There are four "true teas." So what is a true tea? A true
tea is a tea that originates and uses the leaves from a specific plant
Sinensis. The "true teas" are green tea, black tea, white tea and
Yet, as anyone knows who has walked through a tea store knows,
there are far
listed than those. Indeed, here in the United States, herbal teas tend
And so, to provide some helpful information to visitors to Tea Discussion,
this section has been put together to help people understand tea better.
||Black Tea : The worlds most popular
tea, growin primarily in India, China and Sri Lanka.
||Flavored Teas : Flavored teas are
true "teas" (usually black or green) that have "things" added into
them, also known as infused.
||Green Tea : The most popular
tea in the United States and is surging in popularity world wide.
Grown mainly in China and Japan.
||Herbal Tea : A very popular "non-tea"
in the United States, less popular elsewhere. Does not contain the
properties found in "tea", but usually contain many other healthy
properties not found in more traditional teas.
||Oolong Tea : A semi-fermented tea
that is widely grown in Taiwan.
||Rooibos Tea :
The "non-tea" from
South Africa that illustrates the depths to which the UK will plunge
to in order get their tea. It is grown in South Africa and is frequently
known as "red tea" or "african tea."
||White Teas : The cadillac of teas,
white teas are the most rare of teas, as well as usually the most
expensive. China produces the most white tea.
Other Helpful Articles
- What Is Tea? : Detailed article that covers, exactly, what tea is
and why, as well as what tea is NOT!
- How Tea is Processed : Learn how the four main teas that come from
a tea plant (green, white, black and oolong) are procssed.
- Different Types of Green Tea : Information about specific Japanese
and Chinese green teas.
Green Tea Books
|The Green Tea User's Manual : The Green Tea Userís Manual leaves no leaf unturned, introducing 16 of the most popular types of green tea, including Dragon Well, Sencha, Jasmine, and the Japanese tea Gen Mai Cha.|