Tea Info

Types of Teas and How to Prepare Them

This page gives an overview of the various categories of tea and how to prepare them for the best flavor. To see a full list of all teas and accessories available from Steeped Tea and The ParTeaLady, click HERE. To learn more about Matcha powder, click HERE.

Black Tea
While all tea comes from the Camilla sinesis plant, black tea is heavily fermented and is more oxidized than other varieties of tea, brewing a stronger flavor. It is regularly only steeped once. Do not over steep. Over steeping can result in a bitter taste. Recommended steeping time: 2-3 min.

Green Tea
Green tea has its legendary origins in China and is a popular beverage in most of Asia. It has a distinctly refreshing taste. It is made from unfermented leaves of the Camellia sinesis plant and contains a high concentration of antioxidants. Green tea has claims to aid in weight loss as well as many other health benefits. Green tea can enjoy many brews. Do not over steep. Over steeping can result in a bitter taste. Recommended steeping time: 2 min. 

Fruit Tea
Our fruit tea is sweet, colorful, and full of real fruits. Why skip the real thing to have some artificial version of it, just to have a flavor that hardly resembles what you are craving most? That is why we only blend our fruit teas with real fruits and real ingredients. Regularly steeped once. Recommended steeping time: 4-5 min.

Wellness/Herbal Tea
Wellness or herbal tea is specially blended with herbs and spices to give a boost to your system for everything from nausea, anxiety, and fatigue. Regularly brewed once. Recommended steeping time: 4-5 min.

Roobios Tea

Grown in the West Cape Province of South Africa, Rooibos is caffeine free and full of antioxidants. Also known as a Red Bush tea, it comes from a flowering shrub and not the Camilla Sinesis plant. It’s chopped, bruised, and left to ferment. It is then placed in the South African sun where it changes from green to dark red. It is great for tea drinkers who are caffeine sensitive and also great for kids. Regularly brewed once. The great thing about Rooibos is that the longer it brews the stronger the flavor gets! Taste will never get bitter! Recommended steeping time: 4-6 min. 

White Tea
One of the rarest teas, White tea is made from the buds and young leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which produces its characteristic light flavor. It is the least processed of all teas and is low in caffeine. White tea also has claims of increasing metabolism. Can enjoy many brews. Do not over steep. Can result in bitter taste. 
Recommended steeping time: 4-5 min.

Oolong Tea
Black Dragon Tea, more commonly known as Oolong Tea, is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, the same plant that all teas are made from. While all teas come from this same plant, their level of oxidation and fermentation differ. Oolong tea is semi-fermented, and has a variety of different tastes and aromas. A widely used ceremonial method of steeping oolongs in Taiwan and China is called gongfucha. This method uses a small steeping vessel, such as a gaiwan or Yixing clay teapot, with more tea than usual for the amount of water used. Multiple short steeps of 20 seconds to 1 minute are performed; the tea is often served in one- to two-ounce tasting cups. 
Recommended steeping time: 3-10 min.

Pu-erh Tea
Pu-erh is a dark and earthy tea. It is a post-fermented Chinese specialty and is sometimes referred to as dark tea, black tea (different from our North American black tea), or red tea. Pu-erh is known in China to help in digestion and breakdown of fat. This tea can be brewed several times – some say as many as 10 times! Do not over steep. Over steeping can result in a bitter taste. Recommended steeping time: 2-3 min.


  1. I have a very off the question. I have many many vegan LDS family members. Are there any that are vegan and/or tanin free?

  2. Hi Dee, not an off question at all!! Most of our teas could be considered vegan. The only ones that are not are those that contain lactose, which are only a couple. The catalog has a legend beside each tea that denotes if it contains nuts, caffeine, gluten or lactose. Herbal and rooibos teas contain no tannins. Our teas are completely natural with no chemicals or pesticides and we are members of the Ethical Tea Partnership. Feel free to give me a call so I can help youi choose your favourite tea flavours that are LDS safe.