Green Tea 绿茶 Green tea, looking at the fermentation chart above, has 0% fermentation, so it is in its pure form. It is also known to be a very healthy tea to drink and has become the most categorized tea from our experience and research. Therefore, being the most popular style of tea, it takes up the top five in our category of top teas in China, here is the quick list: Longjing Tea 西湖龙井 (xī hú lóng jǐng) Biluochun 洞庭碧螺春 (dòng tíng bì luó chūn) Maojian Tea 信阳毛尖 (xìn yáng máo jiān) Lu’an Melon Seed Tea 六安瓜片 (lù ān guā piàn) Huangshan Maofeng 黄山毛峰 (huáng shān máo fēng) Now let’s dig into each one. Longjing Tea 西湖龙井 Origin Location: Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou city, Xihu Longjing village area Shape: flat Color: green, emerald Taste: fragrant, pure taste Preparation: soak in a cup Biluochun Tea 洞庭碧螺春 Origin Location: Jiangsu Province, Suzhou City, Wuxian Taihu East Dongting mountain and West Dongting mountain area Shape: slender, curly, with spiral hairs all over the body Color: silvery, emerald green Bud tenderness: complete, no yellow leaves and old leaves. Maojian Tea 信阳毛尖 Origin Location: Henan Province Xinyang City, Xin County, Shangcheng County and Dabie Mountain area. Shape: thin, round, light, straight, more pekoe Color: green Smell: fragrantly strong bubbles Taste: mellow taste, sweet fluid, bright and clear soup. Oolong Tea 青茶 (乌龙茶) After green tea, we have Oolong as the next most popular category of Chinese tea. There are two style of Oolong tea we’ll focus on – Da Hong Pao 大红袍 (dà hóng páo) which is a variety of Wu Yi Yan Tea 武夷岩茶 (wǔ yí yán chá) and Tieguangyin 安溪铁观音 (ān xī tiě guān yīn). Also, when looking at the fermentation chart, this style tea sits in the middle with a 30 – 60% range. Da Hong Pao Tea 大红袍茶 Origin Location: Fujian Province Wuyi Mountain area Shape: curved bar Color: black with brown or dark green, with sand or green, or brown with green Preparation: After brewing, brown will become orange to golden, clear and bright Bouquet: flowers, fruit flavor, like peaches or fragrant orchid fragrance, fragrance, frankincense and so on. Taste: smooth mellow and cool, with a unique "rock rhyme”. Tieguanyin Tea 安溪铁观音 This is a popular tea in the West, or at least I have heard many of my English speaking friends mentioning it on various podcasts and blogs I follow. Origin Location: Fujian Province Anxi area Overall: curly, fat round knot, heavy Leveling, shape like a dragonfly, spirochetes, frog legs Color: green sand. After brewing: golden brown like amber Smell: a natural fragrance of orchid fragrance Taste: mellow taste sweet and fresh, commonly known as the “Rhyme.” Black Tea 黑茶 The third of the most popular tea categories is black tea. This has the highest level of fermentation, with a 100% level according to the chart earlier in our post. It contains a very famous style of tea Pu Erh, which we’ll cover below. Pu Erh Tea 普洱茶 This is a tea I have heard Tim Ferris mention is in his morning launch series, with a mix of green tea. It is known to be a great health tea and a very bold and sweet taste. Origin Location: Yunnan Province Color: dark green Aroma: pure persistence Taste: full-bodied sweet After brewing: brown: Green and yellow, crystal. Yellow Tea 黄茶 The fourth most popular category of tea is yellow tea. This is the second lowest fermentation tea just behind green tea, with a 10 to 20 percent range. There is one style of yellow tea we will focus on today, called Junshan Yinzhen tea. Junshan Yinzhen Tea 君山银针 Origin Location: Hunan Province, Yueyang City, Dongting Lake, Junshan Mountain Shape: Wholly made of bud. Tea body covered with hairs, bright color. Color: orange-yellow inside, wrapped in a layer of pekoe. Lu’an Melon Seed Tea 六安瓜片 Origin Location: Anhui Province, Lu’an City , Dabie Mountain area Shape: oval shaped like a monolithic, naturally flat, margin slightly at uniform size, without bud tip, tea stems Fragrance: strong Color: navy green Taste: fresh, dense sweet. Huangshan Maofeng Tea 黄山毛峰 Origin Location: Anhui Province Huangshan (Huizhou) area Overall: slightly curled, green with yellow with golden leaves After brewing: clean green and yellowish brown Taste: taste of alcohol sweet aroma such as orchids, deep flavor. Red Tea 红茶 Honestly, before today’s article I thought red and black tea were the same! People told me they were interchangeable, but I have discovered that red tea has a slight lower amount of fermentation than black tea, with a 80 to 90% range. We will focus on one of them today, Keemun tea is below. Keemun Tea 祁门红茶 Origin Location Anhui Province, Qimen County Shape: tight knot Color: black bloom Aroma: fragrance lasting, yet also seemed like a fruity fragrance of orchids, the international specialist Chashi put this fragrance is called "“Keemun fragrance.”" After brewing: brown: bright flush Taste: fresh, dense intoxicated thick. White Tea 白茶. White tea didn’t make it in our top ten! But we need to give it an honorable mention, Hollie heard it is good for your skin! Not so famous as the others, it is the third highest level of fermentation of the six, with a 20 – 30% range, and we picked the Bai Hao Yin Zhen Tea 白毫银针 (bái háo yín zhēn chá) style which we’ll cover below. Bai Hao Yin Zhen Tea 白毫银针 Origin Location: Fujian Province, Fuding city and Nanping city Shape: needle-like, dense; color: white as silver. After brewing Fragrance: fresh; taste: mellow and soft.