White Tea is the least processed of all teas, white tea is simply plucked and allowed to wither dry naturally. Its name is taken from the fuzzy white hairs that appears on the unopened or opened buds. In case of unfavourable weather, the leaves may be put into a gentle dryer on very low heat to assist in the withering process.The leaves are neither rolled nor shaped, etc. Some minimal oxidation does happen naturally, as it can take a full day or two to air dry the tea leaves. This is why some white teas are the most delicate in aroma and flavour. Example: Velvet White
Black Teas offer the strongest flavours and the greatest astringency. It utilizes all five basic steps (Outlined in detail: How is tea processed), and is allowed to oxidize more completely and are not repeated on a single batch. The brewed liquor of a Black tea ranges between deep red to darkest brown like black coffee. These teas are best had with milk and sweeteners. Example: Assam Orthodox
Depending on the region of origin Green Tea leaves are either pan-fired or steamed to a temperature that is hot enough to stop the enzymes from browning the leaf. The leaves are then shaped by curling with the fingers or powdered such in the case of Matcha. Giving each a different taste. The liquor of a green tea is typically a green or yellow in liquor with a mild, vegetable-like astringency. Example: Kangra Bliss
Oolong Tea utilizes all of the five basic steps, where rolling and oxidation is done repeatedly making it one of the most time-consuming teas to create. Simply described as a tea that is between a green tea and black tea. These teas are semi oxidised anywhere between 8% to 80%. The leaves are rolled, then allowed to oxidize while they rest. The process is then repeated over and over. Often, low heat is applied. Oolong teas typically have a much more complex flavour than Green or White teas and is an ideal choice for those new tea drinkers.
Pu'erh Tea (pronounced: pu-ARR or pu-ERR) is completely different from the other teas in terms of processing. Before the leaf is dried, it is aged as loose-leaf tea or pressed into dense cakes. In short, one could say Pu'erh is a fermented tea and depending on the type that is being made, the ageing process lasts anywhere from a few months to several years, just like wine.
Herbal Infusions (Tisanes)
Many of the beverages which we commonly call "tea" are actually not teas. Herbal teas are usually dried fruits, flowers or herbs that are soaked in boiling water where no actual tea leaves are included. Virtually any flower, fruit or herb that can be soaked in water to extract a flavour can be considered a tisane.
As the term suggests blended teas combine different teas and Tisanes together to produce a final product. This occurs chiefly with black tea that is blended with spices to make masala tea or with tea leaves from different regions/estates are blended for a well-balanced flavour.
Single Estate Tea
Single estate tea, as the name suggests is a type of single origin tea that has been produced on a specific estate or garden, unlike blended teas which combine tea produced in different regions. Advantages of single origin teas for the tea drinker? As we’ve read so far, flavour of tea can depend on the region where it originated.Geographical factors such as climate and soil can change how the final tea tastes, even if the production process is similar. Single origin teas allow you to experience the diversity of flavours and aromas of tea produced in a specific region. Another important advantage to single origin tea enables you to know more about how the tea by knowing where your tea is produced. This can be important in terms of purchasing tea that is organically produced. Example: Okayti vintage from the Okayti estate uses bio-Organic methods in their tea cultivation. A common question that arises now is whether or not single origin tea more expensive or better in quality than blends? Single origin tea is not necessarily more expensive than blends. Single origin tea, is widely variable in quality and price. The price of the tea solely depends on the flush, type and the region in which it is cultivated. Example our Marapur Marvelous Green from Marapur estate and Our The Green Marvel Tea from Okayti estate and our Kangra Bliss which is a blend from multi estates.