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Green Tea - Various Teas, Reviews and Brief History

Updated on March 17, 2012
Green Tea
Green Tea | Source

Various Green Teas and Reviews

Green Teas are wonderful and healthy for you. Compared to black teas, and herbal teas, green teas have benefits all their own, which are wonderful. Still, of the three, it is the "newest" to me, in terms of what I have had over my life.

One can find a basic green tea, which makes a great cup of green tea. However, now, more than ever, you find neat variations on green tea, and I think they add a lot of flavor and variety to the green teas. While I like those I share in the hub below, I want it to be clear that I also enjoy a basic green tea, with lemon and a bit of honey. It's a perfect boost too, when you need more than an herb tea can give, but don't quite need the caffeine of a whole cup of coffee.

This hub is dedicated to reviews of different green teas I have tried over time. I am a lover of teas, and have had far too many different kinds to count. This is a reference to come back to for some tried and true favorites as well as to recall what I wasn't so fond of, perhaps. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave any input you may have on your own favorite or not so favorite green teas.

Japanese "Popcorn" Tea, aka Genmaicha
Japanese "Popcorn" Tea, aka Genmaicha | Source

Brief History of Green Tea

We see green tea having its origins in China more than 4,000 years ago, at least as legend has it. It has been consumed ever since it seems. Green tea has been used medicinally for a lot of that time. It was served as a beverage, and a method of tradition medicine in many areas of Asia. For instance, we know it has been in use this way in Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea. They have used it to control bleeding and in the healing of wounds. It also was known to help regulate body temperature, aiding in digestion, and helping even to regulate blood sugar.

It has been written about for a long time, and it was said that green tea was great for the 5 vital organs, especially the heart. Just another reason to drink the wonderful, healthy brew. Much more can be said on the studies and health benefits, but our purposes here are to cover some of my favorite green teas I have tried over time.

Vietnamese Green Tea
Vietnamese Green Tea | Source

Strawberry Passion Green Tea

This tea is by Cameron's Bulk Tea, specifically # 9232, which comes loose leaf. The name is Strawberry Passion Green Tea and it was a stocking stuffer one Christmas from my husband. I thought that was very thoughtful! He also gave me some Moroccan Mint, which was great!

This tea is very nice and smooth, and brews to a lovely pink honey color. It definitely has the green tea taste, which sometimes I like to serve with a very tiny bit of sweetener. It is a nice enough tea though, to be served as it is, like how I have most of my herb teas.

It does need to be strained after brewing, which is fine and usually means you are getting some great freshly grown tea. I would recommend this tea to try, its really a nice tea, and I can taste the strawberry in it too.

Moroccan Mint Green Herbal Blend by Cameron's

This tea was also a gift in my Christmas stocking one year from my husband, which was a fun idea I thought. I love teas and this tea is one I can give a high recommendation. It was fresh and minty and very tasty without sugar or honey. I love a good tea that doesn't really require any doctoring up to be good to drink.

Culinary Circle Mint Green Tea

This is a tea my husband picked up for us not long ago. It is sold in tea bag form, 20 teabags to a box. It is an all natural blend. There is green tea of course, spearmint, and peppermint, along with lemon grass in it.

It turned out to be a great choice, because I absolutely love it! There are directions for a cup of hot tea of course, and also gives directions to make a quart of this tea iced. I haven't made it in its iced form yet, but I imagine it is so good.

This is a nice tea to drink anytime, and has a little pick me up to it. Its a wonderful source for a healthier alternative beverage. Iced, it makes a great substitution for sodas, which aren't good for you. I will definitely be purchasing this mint green tea in the future. It is really becoming a favorite. Highly recommended.

The Republic of Tea - Daily Green Tea, Ginger Peach

This tea is one I purchased from a favorite coffee and tea store in old downtown St. Charles Missouri. It comes in a neat can, with 50 unbleached tea bags. What drew me to this tea first was my son that was with me, he saw it and recommended it be one we maybe try. My older son loves coffees and teas as well, and has grown to have an eye for the good ones.

This particular blend is one of Ginger and Peach. It includes China green tea, natural peach flavor and ginger. So its very basic, but very good. I have had it for a while now, which can show how good a tea can be, for when I brewed it just last night, I could still smell the wonderful peach and ginger smell from it. One of my favorite things about this tea, is its aromatic quality, and subtle peach flavors. It is not overwhelmed by the ginger, which I have seen happen with ginger teas before.

