What Is Green Tea?
Green tea comes from the smaller-leafed variety of the Camellia sinensis plant called Camellia sinensis sinensis. Green tea is said to have originated in China, but today, green tea is produced all over the world, including China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Hawaii.
Processing Green Tea
Green tea is processed using either artisan or modern methods. Sun-drying, pan firing, basket firing, or charcoal firing are common artisan methods. Oven-drying, tumbling, or steaming are typical modern methods.
Tasting Green Tea
The green tea you have will taste differently than other green teas because of a variety of factors. The factors include: where it was grown, how it was processed, and how it is brewed. There are some general descriptive words used for green tea to describe the overall flavour profile. These words are earthy, seaweed-like, grassy, sweet, lush, buttery, and herbaceous. Two important things to consider when brewing green tea are, to warm the steeping container beforehand to prevent the tea from immediately cooling down, and to leave the tea leaves in the pot and gradually add more hot water while drinking the tea.