Non tea drinkers often associate tea drinking with bland flavors. Only true tea connoisseurs, new and old, understand the wide variety of exciting flavors found in tea. Even years ago, you could find many different tastes by experimenting with green tea, black tea, oolong and pu-ehr. Today, however, with the availability and popularity of flavored teas on the rise, the possibilities are endless.
There are an almost unlimited number of combinations of teas and flavorings, and the best tea makers are seeking to make as many as they can. Since flavorings taste different depending upon the type of tea you flavor with them, you can create several different tea tastes with just one sort of flavoring.
Take, for example, Honey Pear Tea 花茶香港. This is a very high quality black tea blended with ripe pear and smooth honey. The flavor is sweet and full bodied, with a Middle Eastern feeling to it. It’s truly one of the most delicious tea combinations you’ll find, whether you drink it iced or hot.
But, what you may not realize is that if you combined the same high quality pear and honey flavors with white tea you would get an entirely different result. White tea is very light and sweet, so a white honey pear tea would be far less rich and full bodied and would also be much sweeter. If you mixed pear and honey with green tea, you’d have a liquor somewhat stronger than white tea, but lighter than black tea. The flavor would be less sweet than white tea and a bit more earthy.
So, as you can see, there are a lot of possible combinations out there for flavored teas. But, just like any other product, not all of it will be to your liking. Before you choose a tea blend, consider teas you already drink and enjoy. If, for example you’re just not a green tea drinker because you don’t like the earthy taste of it, it’s possible that even your favorite flavoring won’t change your mind, but if you can find a sample, it’s certainly worth your time to try it out.
It’s also important to choose high quality teas that are blended with high quality flavorings. Making the best tea blends and specialty teas is not easy, so only a few tea makers will really give you the flavor you’re looking for. Some things to look for when you’re choosing a blended tea like honey pear include:
Welcome to the world of healing teas. Regular tea, a refreshing stimulant, only two calories per cup, is the world’s most popular non-alcoholic healthy drink. Tea glorifies us with many different flavors, scents and colours; the colours are determined by the length of exposure to oxidation.
A great amount of tea is produced in Asia, while it is actually grown in India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, and Indonesia. Tea is a member of the camellia sinensis family. The best quality teas are grown in the high altitudes and the finest leaves are plucked from the youngest shoots and unopened leaf buds. These buds contain the highest levels of phenols, enzymes and caffeine.
The manner in which fresh tea leaves are processed includes the length of time the leaves are exposed to the oxidation process; it is that which will determine the colour and the flavor of the tea.
There are three main types of tea leaves; black Indian tea produced by drying and fermenting the leaves; thereby converting the flavorless colourless leaves into a pigmented astringent tannin. Researchers believe due to bioflavonoids, plant pigments have been linked to the protection agents that prevent heart attacks, by the reduction of the ability of blood platelets to clot. Antioxidant properties of tea also block damage caused to the arteries by free radicals released when the body consumes oxygen lack tea, researchers have found that by drinking five cups a day, reduced the incidence of stroke by 70% in men.
Green (Japanese) Tea was flavored by the Asians, and is not fermented, but dried and produces a green leaf. It is lighter in color and the tannins are the chemicals in green tea which bind surface proteins in our mouths to produce a tightening effect thereby incapacitating plaque forming bacteria. It aids in digestion of oily substances and is thought to normalize metabolism. It also contains a natural fluoride which prevents tooth decay. Researchers feel this is similar to an antiseptic effect.