Rooibos can be translated loosely as “red bush”, which is a slightly misleading name, since this plant is green with yellow flowers. It is evident that this does not refer to the tea, nevertheless it is frequently associated with the tea due to the similar preparation method and certain shared medicinal properties such as antioxidant effects. The Rooibos plant, which with only few exceptions grows exclusively in South Africa, gains its typical red colour during the oxidation process, during which the typical sweet taste of this “non-tea” is formed.
The blend of Darjeeling teas from a period between main two flushes is a mixture of medium large dark leaves of the tea plant and tips. It is characterised by a unique taste of muscatel grapes, which is usually attributed to the reaction of the plant to small insects draining the plant of fluid.
Dragon Well green tea (Long Jing) is commonly regarded as one of China's top ten teas, and is often served to visiting heads of state. During the Ming Dynasty, it became very popular and during the reign of Emperor Shunzhi in the Qing Dynasty, the Emperor’s love for this tea meant that it was frequently presented by petitioners as a royal tribute.