Why Wine Lovers Make Awesome Tea Addicts

tea-talk-11A not-so-well-known fact about tea is that it has more diverse sensory wheel than wine. Wine and tea lovers, alike, would agree that the two drinks are about flavor and taste. The common element of subtlety unites the two. Wine lovers have learned about wine by paying close attention to the physical experience of taste and aromas. People who love wine are often sensual beings, operating on a feeling rather than thinking level. They crave touch, smell, taste and the finer things in life, not very different from tea lovers. No wonder wine lovers make the best tea connoisseurs too and here’s why:

1. A time travel machine – Good wine does this wonderful thing to you – it transports you back to the time and place it was made in. This is a quality of wine even the beginners find easy to catch up to since the regional differences in the production of wine brim to the surface before anything else. The same is the case with tea, whose agricultural environment is revealed in its properties. There are still some teas that are created such that all hints of the origin vanish. For wine drinkers, this is how you can tell an average tea from a great one.

2. Myriad of flavours and aromas – If you have a cup of high altitude tippy green tea, it will taste nothing like wine! However, there are several compounds found in tea that are identical in aroma and flavour to those in wine. Only a seasoned drinker will be able to spot this similarity. A sensitive palate is what makes wine and tea drinkers much like each other. When you learn the art of tasting the subtle notes, you improve both your ability to identify good quality tea and to taste in general.

3. Savoring it – Wine lovers know the art of savouring, the act of taking it slow and enjoying what stands right before you. And this is exactly how you enjoy tea. Taking a break from the humdrum life and enjoying a meal, some fine wine and good company.

4. Always more to know – While tea may look like a simple thing to learn, it’s vast in both breadth and depth. Tea lovers know learning all there is to learn about tea is an uphill task. Much as a glass of wine, each cup of tea is an opportunity to expose yourself and engage with a rich cultural history and tradition. Wine and tea both carry within themselves a bit of the earth’s geology. For those who have a deep love of learning, nothing better than a lesson in tea.

5. Love for variety – Variety is truly the spice of life. Both wine and tea stay true to the adage with the huge number of options they present. You could easily try a bottle of wine a day and a cup of tea a day and you would still be left with a vastly uncharted territory.

6. Appreciating the little things in life – Celebrating the moment comes naturally to wine and tea lovers. Nothing better than spending a lovely evening with friends and family over a nice pot of tea. Tea-time is a way to cherish the little things in life, something to hold on to. Wine and tea lovers don’t need a lot to make them happy. They can turn an ordinary evening into a memorable one. It’s a very happy way to live!

At Rangsaa, we believe in the power of rich tea with rich experiences. So calling out to all wine lovers, who we are sure would love our teas! Indulge in the exquisiteness of Rangsaa blends and surround yourself with all things good.

7 Ways To Enhance Your Tea Experience

tea-talk-8Charles Dickens once said, “If you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head, I should better understand your affairs”. Wise words from a tea lover, indeed. Tea improves your mood and enhances creativity, the sublime effect created by a combination of elements associated with the tea experience, including aspects of tea preparation, an indulgence in the taste and aroma during consumption and simply acting as a refreshing break from other activities. Tea is known to bring peace and relaxation to one’s mind, thus helping achieve the elusive ‘zen’. The many wonderful proprieties and peculiarities of tea can lead you to experience the zen you are looking for and sip in a whole new tea affair.

A complete tea experience comes with several nuts and bolts that must all come together to create a synthesis as heady as a luxuriant blend. To deepen your understanding of tea, we would like to introduce you to 7 different ways of enhancing your everyday tea experience:

1. Nothing else matters – When you drink your daily cup of tea, focus only on the tea and forget the constant worries, meetings, projects, and deadlines to be met. Push daily life to the back of your mind, to be retrieved once the session is done. The state of mind when you pause and transcend beyond trivialities and annoyances, away from the everyday mundanity and hustle, is the true way to enjoy tea.

