Tea is not a one-size-fits-all matter. True enthusiasts know there’s a different type of tea for each meal, snack, and mood. Let’s take a look at five beloved varieties, and the best ways to enjoy them.
Green tea is a great choice for a go-to cuppa. Whether you’re looking to sip on something hot throughout the workday or seeking a substitute for your morning coffee, green tea is your best bet for taste and health. It’s actually made from the same type of leaves as black tea, but green tea leaves aren’t aged and contain the most micronutrients. In fact, green tea contains more antioxidants than any other variety.
Chamomile tea is a caffeine-free, herbal tea. It’s great to drink right before bedtime to calm your mind and get you ready for a good night’s sleep. As with any herbal tea, chamomile has a strong and distinct flavor, so it’s best not to leave the teabag steeping for too long. If you like to sweeten your teas, try a bit of honey to complement the natural chamomile flavor.
Black tea boasts a robust, strong flavor, so it’s ideal with milk, sugar, honey, or lemon. It’s also the best variety to use in bubble tea, as the black tea flavor blends nicely with the tapioca. Some people complain of heartburn after drinking black tea on an empty stomach, so it’s best to pair with a light meal or some finger snacks.
Oolong, Pu-erh, Jasmine tea
For tea that is strong in both aroma and caffeine, you’ll want to try some traditional Chinese varieties. Oolong, Pu-erh and Jasmine are both renowned for their wafting scents. As such, you might want to go to a tea shop and smell a few samples before choosing which best fits your palate. These teas are also great for day-long sipping if you don’t like coffee or green tea.
Wheat tea is your best bet if you’re looking for something that is low in acidity and caffeine, and doesn’t have an herbal scent. Unlike black tea, wheat tea won’t give you heartburn since it doesn’t contain the same acidic tannins. It has a smooth, malty aftertaste and some brands will even add roasted rice to give the tea a toasty, smokey flavor. Yum!