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Most Popular Types of Tea

Name the most popular types of tea, based on the number of Google search results.
# = Google search results, in thousands, searching for "type tea" in quotes
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Last updated: December 16, 2014
First submittedJanuary 17, 2014
Times taken6,714
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Description
Answer
11,600
General type
Green
3,250
Served cold
Iced/Sun
2,230
General type
Black
1,850
Generic term
Herbal
1,300
South African plant
Rooibos/Red
1,280
Popular in the Southern U.S.
Sweet
1,200
General type
White
1,190
Modern infusion
Peppermint
948
Chinese blend
Jasmine
828
Indian blend
Chai
822
Popular British blend
English Breakfast
740
Blend of an English lord
Earl Grey
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Description
Answer
688
General type
Oolong
675
Indian region
Darjeeling
645
Modern English blend
Lady Grey
611
Indian region
Assam
532
Japanese preparation
Matcha
457
Root infusion
Ginger
444
General type
Yellow
431
Flower infusion
Hibiscus
362
Flower infusion
Chamomile
320
Fermented bacteria and yeast
Kombucha
202
Vietnamese blend
Lotus
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level 66
Jan 18, 2014
No orange pekoe? That really surprised me.
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level ∞
Jan 18, 2014
137,000 results, so not high enough to make the list. I do think there are probably a couple I missed, however. Time will tell. This quiz won't be featured until December 16th, the anniversary of the Boston tea party.
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level 70
Dec 16, 2014
"orange pekoe" gave me 485K results. I agree that it should be added. Also are Rose / Lavender / etc part of herbal category?
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level 76
Dec 16, 2014
Orange pekoe was my first answer, due likely to the Lipton Tea commercials from the 1960s with George Fenneman talking about Lipton's "great orange pekoe" tea.
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level ∞
Dec 16, 2014
"Orange Pekoe tea" in quotes is still well below the qualifying level.
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level 67
Dec 22, 2014
Maybe "lapsang souchong" (398,000 results) or "kukicha" (383,000 results)?
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level ∞
Dec 23, 2014
"lapsang souchong tea" in quotes is 71,000
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level 82
May 19, 2014
Strictly speaking red, yellow, root infusions etc aren't tea because they have nothing to do with the tea plant. However I liked the quiz and it worked well internationally too. -- Had "fermented bacteria and yeast" for the first time ever last Saturday when it was RestaurantDay :) An interesting taste that. (And no, didnt get the answer.) I was told it was from a mushroom.
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level 55
May 29, 2014
Hmph. Chrysanthemum is my favorite.
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level 73
Dec 16, 2014
how is chai a type of tea? chai is just the word for tea in most languages
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level 77
Dec 16, 2014
People like to say this to sound smart, and while it's true that "chai" is the word for tea in a few languages (hardly most)... it is also a very distinct type of tea. If you had a cup of sweet iced tea... you certainly would not call it chai... unless maybe you were in India.
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level 77
Dec 16, 2014
From Wikipedia:
[chai may refer to:

1. A word for tea in numerous languages, derived from Mandarin Chinese chá (茶)
2. Masala Chai, a blend of black tea and herbs and spices, originating in India.

What most English-speakers think of when you say chai is the latter type. Every cup of chai I've ever had in my life, whether it was in the USA, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Israel or the Philippines... was similar to the second type. And most of them were not at Starbucks.
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level 66
Dec 16, 2014
Please please please accept camomile for chamomile: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamomile
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level ∞
Dec 16, 2014
That will work now.
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level 76
Dec 16, 2014
I tried Jane Grey, Lady Jane Grey, and Jane Gray. No idea why I kept trying to insert Jane into the name of the tea. I definitely need a cup to wake up my brain.
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level 82
Dec 16, 2014
Too much X-men.
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level 82
Dec 16, 2014
Even though she was called Jean.
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level 76
Dec 16, 2014
I googled rose hip tea and there were 2,510,000 hits.
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level ∞
Dec 16, 2014
You have to put it all in quotes, otherwise you'll get results for the War of the Roses and Shakira as well.
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level 77
Dec 16, 2014
Shakira tea is my favorite.
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level 77
Dec 16, 2014
Actually, I poo you not, I went to google and typed in "Shakira tea" in quotes and got 1,630 hits. More than most of the teas on this list.
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level 77
Dec 16, 2014
but I get 750,000 hits for "oolong tea" in quotes so we must be doing something different. Or my google is more powerful than yours.
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level 70
Dec 17, 2014
Or your misinterpretation of the scale is more powerful. But Shakira tea doesn't lie.
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level 56
Dec 16, 2014
I put "Breakfast" and it wouldn't accept. And "Camomile"!
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level 70
Dec 17, 2014
How about just "herb" tea instead of "herbal" tea?
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level 51
Dec 18, 2014
Surely 'herb' tea is too generic. Which herb?
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level 71
Sep 15, 2016
Tried English & Breakfast but never together.
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level 69
May 18, 2019
"High tea" just got me 23 million results, and "Five o'clock tea" a mere 335 thousand, yet still enough to be on this list.
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level 65
Sep 10, 2019
"Hot tea" looks like about 19 million results. Maybe questionable to include it, but if you're including "iced tea" and "sweet tea," then hot tea should count too.