breakdown of the most popular types points you to the flavors you enjoy the most.
- Assams – hearty, creamy, heavy, great with breakfast
- Ceylons – an American favorite, aka BOP (broken orange pekoe) leaf
- Darjeelings – considered the “champagne of teas”
- Keenum’s – the famous red teas of China, aka burgundy of teas
- Lapsang Souchongs – from the province of China
- Nilgiris – fragrant
- Pu Erhs – Chinese origin, a digestive, cholesterol reducing
- Yunnan – Chinese tea
- China Green – one of the most widely consumed, contains fluoride element
- Flavored Greens – Chinese and Japanese origins
- China Oolongs – traditional Chinese tea, aka Milk Oolong
- Taiwan Oolongs – smooth creamy taste
Tisanes/Herbals (these are fusions of herbs & spices, which differs from tea which made from leaves)
- Tisanes Mints
Earl Greys (Citrus flavors Black Teas with Bergamot (Orange) aroma
Jasmines (usually Green Tea base but Black and White tea may be used , scented Jasmine flowers, sweet & fragrant
I hope this helps you as much as it helps me. It’s Wintertime in the Midwest and tea time at my house so I’ll meet you at the next post.