10 Tea Drinking Habits That Need To Die In 2016

Tea Habits

The tea scenario is changing fast. We believe tea is ripe for reinvention and rapid growth. So, are some traditional tea drinking habits. Here’s lovefortea’s recommended list :

1. Adding milk to tea – It is a matter of taste, but drinking CTC tea with over-cooked milky concoction has to change. It’s time to unlearn and rediscover.

2. Drinking tea bag tea -One cup. That’s all it takes to completely transform your perception of what a tea bag should be. Switch to whole leaf tea experience.

3. Drinking cheap artificial flavored teas –  Clean drinking is as important as clean eating. It should be important to you what you are putting in your body. Always check the ingredients list. Your natural tea may not be so natural.

4. Making tea in the microwave – Heating water or making your tea in the microwave will result in a lousy cup of tea. There’s lot of science behind it but in short the procedure kills the aroma, warmth, comfort and awesomeness of tea.

5. Compromising on quality – Invest in good tea leaves. It’s high time. Quality comes at a price but you need to drink to your health. Else, the purpose is lost.

6. Using same water temperature for all teas – There are different kinds of tea. Higher temperature can burn the tea leaves leaving a bitter taste. Here’s a quick cheat sheet – use 65-75 C for white tea, 75-85 C for green tea, 85-95 C for black tea and 100 C for tea blends and tisanes.

7. Not reusing your tea leaves – Using a series of short steeps is the best way to get the most out of your tea. So, don’t forget to re-steep your tea.

8. Using stale water – An awesome trick to make a pleasant cup of tea is to use fresh water. Every time you re-boil water, you condense the minerals that are in natural existence, resulting in a bad cup of tea.

9. Buying supermarket ice tea – Ice tea is the most underrated drink on the planet. Stop consuming so many chemicals. Homemade cold brews are more delicious and leave lot of room for play.

10. Drinking tea in coffee mugs – A good cup of tea cannot be appreciated in a coffee mug. A good bone china or a right tea ware can actually step up your tea drinking experience.

RECIPE – Rangsaa Reborn Peach Iced Tea Whiskey Cocktail

Recipe Tea Rangsaa Reborn Peach

Sweet peaches team up with fresh mint and whiskey in this flavorful and refreshing tea infused cocktail, that is perfect for both a summer party and a mellow summer night.

KEY INGREDIENTS
4 tsp Rangsaa Reborn
Jack Daniel’s Tennesse Whiskey
4-5 sweet ripe peaches
5 tsp honey
1 Lemon
Fresh mint

PREPARATION
Bring about four cups of water to a boil. Add tea and let it brew for 10 minutes. Once cool, add honey, stir the mixture and refrigerate. On the side, get your peaches ready. Cut the peaches in thin slices and refrigerate. When all your add ons are ready, it’s cocktail time. For each cocktail, pour 1/2 cup iced tea on the rocks. Add 40 ml JD, 1/2 tsp lemon juice and 1/2 cup peach slices and stir. Garnish with mint. Serve and enjoy!

FOOD PAIRING
Fried spicy fish or greens.

REVIEW- Whimsically White Pom by Nelson’s Tea

white pomDry leaves
The dry leaves is a mix of white tea with abundant silver tips. The safflower and rose hip threads add color and elegance. Aroma is strong and sweet, leaning more towards soft fruit, with fragrant hints of rosewood.

Infused tea/Unique Characteristics
The leaves brew a deep golden color liquor, with prominent fruity aroma. On the palate, the light-bodied infusion brings out creamy, mellow-sweet accents of peach and melon, with hints of rose, honey and nectar. The pleasant tart-sweetness of pomegranate, attributes to a delectable after-taste.

Infusion
One tsp of tea was brewed in 230 ml pre-boiled water, at 80 C, for 3 minutes. The top fruity notes accompanied by wonderful aromas, is refreshing.

Whispering white pom consists of delicate leaves and I suggest one must not brew this tea for too long, and at high temperature. It does have the tendency to become bitter and dry.

This is a summery blend and it also ices well.

Website – www.nelsonstea.com
Twitter – @NelsonsTea
Rating – 3.6/5

RECIPE – Rangsaa Unwind Kiwi Pineapple Detox Smoothie

Recipe Tea Rangsaa Kevi DetoxKiwi, with its bright color and succulent exotic taste, is also a fruit packed with nutrients. It is rich in actinidain, which helps in improving digestion. This kiwi pineapple mint smoothie is like a taste of the tropics with every sip and is a great addition to any detox program.

KEY INGREDIENTS
2 tsp Rangsaa Unwind
3 kiwi peeled
1 /2 cup pineapple
1 cup spinach
1 tsp flaxeed

PREPARATION
To make your rangsaa ice cubes, brew 2 tsp of tea in 300 ml pre-boiled water for 15 minutes. Once cool, freeze in ice cube tray. To make the detox smoothie, place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

BEST ENJOYED
Any time of the day.

RECIPE – Rangsaa Tea Infused Reborn Superhero Smoothie

Recipe Tea Rangsaa Reborn

Tea infusions aren’t just for hot/cold and boozy beverages, chilled tea is actually a great way to switch up your smoothie routineIf a long, tough workout leaves you feeling a bit queasy or otherwise, try this quick and easy citrus based power smoothie and energise. It’s tangy spice provides a boost with exciting flavors, while the goodness of ginger helps in reducing muscle pain and soreness. Bottoms up!

KEY INGREDIENTS
2 tsp Rangsaa Reborn
1 cucumber
1 green apple
15 mint leaves
1 inch ginger
1 lemon
Chilli flakes

PREPARATION
The catalyst in this smoothie is the power packed and delicious Rangsaa ice cubes. To make them, brew 2 tsp of tea in 300 ml pre-boiled water for 20 minutes. Once cool, freeze in ice cube tray. To make your smoothie, add everything with a dash of chilli flakes and blend!

BEST ENJOYED
As morning power up or post-workout supercharger.

TEA TALES – Silver Yin Hu Tea Wares by Master Zhao

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In olden times, Chinese royalties used to collect tea wares which commemorated important occasions. These exquisite pieces were cherished family possessions and were passed down through generations. The traditional techniques and methods used in those days in creating these silver tea wares have left a legacy and the value of this art form has remained unchanged.

Master Zhao is a rare window to the past, culture and heritage of China, which he displays intricately with versatility in the 999 silver Yin Hu teapots and tea wares he crafts. The use of metals such as silver, gold etc as principal components to craft tea wares reflect the aristocratic lifestyle, and the cultural and philosophical ideas of the times. Master Zhao’s masterpieces range between $500 – $4000 and are recommended for serious art lovers and collectors. I would compare these pieces of art to the rare diamonds we can find, for if they weren’t unique they would be free as pebbles and a dime a dozen. 

Brand – Your silver, your story
Website – Amazon
Facebook – Silver Teapot