Having a cup of tea each day is a staple for many, especially here at MK headquarters. We’re delving into some of the various types of teas you have at home, as well as new ones to try the next time you feel like a change.
By Ulisha Moodley
All tea originates from the plant called camellia sinensis. The difference comes from how it’s grown, harvested and treated before packaged into our teabags.
1. WHITE TEA
This tea contains a high amount of antioxidants and is also the lightest tea. Its taste is slightly sweet with no bitterness, making it the perfect drink to have on its own.
2. GREEN TEA
There are a wide variety of flavours on offer, with the cheapest tasting bitter and somewhat like seaweed and a good quality cup tasting buttery and fruity.
Falling between green and black, a portion of oolong tea is fermented. The flavours range from sweet and fruity to nutty and roasted.
4. BLACK TEA
Black tea is strong in flavour as it is the most oxidized of the various types of teas available. A good quality leaf has notes of chocolate and caramel, whereas a cheaper version has a more bitter taste to it.
5. PU’ERH TEA
Being a purely fermented tea, pu’erh has a combination of flavours because the taste changes as the tea ages. It’s probably best that you try a variety to find a flavour that matches your taste.
6. FLAVOURED TEAS
There is an abundance of options when it comes to aromatic or scented tea. Strawberry and vanilla is a good mix and has a beautiful, lush colour.
7. HERBAL TEA
Extremely refreshing and relaxing, herbal tea contains no caffeine. A cup of this brew can help change your mood around if you’re feeling down or stressed out.