Although it may not seem like it, all tea comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. What makes each type of tea different is the way it is grown, harvested and processed. Below is a list of the most common types of tea and what makes them different from each other.
- Black Tea: This is by far the most common and consumed tea in the U.S. Lipton tea is black tea. This tea is first withered by air and then fully oxidized. Black tea is usually the strongest flavored tea of all of the types.
- Green Tea: Green tea is made in order to retain the maximum amount of polyphenols and volatile organic compounds to improve taste and health benefits. It is processed by a number of techniques including sun-drying, pan-frying, oven-drying and steaming. Flavors vary across Green tea types but are usually a lighter taste than most other tea types.
- Oolong Tea: Oolong tea is processed in a unique way in that it is withered in the sun and then oxidized. It is not fully oxidized like Black tea. Oolong has a wide range of complex flavors from sweet and fruity to woody and roasted.
- White Tea: White Tea is a lightly oxidized tea that is beautifully delicate. It has a light and smooth flavor that will keep you coming back for more.