2. A tranquil and elegant space – A clutter-free, pleasant and elegant drinking space fosters positive sentiments, heightening the pleasure of drinking tea. Go for a tastefully decorated room to liven up an empty space, creating a solemn and respectful atmosphere for tea preparation and drinking. Light incense sticks or a candle, it’s all up to you to decorate your personal tea space.

3. Appreciating tea – Experiencing tea is not just about drinking but rather about carefully tasting it. Examine and judge your tea’s flavor, color, aroma and texture. Allow the tea to unfold it’s inner workings and dormant flavors to you. When you are clear about the ‘Way of tea’, you will be able to judge tea quality and value.

4. The art of teaware – Tea masters and scholars have on several occasions emphasised, and we concur, that refined and exquisite teaware enhances the enjoyment of drinking tea. Whether you love your traditional tea bowl or your stylish glass teapot, proper and elegant teaware can make a significant difference in your overall tea experience.

5. Intimate understanding – Tea drinking is an accurate representation of the oneness of man, nature and spirit. Get intimate with your tea, connect with it and dive into the process mindfully. You can thus hone your skill, understand the natural forces behind the process and increase your appreciation for tea to the molecular level.

6. In-sync with nature – Nature is integral to the enjoyment of tea. The placement of stones, an arrangement of potted plants and use of natural materials such as a wooden table, bamboo stools, earthenware – all add to accentuating your tea experience as a creation of nature.

7. Good company – Like wine, tea takes you on its own, unique journey. Drinking tea in the company of advanced tea drinkers who appreciate the aesthetics of tea, have a keen understanding of the finer things in life and value tea, can lead to an enriching tea experience and enhance the beauty of the whole exercise.

Enrich your everyday tea drinking experience with these simple ways and watch your tea take on new flavors, forms, colors and meanings.

10 Benefits of Drinking Tea Over Coffee

tea-talk-7Tea is a great social adhesive, bringing friends and family together to sit and talk. Moreover, it’s benefits are plenty and rewarding for those who stay loyal to their cup. While coffee is a drink of choice for many, it is heartening to know 3 out of 5 coffee drinkers globally are now switching to tea. If you’re looking for reasons to sip cups of tea daily, we give you ten good ones:

1. Nourishes your body – Tea is good for you but beyond that general statement tea is absolutely the perfect beverage to improve your life, health and well-being. Tea’s rich antioxidants, multi-vitamins and minerals make it the ultimate whole body wellness drink.

2. Keeps you hydrated – Unlike coffee, tea actually hydrates your body, which proves a fundamental factor in enhancing focus. Tea replenishes your fluid intake since it’s pure water with a flavor. Moreover, it keeps your skin hydrated and glowing.

3. Detoxifies your body – Tea has been documented to contain a lot more antioxidants than are present in coffee. Antioxidants assist in clearing free radicals in the body, keep it healthy, help you feel fresh and luckily tea has lots of them!

4. Boosts energy and endurance – Contrary to popular belief, tea has the same amount of caffeine as coffee. However, coffee can bring you down once the initial high has subsided. The slow release of caffeine combined with tea’s main stimulants leaves you revved up but totally chilled out.

5. Clears your mind – You must have never heard anyone say, “I am going to go and relax with a cup of coffee.” Tea is known to be an anti-depressant – it calms your nerves and invigorates your body. So the next time you are looking to boost your mood, get a cup instead of hitting the bar.

6. Protects your bones – People who drink tea on a daily basis have stronger bones and are less likely to break their hip in the long run, due to the high levels of catechins in tea. Having 3-5 cups everyday is certain to keep your bones healthy.

7. Protects your teeth – Tea contains fluoride that protects your teeth and doesn’t stain them unlike coffee. A reasonable amount of tea will keep you and your teeth happy.

8. Strengthens the immune system – Tea is also known to be good at keeping your immunity strong. Drinking tea on a regular basis can sure protect you from frequent sickness. Plus you can include tea blends and tisanes in your diet that contain immunity boosting herbs like ginseng, licorice root, ginger etc.

