Time for Tea!

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and also hope that 2014 brings lots of good things into your life. Have you made any new year resolutions? I would love to hear about them. My new year resolution is to eat healthy, stay active and become fitter. Considering the kind of food lover I am, I will have to work real hard to eat healthy and stay away from unhealthy food :) Ok, enough of new year resolutions. Lets move on to today's post. It is about tea :) Yes, you will never stop reading about tea on this blog. Tea has gained a formidable reputation due to its numerous health giving properties. One of the main ones is its cancer fighting abilities due to the high levels of antioxidants tea contains. If you don't drink tea, you should make it a habit in 2014.


I recently tried out some herbal infusions from Tea Palace, one of Britain's leading tea purveyors. I selected two of their best sellers: Harmony and Organic Rooibos.

Rooibos or Redbush tea is naturally caffeine free and boasts of  high levels of antioxidants and Vitamins C and E. It is one of the favourite herbal infusions of Mr. H. Give him a cup of Rooibos any time of the day and he will happily take it. There are many flavoured Rooibos varieties out there in the market, but this one from Tea Palace is pure organic Rooibos. The dark red infusion has an earthy, slightly sweet smoky flavour. If you have never tried Rooibos, you could begin with a flavoured version to begin enjoying the taste. However, is you are a regular Rooibos drinker, then this organic unflavoured one is as good as it gets. The mellow and earthy flavour is what Mr.H likes about Rooibos.


Harmony: This one is a soothing, balancing and restorative blend of cardamom, coriander, fennel, ginger, liquorice and rose petals blended as per traditional Ayurvedic teachings from Kerala according to Tea Palace. As you can see from the ingredients list, this one looks like a blend that will give some nice kick and flavour. The aroma is awesome. As you open the caddy, the herbal scent pleases your olfactory senses. It looks lovely visually too. But I noticed that it had more of Cardamom probably because the pods settled on the top being the largest ingredient in the blend. While preparing the infusion, I removed a few pods manually as I did not want too strong a Cardamom flavour. One tip I would offer is to smash the Cardamom pods for increased taste. This golden coloured infusion makes for an interesting drink. You can savour different flavours in each sip - a hint of Ginger here and a pleasant taste of Fennel there. But the most distinct flavour is undoubtedly Cardamom. If you are not a fan of Cardamom, you may not like this. But if you love herbal Ayurvedic infusions, then this one is definitely for you.


You can check out the entire Tea Palace range here. They have more than 120 teas and infusions to choose from and also take orders for bespoke blends. If you have a passion for tea, then I recommend that you check out Tea Palace.

 
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  1. I'm a real lover of so called 'different' teas, chai, green, rooibus etc. These look fabulous. The harmony looks to pretty to infuse, but that wouldn't stop me ;-)would defo love to be invited round for a cup of either of these, with biccies of course ;-)
    Love Vicky
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