All teas are born from the Camellia sinensis plant. Once picked, the leaves are treated to different processes on their way to becoming Black, Oolong, Green or White tea.
On the other hand, Red and Herbal "teas" aren't teas at all, but herbal infusions made from the Rooibos bush, in the case of Red tea, or from fruits, flowers and other plants for Herbal teas.
Black teas, the world's most common variety, are fuller-bodied and have the strongest flavours. Black tea is made by exposing enzymes in the tea leaves to oxygen through a special process that turns the leaves from green to brown. Of the major tea types, black teas undergo the longest process of oxidation.
Spicy and rich, Chai is in a class by itself. We expertly blend our finest black tea with the flavours of cinnamon, cardamom cloves and ginger to create a vibrant tea with a warm, soothing aroma and fresh, zesty taste.
Oolong teas are given the same treatment as black teas, but with a much shorter fermenting time. Oolong teas have a rich, red colour and flavours that range from light and fragrant to dark with a taste of toasted caramel.
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Hand-selected from the world's finest tea gardens. Made without any artificial ingredients, Twinings Organic and Fair Trade Certified™ teas provide a natural and wholesome tea experience.
Green teas aren't oxidised at all, which lets the tea leaves retain their green colour and keep their very delicate flavour. To prevent the freshly picked leaves from oxidising, green tea leaves are either pan fried or steamed to kill active enzymes in the leaf before rolling.
White tea comes from the tender, young leaves and unopened buds of the tea plant. White tea leaves are picked early and barely processed, which helps them retain their delicate flavour and aroma.
Red "teas", or Rooibos, are herbal infusions made from the leaves of an African red bush. Red tea is naturally caffeine-free. The leaves are gently oxidised to produce their distinctive reddish-brown colour and pleasantly sweet flavour.
Herbal "teas" do not come from the Camellia sinensis plant, thus they do not contain tea. They are commonly made from infusions of herbs, spices, fruits, and flowers. They are naturally caffeine-free and low in calories.