Tea is an age-old beverage enjoyed by people of many cultures around the world. There are many different types of tea, all of which have their own distinct qualities and taste. For example, there are green tea, black tea, herbal tea, compressed tea, flavored tea, citrus tea, lemon tea, orange tea, pear tea, genmaicha tea, and Rooibos tea.
Green tea is probably the most well known and widely drank tea variety in the world. It is generally mild, fragrant and refreshing and can be taken as a hot tea or even cold. In the U.S., some of the best chai tea brands come from China. Some of the most popular green tea brands in the U.S. include eLuxem and Sencha Tea.
Black tea is generally sweeter than green, but does not have the aftertaste that many tea drinkers crave. As a result, it is sometimes used as a spice in cooking and as a flavoring for drinks. Unlike green tea, it does not taste good when hot. This variety is generally better for cooking rather than for drinking, as it often has a bitter aftertaste on the back of the throat.
Rooibos tea is made from red ruffly berry, which is dried to a delicate pulp. This tea can be very light or it can have a fuller flavor, depending on how it's served. Rooibos tea blends can be found in several varieties, including Chai Rooibos and Golden Beach. Chai rooibos is a traditional South African drink that involves a mix of milk and honey. To make a more memorable Chai Rooibos blend, add hot water and boil the mixture, then add sugar syrup and let it cool before you add the tea.
Orange tea is known as an "acidic". Because of this, it has a distinct citrus flavor that some find unpleasant. However, when added to other ingredients such as fruit juice or yogurt, orange can taste great. To create a good orange flavored tea, steep the ingredients in boiling water and then let them steep for about two minutes before adding sugar to the boiling water. Bring to a gentle boil, strain into smooth glasses, add honey and serve.
Indian black tea is full of anti-oxidants and different flavors from one region to the next. For example, there is the Darjeeling tea from India. It has a smoky flavor with an undertone of sweetness. Then there is the Assam black tea, which is very strong. The flavor can be grassy, flowery, or nutty. This variety is also popular for its health benefits.
If you want to up the ante, experiment by blending spices that you have never tried before. For example, the cinnamon tea can be mixed with cardamom and ginger. This will be stronger than the Assam tea, but will still leave a wonderful, complex and flavorful blend. This same recipe, however, can also be made with nutmeg instead of cinnamon. The combination of the spices can be used to create many more unique recipes. If you do not have a blender handy, feel free to use a food processor or even your hand to liquefy the spices and blend them until they are smooth and fragrant.
You can also use allspice as a main flavoring agent. This is a fairly new blend, but it is creating quite a stir among tea drinkers in India. Allspice is made from nutmeg and cinnamon and is a perfect addition to the traditional chai tea recipe. It adds a distinct punch of spiciness and spice. It has even gained its own place as one of the best chai tea blends in India.