9. Helps in maintaining weight – Unlike regular vanilla and hazelnut lattes that are loaded with high amounts of sugar and calories, tea is perfect in it’s form for the weight watchers and people who are switching to a cleaner lifestyle.

10. Let’s you drink more – And finally. Can you imagine if you drank five or six cups of coffee every day? Your heart would explode. Tea has higher diversity of flavor profiles and you can open your taste buds on a much wider scale with tea. From black and green teas to tea blends and even caffeine free herbal infusions, you are sure to find ones you like.

Leaves or beans, tea wins hands down. So ponder on all the information we leave you with, while we go grab a cup ourselves!

TEA REVIEW – Rangsaa Levitate

levitate-reviewDry leaves
Herbal infusion is a mix of dry cut herbs, floral petals, roots and spice chunks. Appeal is warm, inviting, colorful and zesty. Aroma is fresh, reminiscent of a fruity healthy summer drink – herbal, floral, citrusy with strong essence of spices.

Infused Tea/Unique Characteristics
The leaves brew a light golden-amber color liquor with hue of crimson. The color is delicate and beautiful. The top tropical notes compliment the strong spicy unique undertones, with complex floral and herbaceous hints.  It coats the mouth with spicy, citrusy flavors, leaving behind a creamy, smooth and buttery spicy-sweet finish. The strong spicy characters, with hints of cardamom, are wonderful and pair really well with the natural sweetness of the tea. If you let it sit in your mouth, you can taste the surprising notes that work really well in balancing the flavors, attributing to a fresh, all-new flavor, delicious drink!

Infusion
1 tsp of leaves were infused in 200 ml pre-boiled water (100C) for 10 minutes. Although the infusion looked delicate, it surprised my taste buds with strong blend of flavors and aroma. The second infusion resulted from brewing the tea for 30 minutes. I had it iced and it was yum.

Rangsaa Levitate is a velvet smooth indulgence, pairing rich flavors. It’s relaxing, stimulating and a calming experience, where every sip soaks you in the atmosphere of a spa or a vacation. The journey of flavors is interesting and it makes you happy. Levitate is a delicate and fun tisane that would be really enjoyed during a cold evening and would be even better iced. Add a touch of vodka or gin to easily transform it into a celebration. The possibilities here seem endless.

10 Ways To Make Tea More Enjoyable

tea-talk-6Tea lovers are constantly on the lookout for new flavors and novel tea experiences. Luckily for them, different styles of tea don’t always have to be about different kinds of tea. A little tweak here, a little tweak there and you can have an entirely new brand of tea! Try these simple tips to give your daily tea experience a delightful twist:

1. Ginger – Ginger is best known for its aromatic, pungent flavor and is widely used to compliment Indian dishes. Adding ginger to your cup of tea gives it a spicy flavor profile and makes for an effective way to fight common colds and an upset stomach. Add a dash of honey and you have just the perfect cup ready!

2. Lemon – Most tea drinkers swear by lemon. Add a slice of lemon or mix some lemon juice to give your tea a slightly sweet yet acidic taste that tingles your taste buds. Being rich in Vitamin C and low on calories, lemon also makes your cup healthier.

3. Fresh Mint Leaves – Add fresh mint leaves to either hot or iced tea for an invigorating, aromatic drink that relaxes you. Remember to crush mint leaves to ensure the release of essential oils in your tea. Mint works best with green and black teas and is also an excellent cure for indigestion.

4. Tulsi – Tulsi infused tea is known to be the simplest and the best cure against common cold. Adding basil to your tea makes for a soothing and rejuvenating drink that is high on health benefits.

5. Fresh Fruits – Add different fruits every day of the week and treat yourself to new fresh fruit infusions. You can go for apples, kiwi, strawberries, oranges, melons etc. to add to your simple cup of tea and enjoy a fruity brew.

