Did you know that there are over 3,000 types of teas?
Yep, that’s a whole lot of tea out there! As there are so many different kinds for you to try, you don’t want to waste any time on varieties that don’t suit your taste buds. That’s where these tasting notes come in. In this blog post, I’ve listed some of the most common types of tea and the various flavours that come through when you drink them. That way, you will know which teas you should steer clear of!
Black tea is by far the most popular type of tea in Britain. It’s the kind that you mix with milk and sugar and drink at any time of the day. All types of black tea have a very bold and full flavour. With most teas, you will be able to taste base flavours including malt and tannins, but when you try a specialist tea, such as Earl Grey, you will notice more nuanced flavours coming through, like citrus.
Green tea has been growing in popularity in Britain in recent years because it is believed to be high in antioxidants and is a natural source of caffeine. A good alternative to coffee for some people! These teas taste a lot different to black teas as they are lighter and can taste almost grassy. You might even pick up on vegetable or even seaweed notes.
There is a huge selection of flavoured teas, and if you love to add a few Earl Grey teabags to your pot or brew some fruit tea instead, you will already know that each one has its very own distinctive taste. During production, the flavours are added either synthetically or naturally, and this process will have a big impact on the final flavour. Naturally processed flavoured teas can be quite subtle whereas those that go through a synthetic process can end up with quite bold and strong flavours.
Serious tea drinkers and foodie lovers adore Oolong teas as they make for a very complex drink. They pair wonderfully with various types of food, so it’s always worth ordering one with your next afternoon tea. Some people even think that Oolong teas can be a great weight loss aid. Some of the overriding flavours in these types of teas include honey, cream, and coconut, but it’s also possible to find teas that taste quite fruity and, in some cases, floral.
Another great drink option for those who want a natural alternative to caffeinated beverages, white teas are extremely mellow. It often has some undertones of cocoa and delicate floral flavours. There are a few different processes for making white tea, and each of these can slightly alter the end flavour.
So, which type of tea do you think will suit your taste buds the best? There are different varieties of these types of teas, so it’s always a good idea to try and few different ones before you settle on your favourite!