By: Claire Hudson 

OVERVIEW

There are a variety of different types of tea all around the world. All teas are delicious, whether they are sweet with a slight honey flavor or have small chocolate notes. Some common teas include black tea, oolong tea, green tea, and herbal tea, which will be explored further down the page. Grab a cozy and warm cup of tea and enjoy reading this article as you learn some new things about tea!

BLACK TEA

Black tea fits under the umbrella of many people’s favorite teas, whether earl gray, Assam, chai, or English breakfast. Black teas often have a malty taste and are usually caffeinated, which is excellent when you are not craving the usual cup of coffee. Black teas also have health benefits, including better heart and gut health and lowering high blood pressure. Black tea can also help fight blemishes and entirely cleanse the body. If you have yet to try any of these teas, I highly recommend starting with English breakfast tea and a little cream if you feel British!

OOLONG TEA

Oolong tea usually tastes floral and fruity and has a thicker mouthfeel.  Some oolong teas even have a “grassy” flavor and the taste is relatively light. Some popular oolong teas are Ti Kuan Yin and Dan Cong and are especially delicious with a small amount of honey for sweetness; Oolong tea’s health benefits include: better sleep and brain activity, and acts as an aid in reducing stress/anxiety. 

GREEN TEA

Green tea is so comforting and the taste is often described as grassy, flowery, vegetal, and earthy. At first, this may sound disgusting.But with a little sweetener this “grassy” drink can become your new norm. The most well-known green tea is matcha, but another is called sencha. Mixing matcha powder with hot water and whisking it together in a warm cup of milk is the perfect way to drink matcha, especially during cold winters. Matcha can also be done over ice and with different flavors of milk. Finally, Matcha can reduce your cancer risk and increase your brain function and alertness. Matcha can be found at almost any coffee shop and is a must to try if you still need to.

HERBAL TEA

Herbal tea is usually connected to the idea of flowers, herbs, and fruits, which is exactly how it tastes. Adding a little honey or just drinking it without sweetener can be paired well with an excellent herbal tea. Some widely known herbal teas include chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint, and yerba mate. These teas all have equally different tastes, but all are super tasty. Herbal teas are anti-inflammatory, stress alleviating, and help support your immune system, especially when you are sick. If you have not tried herbal tea, I highly recommend having a cup of chamomile right before bed. But if you’re feeling fancy, add a lemon!