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Green Teas

Green Teas

Green tea is processed and grown in a variety of ways, depending on the type of green tea desired. As a result of these methods, maximum amounts of polyphenols and volatile organic compounds are retained, affecting aroma and taste. The growing conditions can be broken down into two basic types − those grown in the sun and those grown under the shade.

Green tea is processed using either artisanal or modern methods. Sun-drying, basket or charcoal firing, or pan-firing are common artisanal methods. Oven-drying, tumbling, or steaming are common modern methods.

Green tea steeping time and temperature varies with different tea. The hottest steeping temperatures are 81 to 87 °C (178 to 189 °F) water and the longest steeping times two to three minutes. The coolest brewing temperatures are 61 to 69 °C (142 to 156 °F) and the shortest times about 30 seconds. In general, lower-quality green teas are steeped hotter and longer, whereas higher-quality teas are steeped cooler and shorter. Steeping green tea too hot or too long will result in a bitter, astringent brew, regardless of the initial tea quality, because it will result in the release of an excessive amount of tannins. High-quality green teas can be and usually are steeped multiple times; two or three steepings is typical. The steeping technique also plays a very important role in avoiding the tea developing an overcooked taste. The container in which the tea is steeped or teapot should also be warmed beforehand so that the tea does not immediately cool down. It is common practice for the tea leaf to be left in the cup or pot and for hot water to be added as the tea is drunk until the flavor degrades.

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  1. Darjeeling "Single Estate" Autumn Oolong Tea

    Darjeeling "Single Estate" Autumn Oolong Tea - 3.53 oz

    This Darjeeling Oolong tea is a certified tea direct from the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India.
    Because it is semi oxidized, Darjeeling Oolong is lighter than a usual Darjeeling first flush black tea. The cup looks light orange and the infusion remains green. Darjeeling Oolong autumn flush is more "thick in cup" and dark orange in liquor with distinct muscatel flavors.
    Not all Darjeeling gardens are qualified to produce Darjeeling Oolong. Altitudes 3000 ft. above sea level are required and the average growing temperatures should remain between 5 and 20 °C throughout the season. Lower elevation Darjeeling gardens can produce teas of similar appearance, but the flavor differs greatly from the main characteristics of oolong tea.
    Darjeeling Oolong teas are made from finely plucked leaves, usually two leaves and a bud, and are sometimes withered naturally in the sun and air. The plucked withered leaves are then hand-rolled and pan-fired at specific temperatures to finish.

    All Natural Single Estate

    Certified Darjeeling Tea No Flavour Finer  Tea India Logo  Vegan - Suitable for Vegans 

    Diana Marie Tea

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