The Wonderful Variety That Is Tea!

I’m a person who knows what I like and who doesn’t hesitate to say so. I’m also a person who knows that other people have their own preferences.

Variety is the spice of the tea life! (Photo source: The English Tea Store)
Variety is the spice of the tea life! (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

Sometimes, being so vocal about what I like is taken by them as more of a dictate, dissing their choices. Purely unintentional. One person stating an opinion is not a put down of others. We all have our own tastes and, thanks to the wonderful variety that is tea, we can all find something that satisfies.

Tree of Tea Varieties (not necessarily complete)

Type Country of Origin / Region Tea
Black China Keemun
Lapsang Souchong
Czar Nicolas   Russian Caravan
Yunnan   Gold
Nine Bend Black   Dragon
Lychee Congou
India — Darjeeling various estates
Flushes — first, second, monsoon, autumn
India — Assam Orthodox and CTC versions
various estates
India — Nilgiri CTC and orthodox (Orange Pekoe) versions
Japan some black teas being produced but not too common
Ceylon Estate teas (Sylvakandy,   Lovers Leap, etc.)
Taiwan Black Jade Taiwan Tea TTES #18
Kenya Kambaa Estate Tea
Mauritius CTC blends
Rwanda McLeod   Russel
Yorkshire Gold
South Africa Kwazulu Tea
Tanzania CTC blends
Zimbabwe Blends
Nepal and vicinity Orthodox and CTC versions
Flushes — first, second, monsoon, autumn
Green China — Zhejiang Province Dragon Well (Longjing)
Long Ding
Hua Ding
Qing Ding
China — Jiangsu Province Bi Luo Chun
Rain Flower
Que She (Tongue of golden altar sparrow)
White Cloud
China — Fujian Province Jasmine tea
Dragon Tears — plain and Jasmine
Mao Feng tea
Cui Jian
China — Hubei Province Yu Lu
China — Henan Province Xin Yang Mao Jian
China — Jiangxi Province Chun Mee
Gou Gu Nao
Yun Wu
China — Anhui Province Da Fang
Huangshan Maofeng
Liuan Leaf
Hou Kui
Tun Lu
Huo Qing
China — Sichuan Province Zhu Ye Qing
Meng Ding Gan Lu
Japan Aracha
Bancha (“common tea”)
Dancha   (“brick tea”)
Gabarancha   (GamaAminoButyricAcid   increased tea)
Gyokuro   (Jade Dew)
Hachijuhachiyacha   (“88th-night”)
Hojicha or Houjicha
Hukamushi (Fukumushi) (“deep-steamed tea” or “misty green tea”)
Kabusecha (“covered tea”)
Kamairi-cha (“pan-fired tea” or “Chinese green tea”)
Kancha   (“cold-season tea”)
Kenkoocha   (“healthy tea”)
Kukicha (“stalk tea” or “stick tea”)
Maccha or Matcha
Mecha (“bud tea”)
Mugicha (“roasted barley tea”)
Sencha   (“roasted tea”)
Tamaryokucha (“curly tea” or “guricha”)
Ceylon Assamese   tea stock
Taiwan Dragon Well (Longjing)
Green Spiral (Bi luo chun)
Nepal and vicinity
Oolong China Ti   Kuan Yin (“Iron Goddess”)
Taiwan Formosa   Oolong
Dong ding
Oriental Beauty
Ti   Kuan Yin (“Iron Goddess”)
High Mountain tea
Osmanthus Oolong
White China — Fujian Province Silver   Needle
Pai Mu Tan (Bai Mu   Dan, White Peony)
Shou   Mei
China — Chongqing Province Peony White Needle
China 100 Monkeys
Snow Dragon
India — Darjeeling Darjeeling white   tips
Ceylon Adam’s Peak
Virgin   White Tea
Yellow China — Hunan Province Junshan   Yinzhen (Silver Needle – also classified as a white tea)
China — Anhui Province Huoshan   Huangya
China — Sichuan Province Mengding   Yellow Buds
China — Guangdong Province Da Ye   Quing
China — Zhejiang Province Huang   Tang
Pu-erh* China — Yunnan Province Ripe   (cooked)
Raw (uncooked)
China — Guangdong Province Pre-2008 only (see above)

* As of 2008, pu-erh tea was declared a “product with geographical indications” by the Chinese government. This restricts the naming of tea as “pu-erh” to those produced within specific regions of Yunnan Province, currently being disputed by producers from Guangdong, since they often produce cakes from tea leaves grown in Yunnan.

I would not even care to pretend that the above list is complete. The complexity and variety of teas that I have learned about in the past few years is still astounding. And hubby and I are still working our way through trying most, if not all, of them. How about you?

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