What a question if you are new to tea, or have settled into a favorite or two, right? I promise, this article will break down some basic go-to information on some different types of tea, their flavor profiles, and even what you can expect on the caffeine front.
No lagging here, let’s get right on it!
Bold Black Tea
Most people who have tried tea, have likely first been introduced to black tea with its strong and malty flavor profile.
It may or may not be a love of yours, but if brewed correctly with our fine quality leaves here at Plum Deluxe, it’s such a delight to enjoy. There are many black teas, infused with flavor profiles that complement and draw out the complexity of this intoxicating tea.
I’d recommended scooting on over and checking out Black Tea 201: Best Black Tea Flavors which will open your mind to the depths and desires of the yummiest black tea combinations.
Due to its higher caffeine content, I do recommend sticking to this one earlier in the day, or midday, if you’re caffeine sensitive. One of my absolute favorites is our Delightful Morning Blend which is an Earl Grey Lavender tea.
If I want to sweeten things up a bit, a little fresh steamed milk is just the thing to add to this cuppa.
Earthy Green Tea
What I adore most about green teas, which is probably my favorite category of teas, is their rooted and earthy flavor.
Don’t dismiss it quite yet, as the complexity these teas come in is nearly endless and oh-so-satisfying! The leaves and buds used to make green tea undergo a shorter withering and oxidation process than other teas, so it leaves you with a very satisfying, smooth flavor.
Green tea does have less caffeine than its counterpart black tea, which makes it a drink that is easy to sip all day. Compared to black tea, green tea has about 35 milligrams per eight ounces, whereas black tea has about 50 milligrams.
I for one am not affected by caffeine, so I like to grab one of these to enjoy at my sons’ hockey practices and games.
I know I’ve mentioned it in my other articles, but since I’m calling out some fav’s here, I have to mention my favorite green tea; Garden Grove green tea with jasmine and cherry. It’s a love spell on the senses.
Chai has always held a special place in my heart and soul. Its depth, warmth, and ease comfort me on the heaviest of days and I seem to melt into the serenity of it all. Chai is known for its full-bodied and spicy flavor. I’m sure many of you have either had, or heard of, a chai latte from your local coffee shop.
If you enjoyed those, you’re sure to enjoy ours. Chai is known for its aromatic spices like cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon. It feels healing! I enjoy it iced as well and sometimes accompanied with a little milk and sugar.
Erica Jolly writes about the delicacies of chai teas in her article, "What Does Chai Tea Taste Like?" I urge you to take a gander!
Heavenly White Tea
White teas are known for their delicate, subtle, sweet, and floral blends. If you’re new to tea, this is a great place to dip your toes in and get started. Because of the light taste found in white teas, due to their short oxidation process, you’ll find many are paired with fruit and floral flavors.
On the caffeine front of things—very low! White tea only has about 20 milligrams of caffeine per eight ounces, which means you are free to drink it in to the night!
In our article on white tea, you’ll find that it is commonly mixed with apricot, honeydew, lavender, and orange. It’s such a sweet treat!
Butterfly Pea Flowers, Mates, and More
To wrap things up, I wanted to touch on a few others you may or may not have heard of, such as butterfly pea flowers and yerba mates.
To start, one of my favorites for its variety of use is our Butterfly Pea Flowers. These little beauties will transform nearly any beverage into an intoxicating and colorful blue or blue-purple color that will leave you speechless!
Find out all you need to know about this little charmer in our article, "What Does Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Taste Like?"
Yerba mate has a bigger, more complex profile than other teas like black or green. However, I’m head over heels for our Raspberry Revitalizer Lemon Mate Tea due to its unique flavor. It’s earthy, balanced, and gives me just the right amount of pick-me-up when needed with an extra boost of caffeine.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to tea choices, and so is the enjoyment. So, choose one, any one, and give it a whirl! I promise it’s worth it.