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NC Photographer, Melissa Sheets

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Last Friday I had loads of fun at my old studio creating portraits. These two girls were very sweet. The tea party theme made me wonder... what are the most popular tea types?

Green tea makes up about 10% of world-tea production and is a milder brew with a mild, appealing taste and understandably green appearance. There is no oxidation during processing. Rather, the leaves are simply withered and then roasted or dried.

Oolong tea is a cross between black and green tea, which can be detected in both taste and color. Recognized for its distinctive fruity flavor, oolong leaves undergo a moderated fermentation process where they are withered, partially fermented and then dried.

White tea, the rarest type of tea, come from young tea leaves that are picked before the buds have fully opened. The tea features a delicate, soft taste and light coloration. With a minimalist approach to processing, white tea leaves are simply steamed and dried, which keeps them closer to their natural state.

And of course Black tea, which is the most popular in the United States. Offers a deep hearty color and flavor.


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