Chinese tea is one of the best health drinks you can get. You can always find Chinese tea at any Chinese restaurant. The price of Chinese tea can range from free to hundreds of ringgit, depending on the quality, process and origin of the tea.
Types of Chinese tea
There are basically five types of Chinese tea: white tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea, and fermented tea. Each type of tea has several popular varieties tied to it.
White tea is made from the young buds of the tea plant before they are fully opened. It’s called white tea due to the white hairs covering the buds. Immediately after plucking, the buds and leaves are then dried to prevent oxidation. This results in a very fresh and delicate tasting tea.
Green tea is made by heating and drying fully grown leaves of the tea plant before the leaves turn brown from oxidation. Green tea is typically milder in flavour than black tea. When you talk about green tea, most people would think about matcha, which is actually powdered Japanese green tea which results in a richer flavour because you are drinking the tea leaf itself instead of just the extract.
Oolong tea is somewhere between green tea and black tea in terms of oxidation. Depending on the process, it can lean more towards green tea (typical for Taiwanese oolong tea) or more towards black tea (typical for mainland Chinese oolong tea).