Most Popular Teas In The World

Most Popular Teas In The World

1. Darjeeling
Black tea, in general, is perhaps the most famous tea in the world, and as one of these, Darjeeling is the top Indian tea. It has a light, nutty flavor compared to the bold and robust taste of other black teas.
Black tea is the most processed of the true teas, being harvested, withered, rolled, oxidized, and dried. Its color comes from the enzymes reacting with oxygen, having been exposed during the rolling process. Despite the name, Darjeeling is a light-colored black tea with a pleasing floral aroma.
Darjeeling tea can only come from its West Bengal region, leading to its nickname as the “champagne of teas.” It is plucked over the spring and summer months during successive “flushes,” each lending a different strength of flavor to the tea.
The tea can be found in restaurants, tea shops, and cafes around the world. Its vast popularity has not served to make the tea any less revered. Undoubtedly, it’s the best-tasting black tea in the world.
2. English Breakfast 
Perhaps unsurprisingly, English Breakfast is the most popular tea in England. In the UK, 84% of people drink some kind of tea or infusion – that’s 165 million cups per day! Much of this is a blend of Assam, Ceylon, and Kenyan black tea, which makes up English Breakfast.
English Breakfast tea began in neighboring Scotland, but Queen Victoria liked it so much that she brought it back over the 19th century. Traditionally drunk with milk and sugar to cut its strength, English Breakfast tea has a rich and hearty flavor. It is the most popular tea in England, and many variations from PG Tips, Yorkshire Tea, and Tetley line the shelves of supermarkets.
In England, tea has specific cultural importance. You will often get offered a cup of tea as soon as you enter an English person’s house.
Copious amounts of English Breakfast teas are consumed in the UK. While it doesn’t have the worldwide appeal of Darjeeling, English Breakfast Tea has been popular around the world for many years.
3. Matcha
When it comes to the kinds of tea and their benefits, green tea comes out on top. In terms of processing, it is harvested, withered, and dried immediately to prevent oxidation and retain its natural green color and nutrients.
Green tea has been found to have a high concentration of antioxidants and polyphenols – the highest of a variety called catechins among the true teas. These have been found to help reduce the risk of cancer, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure.
Matcha has the unique form of a fine powder brewed into the tea, not strained. As the leaves are consumed, matcha contains an exceptionally high concentration of the antioxidants and nutrients associated with green tea.
Matcha forms the center of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. The tea originated on the Japanese islands, and it is the respected companion of meditation and formal spiritual events in Japan. The green powder is a unique concoction that is both healthy and culturally significant.
4. Chai
Chai is one of the most popular types of Indian tea and one of the country’s favorite drinks overall. This milky, sugary, spiced beverage is drunk all day long in India.
The word ‘chai’ actually means tea, but it has come to signify this best flavored hot tea. Chai often has the Indian teas Assam and Darjeeling as a base, but can, in ade with most black and even green teas.
Chai is made by boiling milk, water, and tea leaves until they form a milky-brown liquid. It is then loaded with spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves; and sweetened with honey or sugar for this staple, comforting drink.
Today, chai is often loaded with non-traditional elements like chocolate or vanilla in big chain cafes and stores. The popularity of masala chai continues to grow. You are likely to find some form of chai at your local tea house, whether it be a traditional brew or some sort of chai latte.
It has a delicate and pleasing taste that blends well with many other flavors. So make sure you try both an iced chai latte and a traditional cup of masala chai if you want to get the whole chai experience.
5. Earl Grey
Earl Grey is another popular tea in England. According to the story, it was created by Twinings in 1831 for the then Prime Minister, Earl Grey.
The tea base can be made with most black varieties, but traditionally it’s a blend of Indian tea and Ceylon. Added to this is bergamot – a citrus fruit like a blend of orange, lemon, and grapefruit.
Earl Grey tea is best served without milk or sugar. A slice of lemon is the perfect complement to its smoky, fragrant, citrus tones. A piece of cake would also go well with a spot of Earl Grey tea.
6. Jasmine
What kind of tea do Chinese restaurants serve? Jasmine!
Jasmine is one of the most common tea flavors and the most popular type of tea in China. It has a delicate aroma and a light flavor, making a refreshing cup that can be drunk all day. It is the perfect drink to end the day.
The base for jasmine tea is usually made from green leaves, but oolong, black or white can be used. The leaves are flavored with jasmine petals for the tea’s slightly sweet taste.
Its popularity in China is enough to make it one of the most popular teas globally, but it has also found favor in Europe, Africa, and America. The delicate nature of Jasmine makes it the perfect tea to warm your belly and soothe your soul.
7. Chamomile
