Green tea varieties
There are many varieties of green tea, but here we will mention the most famous ones and where you can find them.
Some of the varieties of Chinese tea
The most famous are those that take place in Zhejang province.
- Jasmine pearl tea: These are hand-made scented pearls from Fuding, Fujian Province. With hot water, the pearls fall apart, thus releasing their flavor and essence. Any fan of jasmine tea should try them.
- Anhui Emerald Tea: It is one of the most famous teas in China, from the Anhui province. They are long and curly leaves, with a dark green color and a sweet and fresh aroma. Boiled, they produce a mild vegetable flavor.
- Pi Lo Chung Tea: It comes from the Jangsu province, and is made from the most tender shoots of the plant, collected and processed by hand. It is scented with a sweet smoky floral touch.
- Long Ding Tea: It is very common in the city of Kaihua and is also known by the name of Dragon Mountain
- Tea “sleeping dragon”: The plant is harvested in the mountains of Fujian province at an altitude of 900 meters. It is distinguished by tightly rolled leaves and slightly silvery shoots. It has a special slightly fruity flavor with a refreshing aroma.
- Yin Hao Jasmine Tea: It comes from Fujian province. It has a fresh, floral aroma, and a mild sweet taste, slightly dry when finished. It also has a strong jasmine flavor.
- Chun Hao Jasmine Tea: From Fujian province, it is a scented tea with a delicate jasmine flower scent. It is not overly floral in flavor, but slightly sweet with a hint of toast. It is light and refreshing, perfect for introducing yourself to jasmine teas.
- Hua Ding Tea: It is made mostly in the city of Tiantai, and is named for one of its peaks.
- Bai Mao Hou Tea: It is a green tea that grows in the Taimu Mountains of Fujian Province. Its young leaves and unopened buds are gathered and processed by hand. The result is an interweaving of leaves with white tips, reminiscent of the legs of a monkey, which is why it is also known as “White Monkey”. The infusion produces a yellow color, with a sweet and creamy flavor and a fresh, slightly smoky aroma.
- Oing Ding Tea: It is originally from Tian Mu and is also known in the West by the name of Green Top.
- Powder teaAlthough it is originally from Zhejiang, it now grows all over China. As the name indicates, this tea is made from leaves rolled by hand until compressed, almost in the shape of a pellet. It has a strong, dense and almost smoky flavor.
- Citron tea: Combine green tea from China with a delicate flavor of lime and lemon. The vegetal point of the green tea combines perfectly with the citric addition, which results in a sweet and fresh flavor due to the lemon and lime. It is thus a flavor neither too citric nor too dry, and perfect to consume both hot and with ice.
- Yu Lu Tea: It is found mainly in the province of Hubei, it is a vaporous tea that is also known by the name of Gyokuro (Jade Tear) and that is prepared in the style of Japanese cuisine.
- Mao Jian Tea: He is also well known as Xin Yang Mao Jian and is referred to many times as the Green Tip
- Bi Luo Chun Tea: This tea is also known as Green Snail, being one of the most famous in existence.
- Chun Mee Tea: It is originally from Jiangxi although now it is found in many other places in China.
- Gou Gu Nao Tea: One of the best teas in China that has received many national awards.
- Yun Wu tea: It is also known as Cloud and Mist
- Da Fang Tea: A tea from the province of Anhuí and one of the most famous there is.
- Kai Hua Long Ding Tea: It is one of the most famous teas in China, and its name means dragon peak. It has a semi-sweet character, light and with a touch of orchids.
- Lung Ching tea: It is one of the most famous green tea in China, it comes from Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province. It has a very distinctive shape due to a long preparation process that was perfected in China over several centuries. It has a sweet and dry taste, with a slightly buttery texture.
Japanese green tea varieties
- Gyokuro: The leaves grow in the shade before harvest, which achieves a more development of their aroma and flavor. Its leaves have a vivid green color, and are high in amino acids that produce a rich and smooth flavor. Its name means jade dew.
- Matcha: It is a high quality powdered green tea that many will know for being used in Japanese tea ceremonies. It is also used for ice cream and other delicatessens in Japan.
- Sencha: It is a very common Japanese tea variety, with the leaves always exposed to the sun. It thus achieves a rich texture similar to broth, with a refreshing aroma. Develops a sweet flavor, reminiscent of steamed vegetables.
- Genmai cha: It is a classic Japanese tea, which used to be used to fatten tea when there was little quantity. Now, however, it is considered exotic, and has a mild aroma, accompanied by a slightly sweet taste, similar to nuts, and perfect to accompany any meal.
- Kabusecha: Like Gyokuro, the leaves grow in the shade before being harvested, but not as long. Its flavor is more delicate than Sancha.
- Bancha: This tea is re-sprouted between summer and autumn. Its leaves are longer and its flavor is less full.
- Hojicha: It is a fully roasted tea, so its flavor is stronger, and reminds of nuts and a light touch of caramel. Its aroma is reminiscent of malt and roasted coffee. Roasting the leaves reduces theine, and is therefore an ideal afternoon or evening tea.
- Kukicha: A stem tea made from harvested logs and a stem with three leaves. It has a unique flavor and aroma because it is made from parts of the plant that are not used for other teas. It has a slight nutty, sweet and slightly creamy flavor.
- Tamaryokucha: To make this tea, it is fried in a pan or steamed before preparing it.
Other green tea
- Celian tea: A fairly cheap variety and very common in the West.
- Darjeeling tea: Like the previous one, it is a fairly cheap variety.
- Vietnamese tea: It is a variety of green tea that is grown in Vietnam.
- Assam tea: The most relaxed variety in the West, which could be said to be between good and mediocre.
Now that you know all the types of this infusion, discover the properties and benefits of green tea.