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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.


TASTING NOTES

Flavour ? Bamboo, asparagus and almonds

Aroma ? Delicate, a mix of floral bouquet

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The leaves are heated to prevent from oxidization. While Chinese choose to pan-fry the leaves, Japanese prefer steam the leaves on a high temperature. Chinese green tea gives a pale yellow or straw colour, while Japanese green tea changes shades from pale green to deep grassy green.

TASTING NOTES
Flavour ? Grassy
Aroma ? Orchid and chestnut
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The tea has its cultivation base in China and Taiwan. The tea leaves are withered and semi-oxidized. The tea leaves are then either rolled into curly long leaves, while others are ?wrap-curled? into small beads. The main attention in the processing stages is given to the timing and temperature required for the leaves.

TASTING NOTES
Flavour ? Sweet & fruity, woody & thick or green & fresh
Aroma ? Honey, roasted or bouquet
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Originally cultivated in China, black tea is grown worldwide today. In India, the cultivation is done mainly in Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiri. Oxidized to the full extent, the best quality black tea is the one done entirely by hand. Black tea is considered the best for blending purpose.

TASTING NOTES
Flavour ? Barley, Aroma - Earthy
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CAFFEINE GUIDE
Caffeine levels in tea varies not only by the type, but also how it?s prepared. The amount of tea used, water temperature and brewing time are all factors.
caffeine-free
1-15 mg
16-25 mg
26-39 mg
40+MG
HOW TO BREW
Each tea has a recommended temperature and brewing time to get the best results. But keep in mind this is your Mink Tea ? don?t be afraid to explore and experiment.
TEASPOON
Measure tea according to package. Double if you are brewing iced.
WATER
Use 8 fl oz of water per suggested loose leaf tea amount.
TEMPERATURE
Heat water to correct temperature by tea.
TIME
Steep for correct number of minutes by tea type.
FOR NEWBIES
If you?re scratching your head and wondering where to get started, try one (or all) of these classic, easy-drinking teas.
FOR NEWBIES
If you?re scratching your head and wondering where to get started, try one (or all) of these classic, easy-drinking teas.
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