Choosing the right tea can sometimes be a little intimidating. There are thousands of different varieties. The good news is that many teas have a character of their own. So chances are you’ll find the right shoe for you.
This short guide – without pretension – will guide you to define the tea of your dreams.
1- Are you looking for a real tea or herbal tea?
What we call “real tea” is actually a drink obtained from the leaves of a tea plant, Latin name “camelia sinensis”. A tea – often made from dried plants or flowers – is therefore not a tea in the strict sense but rather an infusion. It will also not contain caffeine.
2- Are you looking for a natural or flavoured tea?
A natural tea is a tea made from 100%… tea leaves. The aromas and flavours it gives off are the result of its terroir (soil and climate) and its method of production. A little like wine, it allows you to appreciate the know-how of its creator.
A flavoured tea is a tea to which natural flavouring agents have been added (essential oils, fruit pieces, flower petals, dried leaves…)
If you are tempted by a flavoured tea, you can choose the following flavours:
– fruity tea: red fruits, exotic fruits, orchard fruits…
– spicy tea: vanilla, cinnamon, chilli, ginger…
– flower tea: rose, jasmine, lavender, orange blossom…
– gourmet tea: chocolate, caramel, mint….
3- Are you looking for a rather strong or light tea?
If you are looking for a tea with a strong taste, for example with pronounced bitterness and generous tannins, we recommend Kenyan teas and Indian teas (Assam). You should also like tea blends, such as English Breakfast or English Blend.
If you are looking for a more balanced cup, with discreet tannins, a light bitterness and a great freshness in the mouth you can choose a Darjeeling First Flush, Chinese green teas or Japanese teas.