Chinese red tea is drived from the Camellia Sinensis tea plant which is found in quite a few different areas, especially mountainous areas, like most tea plants in China. You can find them all over the world in prominent areas like Japan, China, India and even Africa. Only when the leaves are harvested are they sent off for production and at that point, they go through a unique process that results in a dark colored tea.
A lot of people have coined the name red tea with the name Rooibos team but not all teas are created equal. There are other names that go along with red tea such as South African red tea, red bush tea and bush tea. The reason Rooibois is such a common name is because it’s a tea infusion with a lot of different herbal extracts mainly coming from red bush. These red bush extracts can be found in South Africa near the Cedarberg Mountains.
One of the great benefits of red tea is that they’re generally pretty low in tannins and caffeine free (even though, there’s a hint of caffeine in them). When you first see red tea, you won’t think it’s tea, it looks more like an exotic drink you could buy at a bar on the coast. The flavor of red tea is very sweet and fruity. It doesn’t quite taste like a lot of other teas. Different tribes in Africa actually believe this tea has healing powers but that’s not exactly something to go off of as they have a lot of different debunked healing traditions.
When examining the health benefits of red tea, they’re the exact same as the benefits from black tea. For example, black tea has been found to be able to prevent diabetes. Some people use it as a form of management and have praised it for the ability to help with the condition while some studies are a bit skeptical of these claims. The main reason for these claims is the ability for the tea to help calm the levels of blood sugar in the body.
If you don’t have diabetes, some studies and people recommend drinking black tea to help you from getting diabetes in the first place. These don’t have any valid studies to confirm truth to this, but again, a lot of people have sworn by this. Another claim from red tea is that it will help protect and strengthen your heart health.
Cholesterol is something that no one wants to worry about. This is something that people in their older ages stress about as we intake more food and build up more cholesterol near our heart veins. However, black tea can actually help with this. It’s been reported that there’s an 11% decrease in death by cardiovascular disease simply by drinking red tea.
Weight loss is another big key issue here as red and black tea have been found to help boost your metabolism. Of course, a proper diet needs to be stuck to but you also shouldn’t take increasing your metabolism lightly.
FAQ: How to decide which red tea is right for you
If you're keen to find out more, here's a list with some commonly asked questions about red tea.
Q. How can I tell if the tea is any good?
While red tea comes in a variety of shapes and forms, there's more to it than looking at the price tag. Premium brands may come from a similar location, but it’s all down to the process and the purity. Reviews are a great way to see whether or not one is right for you, but it doesn’t beat tasting it for yourself.
Q. Why is there a difference in colour?
South African red tea can come in a range of different shades, while Chinese red tea is traditionally darker. Typically, it’s dependant on the blend itself. Either way, a rich colour doesn’t necessarily mean a strong flavour.
Q. Are there differences in taste?
When it comes to organic tea, each batch is likely to taste a little different. Red tea leaves can be infused with additional flavours, while cheaper brands tend to taste similar to one another. As for which is best, it’s generally a matter of personal preference.
Q. Does a teabag ruin the experience?
Most of the time, it’s down to the user to decide. Some tea aficionados prefer to boil and strain the leaves themselves, but teabags make the process quick and easy.
Q. Why is some red tea more expensive?
Reasons include premium ingredients and the process to make the tea itself. While fair trade considerations and sustainability are key to higher prices, it doesn't always mean it'll taste better for you.
Q. How long will premium tea last for?
Quality red tea will last for over a year, as long as it's kept in a cool and dry environment. It's best to keep the packaging sealed as tightly as possible. This will maximise longevity by keeping it fresh.
Q. Can red tea be mixed with other ingredients?
If you want a little extra, sugar and milk are obvious choices. For anything more adventurous, red tea can be mixed and blended with a variety of flavours.
Q. How much caffeine does it have?
Red tea has no caffeine. You're free to sip as much as you like without worrying about getting the jitters.
Q. Are there any other health benefits provided by red tea?
It's a great tea for an all round detox. It'll improve sleep, your immune system, bone strength and digestion. Tea will also keep you hydrated:
Q. Can it be made into iced tea?
Yes, red tea can be made into iced tea. So if you're hoping for a cool, refreshing beverage, red tea is a great choice.
Chinese red tea is one of the oldest and best known in the world. It's a taste that has faced the test of time, and it's still as popular as ever.
More importantly, it's great for your health and general wellbeing, so it's always worth trying out if you're looking for something new.
The South African red bush is famous worldwide, in part because it only grows in one particular climate. Even if it's just for the range of medicinal benefits, there's no reason not to give it a go. It helps that it also tastes rich and flavoursome.
No matter which red tea you end up going for, the ones of this list all make for a nice cuppa.