I love tea. Tea for me all day, every day. I probably have about 6 cups of tea a day. It varies on the time of the year. More in Autumn/Winter, slightly less in Spring/Summer. It has been an obsession for many for thousands of years. Discovered in Ancient China, the art of making the perfect cup of tea continues to be debated to this day. Even the great George Orwell chimed in with his own tea wisdom, in a detailed essay instructing the masses on how to prepare a proper cup of tea. Some people love it with a splash or milk, two sugars or just black. The health benefits alone are reason enough to break out the mugs. Increased metabolism rates, cancer fighting antioxidants, and better moods have all been associated with this world-renowned beverage.
In fact there are actually 4 main types of different teas:
Black teas get their characteristic flavour and colour from a natural oxidation process, which follows initial drying and rolling of the leaves after they have been picked. Tea Palace offers a wide range of single estate black teas including world famous Assams, Darjeelings and Ceylons and a range of bespoke Black Blends.
Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves which are simply heated after picking to destroy the enzymes that cause oxidation. They are then rolled to release their flavour. Green teas are sweet and contain many of the vitamins and antioxidant properties of the fresh green tea leaf, making them highly regarded as a healthy, fragrant and delicious drink.
Oolong, meaning Black Dragon, is usually from China and Taiwan (often called Formosa, its old Portuguese name). It is a semi-fermented tea, a cross between green and black teas, which is widely prized for its digestive benefits. Tea Palace offers a range of the finest oolong teas from both China and Taiwan, includingIron Goddess of Mercy (Ti Kuan Yin) and the highest grades of Formosa Oolong teas.
White tea is the world’s rarest tea as it can only be picked for a few weeks in any one year. Authentic white tea is only grown in the Fujian province in China where the exact method of processing is kept secret. What we do know is that white tea is made from a specific tea plant variety, as well as a particular processing method which raises small silvery hairs on the leaves and buds. White tea has seen a recent increase in popularity and has well-documented antioxidant and detoxifying benefits.
All of the above teas are great for keeping you in shape for your working day too. So when you’re next reaching for that cup of coffee, think if a good cuppa can put you right on the ladder where you want to be.
This great infographic gives you a little of everything about the benefits of drinking tea: