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5 Warming Teas to Help You Fight the Cold

By Jasmine Dilmanian (In-House Writer) 1 years ago 7356 Views No comments

Wherever you are, February is probably hitting you hard. The shivering is on, winds are blowing, and there isn't a dry sidewalk in sight. It is tea's job, however, to make us all forget our seasonal woes.

Certain teas simply make us feel good or please our taste buds. Others, though, are here to deliver us from the cold, actually helping our bodies fight the freeze, combat the germs floating around, and even battle the bulge. Warming teas, as we call them, are both warm in terms of flavor and in terms of their duty – to actually heat up our palettes and bodies. In the spirit of making it through winter's last push, here is a collection of 5 tea types that will make you want to sit by that cozy fireplace with a cup of hot tea forever:

1. Drink oolong tea to metabolize fats quicker, eventually leading to a more efficient metabolism and a warmer you. Aside from its earthy flavor, oolong lends a lightly caffeinated energy boost along with an abundance of crucial vitamins and other nutrients. If you can't decide which version of oolong to try out, there's always the Heavenly Tea Leaves Oolong Tea sampler – a set of four variations on this classic Chinese tea. Another option is a customer favorite, Brandy Oolong, a traditional oolong with a rich, nutty flavor. Pick your favorite one and make it your cold weather staple!

2. Some like it hot – and they usually turn to ginger tea. Sip on some Heavenly Tea Leaves Ginger Peach White to raise your body temperature and rev up your digestion. Ginger is also known to aid blood flow in the body and provides a laundry list of additional benefits, including lowering blood pressure, lending antiseptic properties, alleviating nausea, and even acting as a natural blood thinner thanks to its naturally occurring salicylates. Our Ginger Peach also contains a base of white tea, which is another warming tea (see #5).

3. Spice it up with an organic cinnamon-based tea like Ginger Jazz. According to the Huffington Post, cinnamon "helps dry dampness in the body and warms people [who] are always cold and suffering from poor circulation. Cinnamon is [also] antiseptic and an excellent digestive tonic." The warmth of cinnamon also lends pleasant associations to holidays and white winters, making this tea all the more enjoyable to drink.

4. Sweet, comforting, and refreshing, peppermint tea is a simple and straightforward solution to the dreaded February frost. Peppermint serves as a natural stimulant and works overtime to deliver a caffeine-free energy boost while delivering a soothing finish. Heavenly Tea Leaves' 100% organic variety is sure to give just the kick you're looking for.

5. White tea = feeling good. While super-light white tea isn't as popular as black tea, it certainly boasts as many health-promoting properties. It is thought that white tea acts as an antibacterial agent, helping deter our wintertime sniffles; the catechins found in both white and green teas are so powerful that they have even been linked to the combatting of the flu virus. To add some fruity and floral flavor to the simple flavor of white tea, you're best off trying out Pomegranate White from Heavenly Tea Leaves.

Don't be afraid to mix and match! Try creating your own in-home blends. You can cut up some ginger, take fresh cinnamon, and add some peppermint to create a delightful herbal concoction to help cure your winter blues. And while this is only one suggestion, you can try playing around with different teas, herbs, and spices to give you tasty results. You know what they say, you never know if you don't try!

In February, we can either look ahead to spring or enjoy this moment for what it is – a calm, cozy, exciting time of year. While the sneezing and freezing roadblocks try to stand in our way, a cup of hot tea can always come to the rescue. To recap, some of the most effective warming teas or tea ingredients include oolong, ginger, cinnamon, peppermint, and white tea. Based on whether you prefer caffeine, depth of flavor, or spice, you can mix and match each of these into your daily beverage rotation. Bundle up by the fire, bring out your chunkiest sweaters, and warm yourself up with a nice cup of hot tea.

