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Everyone has heard about the various health benefits of tea, but do you know what it is that makes drinking tea so healthy? Dr. Priya Prakash, ND, co-founder of Shanti Tea and founder of Awakenlife Naturopathic, explains in detail the specific health benefits of tea, and describes the specific compounds in tea that are responsible for these health benefits.
Some people consider good Darjeeling Black tea an experienced unparalleled by any other, and for good reason, too. The particular climatic conditions like altitude, sun, rain and soil have combined to create a very unique black tea beloved the world over...
...one of these beings is a beautiful princess who lived high up in a crystal palace. She was the wife of a great warrior who did many brave deeds, and her name was Chang’e. Originally she lived on Earth, but did something to earn herself banishment. Among the possibilities are that she was unfaithful or that she stole a pill of immortality that was forbidden to mortals...(Shanti Tea Canada blog)
Even if you haven’t traveled the world, you likely know about the storied place mint tea holds in Moroccan culture. Just the name Moroccan Mint brings to mind the labyrinthine markets and smoky bazaars of Marrakesh, the sand-swept deserts and the jade oases of the countryside. Is there any sight more marked of hospitality than the standard mint tea pour, starting at the base of the cup and rising to head level in one continuous, unbroken steaming stream, spilling nary a drop?
Of course, we cannot blame you if you’ve made the same mistake as many and assumed that Orange Pekoe is a flavor of tea. Something about it just sounds exotic and delicious, doesn’t it? But we’re here to tell you that that’s actually not the case: Orange Pekoe is in fact a grade of tea, a way to tell how good one tea is from the other based on the leaves themselves.
Mint: not only something to brush your teeth with or adorn the tea tables of old ladies playing bridge. This delicious Old World herb has a myriad of uses in cuisine, herbology and medicine, and popular mythology.
If you’ve ever wandered into a popular coffee shop on a rainy afternoon, you’re sure to have heard someone ordering and some barista announcing the preparation of a caramel latte. These relatively simple drinks have become one of the mainstays of popular culture, yet the massive pilings of milk and sugar offer relatively little in the way of health benefits. What is so attractive about them, then? Quite simply: flavor.
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White tea is the un-oxidized Camellia Sinensis leaf freshly plucked and dried. White teas usually do not undergo any processing whatsoever, and apart from being dried, are the closest one usually gets to steeping the leaves right off the tea plant. Our reserve collection hosts some of the best white teas available in Canada.
Green teas originate from China and are minimally oxidized tea leaves. Oxidation is the chemical reaction which starts as soon as the leaved are picked, and is also referred to as fermentation. Shortly after the leaves are picked, they are either pan-fried, steamed, baked, or sun dried in order to halt the oxidation process. This classifies them as a green tea. Green teas are the type of tea most often associated with the health benefits of tea, however all teas have various health benefits.
Oolong teas are more oxidized than green teas but less than black teas. This creates a sweeter and more delicate tea than you may expect from black tea. Oolongs are a great introduction for those who are new to tea. They represent a wide range of flavors, not green, not black, but in between. Oolongs are definitely gaining popularity with tea drinkers in Canada.
Black tea, also known as Crimson Tea because of the reddish color of its infusion, is more oxidized, stronger in flavor, and contains more caffeine than the other tea varieties. The crafting of black tea involves the withering of the leaves until the moisture content reaches below 60%, at which point they are rolled to help in the release of organic compounds which add to its distinct flavor. Black tea is perhaps the most popular style of tea leaf in Canada.
Pu-erh Teas are post-fermented teas, and are the only teas to get better with age. We recently acquired both cooked and raw varieties from a famous Chinese farm in Yunnan Province. Many sophisticated tea drinkers in Canada will prefer Pu-erhs over all other teas, however it is definitely an acquired taste.
There are four categories of herbal teas: Single herbs, herbal blends, functional blends, and crossover blends. Our herbal teas and blends include only the highest quality ingredients from around the world, including Canada. Called 'Tisane' in french, herbals teas are not actually form the tea plant, but are referred to as 'teas' because they are prepared in the same manner. Herbal teas are most popular with those who prefer a naturally caffeine-free tea.
With the help of a Canadian Naturopathic Doctor, we have carefully crafted a series of wellness teas to help you achieve your health objectives. Although these can never be a replacement for seeking advice from a health professional, our wellness teas are blended with ingredients known to positively contribute to our health and well-being.
Although Canadians and the western world in general tend to use the word ‘chai’ to describe spiced Indian tea, the word ‘chai’ literally means ‘tea’, and does not actually refer to any particular type of tea. Terms like ‘Chai Tea’ are therefore seen by Indians as a humourous redundancy, however most go along with it as it serves to distinguish the Indian style of tea-making from the more simple and popular methods. In Canada, chai has gained tremendous popularity.
We carry a range of high quality herbs and spices for use in tea blending, simply as tisanes, or as culinary ingredients.
Seasonal teas, tea flowers, iced teas, rare teas... We've put them all together for you in our special Collections section.
Om ChaiWare is a new line of simple, elegant, and healthy teaware for tea lovers, and debuts with the attractive and functional double-walled glass travel tea infuser. Keep an eye out for more new additions to our Om Chaiware line of luxury teaware.
Some great unique seasonal gifts for the tea lovers on your list, order by December 12th for delivery before the holidays.