I think I must be some kind of hot drink junkie. As well as adoring coffee I also love tea, including tea infusions.
To me, it’s not important which hot drink is the nation’s favourite. What matters is that both are in plentiful supply and can offer something for all tastes, moods, occasions and times of the day.
The range and quality of tea available, to the everyday shopper and aficionado alike, continues to grow. No longer restricted to a bog-standard tea bag or a bland mug of instant coffee, it is an exciting time if you enjoy a daily brew.
The Difference Between Tea, Tea Infusions and Fruit and Teas
The difference between tea, tea infusions and fruit teas is simple:
- Regular tea is made from tea leaves or Camellia Sinensis. The main varieties of tea leaves are Black, White, Yellow, Green, Pu-er and Oolong.
- Fruit teas tend to be entire caffeine-free. This is due to the complete absence of tea leaves.
- Tea infusions are a blend and can be made of any combination of flavours you can think of. There are no rules!
Pretty simple right?
Let’s Talk About Tea and Tea Infusions
Today we have black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea and more, as well as flavoured tea infusions such as ginger and berry.
Whatever colour you are drinking, all teas come from the same plant so they share similar qualities. What makes each tea unique in look and taste is the different growth, harvesting and preparation methods.
I’m not going to bore you with the science, but here are some reasons why your favourite cuppa is good for you.
Get ready for some technical terms – and my layman’s attempt to explain them.
Tea, like fruit and vegetables, is a natural source of polyphenols and flavonoids – which provide active antioxidant properties.
In case you weren’t sure, that’s a good thing,
Each type of tea offers antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral benefits because of the polyphenols – or natural plant compounds – within them.
Polyphenols in tea include catechins, theaflavins, tannins and flavonoids. Each variety of tea and tea infusion has its own individual benefits.
People are having fun selecting different teas for different health benefits – and because they love the taste.
Tea and Tea Infusion Varieties
Below is an introduction to some of the tea and tea infusions available on the market today. As you can see from the list below, ass types of tea not only taste wonderful but also come with amazing health benefits.
Green Tea (Including Japanese Sencha)
High-end green teas, such as the Japanese Sencha, are popular because of their herbal and health qualities. It is said green tea boosts metabolism, relieves stress, improves the skin, slows ageing, decreases cancer growth, improves brain function, protects from brain diseases, reduces heart disease risk and reverses diabetes – Just to name a few benefits!
Personally, I love the clean taste of the Japanese Sencha. It has floral hints and a sweet buttery feel in the mouth.
This naturally caffeine-free tea is an excellent refresher, best known for its soothing and calming effects that can aid in achieving a good night’s sleep. Chamomile is also believed to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and liver-protecting properties.
It brews into a light gold colour. Chamomile tea is the perfect nightcap or a refreshing thirst quencher when served as iced tea.
Earl Grey (Bergamot)
Earl Grey tea is probably a tea you have already heard of, with it it’s citrus notes making it a refreshing and popular alternative to English Breakfast tea in the afternoons.
Studies suggest theaflavins are just as useful as antioxidants. To put it simply, this means black tea is good for you!
Some reach for the classic English Breakfast or a more spiced black Chai tea but for the highest health benefits, you might like to opt for an Earl Gray tea instead.
Peppermint tea is delicious and regarded as having both health and beauty benefits. It can help increase relaxation, reduce stress and improve sleep quality. It can get your metabolism going in the morning and is said to help weight loss. Good for digestion, upset stomachs and bloating. A booster for your immune system plus the bonus of being good for keeping your breath fresh. What more can you ask for?
The Peppermint Tea at JayandCo offers deep menthol notes with strong herbal qualities (those good old antioxidants called flavonoids are at it again here).
Ginger tea has strong health properties. Its spicy flavour can be enjoyed by itself, or combined with the likes of lemon, lime, cinnamon, garlic, peppermint, honey or other flavours to help tone down the spice.
Just on its own, ginger tea is good for easing nausea; a positive aid in digestion; a reliever of bloating; a reducer of inflammation (in muscles and joints, for example); and a decongestant for the common cold. It is also good for improving circulation in general.
Fruit Tea and Tea Infusions
Fruit tea is leading the resurgence of tea drinking. It’s natural sweetness, without the fizzy-drink drawbacks are making fruit teas increasingly popular amongst the health-conscious. Berry tea is good for your heart, bones and immune system. It has less caffeine than coffee and is packed with antioxidants.
Our own Berry Compote Tea at JayandCo is an aromatic blend of strawberries, rhubarb and blackberries. It’s a perfect pick-me-up.
This is the distinctive red bush tea from South Africa. Pronounced ‘roy-boss’, this colourful offering has wonderful health credentials.
It is caffeine-free, low in tannins and high in antioxidants. It also helps promote bone health, lowers the risk of heart disease and aids in reducing inflammation. Rooibos also gets a thumbs up from many in promoting things such as weight loss, and healthy skin and hair.
We have added vanilla to the already sweet and refreshing flavour of Rooibos Tea, to add some spice to the scent and taste, which tastes wonderful drank hot at any time of day.
Explore Our Full Range of Tea and Tea Infusions
Hopefully, you have enjoyed this article and learning about tea and tea infusions. To experience more of the tea world, explore our full range of finest teas.