Top 6 Green Teas
Green teas have undergone less processing than
black teas, and have a much lighter flavour. The health benefits
of green tea are seemingly endless. Since the leaves are not
fermented, the taste is pleasantly fresh and herbal. You should
never brew green teas in fully boiling water.
Sencha is the most popular of Japan's
green teas. It has a lightly astringent taste along with
a slight sweetness. Lesser quality sencha tea is called
2) Dragon Well
Dragon Well tea (also called Lung Ching)
is the ultimate green tea. The name comes from a
legendary well in the West Lake region of China where
the tea is produced. The colour is bright green and the
flavour is quite brisk. Be prepared to pay more than
usual for this quality tea.
Macha is the kind of tea used in
tradtional Japanese tea ceremony. It's ground up very
fine, and the tea is whisked when prepared. The flavour
is light and sweet. Macha works well added to desserts
These tea leaves are rolled into tight,
little balls that apparently resemble old-style
gunpowder. Because of the rolled form, Gunpowder tea
stays fresher longer than most other green teas. The
taste is fresh and a little grassy.
Jasmine isn't exactly a kind of green
tea, but is a blended tea with green tea leaves and
jasmine flowers. The blossoms give the tea a very
refreshing taste, and fragrant aroma.
Like the jasmine tea, genmaicha isn't a
kind of tea but a blend. This time, sencha green tea is
mixed with toasted brown rice. Sounds odd, but the tea
has a distinctive toasty flavour.