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What’s Your Tea Type?

What’s Your Tea Type?
Tea Has Been Enjoyed By Many Cultures For Centuries Thanks To Its Refreshing And Revitalizing Properties…

Tea has been enjoyed by many cultures for centuries thanks to its refreshing and revitalizing properties, but it is only in recent years that scientists have confirmed the many beneficial properties of this beverage, which is high in antioxidants which can help fight off the free radical damage associated with aging.

All true teas come from the same plant, a bush known as Camellia sinensis, but the differences in processing the leaves result in different types of tea. Here’s a breakdown of the different tea types.

Green Tea: Green tea is produced when the leaves of the tea plant are simply steamed, rolled and dried. This tea has a light, almost grassy flavor and high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols.
Black Tea: Black tea is made using the same leaves as green tea, only the leaves go through a longer oxidation and fermentation process, which leads to its darker color and stronger flavor.

The process means that black tea also has higher levels of caffeine and tannins than green tea.

Red Tea: In the West, we refer to the color of the tea leaves, and thus call it “black tea” — but the Chinese refer to the color of the brewed drink, which is why black tea is often called red tea in China. Another kind of red “tea” called Rooibos isn’t technically a tea as it comes from an entirely different plant, the Aspalathus linearis or red bush plant from South Africa.

Iced Tea Recipes

On a hot day, there are few things more refreshing than a tall glass of iced tea. We’ve spiced up our Organo Gold teas with these simple recipes:

Minty Fresh Iced Green Tea
Mix up a pitcher of 6-7 cups of Organo Gold Organic Green Tea and let it chill in the refrigerator. To serve, add fresh sprigs of mint leaves, slightly crushed to release the oils and minty flavor. Toss in some thin slices of fresh ginger root for a truly tangy tea experience!

Zesty Black Ice® Tea
Mix up a pitcher of 6-7 cups of Organo Gold Black Ice® and let it chill in the refrigerator. Black Ice® is already flavored with the natural sweetness of honey. For extra zest, add some slices of fresh lemon, lime, or oranges (whatever citrus you have on hand is fine!).

Fruity Iced Red Tea
Mix up a pitcher of 6-7 cups of Organo Gold Organic Red Tea and let it chill in the refrigerator. Add a burst of color and flavor with a handful of fresh raspberries, sliced strawberries, or a dash of your favorite red fruit juice — try cranberry or pomegranate.

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