Decoding the Color Classification of Tea

The antioxidant-rich green tea has become mainstream in over the last few years and has gone way beyond the green tea ice cream that people expect when they go to a Japanese restaurant here in the states. But tea choices go way beyond just black or green:

As a tea enthusiast, I would like to present my favorite the red tea. Otherwise known as rooibos or redbush tea, it’s a caffeine-free tea whose leaves come from bushes that grow in South Africa. My favorite of the favorite is the Rouge Opéra by Mariage Frères. The scent when you open the canister is enough to make my day extra special. When I was in Paris a few months ago, I decided that it was my favorite scent after smelling tea samples for over two hours in the shop.

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White Tea

Unlike other types of tea, the fresh leaves of white tea only goes through two processes; Withering and drying. The white classification comes from the color of the leaves.

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According to the Mariage Frère book on The French Art of Tea, the steeping time for white teas range from a whooping 7 to 15 minutes depending on the type of white tea.

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Yellow Tea

This tea is actually made from oxidized green tea leaves (green tea is unoxidized tea) and the leaves go from green to yellow during the maturation process. It also accurately describes the color of the tea produced from steeping the leaves.

I found this mug representing theyellow cupBeatles and their song “Yellow Submarine” and thought it would be a fun cup to drink yellow tea from!

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Blue Tea

Sometimes called Oolong or Bohea, the leaves of blue tea are also partially oxidized (black tea is completely oxidized) 
and different methods of oxidation differentiate the different type of blue teas. The color of blue tea is brown but perhaps it made more sense to call it blue tea because it represents a halfway stage between green and black tea and I would imagine it to be the color gradient of the ocean as you reach deeper depths.

And as some of you know, I’ve been having a thing for nautical themes and I loved these tea towels and a cup of Picture 1icy cold Oolong tea on a hot summer day would be perfectly set with a cool neautical themed table.
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I certainly did throw in my little tea color inspirations out in this blog. And as a fun theme idea, I would even suggest considering having tea parties where you have people attend wearing the color of the kind of the tea that will be served (ie. blue attire if blue tea is being served) and serving it with food of the respective color too. I did do something similar a few months ago for red and white wine at a wine bar.

Regardless of whether I am with company or not, I personally do like to start my day with a cup of tea and end the day with a cup of tea too (and often have a cup or a few in between). The Mariage Frère book on The French Art of Tea also has a section on how to pair the appropriate kind of tea with different meals and food. So you realize how you could pursue becoming a tea connoisseur instead of a wine connoisseur!

You just have to find your cup of tea 😉

-M

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