There are a lot of topics we cover here on Tea Time. We talk about the different types of tea, tea cocktails, tea cooking recipes and different ways to make tea. Some of you have subscribed to Tea Time since we started over 2 years ago, but, for others this may be your first time reading this newsletter. Therefore, I think it may be a good idea to step back and talk about whole leaf tea – the ONLY style of tea offered at Golden Moon Tea.
The main difference between whole leaf tea and teabags
There is one fundamental difference between whole leaf tea and teabags and that is the size of the leaf. Teabags use little specs of tea called “fannings,” which are little more than tea dust. Whole leaf tea uses a large part of the tea leaf. While you may think that the difference is superficial, I am here to tell you that it is not. First, we need to look at how tea is produced.
Fannings have one major issue
Teas have a lot of essential flavor compounds, such as tannins and essential oils, that give it flavor. When tea leaves are cut or broken into tiny little specs, these flavor compounds dry out very quickly. When they dry out, they are no longer as flavorful as they used to be.
Why whole leaf tea is superior
When tea leaves are left in their full, natural form, they do not dry out. Since the leaves do not dry out, they hold onto these yummy flavor compounds and give the tea more flavor and aroma when brewed. Just think of it this way, when you eat a bag of potato chips, the big chips always taste better than the dust left at the bottom of the bag. The exact same thing applies to tea.
A lot of people tell me “tea is tea,” that it doesn’t matter if you brew a proper cup of tea or use a teabag. This is crazy if you ask me. Using that same logic, the same people could say that using instant mashed potatoes is the same as homemade mashed potatoes. I hope that after reading this you will agree with me – whole leaf tea is simply superior to any bagged tea. If you don’t believe me, try our Tippy Earl Grey side by side against your favorite Earl Grey Teabag and I guarantee you will taste, smell and see the difference.