How to Choose the Best Premium Tea

By EverythingForTea.com

The selection of teas is as broad as the world of fine wines. There are thousands of varieties of tea — for novices to long-time enthusiasts, exploring tea is a delightful lifetime pursuit.

To start, determine whether you would like to try a bold flavored tea or one that is lighter. If you prefer a full-bodied cup, consider a black tea, or green or white tea if you would like a lighter cup. For something in-between, oolong teas are medium bodied. Green, white, oolong and black teas all come from the same plant Camellia sinensis. The difference in flavor is dependent on the manufacture of these teas; see our related article on Types of Tea.

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If you are looking for a low-caffeine option, you can try white tea or the wide variety of tisanes or herbals. Tisanes are not from the Camellia sinensis plant but can be from flowers, herbs, spices, fruit and other vegetal sources. Also popular are tea blends or flavored tea that are teas that have been combined with botanicals or herbal extracts.

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One of the most important considerations in any tea is the freshness of the product. For example, for green tea, the typical shelf life is about 6 months from the date of packaging. Once opened, full flavor begins to decline after 2-3 months.

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Good quality tea is packaged airtight with oxygen removed and replaced with nitrogen. Consider purchasing tea from reputable sources and store tea in an airtight, cool, dry, container protected from light.

 

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