6. Spices – Spices greatly complement tea to give rise to exciting flavor profiles. Some commonly used spices in tea are cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves etc. Cinnamon is routinely used to enhance the flavor of tea, giving it a warm wafting aroma. It is also known to fight diabetes and boost immunity. Nutmeg, though similar to cinnamon in aroma and taste, gives the tea a warmer flavor. It pairs especially well with black tea and again, comes with loads of health benefits. Clove is another favorite with tea lovers and has lots of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

7. Honey – One of the oldest tricks in the book to sweeten your tea, honey is delicious and pairs very well with different teas, and is very healthy for your body. Use honey in your daily cup of tea. You can consider raw honey or organic honey as they are healthier and better options.

8. Lemon/Orange Peel – Lemon and orange peels are not just a great addition to desserts but also work really well with tea. The peels are fragrant and can be used to give tea a nice zesty, citrusy smell and a fresh flavor. They work well with almost all types of tea, from black, green to herbal infusions. All you need to do is peel s0me and add to your brew.

9. Nuts – Nuts can give your tea a rich creamy flavor and can be used with all varieties of tea. Crushed almonds and walnuts work especially well with somkey teas.

10. Alcohol – Calm your nerves after a long day and unwind with alcohol infused tea. You can take your pick from vodka, gin, whiskey, rum as you’ll find different teas work with specific types of alcohol because of their flavor profile. All you need to do is add one shot of your favorite drink to hot/cold tea and get your own curated drink.

Tea is versatile and you can really step up your game by making it with some imagination. Try different flavors, experiment, explore and have fun. Invite your friends over, make interesting tea based drinks, surprise them and pass on the love. It’s all about discovering the world of tea, together. It’s the modern tea movement!

5 Reasons Why Rangsaa is Your Best Post-Yoga Drink

Tea Talk 4.pngRight after a yoga class, your mind is in a relaxed state, your body is invigorated and you are at peace. You feel rejuvenated and in touch with yourself as the last hour has only been about you. Tea is much like yoga in a cup. It relaxes the mind, calms nerves and leaves you feeling refreshed.

So no wonder the two go together really well. A widely known fact, yoga practitioners have been combining tea and yoga for quite some time. The synergies arising out of the individual benefits of yoga and tea make them perfect companions.

Rangsaa’s premium tea blends and tisanes bring the meditative aspect to a fresh cup of tea. A state where you are physically relaxed and mentally alert. All of a sudden in between sips you will find it unforced and unknowingly- Serendipi-Tea. Here’s why Rangsaa is your best post-yoga drink:

1. Keeps you healthy – Everyone who takes up yoga is certain to benefit from improved stamina, flexibility, breath control and reduced stress on a daily level. As for tea, Rangsaa Reborn is a rich source of antioxidants and is helpful in boosting metabolism, reducing inflammation and strengthening overall immunity. When yoga and Reborn work in tandem, the health benefits complement each other. For instance, yoga is known to improve circulation. This improved circulation further improves the distribution of the antioxidants you get from our power herb – Indian ginseng. The blend of green tea, Indian ginseng, gotu kola, cramp bark and other exotic herbs improves blood circulation, relaxes muscles and relieves stress through the mind-awakening and sensory experience it offers.

2. Leaves you energetic – A yoga session makes you feel rejuvenated, stretching your muscles out and putting your mind at peace. Much the same, the “tree of life” powerhouse moringa present in our Rangsaa Maximus promotes good cardiovascular health, boosts energy, improves mental alertness, while head-clearing tulsi, licoroce root along with other healing ingredients improve resistance to stress and heighten energy levels, while keeping you in yoga state of mind.

3. Smooth transition – Yoga is obviously a tool for meditation and relaxation above anything else and a smooth transition back to normal life is important after a yoga session. Rangsaa Levitate helps you do just that. The unique myriad of flavors and aroma through blend of pure vitamins and nutrients, uplifts senses, provides physical and mental balance while the slow release of energy eases your entry into the daily grind, giving you ample time to reflect and prolong the meditative state of mind yoga puts you in. The very act of drinking Levitate gives the transitory effect of easing out of mediation.

