The A to Z of tea

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There are so many different types of tea out there, so just for fun we put together an A to Z of some of them!

When you go to afternoon tea there is nothing like a lovely hot cup of tea to go alongside your scones and sandwiches.

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Did you know that there are lots of different varieties of tea blends that you can try? Join us as we go through the different types of tea from A to Z!

Assam

Named after the region of India where the tea leaves are grown, Assam is a strong malty tea, often known as a ‘Breakfast Tea’.

Black tea

There are four types of tea; green tea, oolong, white and black tea. Black tea is the strongest in flavour and keeps its flavour for the longest. Types of black tea include Assam, Darjeeling and Ceylon.

Chai

Chai is used as the world for ‘tea’ in many countries, derived from the Chinese world for tea, chá

Masala chai is a type of black tea mixed with sugar and spices including cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a tea from Bengal in India that has a light flowery flavour and is often referred to as the ‘Champagne’ of tea.

Earl Grey

Earl Grey is tea that is flavoured with bergamot, an orange that is grown in Italy and France. It is named after Earl Grey, a British Prime Minister from the 19th century.

Fruity tea

Fruit teas are seen as a nice alternative to traditional tea, refreshing with no caffeine in them. Popular flavours include raspberry, cranberry, lemon and blackcurrant.

Grapefruit tea

Green tea

Green tea is one of the four main types of tea, originating in China but now grown in a variety of other different countries including Japan and Korea. Drunk without milk, green tea is caffeine free and has an earthy flavour.

Herbal tea

As well as fruit teas, teas can also be made with infusions of herbs including peppermint, ginger, chamomile and rosehip. Some of these blends are known for their health benefits.

Irish breakfast tea

You might have heard of English breakfast tea, but did you know you can also get Irish breakfast tea? It’s slightly stronger and spicier than the traditional English blend.

Jasmine

Jasmine tea is tea (traditionally green tea) infused with jasmine flowers. Delicate and aromatic, it originates from China.

Kombucha

Fizzy tea? Who would have thought it! Kombucha is a fermented tea that originated in China and became popular in the West in the 20th century.

Lady Grey

Lady Grey is an alternative to Earl Grey tea, created by Twinings in the 1990s. It is milder, not as bitter and has a more pronounced citrusy flavour.

Matcha

Matcha is a bright green powder, made from pure green tea leaves. It is well known for its antioxidant properties and is also used in baking.

Matcha tea

Nilgri

Nilgri is an Indian tea, named after the mountain district where it was originally grown. Often now as ‘Blue Mountain Tea’, it is very dark and flavoursome.

Oolong

Oolong tea originated in China (the name means ‘black dragon’) and is generally seen as a halfway point between black and green tea.

Pu-erh

Pu-erh tea originates from China and similar to Kombucha, is fermented. It has a very refreshing flavour.

Quality tea!

There aren’t many types of tea that begin with a Q! The higher quality the tea, the more flavourful it will taste and smell.

Rooibos

Rooibos is an unusual tea in that it is not grown in Asia, it comes from South Africa! Often known as ‘redbush tea’, it is caffeine free and has a biscuity, malty taste.

Rooibos

Spearmint tea

Spearmint and peppermint tea are herbal teas with a fresh minty flavour. They are good for the digestive system, reducing bloating and good for alleviating food cravings.

Peppermint tea

Tisane

A tisane is a traditional name for a herbal or fruit tea infusion.

Uji sencha

Uji sencha tea is matcha green tea produced in the Kyoto region of Japan.

Verbena

Lemon verbena is a herb from South America, used to make a herbal tea with a refreshing citrus taste.

White tea

White tea is a pale, mild tea with a sweet flavour.

Xingyang

A Pu’erh tea often known as Green Tip, Xingyang tea has a very sweet taste.

Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate is a tea from South America with a strong taste that might take a bit of getting used to. It is very popular in South America where it is drank more than coffee.

Zhen Shan Xiao Chung

This is a smoked black tea, commonly known in the west as Lapsang Souchong.

What is your favourite type of tea? Let us know in the comments!

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