Scintillating Spiced Teas for Thanksgiving and Beyond

By Jasmine Dilmanian (In-House Writer) 2 years ago 8007 Views No comments

Cozying up by the fireplace is perhaps our favorite fall pastime. As the leaves come down and the weather freezes up, a certain holiday mood springs up on us. First up, it's Thanksgiving! By now, Thanksgiving lovers are certainly used to the bland apple pies and basic pumpkin spice latte dominating the season. November has become synonymous with fruit pies, marshmallows, and turkey. On the beverage side, many embrace beer and eggnog, and for the kids, hot cocoa. But what about the more elevated and sophisticated fall beverage – tea?

When most people think about tea, their minds go straight to simple black teas or chamomile for sleep. They might think about green tea for health and a floral tea like jasmine for a relaxing option. But this season, it's all about teas with a strong kick or an earthy balance to get us into the Thanksgiving spirit. Heavenly Tea Leaves has stocked up with an incredible selection of titillating cool-weather teas.

Why tea, why now? First of all, it's hot. Literally. While you're struggling to stay warm under a few fleece blankets, nothing is quite as comforting as a bubbling cup of tea to bring your body to life. Second, it's warm – figuratively and kind of literally! Flavors like ginger and cinnamon serve to "warm" your palate and body. Containing natural antioxidants, these spices not only have a natural warmth to their flavor, but they also have been shown to improve blood flow, relax muscles, and aid digestion. Third, it's something new and exciting to serve your guests and yourself! Instead of focusing on typical Thanksgiving menu items, try setting up a tea station where your guests can choose their favorite seasonal tea to enjoy with their meal or to complement a sweet dessert. No doubt, the tea-focused host or hostess always leaves guests impressed! And last, these teas are incredibly tasty, even on their own. The herbs and spices used in fall-friendly teas are among the most sought after in the world and have been imported from the orient since the days of the Silk Road. The richness of their flavor is not comparable to typical supermarket teas.

So, of all the autumnal tea options, which do we select? Of course, at Heavenly Tea Leaves, we can never choose just one. Our unique tea blends often showcase a single, main ingredient as a leading flavor. Here, we have grouped this season's most beloved teas by essential flavor. But we can't promise you'll be satisfied with just a sip!


Ginger

Detox is an herbal tea rooted in ginger and licorice flavors; this is a great pre-bedtime option.

Crowd favorite Ginger Peach White is a lightly caffeinated tea with a delicate, fruity start and a zesty, tingly finish. An organic option that lends energy as well as a classic, unadulterated ginger flavor is Ginger Black.

Cinnamon

If you are loyal to earthy and floral tastes like rosemary, fennel, and lavender, Ginger Jazz will lend the velvety and naturally sweet flavor you seek. For a more exotic blend of rooibos, vanilla, citrus, and cardamom, turn to Spiced Rooibos Orange. And on the darker side, Spiced Turmeric is a black tea featuring a number of fall spices blended with holy basil for a dash of freshness. As you may have observed in recent years, turmeric tea blends are on the rise; the spice has been revered for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Chai (Both Cinnamon and Ginger)

Masala Chai is a timeless Indian blend featuring a cardamom twist with a black tea base; brew it with cloves and add milk and honey for a scintillating chai tea latte. For a similar but more exotic blend, try Rooibos Cream Chai, which adds coconut and crushed chili into the mix. If you are looking for daintier flavors that are still bold, choose White Chai, a white tea with notes of pineapple, lemongrass, and pink peppercorns.


With so many types of tea up our sleeve, it's no wonder our signature Heavenly Tea Leaves tea samplers are the talk of the internet this holiday season! Instead of trying to pick just one or two of these glorious holiday teas, get four or even nine varieties for the season!

From the team at Heavenly Tea Leaves, we wish you an enchanting, love-filled, and absolutely delicious Thanksgiving.

Teas of Autumn: Venturing Beyond Pumpkin Spice

By Jasmine Dilmanian (In-House Writer) 3 years ago 8268 Views No comments

The fall season instantaneously reminds us of brisk air, rustling leaves, and pumpkin pie. And tea? Yes, please.

