Three Major Types of Tea
Black Tea:The most commonly consumed tea in the world accounting for approximately 80% of all consumption. In the United States well over 90% of the tea consumed is black. Black teas are the most processed of all teas in that they are oxidized or fermented.
Green Tea:Tea which undergoes minimal processing and most resembles the original green leaf.Gunpowder:A type of Green tea which has been rolled into pellets.Oolong Tea:Partially "fermented" tea which is allowed to wither, then is partially oxidized and dried. The term is of Chinese origins and means Black Dragon.
Other Types of Tea
White Tea: Considered to be derived from the first flush buds of the tea bush and grown exclusively in the Fujian province of China. It has the most subtle flavor of all teas, it is milder and thought to have the most antioxidant of all teas. White tea is the least processed of all teas, it lacks the rolling stage of tea production. White tea has a strong health association.