Blooming Flower Teas

Blooming Flower Teas

There is something really romantic about the idea of Blooming flower teas. That you can put these dry fragrant buds in a teapot or teacup and when you pour hot water on them – they come alive. Flowers bloom and unfurl in the steam and the heat – there is color and beauty in the tea pot – more than any simple cup of tea. And the very essence of the flower steeps through all of it and you can drink it – it is like life, the sheer beauty of it all, in your hands.

Whether you go for a full sized blooming tea like Oriental Beauty Blooming Tea or a simple flower herbal tea like Calming Chrysanthemum Tea – it is an experience to be had, if only just to see it. You may even get health benefits out of it. While health benefits vary flower to flower, the fact that flower teas are not caffeinated allow you to enjoy tea without having to worry about staying up too late or any bad side effects of caffeine.  Flowering teas are generally considered healthy for all ages but if you are pregnant or have any particular health problems, you should consult a doctor before consuming.

Blooming Flower Teas are definitely something to try and if nothing else, something to add a zing to your favorite kind of tea- though it might not be as pretty.

Anji White Tea – Anji Bai Cha: Just Launched

Anji White Tea

A fresh and creamy soft white tea with notes of citrus and nuts: This white tea is connoisseurs dream from Anji, the town of dense bamboo forests and tea cultivation. Anji white tea is just a beautiful tea in every way with long, delicate and vivid color leaves. Anji Bai Cha is probably the rarest among all Chinese white teas. Teasenz managed to get a small supply of this Anji Bai Cha from Spring 2013

Try Some Lavender Tea

Try Some Lavender Tea

Lavender has long been known for its sweet smell and calming effect.  Not only that, lavender’s  anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties, make it great for treating wounds. It stimulates the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly and prevent scarring. It’s also useful for treating headaches, insomnia, fever blisters, acne, disrupted digestion and even anxiety, stress and depression. Now, through the Teasenz shop, you can get Lavender Tea.

To prepare lavender tea, steep the dried blossoms in boiling water for seven to 10 minutes, and then strain it.  One of the best ways to make Lavender tea is with an infuser, though it is great to see the flowers unfurl in a glass tea pot..  Some find that it  has a rather strong flavor, so you may want to use less of it or mix it with other teas. Whether you mix it with other teas or drink it on its own, the tea also contains numerous health benefits. In addition to helping treat migraines, it can also help treat convulsions and help with insomnia relief.

With numerous health benefits and that lovely smell, it is great reason to try some Lavender tea today. It may also be a great mix for your black, green, or even floral teas – it could even add that extra oomph to some of your recipes.

Chocolate Puerh Tea Bar with Attractive Design – Teasenz is Looking for Resellers

Teasenz is soon going to launch a new Puerh tea that will come in a chocolate bar shape, see below for a preview:
pu erh tea chocolate bar

Many resellers have already applied for the first batch that is currently under production and it’s expected to be ready beginning July. Interested resellers are welcome to send an email to info@teasenz.com.

Below we summarize the main questions that many interested buyers have asked:

When is Teasenz ready to deliver the Puerh tea chocolate bars?
Our processing company in Yunnan plans to finalize the processing end of June. We expect to be able to deliver beginning July.

Is there real chocolate in this Puerh tea?
No, the word ‘chocolate’ in the product name refers to the shape in which it is pressed. We use 100% Puerh tea leaves from 2008, selected by ourselves after tasting more than 30 samples from different suppliers. The leaves are considered ‘gift grade’ in China and have a very accessible taste for beginning Puerh tea drinkers.

What will be the price of the Puerh tea bar?
Official pricing table will be released soon, but we will keep it very affordable, since we are planning only to sell this product as wholesale.

puerh tea chocolate bar tea brick

What are the health benefits of Puerh tea?
We believe it’s the perfect digestive tea to increase metabolism and lose weight.

How will the packaging look like and what material is it made off?
We are currently in the process of finalizing our packaging design. The packaging will be made from eco-friendly kraft paper. We use the natural wood color of the kraft paper, because we believe its natural look really represents Puerh tea. It will also be more environmental friendly because we don’t have to add colors or bleach the kraft paper. At last, paper is light, which will significantly lower the cost of shipping.

At what temperature should I steep the chocolate tea bar?
Always steep Puerh tea at 100 degrees Celsius or 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can I still apply to become a reseller?
Definitely, just send us an email to info@teasenz.com and let us know about your company details.

