Tea Facts - Green Tea Types Posted on 06 Mar 19:14


Despite both coming from the same species of tea plant, Chinese and Japanese green tea can look, smell, and taste very different from one another. After centuries, the regional cultivars have drifted apart and been selected for desirable traits. The leaves themselves are rolled and pressed into all sorts of exciting shapes in China, but in Japan, nearly all teas will be rolled into a recognizable needle shape. The simplest difference, one that you can taste, is that Chinese green teas are usually fried in a large wok by hand, whereas Japanese green teas are very quickly steamed. This results in many Chinese green teas having a toasty, woody, slightly caramelized flavor, and Japanese green teas having a rich vegetal, kelp-like flavor.