On a global basis, and second only to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage. There are some fifteen
hundred tea types, all of which are produced from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis tea bush. Each of these tea
varieties, such as black, white, green and oolong teas, offers their own unique taste and color.
Although the character of the different types of tea is influenced by where and the conditions in which the tea
plant is grown, the other difference comes from the quality of tea leaf plucking and how long the leaves are
allowed to age. For instance, white tea uses leaves that are not aged at all whereas the leaves used for black tea
are aged up to four weeks or until they are completely oxidized. In the middle, the leaves used for green tea are
aged for a couple of days at most while oolong tea leaves are given two to fourteen days of aging.
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