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Tea Basics 106: What is Green Tea?

Green tea is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the West because of its association with a healthy lifestyle. Green tea has been featured in more scientific studies related to the health benefits of tea than all the other four varieties combined. The cultural descendant of ancient Chinese and Japanese tea production practices, Green teas are uniquely diverse.

A Question of Oxidation

There are two basic types of green teas, pan-fired and steamed. Both of these are methods used by tea-masters to arrest the oxidation process and prevent the leaves from turning any darker. Traditionally, pan-fired teas originate from China, while steamed teas come from Japan.

Green teas are pan-fired in a large wok, by manually pressing the leaves against the hot iron sides of the pot. This often flattens the leaf into a distinctive-looking rectangle, which provides the added benefit of slowly unrolling with multiple steepings.  Pan-fired teas often carry a slightly smoky smell and flavor.

Leaves are usually steamed through a mechanical process that exposes the leaves to the steam over a conveyor.  Steamed green teas have the reputation of having a more subtle, nuanced flavor.

Kinds of Green Tea

There are many kinds of green tea from different origins with unique flavor profiles. Here are a few of the more famous ones. As a general rule green teas are brewed at 3 grams per 6oz of water at 185°F (85°C) for 3 minutes. Click here to learn more about steeping tea.

Sencha – Described as having a grassy or vegetal flavor, Sencha is a traditional steamed tea from Japan.  This mid-season steamed tea in the Japanese style has an assertive vegetal twang and a distinct, bright green liquor.

Dragonwell – This “Long Jing” tea classic of Zhejiang, China, has lovely light green leaf with golden highlights, a clean, light liquor, a vivacious green infusion and a liquor boasting flavors of sweet grass, dried hay and roasted chestnuts. You can see the distinctive “flatness” that comes from pan-firing.

Genmaicha is an interesting concoction created by the Japanese as a savory blend of puffed brown rice, and a fresh green bancha leaf.

Jasmine Pearls– Long graceful greenish leaf and slender silver buds are hand rolled into pearls which produce a delicate, aromatic, yellow liquor and a nose that reveals the sweet complexity of jasmine.

Matcha – Delicate spring tea is stone ground into a very fine powder, which, when whipped in hot water, makes an intensely vegetal, tea “shake,” latte or cappuccino. Also used in baking and confections.

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One Comment on “Tea Basics 106: What is Green Tea?”

  1. sweetopiagirl November 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    Reblogged this on inspiredweightloss.

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