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Tea Profile Chart by Type

The following chart lists all of the teas currently carried by Highland Coffees, arranged by tea type. The first section includes Black, Green, Oolong, and White Teas. The succeeding sections are Flavored Black Teas, Herbal Teas (Tisanes), and Decaffeinated Teas. All teas, except for tisanes, come from the tea plant. Teas derive their different appearances and tastes based on where they are grown and how they are processed. For a brief discussion on the differences among the major tea categories, please see our Tea Selection page.

Black, Green, Oolong,
and White Teas

Name of Tea Country of Origin Type of Tea Flavor Profile and Other Characteristics
Assam N.E. India Black Assam, located in the far northeastern corner of India, features the great Brahmaputra River, Bengal tigers, and the one-horned rhinoceros. It is also the world’s largest tea growing region. Fine teas from this area are dark red in color when brewed and have a strong taste with a smooth “malty” flavor.
Darjeeling N.E. India Black A high-altitude resort area in the Himalayan foothills of Northeast India, Darjeeling, which translates from the Tibetan language as “the land of the thunderbolt,” produces some of the world’s great teas. They are light in color and fragrant. They tend to have a light, fresh, flowery flavor.
Dragonwell (Organic) China Green From the Zhejiang province, Dragonwell, also called Longjing or Lung Ching, is one of China’s best known teas. It has long, flat, jade green leaves and produces a gentle, slightly nutty flavor.
Earl Grey Indian (Assam), Ceylon, China blend
Black Named after the 2nd Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 1880s, this tea is the most popular tea in the western world. Oil of bergamot, a citrus fruit from southern Italy, is what gives Earl Grey tea its unique flavor. This tea is delicious hot or iced.
Fiji Japan Green One of our most popular green teas, Fiji is a blend of Green Sencha tea and bits of dried papaya and pineapple. This tea also makes a great iced tea.
Formosa Oolong Taiwan Oolong Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, has long produced some of the world’s best oolong (semi-fermented) teas. The tea leaves are dark brown and well-twisted, and they produce an amber smooth-tasting brew, with subtle complexity and hints of peach.
Gen Mai Cha Japan Green Gen Mai Cha is a green tea blended with roasted brown rice. The rice, which adds a mild barley flavor to the tea, was originally added to help stretch out tea that was in short supply in Japan.
Green Sencha (Organic) Japan Green The long, tightly rolled, needle-shaped tea leaves of Sencha tea produce a light grassy taste and pale green infusion.
Gunpowder Green China Green Gunpowder has a light yellow-green brew and a mild grassy taste, with a slightly smoky character. The tea leaves are rolled into tiny pearls or pellets that resemble old-time gunpowder.
High Grown Ceylon Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon) Black From the world’s third biggest tea producer, Sri Lanka, just off the southern tip of India, we get some outstanding teas (which still go by the island’s former name of Ceylon). The best Ceylon teas are bold in flavor with a citrusy, crisp taste.
Irish Breakfast Blend of Indian Assam and Ceylon Black Our Irish Breakfast is a blend of two classic black teas — Assam and Ceylon. The name simply means that it is a good strong tea that one might enjoy at breakfast.
Jasmine China Green (scented) Jasmine tea has the sweet fragrance of Jasmine and a light, delicate, flowery taste. It is believed to be the oldest scented tea, tracing its roots back more than seven hundred years to China. The night blooming jasmine petals are plucked during the day and placed with the tea so that at night, when the flowers open, they impart their fragrance to the tea. The process may be repeated several times.
Keemun (English Breakfast) China Black Keemun is the most celebrated black tea in China. It comes from the Anhwei province of China and was first produced only in 1875. This tea yields an aromatic, medium reddish-dark, smooth cup, with hints of fruit and flowers and a touch of smokiness. It is the original “English Breakfast” tea.
Lapsang Souchong China Black (smoked) Withered and dried over burning pine wood, Lapsang Souchong has a pronounced smoky aroma and flavor. Some say it is a great tea to enjoy outdoors. Its bold, smoky flavor can be toned down for those who find it too strong by blending it with another tea — say, ¼ Lapsang, ¾ Keemun. “Souchong” means long leaf.
Orange Blossom Oolong China Oolong This oolong, misted with orange essence, is from China and has a mild citrus orange blossom aroma and flavor.
Passion and Envy Japan Green Like the Fiji, this tea is a blend of Green Sencha and bits of dried fruit — in this case, passionfruit. Passion and Envy is great hot or iced.
White Rose (Organic) China White An unfermented tea that is very light and delicate in flavor, white tea is the least processed tea. Young leaves, which still show silver downy fuzz, are picked before they are fully open. The rose buds and petals in our White Rose are for looks; they do not add flavor. White teas should be infused for only a minute or two.

