Same But Different
People in many cultures love drinking tea. If you are one of those tea lovers, you probably are interested in different kinds of tea that you have never had. China has a long history of drinking tea in their daily lives and so do the United Kingdom and Japan. You could say tea is a big part of their cultures. Have you had Chinese oolong tea, British black tea, and Japanese green tea ?If you have, you would agree that they all have different colors, tastes and flavors. But did you know they are basically the same thing?The ingredients of those three kinds of tea are the same tea leaves, Camellia Sinensis. So what makes those teas different? The answer is, the way they process the leaves .
British Black Tea
When making black tea, tea leaves are wilted first. And then they are kneaded, loosened, fermented and dried until ready. Using this method, tea leaves are oxidized completely, and it makes the color of leaves dark.
Chinese Oolong Tea
Oolong tea is processed somewhat similar to the process of making black tea.Tea leaves are fermented to the point that they are wilted. This activates the effect of enzymes in the leaves. And then rub them to stimulate the fermentation, and then roast them. After that, they are kneaded、loosened, and finally, dried.
Japanese Green Tea
Not like black tea and oolong tea, it doesn’t take fermenting process to make Japanese green tea. This is why it’s also called fermented tea. What they do is steam the newly picked tea leaves, knead them, and dry them, just that. Thanks to this method, the bitterness and aroma of green tea get just perfect.
Of course, each tea can be broken down into many more kinds. But it is very interesting that one kind of tea plant can create a variety of flavors, colors, tastes and benefits depending on how they process the leaves. They are all good and it’s so nice to be able to enjoy all the differences.