I’ve been reading a fair bit lately as to what type or class of tea should be drunk at certain times of the day.
Most of these theories float elaborate plans based around the supposed caffeine content of the tea.
The problem here is that almost every article I’ve read comes up with a different caffeine “league table” for the different classes of tea – some swear blind that black teas have the most caffeine, and others that greens or white teas have that distinction.
In his book “The China Tea Book“ author Luo Jialin argues that on purely physiological grounds one should, generally speaking, drink green tea in the morning, lighter Oolongs around midday, and leave darker Oolongs, black teas, and Pu-erh for the afternoon and evening.
This is more or less what I do, with one exception.
I do indeed start the day off with a robust green tea, usually a green gunpowder or a Chun Mee, and finish the day off with Pu-erh after our evening meal, but I have a slot usually in the middle of the afternoon that is given over to whatever tea I’m particularly in the mood for there and then.
Usually the weather plays a big part here – sunshine is likely to bring out the Longjing or the Silver Needle, neutral weather one of the Oolongs, and bad or inclement weather will probably see me reaching for the Pu-erh.
Having said that I think that whatever the weather is up to I tend to go more for white / green tea if my mood is more positive, with the tea getting progressively darker in tandem with my mood.
I also think that I tend to gravitate towards green and white tea when I’m just mentally freewheeling, and Pu-erh when I’ve got to give some hot topic or other a good deal of consideration.
So, what are your habits when it comes to your tea drinking routine? Do you stick with one tea during the whole day, or mix and match as I do?
Are you a black tea for breakfast traditionalist? Let me know in the comments below!