The Types Of Tea

Tea Leaves from the Camellia Sinensis Plant

The majority of  “Loose Leaf” comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, you get different variations of teas based on oxidation, the part of the plant that was picked and how it was processed.

These Teas Include:

  • Black Tea:
      • Oxidized the longest
      • Examples include: Assam , Early Grey, English Breakfast
  • Green Tea:
      • Generally not oxidized leaving the leaves the natural color, uses less mature leaves 
      • Examples include: Matcha, Sencha, Tencha, Jasmine
  • White Tea
      • uses the buds and/or very young leaves, least processed, solar withered
      • Examples include: Sliver Needle, White Peony, Midnight White 
  • Yellow Tea
      • less known and accessible, gifting tea, made when heating in a wet environment
  • Purple Tea
      • Newly discovered tea plant with purple leaves,   thought to have been found first in India
  • Oolong Tea
      • Larger leaves are picked, has a variety of Oxidation levels caused by rolling or shaking the leaf, get balls  or stripped oolong
  • Pu-erh Tea
      • Post fermented tea, semi- wild leaves picked, packed into cakes to age it (similar thought to wine, older the better)

Tisane and Other Teas

These teas typically do not have the Camilla Sinensis leaves in them or if they do, they are in combination with other ingredients.

These Teas Include:

  • Herbal Teas
      • Fruit
        • uses fresh and dried fruit
      • Whole grains
        • most common grain based Tisane included barley
      • Flowers
        • Lavender
        • Chamomile
      • Spice/ Roots
        • ginger
      • Other plant leaves
        • raspberry leaves 
  • Chai
      • a combination of roots, spices and occasionally rooibos or black tea 
  • Rooibos
      • It is made using leaves from a shrub called Aspalathus Linearis

Sources: Mei Leaf ” Types of Tea” YouTube Video. “Camillia Sinensis” Article. “How to Make Tisane: 5 Types of Tisane”  Article by masterclass from And general knowledge from the Author Andrea (Annie) Gietz