Do you know the optimum brew time, the perfect temperature and ingredients to make a perfect cup of tea? It is just not water and tea leaves that go in to make a perfect cup of tea. Tea making is an art. If you wish to become a tea connoisseur, you just need to keep reading this blog. We are going to tell you everything about different types of tea and how to make them perfectly. 1. Green Tea - Starting with the world’s most popular and consumed tea, which is green tea. Origin - Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves and buds that have not undergone the withering and oxidation process that makes the black tea. Green tea originated in China, but today, it has spread to other countries in East Asia. Taste - The ideal taste of green tea should be herbaceous with a little grassy flavour in it. It has a bland taste. It may even taste bitter if it's not brewed the right way. Ideal Brew Time - The ideal brew time for green tea to get the herbaceous grassy flavour is 45 seconds to 1 minute. At 175 degrees Fahrenheit, for this time period it will yield you a perfect cup of green tea. Ideal Brew Color - Brewed green tea should be green, light tan or yellow in color when brewed to perfection. Flavour Profile - Depending on the variety of the green tea, the flavours can vary from vegetal, sweet to even smoky. Samaara offers a wide range of green teas. Its Lemon Green tea is one of the best and most authentic teas. 2. Black Tea - Black tea covers a broad span of the types of tea that have their own unique and bold flavours. Origin - China is known as the birthplace of black tea. Until the 17th century, only green and oolong teas were consumed. Black tea was discovered when the Chinese started fermenting tea leaves to extend its storage life. Fermentation resulted in an oxidized, darker version of the leaves, which became popular as black tea. Taste - Black tea has a distinctly dark and malty flavor, a bit like a very light beer without the alcohol or acidity. Unlike green tea, it does not taste grassy or fresh, but rather has a deep aroma, a bit nutty and definitely bold. Ideal Brew Time - the ideal brew time for black tea to get the deep aroma and bold flavour is 2 to 3 minutes. At 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit, for 2 to 3 minutes, your black tea will brew to perfection. Ideal Brew Color - It's a very oxidized tea, so it will produce a dark red/orange looking brew. Flavour Profile - bitter, sweet, fruity or spicy can be the flavour profiles of strong, bold and full-bodied black tea, depending on the variety that is used. 3. Herbal Tea - Herbal teas or tisanes are beverages made from the infusion of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water. The term herbal tea is often used in contrast to the so-called true teas (e.g., black, green, white, yellow or oolong), which are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. Unlike true teas, most tisanes do not naturally contain caffeine. Origin - Dating back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient China, herbal tea has been used for hundreds of years for its health benefits and great taste. Taste - Herbal teas offer a variety of flavours. Expect anything ranging from a fresh Peppermint to a zingy Lemongrass, a honey-sweet Chamomile to a sweet-sour Hibiscus. Ideal Brew Time - 5 to 6 minutes for 208 degrees Fahrenheit will bring out the perfect color and taste from the herbal tea. Ideal Brew Color - Herbal teas brew to a lot of colours. But most of them have a reddish tone,similar to a cherry wood colour. Flavour Profile - herbals teas have delicate flavours that can range anything between floral, fruity or herbal, depending on the variety and blend of the tea. Samaara Jasmine green tea has therapeutic properties that promote good oral health, weight loss, boosts brain functions, helps in weight loss and has antioxidants. Samaara mint green tea soothes an upset stomach, improves digestion and reduces stress. 4. Masala Chai - Another type of chai that has gained worldwide popularity is the masala chai. It is a rich mix of tea leaves and aromatic herbs and spices, water and milk with some sugar. This tea is unique and special in a lot of ways. Origin - This origin of this tea is the result of the genius of the Indian people who liked their tea as strong and refreshing. Taste - Masala chai offers a sensory pleasure that makes this tea feel like an extraordinary break from routine. This tea has a lot of mixed flavours. Ginger adds a kick to taste buds, the sweet notes of cinnamon add a full-bodied flavor, the peppery spices add the hot aftertaste. All of this, when tempered by creamy milk and the infusion of strong black tea, makes a powerpack beverage. Ideal Brew Time - the masala is first brewed nicely for around 3 to 4 minutes. The tea leaves are then added and brewed again till the color becomes strong. Milk is added after this and the entire mixture is then again allowed to mix for a good 5 minutes. In total, masala chai takes around 12 to 15 minutes to brew perfectly. The spices that go in the masala chai are cinnamon, star anise, ginger, clove, cardamom and fennel. Each of these spices gives the chai its unique taste. Samaara offers premium premix teas in different flavours like ginger, cardamom and masala. 5. Tea Blends - Tea blends are also very famous kinds of teas which are famous in a lot of countries. Tea blends are nothing but a combination of different types of teas. Origin - Although there is no evidence of the history of tea blends or from where it was started and by whom, but as tea was invented by the Chinese, the credit for tea blends also goes to them. Taste - the taste of this tea depends upon the combination of tea used. The most famous kinds of tea blends are - lavender chamomile, lemon ginger chamomile, peppermint lemon ginger, among many others. Ideal Brew Time - since you choose your combination of loose tea, the brew time depends on the combination. It is recommended that you should opt to brew the combination according to the tea that requires the shortest time and lowest temperature to avoid bitterness. These are some of the most famous kinds of tea in the entire world. We have tried to put in all the information that is required to make a perfect cup of tea. As mentioned earlier, making tea is an art. But it is not difficult if you follow the right steps. Tell us which of these teas have you tried before. Let us know if you know of any other kind of tea which is famous in your country. Check out www.samaaratea.com to have a look at the various teas we offer. Our tea comes from the finest tea estates of Assam. You will get the authentic taste of tea with Samaara.
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