This fun tea colour guide is a little reminiscent of the small boxes of crayons with multiple colours. This post helps us take tea to the next level as it introduces us to a “boxful” of unexpected colours of tea.
Let’s dive right in, open up the tea box and read about the different colours of tea featured in this tea colour guide. BONUS: There’s a colour of tea for every day of the week!
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TCC Tea Colour Guide
1/ Red Tea (Rooibos Tea)
This is one of my favourite teas as I really enjoy the distinctive flavour. The tea is made from a plant native to South Africa known as the Aspalathus linearis. A benefit of drinking rooibos tea is that it helps improve the skin making it youthful due to anti-ageing properties.
2/ Yellow Tea (Huángchá)
Yellow tea is found mainly in China and is produced from the Camellia sinensis plant. This rare tea is quite similar to green tea which is produced from the same plant. However, its production includes an extra step where the leaves are steamed. This process, known as “sealed yellowing”, is responsible for the colour of this tea as well as its taste. Yellow tea is great in decreasing inflammation which can help in pain reduction.
3/ Green Tea (Matcha Green Tea)
I love the shade of green of this tea which is a firm fixture in Japanese culture. Matcha originates from the same plant as green tea, called Camellia sinensis. However, the whole leaf is used in production making it more effective in smaller amounts. Also, the plant is grown under different conditions. Matcha is known for improving focus giving mental clarity and alertness.
4/ Blue Tea (Butterfly Pea Flower Tea)
This unique tea is common in South East Asia and is made from the Clitoria ternatea plant. With its shockingly blue colour, this tea can be drunk hot or cold. An interesting benefit of butterfly pea flower tea is that the earthy flavour of the tea is said to be a mood enhancer. Blue tea can also help in relieving anxiety.
5/ Purple Tea
This rare Kenyan purple tea is produced from a crossbred variety of the Camellia sinensis plant. Purple tea has high antioxidant activity even more than green tea and black tea. This activity can help to prevent chronic diseases and is said to be beneficial in fighting different types of cancer. The antioxidants may also improve brain health.
6/ Pink Tea (Kashmiri Chai)
This unusual tea hails from the Kashmir region, the northern-most area of the Indian sub-continent. It is made from the green tea leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. This tea is particularly unusual as it is traditionally made with sea salt resulting in a salty but creamy taste. Due to the saffron in this tea, Kashmiri chai supports the building up the body’s immune system.
7/ White Tea
The final tea in our tea colour guide, white tea, is also made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It has its origins in China and is one of the least processed teas. White tea is a good source of fluoride which can work against bacteria to help strengthen teeth.
Tea Colour Guide- Colour Blends
Like colours that we combine to form new colours and varieties, the same can be said of tea. Here are a few examples of interesting blends that combine some of the teas above:
- Rooibos Vanilla Tea
- Purple Tea Matcha
- White Tea Rose Melange
- Blue Raspberry Tea– this blend involves a change of colour as seen in the short video clip.
Now you have another way to try tea: Choose your favourite colour from the list and try that cup of the tea. Discover new tastes and teas!
Have you tried any of the teas above? We’d love to hear your experiences 🙂