STEEP. SIP. SAVOR.
After water, tea is the world?s most widely consumed drink. And although it?s rich in history and tradition, tea is really very simple. Here?s a basic look at its origins, varieties and preparation.
ONE BUD, TWO LEAVES.
All types of pure tea: white, green, oolong and black, come from the same plant, called Camellia sinensis. A single bud and two leaves, or a ?flush,? is plucked by hand from each stem, usually twice a year.
TYPES OF TEA
Rule of thumb: The more tea leaves are processed, the stronger the flavor. The level of oxidation, or exposure to the elements, is what determines whether a tea is white, green, oolong or black.
Traditionally grown in China, this tea goes through the least processing stages in comparison to others. The tea shoots are left to dry to prevent from oxidization. Today, other regions such as Darjeeling and Sri Lanka are partaking in the cultivation of white tea.
Flavour ? Bamboo, asparagus and almonds
Aroma ? Delicate, a mix of floral bouquet