International Tea Day 2017: Different Types of Tea and How to Brew Them
Celebrated on December 15 every year, International Tea Day is the day raise awareness about the global tea trade’s effect on the growers and workers. The day is also associated with requests for fair trade and price support. International Tea Day is celebrated in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Nepal. Tea is one of the most popular beverages across the world. As per Chinese legends, tea was discovered by Emperor Shen Nong in 2,737 B.C in China. It is believed that the emperor was boiling some water and a few leaves blew into it. He drank the liquid and was felt energized. Tea drinking was thus introduced and it became popular as a recreational beverage. It was also used as a medicine in Southwest China. The Britons made tea drinking fashionable and started the plant’s large-scale cultivation and commercialization in India. Today, people from around the globe enjoy tea. Traditionally, the tea is brewed by boiling the water first and then adding the tea leaves. The water is boiled until it starts bubbling to get the preferable amount of oxygen and eliminate the germs. You should not boil the water too much. Here is a list of different types of teas and how to brew them right. (ALSO READ On International Tea Day, Know How The Cup of Chai Gained Worldwide Importance).
White tea is the mildest tea with a slight sweetness. It is usually artificially flavored, but try to drink the pure version.
Brewing: Do not over boil the water for white tea as it will result in a bitter taste. Use steaming water to steep white tea. Leave them in the steaming water for about five minutes and then enjoy the drink.
It is one of the most popular weight-loss remedies. It is unoxidized tea made by roasting it in a pan. The method gives the tea a smoky flavor. Matcha is also a type of green tea made by grinding tencha. The ground tencha is then laid out to dry. The dried matcha is deveined and ground again to form a powder.
Brewing: Do not use boiling water for brewing green tea. Use steaming water to steep the green tea leaves. Leave the tea leaves in the water for about two minutes and then enjoy the drink.
Originated in Sichuan and Hunan in China, dark tea is an aged probiotic tea. It is flavorful tea with a slight sweetness. It has an earthy aroma and smooth, floral taste. (ALSO READ Top 5 Home Remedies Using Tea for Better Skin and Hair).
Brewing: This tea requires a little more eave as compared to other teas. Take 5 grams of the leaves and steep it in 8 ounces or a cup of water. Steep for about 6 minutes in hot water and enjoy the drink. The leaves can be used for re-steeping.
Black tea is made by fully oxidizing the tea leaves. It is commonly used in Sri Lanka, India and China. It has a distinct flavor and aroma depending on where the leaves were grown.
Brewing: Boil the water and then steep the leaves for about five minutes. Enjoy your black tea.
Oolong tea is known as the tea of tea master as it requires artistry and skill to produce it. It is semi-oxidized tea with 10 to 80 percent oxidizing. Oolong tea is valued by tea connoisseurs. (ALSO READ 5 Surprising Benefits of Drinking Black Tea Every Day).
Brewing: Bring the water to a full boil and then add oolong tea leaves. Let it steep for about 12 minutes and then enjoy your beverage.
Puer is another aged tea. It is black in color and an earthy flavor. The tea originated in China and the method of production is still a secret. It has rich flavor but is not bitter.
Brewing: Bring the water to rolling boil and then add the tea leaves. Let it steep it for about 20 seconds.
These days you get different types of infused and herbal tea made by including rooibos, chamomile, jasmine or mint. These teas are usually consumed for its medicinal properties and calming effect.
Brewing: Bring the water to boil and then add the leaves. Let it steep for about 2 minutes and then enjoy the drink.
So, celebrate the International Tea Day by making a cuppa and savoring the warm beverage.