What is Green Tea? The benefits of drinking Green Tea
16 January 2014
Twinings Green Teas Introduced by Phillippa Thacker, Twinings Senior Tea Buyer
These Green Teas are now available online.
Explore Our Range of Green Teas
Here at Twinings we have an exciting range of Green Teas,
bringing you our best ever Pure Green Tea, as well as a number of
blends bursting with exciting natural fruit combinations. These
include our Green Tea with Lemon & Honey and our Ginger Green
Tea, which are a proving to be a firm favorite with Green Tea
Even better, the packaging for this vibrant range reflects the
exciting flavours held within. So, we have taken this opportunity
to dispel some of the Green Tea myths we have heard over the years,
and share with you some of the hidden facts from our in-depth
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Is there a Green
What is Green Tea?
The Myth: Green Tea comes from the Green Tea
The Truth: This is not the case. Green Tea in
fact comes from the same plant as other teas; the Camellia
Sinensis, it is simply treated differently.
The Myth: Green Tea is in fact, not a tea at
The Truth: Green Tea is most certainly tea, and
a pretty special variety at that. Coming from the Camellia
Sinensis, it comes from the original tea plant, but is treated in a
specific way to give it that unusual flavour we know and love.
The Myth: Green Tea is only grown in China
The Truth: Green Tea is mostly produced in
China, where 80% of the world's Green Tea comes from, but there are
some excellent Green Teas available from the Far East, and a little
from South India, in the Assam region. It is exported from some
regions of South America. The expertise in Green Tea do however lie
in China, where they have been producing it for years.
THE TEA EXPERT VIEW: Watch
Phillippa talking about Green Tea
THE EXPERTISE BEHIND GREEN TEA
Green Tea is probably the original tea to be imported into the
UK, and probably the first tea every imported by Twinings.
It comes from the Camellia Sinensis; the tea plant, and the same
plant that our daily black tea comes from, however it is produced
in a slightly different to give it the unique flavour we all
SO WHAT'S THE KEY TO GREEN TEA
It's simple. The leaves are not given the opportunity to oxidise
as with black tea, leaving the teas green in colour.
Oxidation is when the enzymes in the leaf react with the Oxygen
in the air, turning the leaves brown, and producing the flavour
profile we recognise within black teas.
By gently heating the leaves first, it puts a stop to this
chemical reaction, meaning the leaves don't oxidate, and we end up
with Green Tea.
HOW TO STOP OXIDATION HAPPENING
The process of stopping oxidation can be done in a couple of
ways. The traditional way is to heat the leaves in a large wok. The
skill involved is very precise, as the processor needs to ensure
the leaves are continually moving, to avoid them burning. This
process of heating the leaves kills the enzymes, which avoids
The leaves are then prepared to be rolled, and go through the
finishing process, much the same as other teas.
The other way to avoid oxidation is to again heat the leaf, but
this time by steaming the leaves. This is the preferred method in
Japan, where they pass the leaves through a cylinder with high
pressure steam blasting through it. It remains there only for a
matter of seconds, to heat the leaf enough to kill of the enzymes,
producing a very similar effect, but with a slightly different
overall taste profile. The output of this method is referred to as
steamed Green Tea, or in Japan, Sencha Green Tea.
FIND OUT ABOUT OUR RANGE OF GREEN TEAS
Now you know all the facts about Green Tea, why not explore our
exciting new range. We have three unflavoured Green Teas, one
Pure Green Tea, and
one Light and Delicate
Green Tea, with a slightly softer taste profile. The
third, for the first time from Twinings, is a Decaffeinated Pure Green Tea, for
those looking for a little less caffeine in their diets.
There is also a very decadent Jasmine Green Tea,
which is truly beautiful. However if you are after something a
little less pure, something with a little flavour addition, we have
a gorgeous range of flavoured Green Teas for you to explore; one
for every taste profile.
If you like something citrusy and zesty, we have a refreshing
Tea or why not try Green Tea with Lemon & Honey for
something a little smoother. Our Ginger Green Tea is great if
you're looking for a tea with a little more heat.
If you like other fruity flavours, we have a great pairing,
Apple and Pear Green
Tea, or for something a little more exotic, a bright
and fresh Pineapple and
Grapefruit Green Tea, and for something a little
fragrant, we have a very delicate Orange and Lotus
Flower Green Tea sure to delight your senses.
All of our flavoured teas have an enhanced flavour to them, on a
delicate base to ensure they are the best they've ever been, and
deliver the most delicious flavours.
And this exciting range doesn't stop there. We've developed our
3 most innovative flavours yet, a truly exquisite
Mango and Lychee Green Tea, a zesty and flavourful
Tangerine and Verbena Green Tea, and
our last innovation Peach and Cherry Blossom Green Tea.
Just the thing to tickle the senses, and brighten every tea
And the news doesn't stop there. Our packaging is completely
new, and very different to anything we've created before, allowing
us to bring Green Tea into the limelight where it belongs. We
commissioned fashion illustrator Tobie Giddio a distinctive ink
artist to help bring these designs to life. Giddio has previously
Alexander McQueen, Tiffany & Co. and Vogue.
Using guidance from the Far East, Giddio, has created these
truly contemporary and inspirational designs depicting the
individual ingredients of the tea in the designs on the front of
the pack, to bring to life their true personality.