Solving Problems Every Tea Drinker Faces
24 May 2011 Issue #42:
IN THIS ISSUE:
>> Why The Healthiest Green Tea Is In The Taste
>> What Customers Say
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Recently, a number of customers wrote to ask me which is the healthiest tea to drink. My reply will usually run along this line:
"Green or white tea are the healthiest, as they contain the highest level of theanine (sweet and calming) and antioxidants (kill free radicals, prevent aging)."
"Gram for gram, tea contains the highest level of antioxidants of any food."
"One gram of green tea contains 127 milligrams of antioxidants, equivalent to the amount of antioxidants found in 500 grams of red wine and 1 kilogram of apples!"
"When choosing green or white tea, organic certification and fair trade are important, but they are secondary."
"The most important is the taste. Because taste is the surest indicator of quality, it is something that you can be sure of."
"Broadly speaking, you want a high quality tea that looks good, tastes good and feels good."
"These are the things that don't lie. For thousands of years, they stood the test of time."
Now, why do I say that?
Nutrition is in the taste
Rich taste goes hand-in-hand with nutrition. It is the COMBINATION of theanine (sweet and calming), antioxidants (astringent) and caffeine (bitter) that makes tea tastes good and feels good.
Why organic doesn't mean quality
When your tea is organic certified, it means the tea farm does not use conventional pesticides and synthetic fertilizer. However, it doesn't automatically mean high quality.
The tea plants may grow in low altitude. There may be environmental pollutants. They may be intensely harvested, depleted of nutrition. Mature leaves, rather than tea buds, are harvested as they are available in larger quantity.
Even though low quality, it is organic, because the tea farm does not use conventional pesticides and synthetic fertilizer.
(Mature leaves contain more contaminants as they exist for a longer period of time. Young tea buds are purer, as they are only a few days old. Young tea buds also contain the highest concentration of nutrition.)
Why taste means purity
However, a tea that tastes good and feel good is likely to be pure and organic.
This is because the tea plants are only harvested ONCE a year in spring, so there is little need to use pesticide and fertilizer. The tea plants get plenty of nurture and rest in-between.
The tea plants grow slowly in high altitude, where the air is clean and water is pure.
The tea buds sell for high prices. The household farms make a good living, which makes it fair-trade.
Why taste lies
How do you know which tea tastes good and feels good?
Drink tea without adding anything - that's the only way to get to know the REAL thing.
Avoid flavored teas.
I have nothing against flavored teas, but if you want to learn something about Authentic Tea, you need avoid them.
This is because low quality green teas taste bland and bitter. BIG BUSINESS invent flavoring to get around this problem.
Authentic Green Tea is made of tea buds. They are small, pointed and slightly unfurled (i.e. not open).
They taste fresh and sweet. They leave a long aftertaste in your mouth. You feel refreshed and alert all day long. Your eyes might even shine with a twinkle.
(Scientific study found that green tea antioxidants can be found in eyes many hours after drinking.)
You don't need to add anything.
As you get more experienced, you will notice the creamy texture and natural floral aroma. It is light and rich. But you may not get this in the first few weeks.
These tea buds last 3 or more infusions - so they are economical to drink.
What Customers Say
The 2011 tea season is well under way. With the exception of the Jasmine Pearl Tea (Moli Fengyan), all white/yellow/green/jasmine teas are now in place.
Many customers are reporting back on the "vintage" quality of the 2011 season. In particular, check out what Jari and Mike say about the Tribute Dragon Well green tea.
"This year's crop is definitely something else than last year's. I've had also some others this spring and yours is the top!"
"The 2011 harvest is really the best I have ever tasted."
Tribute Dragon Well green tea - Customers Reviews
Yeshe Yongdu praised the Silver Needle white tea:
"The Silver Needle from your store is excellent! The old stock I have now tastes like Lipton, only a hint of the grape flavor."
"I noticed that the taste of tea on the fourth infusion is equal to the taste of my old stock's first infusion."
Silver Needle white tea - Customers Reviews
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As I said, the best time to buy tea is early in the tea season, as the highest grade comes out first, and your tea should keep well until the same time next year.
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