Amazing Asian Teas That You Need To Discover

Amazing Asian Teas That You Need To Discover
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FoodFindsAsia | Amazing Asian Teas That You Need To Discover | The three most popular teas in the world—Darjeeling, English Breakfast, and Matcha, all hail from Asia, with English Breakfast tea comprising black teas from Assam, Ceylon, and Kenya. Black tea in particular is all the rage across the globe, with studies recently showing that drinking two or more cups of this beverage daily is linked to a longer life. If you are already a fan of popular teas, and you are interested in expanding your repertoire, read on to discover a few leaves that may add a bounce to your step.

Bi Luo Chun

Hailing from Taihu Lake in the province of Jiangsu in China is Bi Luo Chun—a sweet, nutty tea with an energizing fruity, floral aroma. What makes this tea so special is its sweetness and delicateness, as well as its lingering floral aroma. Its name translates to “blue snail spring” and it is so-called because of its beautiful spirally shape, which is similar to a snail house. You will find Bi Luo Chun teas in the “top” lists of many tea club subscribers from around the world. Many discover this tea via their membership, but end up ordering it expressly for special lunches and dinner parties.

Tieguanyin Oolong Tea

Tieguanyin is an oolong tea that hails from the Wuyi mountains on the border between the provinces of Jiangxi and Fujian in Southeastern China. It bears a dark, emerald green hue and is thought to lend its drinkers peace and calm. It is an aromatic tea with fresh, subtle notes. Its taste is light, refreshing, and slightly sweet, and it doesn’t require toasting. Its name literally means “Iron Buddha” and is said that a Chinese emperor once said that it was “heavy like iron, but its flavor is light like (the goddess) Guan Yin.” You can enjoy two varieties of this tea. The first is green and refreshing. The second is dark and bears a rice-like aroma. Both have a floral, lingering flavor.

Baihao Yinzhen

This pretty tea is called a “white hair silver needle” for a reason: it physically resembles needles that are covered in snow or dew. Baihao Yinzhen is a white tea that is made only from the tea plant’s buds. Because the bud contains the most potent flavors, this tea is known for having a complexity and depth that is difficult to rival. However, its aroma is light and its flavor bears a pleasing combination of grassy and floral notes.

The teas of Asia are one of the world’s most consumed beverages. Consumers are slowly expanding their tea collections to include unique blends and leaves as well as tried-and-tested favorites. Black, white, and green teas all have many varieties that are worth discovering, tasting, and cherishing.