This weeks post is all about TEA, some of its uses and general information about tea.
Firstly , what are the origins of tea – legend has it that a Chinese emperor found the tea while boiling water in the shade of a tree. A light breeze caused some of the leaves to fall into the water, which the emperor tasted and found to be delicious. Interesting …. Fast forward a few years and not only is it a very pleasant beverage to drink but Tea has so many other benefits.
Why did I choose tea as a topic? Well about 6 months ago I entered a beautiful store that sold all things random including Tea. The particular brand , that I will talk about today, was one that I had never come across before. ELMSTOCK ! Trust me, this is definitely one worth checking out.
I went home that day with a lemongrass and ginger and an earl grey box. Wow wow wow.
I need to know more I wanted to know more.
I looked on and did my research and decided I had to give them a visit. They were amazing so helpful so informative and so generous with their time. Their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ElmstockTea/ is full off everything Tea, from Tips to flavours.
I have learnt so much and here is just a summary : the best tea is not found in supermarkets. Just like good wine there’s only a limited quantity of premium tea available. Most of the mass-produced brands are blended down to obviously make the tea more competitive. The quality of this brand is outstanding.
How should you insure the freshness of your tea? It needs to be stored in a dry air tight container not (clear glass) and away from direct light and anything strongly scented. Tea that is old or not sealed properly loses its flavor, it’s aroma and the quality. Elmstock Tea stock both loose tea and lined packaged teabags for convenience to their users.
I have also learned that you can over brew a Tea. If you don’t follow the brewing guidelines it can stew, which then releases tannins and it can make it bitter.
I was surprised to learn of the varieties they stock and that are actually out there. They have Black tea,Earl Grey tea, Flavored Black tea, Green tea, Flavored green tea, Oolong tea, White tea, Organic tea, Decaffeinated tea, Artisan tea, Fruit tea, Herbal tea and Roobos tea. Now I dare you to say that again fast and without making a mistake.
Not only is it just an amazing thing to enjoy as a drink but it has so many other uses, some of my favourite include: it being a wash up degreaser, it can be used to soothe minor skin irritations and you can even use it as a foot deodorizer, of course the teabags need to be dry. My all-time favourite though was as a bug diffuser, apparently the mint flavors is the best, as bugs hate the smell.
Did you know that adding milk to Tea destroys its antioxidants. Researchers have been surprised to find that adding milk may strip Tea of its beneficial effects. I think, I will still add milk to my black tea though, I like that flavour better.
So far I have invested in the initial 2 boxes and 3 others. They are the:
Dried currants, hibiscus flowers, rosehip, elderberries, bilberries, blackcurrants, raspberry and cornflowers. A healthy, soothing and refreshing drink which can be drunk hot or iced. I don’t know about you but I want to eat this, not just drink it.
Now the name of this alone sold me but here are the species: A blend of Lapsang Souchong and black tea.
This is a Ceylon green tea with flavouring(add a bit of honey) yum.
They smell amazing and I may even use one of them in cooking. I look forward to that soon.I have a long way to go as they have 160 flavours to choose from! HEAVEN.
The company Elmstock was founded by Hillary White back in 1979, and has been in the Tea trade for five generations. They must be doing something right.
Here is the website, It is so informative : http://www.elmstocktea.com.au. Check it out and let me know what you try.