The importance of tea based on long leaves
There are two ways to produce tea: orthodox and CTC. Orthodox tea and CTC tea are different styles of tea production or tea processing, and the main styles used in Indian tea making. Orthodox tea refers to loose leaf tea produced using traditional (orthodox) methods, which involves plucking, withering, rolling, oxidation/fermentation and drying. CTC Tea is named for the process: cut, tear and curl. Black tea leaves are run through a series of cylindrical rollers which have hundreds of sharp teeth that crush, tear and curl the leaves.
What is Orthodox Tea?
Orthodox teas are made according to a traditional process that is manual or done with mechanical rollers. The tea leaves are gently crushed so that the natural aromas are released and the leaf itself is damaged as little as possible. It is never intentionally cut or broken, but
What are the benefits of this method of production?
In comparison with CTC, the orthodox process requires more work, but we do get a more extensive range of aromas, colours and feeling in the mouth.
Orthodox teas are subtler, elegant and look more beautiful. During the setting, the naturally sweet and delicate aroma gently comes to the surface. A CTC tea tastes bitterer and is therefore often drunk with milk and sugar. The beauty of orthodox tea is that you can drink it as - with no flavour additions!