Top Types of Green Tea

1. Sencha

Sencha is the most popular of Japan’s green teas. It has a lightly astringent taste along with a slight sweetness. Lesser quality sencha tea is called bancha.

2. Dragon Well

Dragon Well tea (also called Lung Ching) is the ultimate green tea. The name comes from a legendary well in the West Lake region of China where the tea is produced. The colour is bright green and the flavour is quite brisk. Be prepared to pay more than usual for this quality tea.

3. Macha

Macha is the kind of tea used in tradtional Japanese tea ceremony. It’s ground up very fine, and the tea is whisked when prepared. The flavour is light and sweet. Macha works well added to desserts too.

4. Gunpowder

These tea leaves are rolled into tight, little balls that apparently resemble old-style gunpowder. Because of the rolled form, Gunpowder tea stays fresher longer than most other green teas. The taste is fresh and a little grassy.

5. Jasmine

Jasmine isn’t exactly a kind of green tea, but is a blended tea with green tea leaves and jasmine flowers. The blossoms give the tea a very refreshing taste, and fragrant aroma.

6. Genmaicha

Like the jasmine tea, genmaicha isn’t a kind of tea but a blend. This time, sencha green tea is mixed with toasted brown rice. Sounds odd, but the tea has a distinctive toasty flavour.

7. Anji

Anji green tea is becoming popular due to its fine and subtle flavor. Its grown in the Zhejiang region of China and has thin little leaves that look almost black in dry form. A good variety to try if you find others to be too strong tasting.


Green Tea: The Miracle Worker

Have you ever thought about breaking from your everyday black tea routine, and trying some green tea? Perhaps you thought it was too exotic, or were unsure how it would taste. It’s time to get out of your tea rut, and brew up a cup of green tea. It tastes great, is easy to make and is just packed with healthy stuff.

What is green tea?

What exactly is the difference between green tea, and the comfortable black tea you are used to? Well, it all comes from the same plant (Camellia sinensis), but the difference is in the processing. Green tea is dried, but not fermented. The shorter processing gives green tea a lighter flavor than black tea. It also helps keep all the beneficial chemicals intact, which is why green tea is so good for you.


But what does it taste like?

Don’t expect green tea to taste like your regular tea. All the different kinds of green tea have different flavors, but they do have a taste in common. The flavor of green tea can be described as: fresh, light, green, or grassy. Some varieties of green tea are have a bit of sweetness to them, and some are a little astringent. Green tea is not usually served with milk or sugar, but you can decide that for yourself.


Too many kinds to choose from!

If you really want to experiment with good green tea, you may need to look beyond your grocery store. While most supermarkets will carry a few brands of green tea (usually in bags), there won’t be much selection. If your city has a Chinatown area, you’ll probably find some amazing green teas there, or you could try mail order. Grocery store packaged teas might just be marked ‘green tea’, without any distictive variety given. You might want to avoid these types of tea, as they will likely be blends of poor quality.


How do you brew green tea?

Just the same as you would brew any other kind of tea, whether you have bagged tea or loose green tea. One thing to watch out for: don’t use fully boiling water. Green tea is more delicate than black, so you want to keep the water a little cooler. Brewing when your water is just about to hit the boil is good.