Are you a tea lover that wants to become a tea connoisseur? Lipton is here to help you delve deeper into what you already know you like within the wonderful world of tea. If you’d appreciate a finer more complex black tea, then Orthodox is your best bet. If you’re an avid green tea drinker, Sencha will be a great next step to explore.
Meet black tea’s more artisanal cousin. The traditional version of our everyday blend, Orthodox teas are what you get when regular tea leaves undergo a bit more pampering during their preparation. Up until the creation of CTC machines (the clever gizmos that help mass produce most types of tea) all tea leaves were Orthodox. So, in essence you can think of modern Orthodox tea leaves as a more authentic and classical tea flavor—the sort of tea taste that your great-great-grandparents might have enjoyed. So what makes Orthodox teas so special? Well, it all comes down to the way their processed. Through gentle rolling, these larger tea leaves acquire a delicate flavor of incredible depth.
TEA TIME IDEAS: ORTHODOX TEA
Sometimes, we think you’ve just got to take a moment to really appreciate the small things. Get focused, be more present, settle down and just be. It takes a lot of time and care to make really good Orthodox Tea, so we think it’s the type of beverage that benefits from a little attention to get the most out of it. Stick the smartphone on silent and tune out the noise of the modern world for a minute, pop the kettle on, get comfy and really explore the delicate, subtle flavors of our lovely Orthodox Tea. Just you, the tea, and a perfect moment of perfect calm.
GETTING THE BEST FROM YOUR BREW: ORTHODOX TEA
To get all the benefits of Orthodox Tea, we recommend letting it steep for 2 to 3 minutes in freshly boiled water until it turns a rich amber color. Feel free to adjust according to your strength preference, just remember—longer steep time results in a richer flavor.
When navigating the green tea landscape it’s helpful to know that China has a lot of love for green tea and Japan is all about Sencha. This variant on the classic emerald colored tea we all know and love is the most popular variant of green tea drunk in Japan today and accounts for 80% of the green tea that is processed in Japan! Sencha green tea and regular green tea actually come from the leaves of the same plant and differ based on processing methods. Regular green tea leaves get pan-fried, but Sencha… oh, Sencha tea leaves receive a gentler treatment. After being picked they’re carefully dried and hand rolled, which produces a leaf with more complex character. Though not too dissimilar to its green cousin, Sencha’s delicate umami rich grassy flavors are more reserved and refined.
TEA TIME IDEAS: SENCHA TEA
Much like regular green tea, we think a cup of Sencha is perfect when you need to press pause on the world for a second to re-energize and revive your senses.
And if you’re looking for something to nibble on whilst sipping some Sencha green tea, we think it pairs beautifully with a plate of that most Japanese of dishes… sushi! But, if raw fish isn’t your thing, we think Sencha also works fantastically as a quick cleanse after a decadent lunch or heavy dinner.
GETTING THE BEST FROM YOUR BREW: SENCHA TEA
It doesn’t take much persuasion to get Sencha tea leaves to reveal their full flavor. We recommend soaking them for around 1 minute before enjoying. If you prefer your tea to have a bite to it, let it steep for 2 minutes.
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