Choosing a Good Tea Variety
Whether you are a regular tea drinker or you drink tea just because you love doing it once in a while, it’s important for you to choose the right tea leaves. Now, the question that arises here is- how to find the best tea for yourself? Well, there is no rocket science behind it. If you need to take the right tea from the market, you will have to know a little about what makes tea special. There are many things that dictate the quality of tea. While some people prefer to take tea because of its aroma, others love it because of its taste. So, choosing your tea based on factors like these will probably help you purchase the right tea. If you still feel confused as to what factors to keep in mind while choosing tea, then read on the points below-
- The first and most important thing to keep in mind is that without a good aroma, a cup of tea is nothing. Yes, that is absolutely right! Tea is enjoyable only when it radiates that typical tea-like smell. Without this smell, a cup of tea could taste like any other beverage. And that is why you should pay special attention to the aroma of the tea leaves you pick from the market. To find out how the aroma of a particular tea variety would be, you can take a little of it in your palm and then smell it. If the tea leaves smell great, then it is a good pick for you. If you find no aroma or the aroma is not the type that you like, then it would be wise of you to scrap the idea of buying that tea variety. Pick a tea variety that releases a great aroma, enough to make you feel happy.
- The second important factor to keep in mind is the grain size. Now, you might say that the grain size has nothing to do with its taste. But that is far from reality. Tea is something where grain size matters a lot. It might not matter in case of sugar or salt, but in the case of tea, it does matter. While some people love larger grain tea varieties, others enjoy tea made from smaller grains. Find out what exactly you like before you go shopping.
- Does the tea you have picked release good color in boiling water? Well, if it is strong, it will release a strong colour in boiling water, whereas a weak tea will never be able to produce a deep wine-ish colour in the water. Now, which out of these you choose depends completely on what you personally like.
- Never forget the aspect of taste. Tea, no matter how aromatic or colorful it is, if it doesn’t taste good, it is of no use to you. And that is probably the reason you should always taste it before you purchase it from the market. The majority of sellers will not hesitate to offer you a cup of tea before you can say yes to it. If, however, there are no such sellers around you, it is always wise to buy a little at first and then when you find out that it tastes good, you can buy in higher quantities.
Whether you buy packaged or premium loose leaf tea, keeping the above points in mind will help you zero in on the best variety.