Tea: An Introduction

  1. What is green tea?

    Best known for grassy vegetal notes and greenish liquor and leaves, green tea is promptly steamed or pan-fired to denature the oxidizing enzymes and... Read More

  2. What artisanal techniques are used in tea production?

    Sloane Tea Company takes much pride in traversing the tea gardens of the world for the most magnificent teas available – both in shape... Read More

  3. What is plucking?

    Plucking is done when the tea bush “flushes” or pushes out new leaf shoots. In some places, such as northern India and China, plucking... Read More

  4. What is pu-er tea?

    A category of tea unto itself, like oolong, black, green or white tea, pu-er has been produced in Yunnan, China, from ancient times. It... Read More

  5. What is yellow tea?

    With a history of over 2000 years, yellow tea is similar to green teas, except that it requires an additional processing stage during which... Read More

  6. What is a Second Flush Darjeeling tea?

    Fine teas from Darjeeling are divided into First Flush and Second Flush, which indicates when the leaves were plucked. A “flush” refers to a... Read More

  7. What is white tea?

    The least processed of all tea types are white teas. White teas consist merely of unopened leaf buds covered with down. Consequently, they are... Read More

  8. What is “Jungpana”?

    Single Estate teas are the equivalent of great wines- the Premier Cru of the crop. Jungpana is a classic Darjeeling estate known to produce... Read More

  9. How is tea graded?

    Once the tea is processed by drying and rolling, there remains the final stage of grading the tea leaves. When the tea is “made”,... Read More

  10. What is a Darjeeling tea?

    A Darjeeling tea is a high-grown Indian black tea originating from “Darjeeling”, a geographic location in north-east India. It is a tea with unique... Read More

  11. What is rooibos?

    A tisane (herbal) produced from the leaf of Aspalathus linoaris, not Camellia sinensis. Grown only in South Africa, Rooibos means “red bush” in Afrikaans... Read More

  12. What are the health benefits of tea?

    Research is constantly being conducted on the health benefits of tea. For a detailed summary of the wellness benefits of tea drinking, please visit... Read More

  13. Milk or no milk?

    Many teas taste absolutely delicious with milk, particularly stronger teas such as Assam, where the milk tempers the strong flavour. Generally speaking, the lighter... Read More

  14. What is tea?

    Tea, being the most widely consumed beverage in the world, next to water, is derived from a single plant “Camellia sinensis”. The plant thrives... Read More

  15. What is a tisane?

    A tisane, or perhaps more commonly known to some as “herbal tea” includes practically anything that can be steeped in hot water that does... Read More

  16. What is oolong tea?

    Oolong tea is a large-leaf, semi-green tea that is partially-oxidized, and hence falls between the green and black tea categories. The leaves are withered... Read More

  17. Is there an expiration date on tea?

    There is no expiry date on tea, but after one year, tea will start to lose its freshness and flavour. At Sloane Tea Company,... Read More

  18. What is black tea?

    Black tea is the most well-known tea type in the West and Europe, with Earl Grey and English Breakfast tea being especially popular. It... Read More

  19. What is a “tippy” tea?

    The term “tippy” refers to when tea contains the new unopened bud of the new growing shoot of the tea plant, which appears as... Read More