White Tea
Harvested by hand only a few days each spring, white tea is made from tender, nutrient-rich, baby tea leaves and is the rarest and least processed of all tea varietals. White tea's mellow, complex, nectar-like flavor without bitterness makes it ideal for both the new tea-drinker and the seasoned connoisseur. Considered one of the healthiest types of teas, white tea is known for its anti-cancer potential and has the highest concentration of antioxiants and amino acid L-Theanine.
Green Tea
Due to minimal processing, green tea retains the leaf's natural appearance and color. Green tea varies dramatically in flavor from grassy and sweet, to floral and fresh, to nutty and roasted. Like fine wine, green tea's flavor depends on the plant varietal, season of harvest, soil, elevation, weather, cultivation and origin. Green tea is rich in EGCG (one of nature's most potent antioxidants) and is gaining widespread popularity due to its natural ability to promote weight-loss and good health.
Oolong Tea
A favorite among connoisseurs, oolong teas (also known as Wu-Long) are semi-oxidized and express characteristics in-between green and black teas. Less-oxidized oolong is similar to green tea with a fresh, floral flavor and golden-green infusion. More-oxidized oolong is closer in character to black tea with an amber-colored infusion and notes such as dark chocolate, fruit and roasted sugar. Oolong is said to reduce plaque in the arteries, lower cholesterol, boost metabolism and aid weight-loss.
Black Tea
The most widely known variety in the West, Black Tea comes from leaves that are oxidized, or fermented. Oxidation changes the leaf's properties and accounts for the dark, rich colors and strong, brisk flavors characteristic of Black Tea. Classic teas like English Breakfast and Earl Grey fall within this category. Black Teas are especially rich in theaflavins and thearubigens (potent antioxidants) which have shown impressive cholesterol-lowering abilities and cardiovascular benefits.
Dark Tea/Pu-erh
Veiled in mystery, Hei Cha or dark tea is a special category of post-fermented, aged tea from China that is seldom seen in the West. Pu-erh, the best-known type of dark tea, has gained recent popularity in the US due to its medicinal effects. Dark tea has deep flavors of fruit, wood or earth and is one of the few types of tea that can mellow and improve with age. Chinese people credit dark tea with many health benefits—especially promotion of weight loss, reduction of serum cholesterol, and cardiovascular protection.
Also called red tea because of its vibrant, ruby red color, Rooibos has a sweet, full bodied and rich flavor. This therapeutic herb offers many of the same antioxidants and health-promoting properties as green tea but is 100% caffeine-free, making it an ideal choice for evening. As a source of powerful antioxidants, rooibos strengthens the body's immune system and contains some of the highest known levels of anti-aging properties of any plant on Earth. Rooibos is also known for its ability to strengthen the immune system, replenish the skin, promote restful sleep and aid relaxation.
Herbal Tea
Any leaf, root, fruit of flower that comes from a plant other than the tea plant is considered an herbal tea. Since ancient times, herbal teas have been revered for their bountiful health benefits and therapeutic properties. Herbal teas are often used to aid digestion, sooth allergies, relieve headaches and reduce stress. Continuing this tradition, Octavia's herbal tea are based on ancient homeopathic remedies, blended with quality, flavor and health benefits in mind. The majority of herbal teas are 100% caffeine-free.
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