Saturday, 27 May 2017

A tea lover's tryst with Tea Treasure...!

Not many people know this about us, but Swati is an ardent coffee lover while I worship tea.

Tea for me is not just a treat for the taste buds, it holds great sentimental value as well. Evening chai is a family ritual, and I've been known to accompany my mother in drinking 3-4 cups in a day!

Although at home we love the quintessential chai, I've broadened my horizon and learnt to appreciate the wide variety of teas the world has to offer. I especially love Twinnings Earl Grey and Lemon & Ginger, and I'm lusting after berry flavoured teas.

While searching for good quality herbal teas available in India, I stumbled across Tea Treasure, a website dedicated to fulfilling all your tea needs while guaranteeing to make the whole experience a deeply satisfying one. Needless to say my happiness knew no bounds and I immediately knew I had to give it a try!



Ever since I got the cute parcel delivered, I've not been home long enough to give them all a try. Talk about luck! I have however, tried a couple of them so here are my thoughts on those.

By far my favorite has got to be the Don't Hate, Meditate blend. I'm glad I got a big pouch of it because I just can't get enough! College can be so stressful at times, the everyday grind gets you down. In spite of this, this tea can dispel all the crabbiness out of my system! I honestly do not know if I should label this tea as uplifting or relaxing. Somehow, it manages to do both for me!


Tulsi tea is one of my favorite desi herbal teas to drink so I relish the flavour of it in this, and for the past year or so I've discovered the wonderfully light tea that lemongrass makes (featured on our Instagram too!).
The reason why this blend is now a staple for me is that it combines green tea, lemon tulsi, and lemongrass to bring you a tea with an aroma that will lift your heart! Believe me, the leaves are so fragrant that even holding them in your hands will leave them delicately scented! Imagine what a treat it will smell like when brewed! A warm cup of this light citrusy tea is, as Chandler would call it, "perfection".

Don't Hate, Meditate tea leaves
Don't Hate, Meditate tea

The next one on my list is Feel The Love, a minty fusion. Boy, does the company take its name seriously! This blend contains mint, spearmint, and peppermint delicately balanced by green tea and lemongrass! If you're looking for the perfect drink this summer, look no further because this is what you need. Wonderfully refreshing and cooling, this blend is perfect for ice-tea cravings. I made a glass of it and still could not take pictures because everyone in the family loved it so much. It was gone in a blink!


And now, make way for my dear Mummy's choice! The Tone it with Tea blend, packed with the goodness of Maofeng green tea, moringa, seabuckthorn, licorice, ginger, cinnamon, rose, ginseng, Terminalia chebulia (Haritaki or Harad), and Terminalia arjuna (Arjun) is a wellness tea with a wide range of health benefits and promotes weight loss.

Just look at the ingredients! This tea, or kadha (potion) is made to kick start you metabolism and keep you energized.


Next up is the blend my father is partial to as it soothes away all the tiredness of a long work day and preps you for sweet dreams - all night long! This one is the Sleep Solves Everything, caffeine free tea.
With chamomile, lavender, lemongrass and gotukola (Brahmi) working in synergy, this delicious brew is light, wonderfully floral and relaxing. You can smell the lemongrass and lavender from far away! Honestly, even others, just by smelling the aroma, will get relaxed. The person who drinks it can be sure of a long and happy snooze!


As I write this post, I've got a pot of the tropical hibiscus and green tea, Beat The Heat, brewing. With floral-fruity ingredients like green tea, hibiscus, blackcurrant, and lemongrass, can I say I'm extremely excited to try this one out?! Years and years of having hibiscus shrubs in the garden, and not once did it occur to me to use it as tea! If this blend wins my heart... well, let's just say Mummy won't have a single flower left for her daily puja.


The ones I have yet to try are,

  1. Get Well Soon : contains green tea, coneflower, licorice, lemongrass, Terminalia chebula, tulsi and ginger to prevent the flu and hasten recovery.
  2. Soothe Away The Day : contains chamomile, moringa, cinnamon, licorice, gotukola, shankhpushpi, gulebnapsha, and lemongrass as a traditional blend to balance mental energy. It has soothing and mildly sedative properties.
  3. There's No Chai Like a Kahwa : contains green tea, cinnamon, cardamom, and saffron for a delicately spiced and exotic brew that celebrates Kashmir.
  4. Get A Trophy, Champ : Darjeeling silver needle white tea, the ultimate tea fit for royalty! This light brew with mild honeydew melon taste is chock-full of anti-oxidants, the perfect complement to the achiever in you!
  5. Chai Equals Gupshup : premium Indian chai, with tea leaves harvested from the highlands of Assam. Every desi family's delight!



Apart from offering such a diverse selection of loose tea blends, Tea Treasure also has a kadak chai masala called Chai Peene Chalein? Such a quirky name! I nearly did a happy jig when I tried it out the first time. This powerful powder holds the capacity to elevate even ordinary tea to something else! It's going to be a hit for the monsoon, I know it. We've been having summer showers daily here in Jamshedpur and a cup of regular tea boosted by this masala, with crisp pakodis against a backdrop of rain is the most satisfying experience in the world.

Even in the face of all these fancy teas, my love for home-style, boiled-like-there's-no-tomorrow kadak chai has not diminished 😋💜.


At the end of this post, I'd like to mention that all the tea blends that I've tried have been very high quality. Tea Treasure urges you to brew more cups per pack as their tea leaves can be infused 2 to 3 times! The leaves are, literally, bursting with flavour, and it's no wonder that their aroma fills the entire home when brewed!

Every blend comes with it's own set of clear and easy-to-follow instructions on how to prepare the tea. With herbs, the steeping time is crucial and if you let it stand for long, it imparts a slightly bitter taste. That's one of the reasons why so many of us fail to appreciate green teas. They aren't meant to be boiled; just allow them to soak in hot water and drink the infusion after a couple of minutes.


Brewing myself a cup!
That's all for today dear readers! I hope I've inspired you to try out a few loose tea blends yourself! And if I have succeeded, don't forget to hop your way to Tea Treasure, it's a great website whether you want to indulge yourself or pamper a loved one with premium teas. They also keep a variety of tea ware, very classy and a must for all tea lovers!

If you liked this post, or are an ardent fan of good ol' home chai, leave a comment below! I'd love to see how many of you are Team Tea, let's give Swati and her coffee some competition!
xoxo
Smriti
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