The Different Types of Green Tea
There are literally countless versions of green tea available. Although
these are all different types of green tea, all of these different types
share one common characteristic - they all come from the tea plant Camellia
|Asa Sencha Green Tea Leaves from Teanobi
The different types of green tea emerge due to differing locations on
where the tea is grown, slight changes in how the tea is cultivated,
the differing climate in locations and a whole host of other factors.
So, let's begin by exploring the different types of green tea that is
available. On this page is information about green teas from China and
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Green Teas from China
||Gunpowder : This is one of the most
popular types of chinese green teas. This tea is still primarily
grown in the Zhejian Province of China, although plantations for
this tea are spreading elsewhere in China. One of the characteristics
of this tea is that, once processed, the tea looks like tiny pellets.
These pellets open up during the brewing process.
||Long Jing (Dragonwell) : This tea
is most commonly known as Dragonwell Green Tea, at least here in
US. This tea
is also produced in the Zhejian Province of China. Once processed,
the leaves tend to be flat and have a jade color. Dragonwell is one
of the most popular green teas.
||Pi Lo Chun (Green Snail Spring) :
Another very unique and somewhat rare Chinese Green Tea. This tea,
also grown in the Zhejian Province, is grown among plum, apricot
and peach trees. This allows the tea leaves to pick up the fragrance
of the fruit blossoms from these trees. As this tea is rolled, it has
a "snail like" appearance.
||Snowy Mountain Jian :
This tea is grown at high altitudes in the Yunnan Province of China.
The leaves of this tea are quite long. Although a green tea, this
tea is processed a bit differently than other green teas - giving
it a more full body flavor somewhat similar to black teas.
||Hyson Lucky Dragon : Lucky Dragon
is a premium hyson green tea. The leaves have a greenish-yellow color.
The taste is more full-body than other green teas.
Kai Hua Long Ding : This tea is grown
in the Tiantai County region of China in the Zhejian Province (home to
many high quality chinese teas). A characteristic of this tea is that
the leaves are rather thick (stocky) yet very short.
Tian Mu Qing Ding : One of the more unique chinese
green teas. This tea is grown in the Tian Mu mountains of Zhejian Province.
The leaves of this tea are fine and delicate. The tea produces a light
and sweet taste, which is somewhat impervious to over-steeping...although
anything can be over-done.
Xin Yang Mao Jian : This tea is grown in the Henan
Province. The leaves are very fine. This green tea is popularly known
as "green tip."
Hou Kui : This tea is grown in the Anhui Province
and goes by the popular name of "Monkey Tea." The leaves of this tea
absorb the flavor of surrounding orchids, with the result being a orchid
Green Teas from Japan
||Gyokuro : Gyukoro is considered the
very best of Japanese green teas. The leaves are flat and pointed,
that provide a smooth taste with a light fragrance. During the final
weeks before harvesting, these leaves are moved to the shade...out
of direct sunlight.
||Sencha : Sencha is the "everyday"
Japanese green tea. Types and qualities vary widely. Leaves of this
tea are exposed directly to sunlight.
||Bancha : An unusual green tea that
is harvested very late in the season. The leaves are large and rather
hard. During the harvesting, the stems and stalks are included in
Known to have a weaker flavor than other green teas.
||Matcha : Matcha is a powdered green
tea. The is manufactured in the Uji region of Japan. Tea is grown
primarily in the shade. This tea is commonly used in the Japanese
||Houjicha : Houjicha are green tea
leaves that are roasted, hence the brown color. The flavor of the
tea tends to be nutty. The roasting process also naturally lowers
the caffeine levels of Houjicha green teas, too.
||Kukicha : A tea made from white stalks
produced by harvesting one bud and three leaves. A very unusual tea,
with a taste of chestnut due to the twigs in the tea.
||Genmaicha : Also known as the "popcorn
tea." This is actually a sencha tea that is pan fired and then blended
with toasted hulled rice. During the toasting of the hulled rice,
it is not unusual for the rice to "pop," leading to the name of "popcorn
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