White tea derives its name from the distinctive white-colored appearance of the dry tea. Also, some people may say white tea got its name from the tradition of poor Chinese offering plain boiled water to guests. If they had no tea in the water, they would call it “white tea”. It belongs to the category of slightly fermented tea and is mainly produced in Fujian province. Tea farmers would select uncured buds and young leaves and put them into the minimal processing so that they are kept closer to their natural state.
When drinking it, you will taste its freshness, gentleness without any feeling of stimulation. Well-known brands of white tea are Bai Hao Yinzhen (upper left), Bai Mu Dan (upper right), Gong Mei (lower left) and Shou Mei (lower right).
Yellow tea belongs to the category of slightly fermented tea. It is produced by allowing damp tea leaves to dry naturally, which results in its characteristics of yellow leaves with yellow infusion. Yellow tea is also used to describe the high-quality tea that was served to the emperors, as yellow was the traditional imperial color.
The taste of yellow tea is more rich and thick. In addition to the Chinese, fewer foreigners would drink it. Representatives include Junshan Yinzhen (left), Huoshan Huangya (middle), and Anhui Huangda (right).
Pu’er tea, originating from Yunnan Province, has an ancient history of over 2,000 years. Pu’er tea was listed as a geographical indication product by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine on August 5, 2008. It belongs to the category of post-fermented tea that can be made from green, oolong or black tea. The infusion has a brownish red color and its flavor is rich and mellow.
Pu’er tea is one of the most bitterest tea in the world. If you don’t like sweet tea, Pu’er would be your best choice. There are two distinct types of Pu’er tea: sheng Pu’er (the raw Pu’er) and shu Pu’er (the ripened Pu’er).
After reading my post, would you begin to love Chinese tea? I suggest you try all these six types of tea when having chance. But it will be difficult for you to find high-quality tea in the United States, you’d better visit China and try local Chinese tea.