Water refreshes our lives with its purity, pop wakes us with its sparkle, and tea brightens our lives with its sweetness. Out of these three, tea is the most essential thing for high school students to have during the school year. Many students choose teas that are common but not very tasty. Here are the best teas that are rarely ordered.
5. Jasmine Green Tea
Jasmine Green Tea is one of the most favored “tea” teas in Taiwan. Jasmine tea leaves are originally from Persia via India, but they later came into Fuzhou, China after the Qing dynasty. This tea uses Jasmine blossoms to create the scent of the Jasmine smell along with the green tea base. I like this tea because of its freshness, and by drinking it, it makes you feel like you are tasting Jasmine flowers. Yes, it sounds weird, but the scent is so strong that I can experience happiness from drinking it. It will give you a refreshing feeling. If you are looking for a tea that is simple yet without milk, Jasmine green tea will be the best option for you.
4. Boba Black Tea Latte
Boba Black Tea Latte, or simply boba milk tea, is the most important and the most well-known tea in Taiwan. Boba milk tea started in Taichung in 1983 by a company called Chun Shui Tang. Boba was originally white, but later the tapioca company added caramel, and that’s why tapioca nowadays is mostly black. The well-cooked tapioca carries a sweet smell, and the round QQ tapioca is delightfully chewy. It brings a funny feeling due to the chewiness and QQ-ness. That’s why many foreigners’ first impression of tapioca is that it tastes weird and funny, yet it really tastes good. If foreigners like it, then we as Taiwanese ought to like it, too.
3. Grass Jelly Black Tea Latte
Grass Jelly is another unique substance to have in teas. It is a black and jelly-ish substance that is not commonly seen. Grass jelly is made by a plant called platostoma plaustre. When water is added to platostoma plaustre, as you wait for it to dry, the plant itself will turn from watery to jelly-like, which then will look like what we see in the tea. You can consider grass jelly as “angelic” jelly, because the Chinese word for grass jelly, xian cao, contains the character “xian” for fairy. When the grass jelly enters your mouth, the fresh and smooth feel can lead to a lovely and heavenly feeling.
2. Emerald Lemon with Aloe
Emerald Lemon with Aloe is also a tea from Cha Tang Hui. The combination of emerald, which is a kind of green tea that has a lighter green tea taste than the actual green tea, along with lemon and aloe, which is a clear, square crunchy substance made from the plant aloe, steps up the game so much that you won’t experience it with other teas. Emerald Lemon with Aloe has a sweet and sour taste fused together, which gives you a thrilling feeling due to the fact that it is sweet, yet sour at the same time. This might give you a little chill.
1. Guanyin Latte
Guanyin Latte, which uses Tieguanyin as a tea base, is the number one selling tea from Cha Tang Hui. It is the most special tea out of all the teas listed here because of its strong and unique taste. Unlike 50 Lan’s tea, Tieguanyin tea uses a premium variety of the Chinese Oolong tea. 50 Lan’s teas use really traditional and simple “tea” that all the other tea stands use, so most of the “teas” taste pretty much the same. However, Tieguanyin latte provides a strong smell of tea combined with milk that will imprint in your heart. The combination of Tieguanyin and milk make this tea stand out among all the other teas.
You might think you know a lot about teas, but not until you try these five teas. They will change your impression of tea, and you will realize how tea can change your life.
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