7 Major Flavours of Chinese Tea

 

From left to right and top to bottom: Green Tea, Yellow Tea, Black Tea, Red Tea, Oolong Tea and White Tea.

There are more than 380 varieties of tea-trees growing around the world, of which over 260 are in southern China, mainly in Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces.

Apart from the different species of tea trees, based on the time of fermentation, Chinese tea products can also be categorised into 6 major flavours: Green Tea, White Tea, Yellow Tea, Red Tea, Oolong Tea and Black Tea.

Jasmine Tea is a mixture of two or more different tea flavours.

Chinese traditionally view tea plants, that usually grow in the high-altitude mountain ranges thus are nurtured by fresh pure qi (life energy) from higher levels, as a wonderful tool to address the yin-yang balance in the human body. For instance, Jasmine Tea is recommended to drink in spring, Green Tea for summer, Oolong Tea for autumn and Red Tea for the chilly winter season.

While alcohol has the ability to stimulate qi in the human body into rapid, often chaotic, movement, tea does the opposite. It helps appease and purify the qi, therefore is the top choice of beverage for Chinese Daoists and Buddhists who are forbidden to take an alcoholic drink.

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