There are many different types of tea and they all come from one plant, Camellia Sinensis. Depending on how and where the leaves are grown and processed, black, white, green or oolong teas can be created.

  • Black Tea

    TASTE

    Black tea has a rich, full bodied flavour and can be drunk with or without milk.

    FACT

    In the UK 98% of people take their tea with milk.

    HOW ITS MADE

    After the leaves have been picked, they are dried and rolled. Following this, oxidation occurs which turns the leaves from green to a dark- brown/ black colour.

    TYPES

    Unblended: Assam, Darjeeling, Ceylon, Nilgiri
    Blended: English Breakfast Tea, Irish Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey

    BENEFITS

    Regularly drinking black tea may reduce stroke risk and also lower your risk of these conditions:

    • Diabetes
    • High cholesterol
    • Kidney stones
    • Parkinson’s disease
  • Green Tea

    TASTE

    Green tea is fragrant with grassy notes and has a naturally sweet flavour. It should be drunk without milk, although it can be blended with fruit, herbs or black tea for a richer, more varied flavour.

    FACT

    Black tea is the most common tea beverage in the United States, the U.K., and Europe. Green tea is popular in Japan and China.

    HOW ITS MADE

    Green tea is made from un-oxidized leaves. After the leaves are picked, they are heated to destroy the enzymes that cause oxidation, and then rolled to release their flavour.

    TYPES

    Chinese green tea includes Gunpowder, Long Jing (Dragonwell), Snowy Mountain Jian, Kai Hua Long Ding.
    Japanese green tea includes Gyokuro, Sencha, Kukicha, and Matcha.

    BENEFITS

    Regularly drinking green tea may benefit your health. It may help to:

    • Burn fat by speeding up your metabolism
    • Protect against heart disease
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Protect against diabetes
    • Protect against Alzheimer's disease
  • Oolong Tea

    TASTE

    Oolongs can vary in taste from light, floral and complex aromas and flavours of the greener oolongs to the deeper, earthier and often fruity flavours of the darker leaf oolongs.
    All oolongs are better drunk without milk.

    FACT

    The word Oolong means Black Dragon.

    HOW ITS MADE

    Oolong comes from leaves that are partially fermented. There are two different types of Oolong tea, the striped type which is a darker leaf tea and the balled type which is a greener tea. The leaves are dried, shaken then exposed to the air to begin oxidation. The striped type has medium to high oxidation and the balled type has low to medium oxidation.

    TYPES

    Darker Leaf Oolong: Wu Yi Yan Cha, Pouchong, Qi Lan
    Greener Leaf Oolong: Tie Kuan Yin, Tung Ting, Formosa

    BENEFITS

    Regularly drinking Oolong tea may help the body to break down fat and metabolise rich fatty foods. It contains less caffeine than black teas. It may also help to:

    • Reduce stress
    • Protect against tooth decay
    • Control diabetes
    • Improves mental health performance
    • Prevent the development of cancerous cells
  • White Tea

    TASTE

    White tea has fewer aromas than black and green tea and is paler in colour. It is light and slightly sweet in flavour, has no bitterness and no after taste.

    FACT

    White tea is the least processed type of tea

    HOW ITS MADE

    White tea is the world's rarest tea as it can only be picked for a few weeks in any one year. It traditionally comes from China's Fujian province and is made from leaf buds and leaves of the Da Bai (Big White) tea varietal by the simplest process of all teas. Very young new leaf buds and baby leaves are simply gathered and dried - often in the sun. The manufacturing process includes no withering, no steaming, no rolling, no oxidising and no shaping.

    TYPES

    Pai Mu Tan (White Peony), Yin Zhen (Silver Needles)

    BENEFITS

    Regularly drinking white tea may benefit your health. It may help to:

    • Prevent the development of cancerous cells
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Lower cholesterol
    • Protect your heart
  • Infusions

    HOW ITS MADE

    Infusions can be herbal or fruit or a combination of both, the name infusion is the process of infusing plants or fruits in hot water.

    TYPES

    Common flavours include lemon, chamomile, peppermint, apple, ginger and raspberry.

    BENEFITS

    Each flavour can promote your wellbeing, from zesty energising drinks to something a little more relaxing.

    • Caffeine free
    • Low in calories
    • Depending on the herb or fruit used it can help your wellbeing, an example being Chamomile to help with sleep and peppermint to relieve nausea