TEA REVIEW – Rangsaa Reborn

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Tea is a fine blend of tippy green tea leaves, herbs, roots, stems and seeds . An intense looking blend that has a strong, complex and multitude of aroma. It gives out feelings of vigour and power!

Infused Tea/Unique Characteristics
When infused, the dominant herbaceous-spicy aroma fades into a cloudy, beautiful amber color liquor. The taste is unique. In the cup, it carries woody-sweet, honey, spicy, floral and fruit flavors. The aromas delightfully enhance the background of deep umami-rich greens that balance nicely against elements of aromatic wood and dried fruits. The infusion is light-medium body, feels thick in the mouth, has no astringency, and compliments an awesomely penetrating, lingering aftertaste.

Infusion
I infused 1 tsp of leaves in 200 ml pre-boiled water (100C) for 7 minutes. Smooth textured, down-to-earth with a spicy edge, the bittersweet woody elements built steadily sip after sip. The taste experience was unique and enjoyable.

Reborn is robust in flavor and rich in heritage. The blend of superhero herbs tastes delicious, leaves a chill in the mouth, and gives the perk and spark you need to pull through the day. A great blend to bolster your defence system and replenish with energy.

10 Reasons Why Green Tea Is Good For You

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Love for tea shares ten reasons why green tea is good for your mind, body and soul. Put your kettle on as the facts are in and tea is officially awesome for your health.

1. Your brain –  A cup of green tea doesn’t just make you more productive in office, with improved accuracy and attention but it also prevents the progression of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease as we age.

2. Your bones – Regular tea drinkers have higher bone mineral density and strength than non-tea drinkers. The benefit is attributed to phytochemicals in tea, such as flavonoids, that protect against bone loss.

3. Your heart – Green tea contains tannins that are known to lower cholesterol naturally. Evidence based research concludes that people who drink 3-5 cups of green tea regularly have lower risk of heart diseases.

4. Your immune system – Tea contains catechins and flavanoids (antioxidants) & Vitamin H (also called biotin), that prevent cellular damage and assist in healthy and strong immune system.

5. Your fitness – Green tea works as a brilliant pre and post workout drink.  A cup of green tea boosts your energy and enhances your performance by improving endurance and alertness.

6. Your dental health – Green tea kills bacteria which improves dental health and lowers your risk of infection.

7. Your skin – Green tea helps to keep your skin healthy. EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), the main polyphenol in green tea, has anticancer properties that may prevent the development of skin tumours.

8. Your hair – The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea boosts hair growth. It inhibits the growth of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which hinders hair growth and causes hair fall.

9. Your mental health – Green tea is like yoga in a cup, it can calm your nerves while boosting your mood. Theanine present in green tea works as an excellent anti-depressant and helps in relieving stress and anxiety.

10. Your body – Regular consumption of green tea lowers risk of type-2 diabetes, various kinds of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, resulting in a healthy body – helping you live longer.

Now, before you load up on this elixir of life make sure that you drink the right tea. It’s very important to know that all the benefits that you read about green tea are based on research on fresh, high quality loose leaf tea and not flavoured tea/tea bags. So, be smart and drink right.

Green TEA – What’s The Deal With This Superfood, Anyway?

 

Modern scientific research is finally beginning to study and confirm what the Chinese have espoused for thousands of years – Tea is a healthy beverage. Today, more and more scientific evidence proposes that tea has medicinal properties. Green tea in particular, usually referred to as the next ‘Superfood’ and ‘Nano Green Missiles’ by the medicine industry, is taking the health, medical, fitness and beverage industry by a storm.

You might ask, what’s the big deal? Green tea is rich in Catechins – molecules that bond with free radicals and act as powerful antioxidants to shield the body. Recent research indicates that tea protects against heart diseases and many types of cancer, reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure & risk of diabetes, fights insomnia & hypertension, increases bone-density, calms digestion, improves brain function and boosts the immune system.

That’s a whole lot of valuable and proven reasons for the busy urban warrior to fight the modern diseases – by replacing soda and concentrated juices with just a healthy cup of Tea. So, go ahead and contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

TEA Trip Two – Assam, The Land Of TEA!

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Assam is the world’s largest tea-growing region and the second most commercial tea producing region in the world after southern China. To understand it’s history, culture and trade, right from it’s roots, we decided to travel to Assam. For me, an ardent tea addict, the journey here was a very willing step into nirvana.

Assam, as per data, comprises of more than 850 tea estates and more than 2500 tea gardens, that immediately arouse an almost fanatical devotion. Today, Assam produces more than half of the tea produced in India, which accounts to around 400 million kgs of tea from it’s gardens alone. Most of the premium grade tea is either auctioned or exported to other countries, through the auction center in Guwahati. Rest, which is left, is sold to the domestic market. This is sadly one of the prime reasons why most of the well-established tea brands in India are selling very low-grade tea.

Tea is produced in the low lying areas in Assam, unlike Darjeeling and Nilgiris, which are grown at higher altitudes. This is the reason why Assam tea is brisk, malty, bright and strong, while Darjeeling tea is light colored and musky, with floral aroma. Most of the tea gardens here are situated in Jorhat, which is called the ‘Tea Capital of The World’.

Assam tea has a very rich and fascinating history. It is manufactured specifically from the plant Camellia Sinensis, Assamica family. Assam teas or blends, are sold as ‘breakfast’ tea globally. For instance, Irish Breakfast Tea, a maltier and stronger variety, consists of small-sized Assam tea leaves. Infact, English tea and Scottish breakfast tea include tea from Assam. Interestingly, Pu-erh, one of China’s most famous tea, is essentially a green tea of the big-leafed assamica. Besides it’s distinctive black tea, Assam also produces smaller quantities of green and white tea.

I spent adventurous days exploring the local markets, visiting various tea vendors, shops and learning about tea, first hand from the local businesses. One such great moments in Guwahati was a brilliant evening of tea tasting and tea-talk, with Absolute Tea. Later, we headed to 11th Avenue, an urban café and bistro, overlooking a lake. A perfect evening spot, for a cup of tea. I met the owner Gaurav Das, and had wonderful chat over few rounds of exotic teas here. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking to spend time reading, writing or simply enjoying the beautiful view by the lake, in this tea divine city.

Thus, my TEAlightful time in Assam came to an end and after many cups of brilliant tea, I was all set to catch my early morning train to Nagaland – to discover something enchanting, from the land of the warriors. I could smell the tea in the air.

REVIEW : Semi-Pearl Green TEA By Absolute Tea

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About the tea – The dry leaf consists of medium sized semi- pearl, twisted leaves, which expand and unfurl into gorgeous tea leaves. The fragrance of the dried tea is earthy and comforting.

Infused tea – The tea cups out a champagne color liquor that has malty, nuanced and tannic aroma, like a fine second flush. The texture is smooth and mellow, with lighter mouthfeel and coppery after taste. The tea is medium-bodied with a moderate amount of astringency.

Infusion – Infuse the leaves for four to five minutes with 95 – 100 C water. You will get at least three infusions out of this tea. Each of the three steeps I had, was bright, engaging, perfectly smooth and well balanced.

Rating – 3.7/5

Website – http://www.absolutetea.in
Twitter – @TeaAbsolute

Special thanks to Jayant Jalan, 23 yrs old, founder of Absolute Tea, for a wonderful evening of tea tasting.

Top 10 Evidence Based Health Benefits Of Green TEA

There is not just one but many reasons why Green tea is taking over the world and is believed to be the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body, such as improved brain function, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Here are top 10 evidence based health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies. Hope it inspires you to a grab a cuppa right away. 

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