Thank you
We would like to thank all the interested customers who have significantly contributed by providing valuable suggestions regarding packaging, product design, and pricing. You have any ideas to share? Don’t wait and leave a comment!

Anxi Tieguanyin Oolong Tea Review Notes

This blog post is dedicated to a dear Indian customer who has ordered Tieguanyin tea from Teasenz for a major 5 star hotel chain. Given the customer’s requirements, The Teasenz team has tasted several floral Oolongs and finally picked this light roasted Tieguanyin Oolong tea:

tieguanyin oolong tea light roast
A light roast Tieguanyin Oolong Tea – Teasenz

This Tieguanyin owes its vibrant green color to the fresh late spring leaves and a light roasting process to retain its floral aromas. The taste of this Oolong is close to that of green teas, though it’s characterized by a fuller body, stonger floral notes,  and a less grassy taste. Compared to dark roasted Oolongs, which has a taste closer to that of black teas and other Oolong teas, the roasty taste of this light Tieguanyin version is less overwhelming and therefore more accessible. This is the main reasons why most Chinese tea drinkers prefer the light roasted version of the Tieguanyin tea. The traditional dark Tieguanyin has declined in popularity significantly. Many Chinese and most foreigners don’t even know about the existence of a dark roasted Tieguanyin. For darker Oolongs most Chinese people prefer the Da Hong Pao or Dancong Phoenix, undergoing a much more refined dark roasting process developed in the history of their specific tea regions. It is unfortunate though that the dark roasting skills for Tieguanyin has been not been passed on so well in recent history from farmer to son, because nowadays most Tieguanyin tea farmers focus on light roasting techniques.

Brewing with ‘Gaiwan’

Tieguanyin tea should always be steeped with water right after reaching boiling point. Only in this way the leaves of this type of tea is able to unfurl during the first brew. The Teasenz team has steeped this tea the Chinese way using a ‘Gaiwan’ (direct translation: cup with lid). See below the unfurled leaves after the first brew of 30 seconds:

Brewing Tieguanyin the ‘kungfu style’ way with a Gaiwan only needs a short steeping time of 30 seconds. The tea leaves can be steeped for about 6-8 times, with each steep good for making a few small cups of tea. What is fascinating about this tea is that the taste resulting from every brew is different. The 3rd and the 4th brew are the usually the best, when the leaves are fully unfurled.

See the leaves after the third brew in the left cup below (the right cup is a slightly older and lower grade Tieguanyin):

tieguanyin tea gaiwan

Brewing in Tea Pot

Brewing in a infuser tea pot usually requires a longer brewing time. One could start with 2-3 minutes and adjust according to taste. The longer steeping type is the result of a higher water-to-leaf ratio (the content of a tea pot is usually much larger). A table spoon of Tieguanyin is usually enough as the leaves will expand significantly resulting in a multiple of its size before it is steeped. When brewing in a teapot, Tieguanyin usually lasts at least for 4 brews and the 2nd brew is the best.

What is the origin of the name ‘Tieguanyin”?

Chinese tea masters are always very creative with naming teas. The name ‘Tieguanyin’ refers to the Chinese iron goddess of mercy ‘Guanyin’ due to its purifying and meditative flavor (known in Japan as ‘Kannon’ and in Korea as ‘Guam-eum’).

A Recipe for a Tieguanyin Tea Blend

Osmanthus flowers are very suitable to use as a ‘topping’ on a freshly brewed cup of Tieguanyin. The buttery and floral aromas of Osmanthus perfectly complements the taste of Tieguanyin by adding additional complexity to it.

Storage

Different for dark Oolongs and similar to green teas and white teas, the lightly roasted Tieguanyin Oolong tea should be sealed and stored in a fridge between 0-5 degrees Celsius, if not consumed within a few months. By storing this tea in the fridge it will be better able to retain its floral aromas.

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Jujube Tea

Jujube Tea

For thousands of years Chinese people have consumed herbal teas because of their healing properties. Among the herbal teas that have gained popularity outside of China, Jujube tea is probably one of the most successful. Here are the reasons why:

