In a previous post I listed the 5 types of tea that we are more likely to come into contact with on a daily basis. From this post I missed out teas not made from the Camellia Sinensis plant and also the more rare types of tea. In this post I will be filling in most of the gaps!
This tea is not of the Camellia Sinensis plant. It is from the South African Red Bush or Aspalathus Linearis plant. The leaves are oxidized which makes the leaves red (Unoxidized red bush is called green rooibos). Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine free and usually are the dessert type teas
This is a very high quality tea and one of the rarest teas in the world. Processed in the same way as green tea but dried slower giving it a more yellow tone. This tea is from China and was often served to the imperial court. Due to the rarity of this tea it has a very steep price!
Blooming teas are actually white tea leaves wrapped around a dried flower and made into a bulb. When they are steeped the bulb expands and unfurls in a process that emulates a blooming flower. These bulbs can be used a few times. The flower inside can be a range of flowers such as marigold, jasmine, lily etc.
This tea is made from Ilex Paraguariensis, a holly type plant that is cultivated in South America. Most of the mate tea typically comes from Argentina and the process of making the tea is that branches of the plant are dried. It has a strong bitter taste like coffee and is a very high caffeine tea. It is often used a substitute for coffee.
So I hope I have enlightened some of you on the more unusual types of tea! Please let me know if you come across a type of tea I have not listed. I am interested to know what other types are out there!
Photo is not my own! My skills aren’t that good, so here is the link where you can find the photo: http://raincure.com/product/20-flower-blooming-tea-balls/