New to Tea or Self-Proclaimed Expert; when should you be drinking green, oolong or black tea?
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- Usually the lowest caffeine
- Most mild, sometimes sweet
- The All Day Drink
- Mid-range to varying caffeine
- Mild and sweet
- Floral and aromatic
- Afternoon to early evening tea
- Most / Highest caffeine
- Generally bold flavor
- Strong infusions
- Morning / “Wake Me Up”
- Too much caffeine for bed and night time
I, personally, treat green tea as my “anytime and anywhere” tea. Pretty there’s a pretty good range of green teas, especially across Japanese and Chinese tea culture. Think Japanese Matcha and Sencha vs Chinese Longjing and Gunpowder.
If performing multiple infusions like a Gongfu tea ceremony, you’ll notice the evolution of flavor and aroma from sweet green to a smooth yellow.
Oolong Tea ( qingcha tea)
Oolong is my favorite tea because of the versatility. Widely regarded as an “inbetween tea“, Oolong has both properties of Green and Black because it is only partially oxidized.
The flavors and aromas of oolong are generally very floral; reminding me of walking through a flower garden on a crisp, warm day.
Most commonly used in the Chinese tea ritual ceremony known as Gongfu, oolong is a another tea I can drink from sun up until about early evening; the only thing lacking here is caffeine content is you use tea as your morning beverage.
Though caffeine isn’t the only source of energy; oolong teas tend to contain a great amount of Polyphenols.
This variety of tea is also incredibly vast in nature; containing the most amount of coffee and bold flavor, black teas are my general “Wake Me Up” teas due to their caffeine content.
Though I prefer my dark roasts and espressos in the Coffee Universe, I usually tend to stray away from black teas. I find this tea the easiest the prepare incorrectly; it is very easy to steep for too long, recently in a bitter flavor.
Black teas are bold, sometimes earthy; you can really taste the influence of the soil.