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The folks here at Turtle Island Organic love tea. We drink it all the time, both hot and cold, because it tastes great and is so healthy.

Turtle Island sells only fresh loose-leaf teas and herbs. When you brew green tea from bags you can easily be consuming a product two or three years old, with little health benefits or flavor left.

With teas which oxidize rapidly such as green tea, it is especially important that products be kept in cold storage and for no longer than one year.

Green tea is the least processed, most natural of the true teas Camellia sinensis. It is neither oxidized nor fermented and has much less caffeine than black tea. Green tea is partially dried and roasted, undergoing minimal oxidation during processing. It is very popular in China, Morocco, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and the Middle East.

Much like wine drinkers, green tea connoisseurs look forward to the prized first spring flush every year. Recently, drinking green tea has become widespread in the West. For many, green tea is an acquired taste. If it doesn’t suit you, we recommend the self-fermented teas below.

The least processed of all fermented teas, white is described as rich, full-bodied, nutty and sweet. White teas come exclusively from East Asia. They are slightly self-fermented and as a result have their own special health benefits.

White tea is made from new-growth buds and young leaves, which are steamed or roasted to halt oxidation, and then dried. It gets its name from the white fuzz of the tiny young buds which are clearly visible. Most high-quality white tea is fluffy and light weight, offering more surface area for brewing.

Yellow tea usually describes a leaf processed similarly to green, but with a longer drying phase. It generally has a very yellow-green appearance and a smell different from both white tea and green tea. Many similarities in taste and smell can still be drawn between yellow, green and white teas.

Black teas are fully fermented and have a higher caffeine content than green, white, or oolong teas. During processing, the fermenting tea leaves are exposed to the air for a precise length of time in order to allow natural chemical reactions to occur. This changes the colour of the tea leaves from green to coppery brown.

Black tea is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than the lighter colored, less oxidized teas. In many parts of Asia, it is known as brown tea because of its dark red-brown liquor.

The production of oolong tea combines the methods of green and black. It is semi-fermented with a rich taste but is much lower in caffeine than black tea. The best oolong is especially light and tastes similar to green but without green tea's grassy or alfalfa-like flavor.

Until recently, the quality of Taiwan's oolong was a well kept secret except to the Chinese community. The island's excellent growing conditions, with mild winters and cool summers provide a perfect climate. Labor-intensive production methods by highly-skilled tea masters make Taiwan oolong one of the most prized of all teas.



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