With temperatures falling and blankets coming out from storage, brewing a hot cup of tea often becomes a quotidian habit around this time of year. With Halloween and Thanksgiving around the corner, we are perhaps too often reminded of pumpkin and apple as the flavors of fall. These pies, cakes, cookies, and other confections adorn dessert tables, but don't these cliché tastes leave something to be desired when it comes to the most soothing beverage of the season?

Going beyond the ordinary, there are a number of methods, add-ins, and new formulas that will give plain-Jane Assam or Chamomile a run for its money. The new teas of autumn can also serve to complement the more classic flavors of fall, since we're not quite ready to give those up, either!


Try out our personal fall favorite first: the masala chai latte.

This is the sophisticated tea and coffee drinker's answer to a traditional pumpkin spice latte, which has dominated the commercial beverage scene over the past decade. While the American appellation for this Indian beverage isn't quite accurate, there's no denying its rich flavor and aromatic powers.

  1. Boil a 3:1 mixture of milk to water (Make sure to use whole milk for the best results!).
  2. Pour masala chai into the mixture and heat on a medium simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add sugar to taste, along with a sprinkling of nutmeg and cinnamon. For the sugar, begin by adding 1.5 teaspoons for each cup of liquid in your mixture.
  4. Using a ladle and tea strainer, pour out the masala chai latte into individual cups, straining out the tea leaves; serve hot.

The result is a drink that emanates warmth – a rich and glorious dessert and beverage in one. The aroma awakens the senses with hints of cloves and cardamom.


For less of a sensory explosion, you could take the subtler route this season with classic vanilla.

Vanilla tisanes go hand-in-hand with warmth, and with the typical flavors and essences of the holiday season. The best way to get your fix? A tea sampler, of course!

Heavenly Tea Leaves' whole-leaf vanilla tea sampler is hand-blended and selected to please your taste buds on the briskest of days. This well-rounded pack includes Vanilla Black, Vanilla Rooibos Soufflé, Vanilla Green, Vanilla Rose Oolong for a variety of autumnal aromas. Because why should we choose just one? Bonus: it's certified kosher* and it makes a great holiday gift! Plus, herbal vanilla tea can be blended into black tea for a caffeinated kick, or drunk alone as a relaxing pre-bedtime ritual.


As it turns out, fall tea drinks aren't always about the heat. How about a tea cocktail? Some earl grey gin, perhaps?

World of Tea introduces us to this concoction, served at some of New York's trendiest bars like the Pegu Club. While mixed drinks like these are served at room temperature or chilled, they definitely warm us up on the inside. Plus, the earthy earl grey flavor is definitely a nod to the tones of the season.

Tony Gebely writes: "The Procedure: Steep 4 Tbsp of loose earl grey tea into a 750ml bottle of gin for two hours. Strain."

"Tea is astringent," he continues, "and in that sense can work almost like bitters, but you'll have far better luck with tea in the base spirit of a sour, with plenty of acid and sugar to round out and cut the tannic edge of the tea . . . Remember, proof in the spirit works like water temperature. You'll get more intense flavor steeping into a base spirit than you will a lower-proof wine, vermouth, or liqueur."

In other words, stronger alcohol is equivalent to hotter water, and black tea in cocktails goes well with sweet and sour flavors. Here's to an interesting brew.


Ginger is another invigorating fall flavor of tea that will never be dull on the palate. The properties of ginger are complex: it is at once pungent, spicy, and earthy. The root has also been known to help alleviate nausea, inflammation, soreness, and other ailments.

The best way to round out ginger's punch is to combine it with a splash of versatile citrus. Lemon – a flavor adaptable year-round – does this job perfectly. Heavenly Tea Leaves' blend, Ginger Lemon Green, which comes in a pretty silken pyramid sachet, satisfies all of our ginger desires in a healthy and balanced way. Not to mention, this one's organic.


And for some last-minute fun…

Take a look at this video in which Malaysian artist Red Hong Yi puts together a portrait called Teh Tarik Man out of 20,000 tea bags. The tea bags are individually steeped at various temperatures to create different shades of brown, resulting in an awesome final depiction.