We've just wrapped up National Tea Month and learned plenty about different teas along the way. Tea, like wine, is a complex and intricate subject, but now we feel ready and able to brew the best cup of tea ever. If you weren't a tea lover before this month, here are seven reasons you should become one.
As National Tea Month wraps up, we're still filling you in on all things white tea. Although green tea tends to get most of the credit when it comes to health benefits, white tea is actually the least processed form of tea. Translation: it contains even more nutrients than the black or green varieties. Curious? Keep reading to learn more about white tea.
January's National Tea Month, and we're celebrating with a look at some of the world's most notable teas. If you're anything like me and don't know much about Darjeeling tea, you might find yourself overwhelmed by some of the complex terms. A little further investigation, however, and it all starts to make more sense.
Darjeeling tea is a black tea from the Darjeeling region in West Bengal, India. All tea labeled Darjeeling must be made in this hilly district, similar to how champagne needs to come from the Champagne region of France. Leaves are harvested from the same plant as green, white, black, and oolong tea. While Darjeeling tea is marketed as black tea, its incomplete oxidation process makes it actually closer to oolong tea.
Varieties of Darjeeling tea actually depend on what time of year the leaves are harvested. For example, tea plucked during the Summer is much stronger flavored than that plucked during early Spring. The flavor profile ranges from fresh, bright flavors to spicy and tannic. The colors of resulting tea even changes, depending on the plucking season. Darjeeling is available in four forms: whole leaf, broken leaf, fannings (which are smaller pieces than broken leaf), and dust.
When brewing Darjeeling tea, you should take one level tablespoon of pure Darjeeling and put it into a teacup. Bring water to a vigorous boil and pour into the cup. Brew the tea for three to four minutes and enjoy.
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I'm a huge tea drinker. I would choose tea over coffee any day. In fact, I drink all kinds of tea throughout the day. I start my morning off with a cup of green tea, have some kind of green or herbal tea in the afternoon, then close my night off with a nice cup of mint tea. But there are so many delicious brands and varieties of tea out there that I'd like to try out. So I'm asking you, what is your very favorite tea to drink?
January sure is a busy month. Along with National Soup Month, it also happens to be National Tea Month. We thought we'd start off the festivities with a primer on a very trendy tea. Green tea came from Asia and took America by storm with its claims to fix just about every ailment. But what exactly is this wonder tea? Keep reading to find out.