While oolong tea is renown for its high level of aromatic oils, Chinese red tea is renown for its rich and mellow taste.
Now, a word of terminology.
Chinese red tea is the same as Chinese black tea, they are both fully oxidized.
A fully oxidized tea liquor is dark red in color, but the dried tea leaves are black in color. This is why the Chinese called it red tea, while Westerners call it black tea.
Few Westerners are interested in Chinese red tea, thinking that it is similar to the black tea they drink in the West. They can't be more wrong.
The best Chinese red tea tends to be the tippy varieties. Like green tea and white tea, they are made of young tea buds, not the mature leaves commonly drunk in the West.
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Chinese Tea #6: Pu-erh Tea
Older is Better
Having introduced the five different colors of Chinese tea, we finally arrive at the most exotic of them all: Pu-erh tea.
For most teas, oxidation occurs during the making process.
A traditional pu-erh tea is made with minimal oxidation. This means a raw pu-erh is like a green tea, white tea or yellow tea, depending on how it is made.
Post oxidation occurs afterwards.
A raw pu-erh tea can taste astringent and bitter.
After 3 to 5 years, some rawness still remains, mingled with some other smells.
After 5 to 10 years, you can detect ripeness in the dry leaves, which also acquires a tint of red. The tea liquor tastes sweet and mellow.
After 20 years, you can longer detect ripeness in the dry leaves, which now shines with a luster. A rich, powerful aroma emerges from the liquor, carrying fragrances that you would never imagine exist!
So, this is a tea that is perfect as a back-up. It never goes bad. It gets better over time.
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Chinese Tea #7: Which Tea for the Season?
While the green tea and white tea have the highest level of antioxidants, it doesn't mean that you should only drink these two types of tea.
Drinking tea is as much about diversity and balance. You want to be drinking cooling (green tea, white tea) in the summer, and warming tea (dark oolong, red tea and pu-erh tea) in the winter.
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