So how to choose the right tea so that it is the highest grade, an elite drink? Even the sky-high price is not an indicator. In our tea shops, under the guise of high-end tea, they often sell non-standard.
The main indicator of whether an elite tea is its quality. At the same time, the quality of planting, collection, technological aspects of production and storage, packaging and packaging are of importance.
Look at the dry tea leaves. Its appearance, as well as how it smells, looks, and what the already brewed tea tastes like, will tell a lot about its quality.
Tea Quality Levels
There are two main levels of tea quality:
The first is tea, which the masses drink, it is sold in storefronts, markets and supermarkets. All stages of its production are carried out mechanically. Not very close attention is paid to its quality. There, the main task is the amount of tea.
The raw materials for its production are old, long-ripened leaves and twigs, of which there are a large number on the bush. When you drink such tea, you will experience a tart taste and even bitterness. Its natural aroma is so weak that it is often artificially aromatized. There is little benefit from such tea.
The second is tea, which was made according to the techniques that have passed through the centuries. Each type of tea uses its own technology in order to get a really high-quality product.
The raw materials for this type of tea are young leaves and unblown buds from the tea bush. The drink from them is aromatic and very tasty. This tea does not stand on shelves in stores; it is hard to find on sale even in its homeland. The scale of its production is several times smaller than ordinary tea.
All processes from assembly to packaging of orthodox tea are carried out manually. At all stages of the production of such tea, the process is controlled by a master who specially trained in this art.
Collection tea, belonging to the elite varieties, has a unique taste and aroma. You will taste such tea with pleasure, it is like a well-functioning orchestra, every note sounds perfect, and the aftertaste leaves a pleasant memory of it.
Conditions and storage also play an important role. Since storage in the wrong place and conditions, even elite tea can make garbage.
In addition to fermented, all teas are stored for a year. The temperature should be in the range from -5 to + 5 ° C and depends on the type of tea. Dishes for its storage should be completely sealed so that odors are not mixed into the tea.
Unfortunately, few adhere to these rules, even stores that specialize in teas.
What can be considered tea defects? Here are the main signs:
• Litter in tea leaves. If you notice foreign substances in the tea, this indicates poor cleaning and sorting of the tea.
• Sour taste or smell. These are signs that the fermentation or drying process has been disrupted, or their duration. It is possible to use old leaves.
• Foreign odors. Such tea, most likely, was stored in a humid room, it can not be consumed.
• Non-uniform dry welding. The rules for sorting or blending were violated.
• The color of the tea leaves is different with a turbidity indicating that spoiled or damaged raw materials were used.
• Tasteless tea – fermentation may have been impaired or storage conditions were poor. You will drink such tea without pleasure.
Determination of the quality of red and black tea
Pay attention to the color of the tea leaves. Better tea in this case should have a lighter color. This will mean that the upper leaves and shoots were taken. In addition, top-grade tea is not ground. If the tea leaves were chopped, you should think about quality.
Top grades of tea never aromatize. As a rule, teas with additives do not have the taste of the tea itself, but only the taste and aroma of the additives.