When you are just at the beginning of your tea journey 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 never-ending selection… To make the choice a bit easier for you, we chose one tea from each of the categories from the Renegade e-shop that in our opinion are the best to get you started and would be easy to brew.
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-75°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 would be a great choice to get started with green teas - it is really smooth and soft! Even if it happens that you will forget leaves to brew for a bit too long, it doesn't get bitter.
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 tea. We dedicated a separate blog post for that topic which you can read HERE. If you do not have previous experience with black teas or it has been rather negative, we suggest for you to start with smoother black teas from the spring. Evening Lilac is one of them - a smooth and flowery black tea from the spring production. Most of the other Renegade Tea Estate black teas are typical to Georgian teas - rather smooth, sweet and fruity.
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 Miss Ohh Long - a perfectly balanced oolong with the silky nature of black tea and the freshness of green tea.
Every tea package comes with brewing instructions so that you can get the best out of all your teas. In the end, every person has their own preferences and you can always modify the instructions accordingly - using hotter or colder water, adding less or more tea while making your brew.
If you feel that brewing loose leaf tea is a hustle then it surely does not have to be. A good tea infuser is the perfect helper when it comes to making a cup of tea - you can use the infuser straight in your favourite mug and use the same leaves for many infusions.
If ordering teas one by one and choosing the right one still seems like a daunting task, we have also put together different sets which can be found at the e-shop. You can find the description of every tea that is included in the set on the product page.
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!