Entropye... wrote:Sirwill wrote:Entropye... wrote:Sirwill wrote:But wouldn't the leaves still be 100% oxidized since after the withering stage they can not be oxidized anymore physically?
If you think of it that way then green teas are 100% oxidized too.
Although, black teas are only exposed to heat after the oxidation process is complete. With green teas, it is stopped before it even starts. There isn't much of a comparison because the processes are meant to produce totally different results.
But in green tea the oxidation reaction cannot proceed anymore physically either...if it could then your green tea wouldn´t stay green very long.
The method and timing by which the oxidation reaction is stopped is different but in both cases the reaction is prevented from proceeding.
True, but again, green and black tea are two different animals.
In green tea, oxidation is stopped immediately.
In the case of black tea, oxidation is encouraged throughout the leaf. So I don't see how a green tea could be called "fully oxidized" in a literal sense seeing how oxidation is a physical process. Perhaps in a conceptual and ambiguous view, yes it could be, but I thought this discussion was literal and factual.
This kind of argument only arises with us crazy tea nerds. Hahaa