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Tips on trying different varieties of tea

A cup of tea is the perfect companion to start the morning, acting as a stimulant and refreshment simultaneously. There is so much to tea than a teabag however; it involves brewing flavours alongside discovering new and fresher tastes. Here are the few types of tea that one should definitely try out.


With its origins going back as far as 5,000 years, green tea is commonly drunk in a serene emerald green tint. Green tea contains half of the caffeine in a regular cup of coffee, amounting to 35 to 45 milligrams, acting as a gentler stimulant and is one of the most delicate varieties of tea due to it being the least processed. Aside from its aroma and smooth refreshing taste, green tea is said to increase energy levels, concentration level, and lighten up one's mood.


Black tea is fully oxidised to bring out the deepest flavours and is a cup best enjoyed with sweet dishes, as there is a floral scent, and yet also has a hearty and bitter taste to it which is balanced out with other dishes. With 40 to 70 milligrams of caffeine in it, it highlights a variety of flavours from black to dark red. Black tea is also said to reduce the risk of stroke, regulate cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.


Lying in the middle between green and black tea, Oolong tea is partially oxidised, bringing a rather delicately sweet taste to the mouth of the drinker. Offering a larger diversity of complexity in flavour and body texture than any other popular tea variants, its caffeine composure amounts to 37 to 55 milligrams in a regular cup. Oolong tea can oscillate between green and brown colours, and the variations in flavours are vast. It helps to lower cholesterol and boost metabolism.


With no caffeine in it, Rooibos tea has a delicate and earthly flavour, making it a good option for children, pregnant women, and those who are generally sensitive to caffeine. Rich in antioxidants, it is good for one's heart and is a major aid in the management of blood sugar level. Its rich, red hue and sweet flavour is the perfect alternative for those trying new varieties of tea.


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