Known for its incredible depth and complexity in terms of flavour, this ‘blue-green’ tea is a favourite of many foodies, and tea connoisseurs, and hence acquired the name, ‘the connoisseur’s tea’. Unlike black tea, oolong tea is only partially oxidized. It’s important to note that the nuances could change with multiple infusions.
If you’re looking for a way to beat the cold, and also cleanse your system, white tea is the way to go, as it is full of antioxidants, and has an extremely low caffeine level. Known for its delicate, subtle flavour, white tealeaves are plucked from the buds of white peonies, and are later carefully sun-dried. Unless it has added flavours, white tea comes with very mellow flavours of field grass, cocoa, and dried wood.
An extremely rare type of tea, pu-erh (also spelled “puer” or “pu’er”) is well known for its depth in terms of flavour. It’s traditionally sipped on after heavy meals as its known to help with digestion and reduce cholesterol levels. Pu-erh tea gets better with time. As it ages, it becomes more complex, and a lot smoother. Good quality pu-erhs usually taste slightly sweet, and seem to have hints of flavour of dark chocolate, espresso, moss, and plum. If your pu-erh tea tastes bitter or sharp, you’ll know it needs more time to age.
Authentic yellow tea is grown in China, and goes through an extremely unique processing there. It comes with a subtle flavour, and usually tastes fruity. Yellow tea could also include hints of vanilla, cocoa, and flowers.
Unadulterated Echinacea tea has a floral taste, as well as aroma. This aroma however, is known to cause a tingling sensation in your mouth and on your lips. Besides having a sweet, floral flavour, this tea is known to have numerous health benefits, such as boosting the immune system, relieving pain, healing wounds, and reducing anxiety. You should know that Echinacea tea that’s sold by commercial brands is usually mixed with other herbs that alter its flavour.