the Tea Girl

Tea Types

All tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant.

There are 6 types of tea.

White Tea

  • Picking: Only in spring, often only buds
  • Processing: Natural withering & drying
  • Flavour Profile: Creates a delicate flavour with honey apricot notes
  • From: Mainly from China, some in Sri Lanka and India
  • Other Info: Closest to the natural state

Green Tea

  • Picking: Picked throughout the year, best picking is 2 leaf to a bud
  • Processing: Withering, shaping & drying
  • Flavour Profile: Creates a vegetal flavour with sweet after taste
  • From: Mainly from China & Japan, some in Sri Lanka and India

Yellow Tea

  • Picking: Picked as young leaves and buds
  • Processing: Natural withering & drying Additional “yellowing” by wrapping tea leaves with very light oxidation
  • Flavour Profile: Creates a soft non-vegetal mellow flavour
  • From: Grown & produced only in China

Oolong Tea

  • Picking: Picked throughout the year, 3 leaves and a bud
  • Processing: Withering, rolling, shapping, oxidizing, drying
    There are many processing steps. This can be very artistic.
  • Flavour Profile: Creates bright and refreshing flavour either with floral or toasty notes
  • From: Grown & produced in China and Taiwan

Black Tea

  • Picking: Picked throughout the year, best picking is 2 leaves and a bud
  • Processing: Withering, rolling or cutting, oxidizing, drying, sorting
  • Flavour Profile: Creates a mellow full flavour, often with malty or oaky notes
  • From: Mainly from China, India, Sri Lanka & the African Continent

Pu-erh Tea

  • Picking: Aged tea (improves with age)
  • Processing: Similar to Green/Black then allowed to age and ferment
  • Flavour Profile: Creates an earthy musky flavour
  • From: Grown & produced only in Yunnan province of China
  • Other:  Can be left loose or be compressed into discs or bricks

If you are interested in learning more about tea, come in store and talk to one of our tea slingers!