Flavored Black Teas

Name of Tea Country of Origin Type of Tea Flavor Profile and Other Characteristics
Black Currant, Mango, Orange Spice, Raspberry, Vanilla China or Ceylon Black (flavored) Our flavored black teas are high-quality black teas misted with flavoring. The flavoring does not overpower the taste of the tea itself; they blend together well. Each of these popular teas tastes great hot or iced.

Herbal Teas (Tisanes)

Name of Tea Country of Origin Type of Tea Flavor Profile and Other Characteristics
Berry Patch, Passion Fruit, Sunny Slopes Blended in Germany Dried fruit blends These are blends of dried fruit and flowers. They do not come from the tea plant. Naturally caffeine-free, these teas have a very fruity taste and create deep purple and red-hued infusions. They are delicious hot or iced.
Chamomile Egypt Herb A member of the Aster family, tea made from the flowering heads of this plant has been admired for many centuries for its medicinal effects. Chamomile tea soothes an upset stomach, helps calm anxiety, and boosts the immune system. It is caffeine-free and is sometimes blended with peppermint for taste.
Chocolate Mint Blended in the U.S. Herbal blend This unique blend of chocolate bits, peppermint, vanilla, and rooibos is a shop favorite. It makes a soothing hot tea, and it is also good iced. It is caffeine-free.
Lemon Myrtle (Organic) Australia Plant The leaves of this tropical shrub native to Australia create an intensely lemon-flavored tea. Lemon Myrtle tastes great by itself or in blends with other black, green, or herbal teas. It is high in Vitamin C, soothing for the throat and stomach, and caffeine-free.
Peppermint, Spearmint U.S. (Oregon) Herbs The finely chopped leaves of these aromatic herbs make refreshing and healthful teas that are enjoyed all over the world. They are caffeine-free and soothing for the stomach. Blend a small amount of spearmint tea with gunpowder green tea (and lots of sugar) for a Moroccan tea favorite.
Rooibos (Organic) South Africa Herb Rooibos, pronounced “Roy-boss” and meaning “red bush,” is a popular, caffeine-free, tea alternative. It is rich in antioxidants and is believed to help reduce insomnia, headaches, anxiety, stomach discomfort, and some allergy symptoms. Rooibos tea produces a red brew with a light sweetness and a flavor similar to a smooth, mild black tea.
Yerba Mate (Green, unroasted) Brazil Plant Native to subtropical South America, and a member of the holly family, mate is a popular herbal tea that is naturally caffeinated, although it is less potent than coffee and considered to be gentle on the stomach and the nerves. Mate is believed to produce numerous healthful effects. It strengthens the immune system, reduces stress, and restores youthful hair color. Mate has a vegetal or grassy taste, reminiscent of some green teas. In South America, it is often consumed with friends using a shared gourd and a metal straw that has a strainer at the bottom.

Decaffeinated Teas

Name of Tea Country of Origin Type of Tea Flavor Profile and Other Characteristics
Decaffeinated Earl Grey India (Darjeeling) Black (decaffeinated) For those who do not want the caffeine, our Decaffeinated Earl Grey is a good choice. It has the familiar Earl Grey citrus flavor. (See our herbal tea selection for other non-caffeinated options.)
Decaffeinated English Breakfast Ceylon Black (decaffeinated) While not a Keemun, like our regular English Breakfast, this tea is a good, strong breakfast tea without the caffeine.