When you are just at the beginning of your tea-journey (kind of like us) and don’t really fall into the category of great tea experts who can evaluate tea by the looks of it, it can be quite difficult to choose the right tea from the seemingly neverending selection… To make the choice a bit easier for you, we chose one tea from each of the categories from Renegade e-shop that in our opinion are the best to get you started and would be easy to brew. There is no fear of those teas going bitter, even if you happen to forget your tea to steep for a bit too long!
Let’s get started with green teas. Some people associate green tea with an astringent or even a bit bitter taste- something that is super good to you but does not necessarily taste that well. The bitterness of green tea can actually be avoided quite easily- just use water that has cooled down a bit. Around 70°C is perfect. If you don’t have a thermometer, the water is about right when you can comfortably hold your hand over the water. When brewed right, green tea can be very fresh, gentle and in the case of Georgian teas even naturally sweet. From our selection, Green Velvet is the sweetest and silkiest of them- a perfect balance of fresh and sweet. A great choice to get started with green teas!
Black teas - beloved by many, but also feared by a lot of people. Somehow the years of the green-tea lobby have given an impression in many European countries that black tea is bitter, astringent and somehow not as good for your health as green teas. We care to differ on this topic! Even if we were not that big fans of black tea, Georgian black tea has changed our minds. We even dare to say that every green tea lover should try black tea from Georgia as well - this might be a really pleasant surprise! From Renegade Tea Estate spring selection we’d recommend First Kiss. This tea is fit for a beginner tea taster both by the name and taste! Typically to all the teas from Georgia, this tea tastes sweet and silky with a very small note of astringency tingling on your tongue after sipping.
Somewhere halfway from the fresh taste of green teas and more bodied tastes of blacks, there are oolongs. A lot of people don’t know much about oolongs, but from our own experience, this is also a world definitely worth exploring. Oolongs can vary from almost green teas to almost black ones and everything in between. To get the first peek into this category, we’d recommend Prodigy Meore - a bit more on the darker side of oolongs and has quite a bold taste, but still holds the sweetness so typical to all Georgian teas.
Every tea package comes with brewing instructions so that you can get the best out of all your teas! But as mentioned before - all those teas are perfect for tea newbies and to the ones who love their loose-leaf tea brewed grandpa style and don’t want to watch the clock that much while brewing their tea. If you are not familiar with the different options on how to brew loose leaf tea, there’s no need to worry, we have written some options down in our blog post here.
If ordering teas one by one and choosing the right one still seems like a daunting task, we also recommend getting the teas as a set - we will select the best option for you and you will have the opportunity to discover everything from blacks to greens and vice versa. You can have a look at different set options from our webshop.
Whatever you choose, keep in mind, that even though teas outside of the supermarket may come off as super fancy and something suitable only for the great tea masters, it is actually entirely up to you. There is no need to be afraid of testing and being a bit renegade in this sense!