Brick dark tea: a review of the manufacture, chemical constituents and bioconversion of the major chemical components during fermentation
Four triterpenes were isolated from a traditional Japanese tea product produced by anaerobic microbial fermentation of heated green tea leaves (Camellia sinensis). Two of the compounds were novel and characterized by spectroscopic investigation to be 13,26-epoxy-3β,11α-dihydroxyolean-12-one and 3β,11α,13β-trihydroxyolean-12-one. Two known triterpenes were identified as taraxastane-3β,20β-diol and taraxastane-3β,20α-diol. These triterpenes were not detected in the original green tea leaves.