Chamomile is perhaps one of the top teas globally, especially when it comes to herbal varieties. It is known for its calming and soothing properties.
The tea is made from the edible flowers of the Matricaria chamomilla plant. It has a smooth, floral flavor and is a favorite among many for a caffeine-free hot beverage.
Besides its versatility, chamomile tea has been shown to help with relaxation, is a perfect option for bedtime. Not only this but there are studies on how it may relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Therefore it makes for a great tea to have after dinner or when you are feeling down.
It is also a tea that has been blended with a variety of fruity or spicy flavors like ginger and orange. The variations have proved to be popular flavors in recent years and you will often find chamomile tea on the menu at your local tea store.
8. Oolong Tea
Oolong is one of the five true teas. It is known as the happy medium between green and black tea. Taiwan is one of the primary producers of this most popular tea. But it is also a popular choice in tea shops around the world.
The oolong leaves are harvested and oxidized for a selected amount of time, leading to partial oxidation of between 8 and 80%. They are then rolled into long spindles and pan-fried to extract the oil and flavors. “The leaves for oolong tea must not be picked too early but just when they reach their peak, and they must be processed immediately.”(FragrantLeaf)
The wide range of oolong’s potential oxidation means that it comes in lots of common tea flavors. It can be sharp and fruity or earthy – this woodsy flavor increasing with oxidation. Popular types of oolong include Goddess of Mercy, Red Robe, and Dan Cong.
It may also be capable of boosting metabolism and reducing stress. As with some other types of tea, Oolong contains caffeine to be used as a tasty and refreshing pick-me-up. For the best Oolong tea in the world, make your way to China or Taiwan or have a look at this list.
9. Yerba Mate
Yerba Mate, a herbal infusion, is one of the top types of tea. It may not be as well-known outside South America, but it’s a favorite for its believed health and healing benefits.
Unlike many teas, Yerba Mate contains high amounts of caffeine, so it is an excellent alternative to coffee. It is used to celebrate the community in its natives Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina. This tea is said to aid weight loss and improve blood flow.
Yerba Mate also has an exciting serving method – it is drunk through a straw out of a rounded wooden cup called a gourd. The tea is said to be an acquired taste, its bitterness attributed to caffeine. Hopefully, yerba mate tea will become more popular worldwide because it is a flavorsome and healthy beverage.10. Rooibos
Rooibos is one of the most popular teas, especially among herbal varieties. Like many other infusions, it is believed to be beneficial for health.
The rooibos is a plant, meaning “red bush,” from the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. There is a rarer, more expensive green variety, but red is one of the most common tea flavors.
Naturally caffeine-free and light in flavor, research into rooibos’ benefits for the heart and liver. The health properties make it the tea of choice for many people who just want to relax.
10. Pu’er Tea
Pu’er or pu-erh is a fermented tea initially produced in China. Its name is derived from the trading post in the Yunnan province. It has become popular in recent years but had previously been protected and carefully regulated in China because it was considered a national treasure.
“Pu-erh teas are characteristically earthy, mellow, and balanced”(JING). The careful aging process gives the tea a unique taste. Dark tea has become increasingly popular, and maybe in a few years, it will be further up this list.
11. Lapsang souchong
This dark and smoky tea is a favorite among tea experts and everyday tea drinkers. The flavor of lapsang souchong is instantly recognizable. The “plucked leaves are withered over pine fires, pan-dried and rolled and placed in bamboo baskets and smoked over smoldering pinewood fires” (FortnumandMason).
It is another black tea from China that has gained popularity in recent years. The smoking process makes it distinct from most other tea. The taste may be off-putting for some, but many have found it to be a delicious and hearty alternative to Oolong, Chai, and Pu’er.
12. Mint Tea
Simplicity is elegant. Mint tea is a simple drink that can be found around the world. Its variants are prevalent in northwest African countries like Morocco and Algeria.
Most people are well accustomed to the flavor of mint, so its popularity makes sense. As with other tea, it is suggested that Mint tea has several health benefits, which include soothing upset stomachs and treating bad breath.
Its popularity can also be ascribed to the fact that it is simple to brew. You can easily brew your cup of fresh mint tea, whereas some other teas take years to truly master. A drop of honey is also recommended!
13. Sencha Tea
This may be your new number one tea. Sencha is another popular Japanese tea leaf. Unlike matcha, it is served as a leaf and not as a powder, and it is grown in sunlight rather than in the shade.
Sencha is the most popular tea in Japan, and it can also be found in tea shops around the world. The best sencha tea will have a nice golden and greenish color. The infusion process can make Sencha slightly more bitter than Chinese green teas.

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