Brewing a cup of this is a treat in every way, a great way to relax. It is good without sweetener, but a tiny bit of honey really adds to the flavor. I would buy this again, and also love to try the other flavors as well.

Celestial Seasoning's Green Tea - Decaffeinated - Review

Celestial Seasoning's teas in general I absolutely love. I like their artwork on the boxes, their quotes, etc. This was a twenty bag box of tea. I didn't go through it very quickly, but a little bit at a time. I often have a lot of tea on hand, and I guess I just didn't grab this box as often over others.

As far as green teas go, this one was pretty good. I would try it again as it has been some time, and they may have other varieties as well. On a side note, there is a beautiful image that is a painting by Kinuko Y. Craft on the front of the box. It is beautiful, and shows the Great Wall of China in the background.

On the back of the box it goes into detail on why green tea is linked to good health. So you can have a cup of tea and learn a thing or two, and see some beauty as well, while you sip your tea! That is one of the things I love about Celestial Seasonings Teas in general.


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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Kit, thank you for your input. Lately, I have been drinking my green tea without anything added to it, and I love it more than ever. It is so good, and some are definitely better than others.

      I have seen so many teas dressed up with the dried berries and flowers etc, and wondered about their added benefit. I think it makes sense its more for show, and a prettier looking tea when dried, so that people will want to buy it! I could be wrong however. So anyway, I have been doing what you called, "self drinking" with the green tea. Its beautiful. I liked you tip about not having the water too boiling hot, as it can be bitter.

      I am happy you stopped by and left a comment, thank you.

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      Kit Cosper 

      8 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Any tea can be flavored by the addition of essential oils or dried components. In general the dried berries or flowers are there for visual effect and have little, if any, impact on flavor. Green tea flavors tend to be very subtle, so steeping your tea with water that is too hot (180 degrees F is about right) or for too long (2-3 minutes is a good range to start with) can result in a bitter cup. Green teas are usually considered "self drinking" - meaning the addition of sweeteners or other additives is generally avoided. But, it's your cup - so the important thing is that you like it. :-)

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Tirelesstraveler, thank you so much. Glad you stopped by. :)

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      Judy Specht 

      9 years ago from California

      Love your history of green tea.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Kim, I really appreciate your comment, thank you very much for stopping by. :)

      Hi Donna, the varying flavors added to green tea where news to me also, and they add a layer of depth to the tea that is nice, in my opinion. Hope you find some fun ones! Thanks for stopping by, the vote, the for leaving a comment. :)

      Hi Rob, Yes, please share the information. So glad you stopped by and left a comment. :) It makes me glad others find it interesting or helpful, etc.

      Hi Mary, it can be easy to forget, but it really is great for us! I just find it so relaxing to have a hot cup of tea in the evenings, or any time. I truly enjoy it. So glad you stopped by. :)

      Mljdgulley, I had the same experience you share there, when I first tried green tea, to the point I thought, "this isn't for me, I don't like it." Adding a tiny bit of honey helped, but these newer varieties and blends seem to be a whole step up from what I recall green tea to be a few years back. I would give it another try at least. So happy you stopped by. :)

      Deborah, you and me both! Thanks for your visit and comment. Its great that something I like is also so good for me. :) Have a great day.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      9 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love my teas.. green tea is so good for you... thank you for sharing...

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      9 years ago

      I have never liked the flavor of green tea but maybe trying combined flavors might be good. I will give it a try. Thank you for sharing this hub

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      Mary Hyatt 

      9 years ago from Florida

      I like green teas, but I just forget to buy any. Now, you have reminded me of how good it is for me. Thanks.

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      9 years ago from MNL, PH

      Nice Really interesting hub. Mind if I share it? :))

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      Donna Sundblad 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I agree. Interesting hub. I didn't realize there were flavors of green tea. I'm going to investigate my grocer's shelf a little more. Voted useful.

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      9 years ago

      Nice work - very helpful and interesting information. Nice writing style too-

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      SanneL, so glad you stopped by, and shared your ideas like cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger. I love those ideas. Thanks for your visit, comment and vote! Glad to find a fellow green tea lover. :)

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      9 years ago from Sweden

      I love basic green tea. Both for its great health benefits and wonderful taste. However, green tea with flavors is a fun way to spice it up a little bit. Strawberry passion and Moroccan mint sounds yummy. I usually make my own blends, with fresh ginger, cinnamon stick or whatever I have on hand.

      Great hub on one of my favorite subjects!

      Thanks! Voted up.


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