Tea is one of those commodities which is available or drunk in most human inhabited places. This is probably one of the most unique facts about tea. At the same time, this is also a true reflection of the actual popularity of this brew which has now been a part of households for a number of generations.
Though tea is consumed in so many different manners all over the world, it would be fair to say that lemon tea, green tea and black tea easily rank among the most popular preparations across the globe. Each of these has found a place in the hearts of various tea lovers and here we will attempt to have a look at some of the ways in which each of these methods of making tea differ.
Keeping in mind that this might be quite obvious, taste is still one of the top reasons which help a lot of people decide on their favourite kind of tea. While even top green teas could be slightly on the bitter (ish) side, top quality black tea is supposed to be brisk with a lot of astringency and loads of flavour. Lemon tea on the other hand is probably the best tasting option out of these. Lemon ensures that the body experiences a much faster cool down effect.
Generally speaking, black tea and green tea are best drunk when they have been prepared fresh with a pot of hot water. That is where lemon tea works out to be a much more innovative option. Some of the biggest fans of lemon tea prefer to consume it ice cold and it can be argued that this is the reason why lemon tea managed to attain the levels of popularity that it has. Alternatively, lemon tea can also be drunk piping hot by adding a dash of lemon juice to either black tea or green tea. This makes lemon tea the perfect choice depending on the weather conditions.
Green tea seems to be a clear winner under this category when compared to the two other types of teas that are being discussed here. Black tea has more amounts of acidic properties (nothing to worry about if drunk in moderate proportions) than green tea. This can be brought down a couple of notches by mixing it up with some lemon juice as the addition of lemon juice to tea brings down the overall acidic content.
While most of the health benefits of black tea and green tea are more commonly known or discussed around the world, the same cannot be said about lemon tea. One of the biggest factors regarding lemon tea is that it provides an almost instantaneous clean up act on the body. Apart from that, lemon also helps to keep out the various infections because of its antiseptic properties. The combination of lemon and tea is also extremely useful for flushing out the toxins from the body and this is why it also helps the body to de-stress and relax.
To add or not
This is another one of those major differences between these styles of tea when they are being drunk. Black tea can be drunk with or without the addition of milk while green tea is best prepared and drunk without any milk. As far as lemon tea is concerned, it is a well known fact that mixing up milk and lemon is not the way to go about things.
Black tea has a high amount of antioxidants but not as many when green tea is taken into consideration. This is simply because of the differences in manufacturing methods. The fact that green tea undergoes less processing than black tea means that it is able to retain a higher number of antioxidants as a result of this. The addition of lemon juice greatly enhances the absorption and effectiveness of these antioxidants.
The tea with the most amount of flavour is black tea. When compared to green tea, it is much stronger and this is again because of the differences in processes when undergoing manufacture. Black tea goes through a much higher level of oxidation in comparison to the other categories of tea. With lemon tea, it all depends on the concentration of the flavouring as this would give it either a strong or a weak taste.
If a comparison had to be done, there would be no clear winner since even though all these types of teas have a lot of similarities, some of the differences between them are as clear as the differences in the taste and flavour of each of them. The best thing to do in this case is to enjoy each of them as when the occasion and mood calls for it.