So, how did you do on the little tea quiz I posted last week? Was it easy? Difficult? Here are the answers.
1. Black tea is called red tea in China.
2. Black, green, and white teas are all created from the Camellia Sinensis plant.
TRUE. The differences come in the processing of the leaves, and in the case of matcha the growing as well.
3. White teas have no oxidation.
FALSE White teas do have minimal oxidation while green teas generally have none.
4. Lapsang Souchong was first created in India.
FALSE Lapsang Souchong was created accidentally in China. http://steepedexplorations.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-story-of-lapsang-souchong.html
5. Laura Childs writes the Tea Shop Mystery series.
TRUE. Death by Darjeeling, the first book in the Tea Shop Mystery series was
published in 2001. Devonshire Scream, the 17th book was released earlier this year. http://steepedexplorations.blogspot.com/2016/03/tea-talk-interview-giveaway-with-laura.html
6. In matcha the tea leaves are ground into a fine powder so you actually ingest the whole leaf.
TRUE You actually consume the whole leaf as opposed to steeping it and drinking the resulting liquid. http://steepedexplorations.blogspot.com/2016/08/whats-matcha.html
7. Gong Fu Cha means preparing tea with great effort and skill.
TRUE It's a wonderful meditative process. http://steepedexplorations.blogspot.com/2016/07/gong-fu-cha.html
8. Orange Pekoe is flavored with oranges.
FALSE No oranges are involved with producing Orange Pekoe. The name comes from the Dutch royals from the House of Orange who received the Bai Hao type of tea when it was first brought to Europe.
9. All teas should be steeped in boiling water.
FALSE The temperature of the water depends on the type of tea being steeped. Black teas use boiling water. http://steepedexplorations.blogspot.com/2016/06/dancing-water.html
10. Tea contains antioxidants.
TRUE. Unadulterated teas are a most healthy drink!