Friday, June 26, 2020

What is the difference between spring, summer, autumn and winter season tea?

Drinking tea is a very common habit in our daily life. There are many types of tea. Today, let’s talk about the classification of tea according to the season. What are the differences between tea in different seasons?

1. Spring tea

Spring tea refers to tea leaves that were harvested from late March to mid-May. The temperature in the spring is moderate, the rainfall is sufficient, and after the tea tree has rested for half a year in winter, the tea buds in spring are rich, green in color, soft in leaf quality, and rich in vitamins, especially amino acids. Not only makes the spring tea taste fresh and pleasant, but also has a health care effect. Tieguanyin of Anxi County Yinxiang Tea Cooperative is a representative of oolong tea and spring tea, and its appearance and soup color can be described as "one-of-a-kind". (Another example is Lu'an melon slices and Shanlong black tea)

2. Summer tea

Summer tea refers to the hot summer weather of the tea leaves collected from early May to early July, and the new shoots of the tea tree grow rapidly, so that the content of water extracts that can dissolve the tea soup is relatively reduced, especially the reduction of amino acids makes the tea soup less flavorful and aromatic. Spring tea is strong, because the content of anthocyanins, caffeine, and tea polyphenols with bitter taste is more than that of spring tea, which not only increases the color of purple bud leaves, but also has a bitter taste. (Such as Pu'er tea, maple tea)

3. Autumn tea

Autumn tea is the tea produced after mid-August. The climate conditions in autumn are between spring and summer. Tea trees grow in the second season of spring and summer, and the content of new shoots is relatively small. The size of the leaves is reduced, the bottom of the leaves is crisp, the leaves are yellow, and the taste and aroma are relatively calm. (Such as Tieguanyin, Yuemeixiang)

4. Winter tea

Winter tea will be produced around the end of October. Winter tea grows after the autumn tea is harvested and the climate gradually turns cold. Because the new shoots of winter tea grow slowly and the contents gradually increase, the taste is mellow and the aroma is strong. (Such as frozen top oolong)

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