February 02, 2019

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Ying Ming Yunnan and "Red" Teas

Black tea, derived from completely oxidized leaves, is called "red tea" in China because of the copper color of the liquor. The methods of producing red tea were first developed in the 18th Century, but were refined and mastered only recently, in the 20th Century.

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January 13, 2019

Gunpowder Tea?

Gunpowder Tea?

The name Gunpowder was given in the 19th century when a British clerk noticed that the tightly rolled tea leaves resembled pelleted gunpowder for cannons. This helped to preserve freshness and made it a very compact package for transportation. Gunpowder tea is a very common tea in China since 7th century. This tea is p...

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November 14, 2018

The Best Teas To Help You Sleep

Are you ready to skip the tossing and turning and enjoy a better night’s rest? Consider a soothing tea to help you sleep. Certain bedtime teas are known for encouraging more restorative rest. Many people swear by them. Sip some of the best nighttime tea and see if it helps you sleep peacefully.

When you’re looking for the best tea for sleep, here are a few ideas to try:

  1. Bedtime Herbal Tea: Designed to aid sleep, this relaxing blend from Culinary Teas features luxury ingredients such as lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, rosehip, spearmint, valerian root (an herbal sleep aid), hibiscus and cornflower petals. Caffeine-free and full of flavor, it’s a welcome way to encourage evening rest.
  2. Twilight Blend: Another sleep-inducing blend that includes valerian root is this organic tea from Lauku Farms. Its harmonious fusion of meadowsweet, catnip, thyme, lemon balm, calendula and heather creates a peaceful beverage to help you unwind.
  3. Chamomile Herbal Tea: Made solely from pure chamomile buds, chamomile tea is a classic, must-have, sleep-friendly brew. Historically, this tea has been used for anxiety, inflammation and insomnia. Some people have even considered it a mild tranquilizer.
  4. Lavender: There’s no denying the relaxing power of lavender, a fragrant flower associated with better sleep. Steep it in tea for a soothing drink and wonderful scent.
  5. Chamomile Lavender: Maximize the power of two relaxing teas in this custom blend. This option combines Egyptian chamomile with French lavender for a delightful brew with double the calming benefits.
  6. Ayurvedic Calming - Herbal Tea: Featuring a mixture of rooibos, nettle, rosehip, raspberry, licorice root, anise, cardamom, clove, calendula, safflower and lavender petals, this option is a wonderful way to end the day. Enjoy smooth, spicy notes with a finish of lavender as you sip this tea, designed to help you sleep sweetly.

As anyone who’s battled insomnia can tell you, there’s nothing like the power of a good night’s rest. Consider incorporating some of these teas that help you sleep into your routine.

October 08, 2018

5 Fun Cocktails That Tea Drinkers Will Love

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A simple cup of tea is wonderful, but why not try a cocktail for a little variety? Just combine your favorite brew with juice, herbs and/or alcohol to create a refreshing spin on the beverage. To inspire you with a few ideas, here are some tea-based cocktails (and one mocktail) worth mixing: 

  1. Five-ingredient hibiscus margaritas: All you need are steeped hibiscus leaves, lime juice, tequila, sweetener (agave nectar and/or cane sugar) to make these pretty pink cocktails. Tart and sweet, they’ll go great with spicy food like tacos.
  2. Matcha mint juleps: If there’s anything better than a mint julep, it’s a mint julep with a hint of matcha. You’ll love this Southern favorite with a teatime twist.
  3. Hot chai toddy: Keep cozy in the cooler months when sipping this chai-based hot toddy. Adding a little bourbon to chai tea dressed with honey and lemon makes for a satisfying, spiced drink that celebrates the fall and winter seasons.
  4. Earl Grey tea cocktail: Want a healthy, refreshing cocktail option? You can’t beat this recipe. Sweeten 4 cups of Earl Grey tea with a honey simple syrup, and combine this mixture with gin, lavender and ice.
  5. Ginger green tea cocktail: Treat yourself to a complex combination of flavors in this green tea cocktail that blends ginger, green tea and cognac. Not only will you get the spicy kick of ginger through the tea, but also through the ginger simple syrup and small slice of fresh ginger root.

If you’re a tea drinker searching for a creative take on your favorite cup, consider a homemade cocktail. Shop our enormous tea selection online, find a variety you like, and use it in one of the ideas above! 

August 02, 2018

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Chai Tea Is Perfect for Quitting Coffee. Here’s Why.

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One common reason people begin drinking tea is because they are trying to quit drinking coffee. If this describes you, you should consider introducing chai tea into your morning routine. You can still get that caffeine boost you need, while also enjoying all the health benefits that tea has over coffee. Here are some reasons why chai is perfect for quitting coffee and some suggestions for delicious blends to get you started.

Chai Tea Keeps You Hydrated

Coffee is notorious for dehydrating people, and that's one reason many choose to quit drinking. Tea, on the other hand, will keep you hydrated. Replacing your morning coffee with tea instead will replenish your fluids, making you feel fresher and more awake throughout the day. Staying hydrated is also great for your skin. 

Decrease Your Caffeine Intake

A cup of chai contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee. This means you can still enjoy a nice cup in the morning for a small caffeine boost, but you'll be cutting back on your caffeine intake. In addition, our body absorbs the caffeine in chai more slowly than the caffeine in coffee. So you can avoid the uncomfortable caffeine jolt and crash, and instead enjoy a calm focus for longer.

Chai Has Tons of Health Benefits

Chai gets its delicious flavor from a mix of herbs and spices, and each one comes with its own health benefits. For example, cinnamon has been to increase circulation and improve awareness. It also works to reduce fatigue. Cardamom is a popular ingredient in both Indian and Chinese chai. It can improve lung, kidney, and heart health. Additionally, it helps to elevate your mood. Cloves, another common ingredient, work to relieve pain and can be used to increase the strength of other herbs and spices. Black pepper is used to boost circulation and improve metabolism, and nutmeg can be used to treat sciatica and promote healthy digestion. Ginger stimulates the circulatory and immune systems, and fennel can improve kidney health.

Are you getting the point? The are countless different blends of chai, and each one is full of healthy ingredients. You can pick a blend with the ingredients that provide the health benefits you need most. Here are some suggestions.

Our Favorite Chai Tea Blends

Cochin Masala Chai Tea

This is a traditional Indian masala chai. It is made of Ceylon black tea, ginger, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, and black pepper. This spicy tea is a top seller.

Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Chai

This blend is perfect for the fall time! Flavored with cinnamon and dried ginger, this tea is delicious without needing any added sweeteners. With a cup of this, you won't be missing your pumpkin spice latte.

White Chocolate Spiced Chai

This mixture contains Malabar Coast Spices. It is flavored with caramel, Belgian white chocolate, ginger, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. Perfect for those mornings when you need something extra delicious to get you going.

With its abundance of flavor options and scores of health benefits, chai tea is the perfect option for helping you quit drinking coffee. You can look and feel better when you switch to chai tea. If you're looking for a blend to get you started, check out the selection from Culinary Teas.

July 26, 2018

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3 Matcha Teas and What They Can Do for You

In addition to a strong presence throughout history, matcha is growing increasingly popular due to its variety and versatility. Enjoy these three matcha teas that make a great addition to your daily tea consumption.

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July 19, 2018

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6 Decaf Teas You Need in Your Tea Chest

Decaf teas are a great way to add water, herbal supplements, and a breath of fresh air to your day without any extra caffeine. Here are six decaf teas to add to your tea chest.

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