  1. Natural Sedative: The fact that jujube tea has the potential to magnify relaxation is the main reason why jujube tea has become one of the most widely used Chinese herbal tea. Research by South China University and Technology shows how jujube extracts induce hypnotic effects by limiting monoaminergic activity, or the release of stimulating neurotransmitters. The overall effect of the tea was “prolonged sleep time” to which researchers also credit the saponins components of jujube tea, or its metabolic properties and the fruit’s main bioactive factors.
  2. Liver Rejuvenation: Academic findings published in the medical journal Transplantation Proceedings in 2010 shows significant potential of jujube tea extracts in treating damage to the liver and the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. The research focused on measuring jujube tea’s healing properties after a 40-minute loss of blood flow to the liver. The results shows that the high antioxidant content of the jujube tea is positive related to who received the extract over a 7-day period.
  3. Digestive Aid: Making tea from jujube tea for digestive aid stems from the Chinese knowledge that the fruit adds moisture to the body. Recent studies from the National Chung Hsing and National Taiwan Universities confirms this belief stating that jujube tea “increased fecal moisture” and “shortened gastrointestinal transit time” by 34 to 57 percent in researched subjects. Jujube tea is also believed to reduce toxic ammonia in the intestines through elevating concentrations of fatty acids.
  4. Taste: While many herbal teas have a bitter taste, jujubes have a refreshing apple taste. For those we don’t like to infuse jujubes for making tea, it’s good to know that dried jujubes can actually be consumed like chips.

Have you tried jujube tea before? If so, feel free to share your experiences with us!

Tea Infused Hot Chocolate

Walking into the tea section of your grocery store, your neighborhood tea shop, or even shopping for tea online – it hard not to see the trend of chocolate being included in various teas. Even so, the chocolate is only a component of the flavors, brewing and steeping together (after all chocolate chunks are not leaves) – if you want to chocolate-ify your hot beverage, you can go the opposite way. You can put tea in your hot chocolate.

To make this twisted hot beverage – bring 2 to 5 cups of milk to a low boil in a saucepan over medium-high.  Add three bags or three teaspoons of tea, of your choice, and turn the heat down to medium low, allowing the tea to steep for 10 minutes. Then strain it or remove the tea bags. Then whisk in 10 teaspoons of hot cocoa mix until dissolved and frothy.  This serves two people – you can pour it into two little tea cups, and top with marshmallows if you have them.

Just think of all of the possibilities of this drink – mixing orange pekoe, chai, vanilla tea, earl grey, black, oolong, even fruits and some herbal teas – the flavor combinations are endless. You can even mix in one of those blends with chocolate in it for double the power. We knew chocolate and espresso tasted good together, now we know tea does the same thing, strike that a better thing.

I bet it could even work with those packets of instant cocoa – maybe just putting it into brewed tea and adding milk.  So if you want that the calm and clarity of tea and the bundled up lusciousness of hot chocolate – this is the perfect thing to try, with it still a little cold outside.

Chrysanthemum’s The Word

With spring coming – yellow is definitely on the mind. Golden sunlight, highlights in your hair, shorts and cool cotton dresses, tall glasses of lemonade and, maybe the most important of all, yellow flowers. Tulips, daisies, buttercups and, in terms of tea Chrysanthemum. Golden sweet tea made from the sheer yellowness of Spring you so crave – and it has tons of health benefits.

Chrysanthemum tea acts as a natural coolant and has been talked about in  ancient Chinese medicinal science.  A person can benefit a lot by having Chrysanthemum tea every day. The Chinese medicinal practice included the use of herbs as a major part of the treatment.  It has high amounts of B carotene , which is converted in Vitamin A in the liver. This  is helpful in treating skin problems and increasing immunity. Vitamin A also helps in postponing the aging process and age related blindness. The  tea is also a good source of Vitamin Bs like choline, folacin, niacin as well as riboflavin. It also contains Vitamin C which reduces the risks of scurvy and protects eyesight.  Chrysanthemum tea also has minerals like calcium, iron , magnesium and potassium – all important for good health. .

Chrysanthemum tea  has been drunk  in the past  to decrease body heat and drink during meals to help digest food for years, however, recent scientific studies find out health benefits of loose chrysanthemum tea are far greater.  It is now known to clear head colds and alleviate sinusitis pains because of the  vitamin C content of the tea. This is also because it is  antiviral because of that is a reliever of head congestion caused by viral infections. Chrysanthemum tea naturally lacks caffeine which makes it resistant to caffeine-induced side effects such as anxiety, irritability and nervousness. It is also known for its stimulating properties and is  used to refresh the brain and alerting the senses. It energizes all the senses quickly and also calms them down to instill better and clear perception.In addition benefits of drinking chrysanthemum tea includes soothing sore throats and helping  cure red,itchy eyes.

So, pour a cup of the golden stuff. You can steep it with hot water for 3 to 4 minutes and then you’re ready to go. You’re ready to drink all the flowery, yellowy goodness that is Chrysanthemum tea and take the health benefits with it.