4. Has a calming effect – Yoga helps alleviate stress and so does Rangsaa Insignia. A hot cup of aromatic tea after yoga calms you further after a yoga session, mirroring the heat released by the body during the workout, making the process of easing into the day a smooth one. Having Insignia after yoga has a soothing effect on you as it relaxes your mind and makes you feel healthier.

5. Flushes toxins out: Yoga is a toxin-releasing exercise and is best followed with consuming a liquid that works towards the cause. Drinking Rangsaa Unwind after yoga is complementary to your yoga regime as it helps flush the toxins and harmful acids out from the body. The unique blend of Indian gooseberry with exotic herbs and spices, makes for the perfect delicious detox and follow-up to yoga.

If you are doing yoga in the morning, then follow your session with Elevate, Reborn or Maximus, since they have stimulating properties apart from their obvious health benefits. If it is the evening you choose for your sessions, go for Insignia, Unwind or Levitate as they have a calming effect. So the next time you finish your yoga session, don’t forget to make yourself a cup of Rangsaa to go with all the hard work you have put in!

5 Steps to a Simple Tea Meditation

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“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.”– Thich Nhat Hanh

The modern lifestyle has discreetly trained us to stay distracted, immersed in our smartphones and constantly check for updates, that we often fail to realise how impatient, preoccupied and restless we all have become.

The simple ritual of making and drinking tea has been celebrated as a source of energy, light and alignment since ancient times. But due to lack of awareness and appreciation, we tend to overlook the power of the humble leaf. Tea meditation is a simple practice that will help you pause, reconnect, reboot and embrace life. And here are lovefortea’s 5 simple steps that will guide you to achieve that:

1. Boil water – Start with boiling water for your tea. Simply watch the water boil. Empty your mind and be present in the moment. Embrace the process. Be patient. Watch the bubbles go from tiny, large to rolling. Inhale the steam. Let it remind you to breathe deep – inhale and exhale. Let the process clear your lungs and mind.

2. Select tea leaves –Choose the kind of tea depending on your mood and taste buds preference every day. Feel the texture of the leaves, watch the size, color and shape. Bite them if you want. Smell and absorb the aroma. And add them to your glass teapot. We prefer glass teaware for the visual splendor they offer.

3. Steep and Infuse – Pour hot water into your glass teapot. Admire the dry leaves unfurl, expand, dance, float, sink and come to life. Appreciate the cloud of color from nature spreading out in your teapot, turning the water into tea. Notice the steam wafting up and smell the aroma. Let the leaves steep for 2 to 5 minutes depending on the kind of tea you are making. Relax and breathe easy.

4. Pour – Your tea is ready. Next step is to pour your tea into your cup. Now, don’t just use any cup. Pick the one you love, the one you like to touch and sip from. The one that’s special and calls to you. Decant the tea slowly while witnessing the magical drink pouring from the teapot into your cup. Notice the calming sound of infusion hitting the walls of your cup and the steam rising. Cherish the moment.

5. Drink your tea – Just sit with your tea for 2 minutes now and let it cool slightly. Look at the rich color of your tea. Hold the cup in between your hands and bring it close to your face. Inhale deeply. Feel the warm invigorating aroma awakening your senses and take you into a beautiful journey. To your favorite place. Exhale and while you do so, empty your mind of any thoughts. Sip slowly. Swirl the tea around your mouth and feel the taste of it. Notice the flavors. Repeat slowly. Focus on the tea, enjoy the moment and connect with yourself. Find inner peace. Life is beautiful.

Your morning and evening cup of tea can easily transcend into your modern day meditation. It’s easy. So, pick your favorite spot in the house, light some incense and put some relaxing music on. Maybe light up a candle. Practice mindfully and experience how 20 minutes of your day will transport you to another realm and way of life, with the oneness of man, nature and spirit – the very purpose of tea.