What is Chinese Green Tea?

Green Tea 101 is designed to give you a brief overview of Chinese Great tea. While green tea is the most popular form of tea in the world, it's less popular in the west where Red tea (mislabeled as Black tea) reigns king. This Cheat sheet will demystify the real green tea for you.

 
Green Tea 101 is designed to give you a brief overview of Chinese Great tea. While green tea is the most popular form of tea in the world, it's less popular in the west where Red tea (mislabeled as Black tea) reigns king. This Cheat sheet will demystify the real green tea for you.
 

What is Green Tea?

Green tea is the most popular (&oldest!) category of tea, is marked by floral, astringent, and fresh flavors. The goal with a well made green tea is to give you the closest taste to the raw leaf as possible.

Oxidization

The vast majority of Chinese tea is from the same leaf of the same plant: camellia sinensis var. sinesis. What distinguishes the different categories of tea are factors such as processing, and or oxidization. Green tea is tea that has had as close to 0% oxidization as possible. 

  • Green tea is not oxidized or fermented.
  • White tea is lightly oxidized (about 5%), that occurs naturally during wilting.
  • The tea leaves used in most Wu Long teas are bruised to encourage oxidization.
  • Red tea (known as Black tea in the west) is nearly completely oxidized (99%+).

What makes Green tea unique?

Many tea experts consider Green tea to be the gold standard of Chinese tea, and 4 of the 10 Chinese Tribute Tea (Tea's that were originally meant for the Emporer only) are Green teas.

How is Green Tea Made?

Green tea is processed in the following way:

  1. Leaves are picked then wilted, which prevents the stems from snapping when processed.
  2. The wilted leaves are "fixed" or hit over high heat which kills the enzymes in the leaf that would allow the leaf to oxidize or mold. 
  3. Finally the leaves are (sometimes rolled, or shaped, then) dried. 

5 (of many) Famous Green Varieties

Bi Luo Chun (Green Snail Spring) - Tribute Tea
From where: Dong Ting Mountain, Jiangsu Province
Can taste like: Strong, floral, lingering aftertaste, nutty.

Long Jing (Dragon Well) - Tribute Tea
From where: Longjing Village, Zhejiang Province
Can taste like: Chestnut, toasty, vegetle, soft.

Hou Kui (Monkey King)
From where: Tai Ping, Anhui Province
Can taste like: Floral, earthy, vegetle, light.

Mao Feng (One Bud with Two Leaves)
From where: Tai Ping, Anhui Province
Can taste like: Fresh, clean, umami, floral.
Try our Mao Feng.

Gan Lu (Sweet Dew)
From where: Mengding Mountain, Sichuan Provience
Can taste like: Toasty, rice, sweet, very smooth.
Grab some of our Gan Lu.

Try it Yourself

Hopefully after reading this article your thirsty to taste real Chinese green tea. To make things easy, we put together a Green Tea Beginner's Kit that has everything you need to brew the best cup of green tea you've ever had.

Plus, it come with that Mao Feng we mentioned earlier in the article completely free. Add it to your cart now, below:

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