Your basket is currently empty.

A Who's Who of Tea – a short introduction for independent retailers

30 Apr, 2015

A guide to teaWhat is Tea?

Confused by the difference between white teas and oolongs? Interested to learn where rooibos tea fits in?

 

What is tea? A quick overview 

All traditional tea – whether black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea or pu’er tea – is made from the leaves of the tea bush (an evergreen shrub), which grows primarily in China, India, Sri Lanka and Kenya.

Dark teas are made from leaves that have been allowed to naturally oxidise (or ferment) once picked, while lighter teas (such a greens) have been dried or baked before the leaves change colour, thereby cutting short the natural oxidisation process.

Tea’s huge variety of tastes and colours is due to the different growing environments, the different harvest practices, and most importantly the tea making process itself.

Rooibos (or redbush) teas and herbal/fruit teas are not made from the leaves of the tea bush. Caffeine free rooibos is made from a shrub that only grows near Cape Town, South Africa, and herbal infusions are simply herbs, flowers or fruits that have been laid out to dry.

Download our short guide here (PDF). 

 

 

 

 

 


RECENT STORIES
Do Dragonfly teabags contain plastic?

Thankfully, ALL of our teas now come in plastic-free or biodegradable teabags. To find out which one you’re drinking, and for more...

Dragonfly x Jarvis Cocker: Welcome to the Peppermint Jungle

What could be more exciting than a new Dragonfly Tea blend? One created with the one and only Jarvis Cocker! Musician, BBC6 Music...

Dragonfly's Top 5 Iced Tea Recipes

Our Top 5 Iced Tea Recipes Cool off and chill out with some of our favourite ever iced tea recipes. Perfect for...

Dragonfly's Top 5 Tea Cocktails

Cocktail time anyone? We've collected our favourite top 5 tea cocktails, and added our own Dragonfly touch. Read more for the perfect drink...

9 Benefits of Drinking Mint Tea

People have been infusing and drinking many different types of plants for centuries. Several herbal teas are commonly used in traditional medicine...

Dragonfly's 6 Best Teas For Sleep

Your sleep is precious! With our lives becoming increasingly stressful, the quantity and quality of sleep that we get has become more...

A day in the life of Dragonfly Tea

Everyday is different but we’ve come up with our ideal day in tea, and how we like to #presspause. Here are some...

Drink yourself happy with our new herbal infusions

Here are our latest additions to the Dragonfly Tea family: three delicious new organic herbal infusions – Happy Times Tulsi, Inner Aloe...

@dragonflyteauk
Follow us for updates on new teas, competitions and events