The 8 Classes of Chinese Tea

As the hometown of tea, there are many kinds of tea in China. The following will offer some information about 8 kinds of Chinese tea. When you come to China, you may have a try.

8 Classes of Chinese Tea

Chinese Green Tea
Green Tea is the most natural of all Chinese tea classes. The process of its picking, natural drying, and then frying briefly is called “killing the green” to get rid of its grassy smell. Fermentation process is skipped. Green Tea has the most medical value and the least caffeine content of all Chinese tea classes. Aroma is medium to high, flavor is light to medium.

Chinese Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea is half way between green tea and black tea in a sense that it is half- fermented. It’s also called “Qing Cha” (grass tea). Typical Oolong Tea leaves are green in the middle and red on the edges as a result of the process to soften tea leaves. Oolong Tea leaves are withered and spread before undergoing a brief fermentation process. Then Oolong Tea is fried, rolled and roasted.

Chinese Black Tea
Chinese Black tea produces full-bodies amber when brewed. Black tea undergoes withering (drying), left to ferment for a long while, and then roasted. Black tea leaves become completely oxidized after processing. Black tea has a robust taste with a mild aroma. It contains the highest amount of caffeine in Chinese tea classes.

Chinese Red Tea
Red leaves and red tea color, it is characteristic of Red Tea’s fermentation process. There are 3 subclasses of Chinese Red Tea – “Kung Fu Red Tea”, “Ted Tea Bits” and “Small Species Red Tea”. Chinese Red Tea has low aroma and medium flavor.

Chinese White Tea
White Tea is sometimes considered a subclass of Green Tea. It is only withered and then roasted. It gets its name from the white down on the leaf buds. It has very low caffeine content.

Chinese Yellow Tea
Yellow Tea has yellow leaves and yellow tea color. It’s an uncommon class of Chinese tea. The flavor is mild and refreshing.

Chinese Flower Tea
Chinese Flower Tea is a unique class of Chinese tea. It subdivides into Flower Tea and Scented Tea. Flower Tea is a simple concept that dried flowers are used, without much processing, to make tea. Scented Tea uses green tea, red tea as base and mix with scent of flowers. Chinese Flower Tea has light to medium flavor and medium to strong aroma.

Chinese Compressed Tea
Most Chinese Compressed Tea uses Black Tea as base tea. It’s steamed and compressed into bricks, cakes, columns and other shapes. Compressed Tea has all the characteristics of Black Tea. It can be stored for years and decades. Aged Compressed Tea has a tamed flavor that Compressed Tea fans would pay huge price for.

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