There are many famous teas! How can you make a suitable selection? The Friends of Tea have picked out some wonderful teas and show you seven of the most famous teas ever!

Darjeeling First Flush

The teas from Darjeeling are said to be the champagne among the teas. The still young growing area is especially known for its refined black teas. Especially before the famous First Flush from the spring harvest makes many tea hearts beat faster. But what exactly is the reason for this? On the one hand, there is the climate. In the north of Darjeeling lies the Himalayan Mountains. Rain clouds accumulate on the high mountains and rain down on the surrounding areas. The result is a humid and warm climate, perfect for tea growing.

On the other hand, there is the altitude, because Darjeeling is at a whopping 2000 meters above sea level. At this altitude, the oxygen content in the air is quite low. This slows down plant growth, creating a fine and soft aroma in tea. Also, there are hardly any insects at this height, which facilitates the sustainable cultivation.

We like the Darjeeling First Flush so much that we have dedicated our own contribution to it!

2. Long Jing Green Tea

Long Jing is one of the most famous Chinese green teas ever. The name translates as “dragon fountain” or “dragon source”. The taste of this exceptional teas is fresh and slightly a slight nutty undertone. Some varieties also have fine roastaromas in their taste.

The flat, light green leaf is particularly pleasing in the Long Jing. This shape is created by a special roasting technique in the production of Long Jing. Chinese green tea is heated in large woks to prevent oxidation. The hand is pressed against the hot wok with a quick hand movement, creating the typical shape of the Long Jing.

Other famous teas from China

There are countless famous teas in China. Among the most famous and popular teas in China are:

  • Bi Lou Chun, a green tea from the spring harvest
  • Keemun Black tea
  • Anji Bai Cha, a green tea with long needle leaf
  • Pai Mu Tan, a fine white tea
  • Yunnan Pu Erh Tee, an earthy and strong tea
  • Chinese Jasmine Tea

3. Japanese Matcha

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Gorgeous Matcha powder in a matcha bowl!

Especially in recent years in Matcha developed into a popular trend product. The Japanese green tea powder is versatile. Not only pure, but also in different drinks or when baking, the tea is a popular addition. The tea is not prepared like conventional tea in a jug or in a sieve. Satisfied, the matcha is simply poured with water. The fine powder then simply dissolves. To get a creamy and soft texture, the tea is then added with a bamboo whisk!

The special thing about Matcha is its elaborate production. The tea plants for this tea are covered with black nets, the so-called “cubes”, for about 21-28 days before harvesting. The overshadowing creates more chlorophyll in the tea leaves, giving the matcha its radiant green!

4. British/Frisian tea blends

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Gorgeous Assam Black Tea with Golden Leaf Tips

Tea is not just an Asia an integral part of culture. There are also nations among Europeans that would probably not be the same without tea. On the one hand, there are the British, who have had a particularly strong influence on the tea world. Tea-growing areas such as Assam or Darjeeling would not exist without the English tea thirst. The tea growwas brought to India by the British to become independent of Chinese tea exports.

It is not surprising that strong and nutty tea mixtures usually find their way into English and also the East Frisian tea mixtures. Today, these tea blends are among the most famous teas ever, especially in the West!

In general, the East Frisians are Teaheads par excelence: no region in the world has a higher tea consumption per capita than the Frisians! 300 litres of tea consumed a frieze on average! The Frisians, like the British, like strong or spicy black teas like Assam or Darjeeling Second Flush.

5. Sencha Green Tea

When it comes to tea, there is hardly a country as specialized in a tea variety as Japan. The lion’s share of tea production in Japan is Sencha. Translated, the tea variety means “infusion tea”. Roughly all steamed green teas can be called Sencha. About 85 of the tea production in Japan is Sencha tea. There is a huge range of qualities: from bag tea to hand-rolled masterpieces, which like to cost a 1 € per gram.

Sencha is particularly popular with lovers of green tea. If you’re looking at green tea, it’s hard to get around this Japanese classic. Good Sencha should meet the following criteria:

  • Fresh, bright taste
  • Bright green to delicate yellow cup color
  • long, evenly shaped needle leaf
  • A strong but not overwhelming umami
  • A sweet, slightly sweet-fruity smell

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Lapsang Souchong

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Freshly smoked leaves of a Lapsang Souchong!

Anyone who has ever had this tea in front of their nose will not forget it any time soon. Lapsang Souchong is a black smoked over resin-rich spruce wood from the Wuyi Mountains in China. Smoking gives the tea a similar character to smoked salmon or Black Forest ham. Due to this succinct self-smelling, this type of tea can deter some. When pouring, the smoky but quickly gives way to a sweet and fruity flavour.

What many don’t know: Lapsang Souchong was the first rind ever! Originally, only green tea was produced in China. It is said that one day a local was attacked during the tea harvest by an enemy. Everyone in the village had to flee! The already picked and rolled tea leaves simply remained lying and could no longer be heated. When the villagers returned, they were horrified. The whole harvest was “ruined” and all the tea leaves were black! To save the valuable leaves, they smoked the tea over spruce wood. The villagers noticed that the poured tea was delicious! Well, many accidents can also do something good. A historic place in the list of famous teas!

7. Bai Hao Yin Zhen – The Silver Needle Tea

Bai Hao Yin Zhen, also known as white-haired silver needle tea, is the most expensive and noble white tea variety ever! The tea consists exclusively of the young, delicate leaf buds of the tea plant Camellia Sinensis. In order not to be eaten by insects, the leaf buds are coated with white flickering hairs, which protect the young shoots. The white hair shines slightly silvery in the dried state, which is why the tea also got its name silver needle tea. The tea variety originates in Fujian Province, more precisely in the regions of Zhenghe and Fuding in northern Fujian. The two areas are considered the heart of Chinese white teas and sometimes project the high-quality white teas at all!

A good Bai Hao Yin Zhen should taste very soft and delicate and have no bitterness. The taste is fresh and fruity, often with notes of peach and orchids. The tea is best perceptible through the nose and is characterized by its long remaining finish.


Of course, there are many, many more fascinating teas. Making a list of ALL could fill entire books. We hope you liked our selection of teas and that you could learn something. Did you know all the teas in the article? Which tea do you think still belongs on the list? Let us know!

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