Top 5 the best types of tea

Jasmine

What kind of tea do Chinese restaurants serve? Jasmine!

Jasmine is one of the most common tea flavors and the most popular type of tea in China. It has a delicate aroma and a light flavor, making a refreshing cup that can be drunk all day. It is the perfect drink to end the day.

The base for jasmine tea is usually made from green leaves, but oolong, black or white can be used. The leaves are flavored with jasmine petals for the tea’s slightly sweet taste.

Its popularity in China is enough to make it one of the most popular teas in the world but it has also found favor in Europe, Africa, and America. The delicate nature of Jasmine makes it the perfect tea to warm your belly and soothe your soul.


Chamomile

Chamomile is perhaps one of the top teas in the world, especially when it comes to herbal varieties. It is known for its calming and soothing properties.

The tea is made from the edible flowers of the Matricaria chamomilla plant. It has a smooth, floral flavor and is a favorite among many for a caffeine-free hot beverage.

Besides its versatility, chamomile tea has been shown to help with relaxation, is a particularly good option for bedtime. Not only this, but there are studies on how it may relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Therefore it makes for a great tea to have after dinner or when you are feeling down.

It is also a tea that has been blended with a variety of fruity or spicy flavors like ginger and orange. The variations have proved to be popular flavors in recent years and you will often find chamomile tea on the menu at your local tea store.


Oolong Tea

Oolong is one of the five true teas. It is known as the happy medium between green and black tea. Taiwan is one of the main producers of this most popular tea. But it is also a popular choice in tea shops around the world.

The oolong leaves are harvested and oxidized for a selected amount of time, leading to partial oxidation of between 8 and 80%. They are then rolled into long spindles and pan-fried to extract the oil and flavors. “The leaves for oolong tea must not be picked too early but just when they reach their peak, and they must be processed immediately.”(FragrantLeaf)

The wide range of oolong’s potential oxidation means that it comes in lots of common tea flavors. It can be sharp and fruity or earthy – this woodsy flavor increasing with oxidation. Popular types of oolong include Goddess of Mercy, Red Robe and Dan Cong.

It may also be capable of boosting metabolism and reducing stress. As with some other types of tea, Oolong contains caffeine so it can be used as a tasty and refreshing pick-me-up. For the best Oolong tea in the world make your way to China or Taiwan or have a look at this list.


Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate, a herbal infusion, is one of the top types of tea. It may not be as well-known outside South America, but it’s a favorite there for its believed health and healing benefits.

Unlike many teas, Yerba Mate contains high amounts of caffeine, so is a great alternative to coffee. It is used to celebrate the community in its natives Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina. This tea is said to aid weight loss and improve blood flow.

Yerba Mate also has an interesting serving method – it is drunk through a straw out of a rounded wooden cup called a gourd. The tea is said to be an acquired taste, its bitterness attributed to caffeine. Hopefully, yerba mate tea will become more popular around the world because it is a flavorsome and healthy beverage.


Rooibos

Rooibos is one of the most popular teas, especially among herbal varieties. Like many other infusions, it is believed to be beneficial for health.

The rooibos is a plant, its name meaning “red bush”, from the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. There is a rarer, more expensive green variety but red is one of the most common tea flavors.

Naturally caffeine-free and light in flavor, there has been research into rooibos’ benefits for the heart and liver. The health properties make it the tea of choice for many people who just want to relax.