5 Ways To Train Your Palate With Rangsaa Tea

Tea Talk 9Rangsaa’s tagline ‘Symphony of Colorful Tea’ reflects the various tasting notes in our blends, which come together to create a beautiful, elaborate musical composition, full of orchestral flavor profiles. There are different tasting notes, depth of flavors, aroma, undertones, complexities and spikes before you get an aftertaste. Every Rangsaa blend is an experience in taste, simplicity and purity, making it a beautiful tea drinking journey, something that you want to keep coming back for.

Indulging in novel ideas and events enriches our understanding of life and enhances the quality of our experiences. We at Rangsaa love trying out new notes, taste and flavour profiles with our tea blends. With the finest organic herbs and high altitude tippy tea leaves, we have created a beautiful symphony of unique flavours and notes, distinguishing our blends from the artificial ones that have proliferated the market today. We want people to experience this colourful symphony with five simple steps. Ask yourself the following questions when drinking our teas:

1. Describe your tea blend – How is the appeal? Examine the appearance of the dry tea leaves and other ingredients in the blend. Are the tea leaves whole or broken? Do you see silver or golden tips? How do the ingredients look? What do they smell like? Examine your tea, studying it for clues and flavours that are about to indulge your senses. Rejoice in the moment.

2. Describe the color of the tea liquor – Watch the leaves infuse and spread a cloud of color in your cup or teapot. Is it amber, crimson, golden, or a different color altogether? How does the color change with steeping time?

3. Describe the aroma – Close your eyes and inhale the rich aroma wafting from the infusion. What does it smell like? What are the hints of flavors that you are experiencing? Is it fresh, exciting, warm, spicy, comforting etc.?

4. Describe the tasting notes – Now, slurp the tea (don’t worry about the loud noises). Spread it all over your tongue and mouth. What flavors, notes, undertones do you detect? What are the top notes? Is there a balance? How is the texture and the finish? Try to describe your experience.

5. Describe the aftertaste – Finally, swallow the tea. Is the finish long or short? Do the flavors dissipate quickly or last for a while in your mouth? What flavors remain? Is the mouthfeel dry or creamy? Do you detect sweetness? You are the taster here. Enjoy every sip.

For a heightened tea experience, we suggest steeping the tea for 5-10 minutes and see how you like your tea, detecting the change in density and depth of flavours, thus allowing the musical notes to resonate.

To learn more about the new flavors that you can experience, please refer to our tea reviews on the website. Our reviews will act as an introduction and reference guide and will also enhance your experience by giving you cues on exploring your blends in different ways.

Train your palate and explore new flavors and nuances with Rangsaa’s premium tea blends and tisanes. Drinking tea is fun and we want you to experience the magic with your Rangsaa journey.

Valentine’s Special – Rangsaa’s 10 Tips To Embrace Life With Tea

Get your adrenaline shooting. Shake up. Get up. Make a cup of tea. Relax. Keep walking. Set goals. Live life. Smile often. Laugh loud. Love yourself. Love more. Eat nutritious food. Stay hydrated. Drink more tea. Listen to more music and less advise. And lastly – Never give up on love. Find love in whatever and whomever you can. Find love in people, moments, places, work and things. Love is the essence of everything. It is the core of our existence and the most beautiful element in our lives. It is the ultimate path to inner peace.

Let tea make your journey better. Let it remind you that real love is pure and special. Bring more colors, flavors and aroma in your life. Wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day! Live well. Drink well. Be well.

6 Ways To Cook With Rangsaa Tea Blends

cookingwithteaRangsaa’s obsession with tea transcends just drinking it. We like to add a whole world of innovation to how we use our blends. Our teas are our favorite ways to add grassy, herbal, sweet, and even smoky notes to our cooking repertoire. From buttery cookies to smoked meat and even stir-fries and butter, here’s how to eat more tea:

1. Swap stock for tea – Use Rangsaa for making pasta and oats, cooking grains like rice, barley, buckwheat and quinoa. You can also spice your soup up with a hint of fine tea. Use our infusions with intense aromas and flavors to give an unexpected twist to otherwise simple dishes.

2. Use it as spice rub – Adding Rangsaa to the usual rub suspects like salt, brown sugar, and garlic adds a savory note to cooking all kinds of poultry. Use our tea to mix with spices and rub it on meat (chicken, fish, lamb), followed with pan sautéing. Infusing the meat with tea makes for an enticing medley of scents and flavors. You can then de-glaze the pan with brewed tea, add a bit of butter and have a delicious pan sauce ready! Whether you are cooking a pot or baking a delicious chicken roast, experiment and have fun with Rangsaa.

3. Make tea butter – Think of this as your Rangsaa-rated herbal butter. To prepare the butter, add tea to heated butter and let it seep in for 5-10 minutes on medium heat before separating the leaves. Re-solidify the butter and store it in the fridge for later use in cakes, cookies, desserts and other baked items. The possibilities are truly endless. Be ready for a big gustatory surprise!

4. Work it into dough and batter – Tea absorbs water much like flour does. Adding butter stir-fried Rangsaa to the homemade dough for pasta, noodles, batter for bread and cakes imbues the item with a pretty color, texture and an exotic flavor. Add noodles into soup, bake a nice fruit bread or tea cookies or come up with an invention of your own. There are multiple options to mix and match your Rangsaa to wonderful recipes.

5. As a flavoring tool – Make a strong Rangsaa concoction and soak nuts and fruits in it overnight. Store this in the fridge and use in cakes, desserts and various dishes. This easy trick does wonder to your recipes and will amaze everyone around you.

6. Braising with Rangsaa – Apart from providing pleasure in a cup, Rangsaa is also ideal for braising lesser cuts of meat. A long slow cooking of meat in brewed tea results in a delicious sauce. Try brined sweet chicken to begin with. You’ll fall in love with the recipe and it won’t even be the beginning of a delicious affair!

Whether you are a seasoned chef or a newbie experimenting with different dishes, cooking with tea is going to take you on a new, uncharted culinary journey. Try our variety of blends and make Rangsaa not just a beverage choice but an ideal companion for your daily meals too.

TEA REVIEW – Ceylon Ivory by Teakruthi

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Dry leaves
The dry leaves is a mix of long, slender silver needles (about 1-1.5 inch in length) and whole leaves, with olive green color palette. Texture is intriguing. The tips have dense downy white fuzz. Scattered unopened tea buds add beauty and elegance. Aroma is fruity, earthy, nutty, sweet and inviting.

Infused tea/Unique Characteristics
The leaves brew a delicate champagne color liquor. The aroma is fresh, toasty, nutty, tannic, with vegetal tones. On the palate, the liquor starts mellow, sweet… and a little floral. Earthy taste and melon-sweetness, with hints of hay, linger for just a moment and seamlessly transition into a smoky, crisp finish, with soft mouthfeel and a little dryness.

Infusion
About 2.5 gms of leaves were infused in 200 ml pre-boiled water at 80C for 4 mins. The infusion is light-bodied with no astringency and bitterness. The second infusion at 7 minutes brings about a similar flavour profile.

Ceylon Ivory is a subtle tea experience and can be enjoyed by anyone who likes to contemplate over a cup of tea. It’s a graceful white tea that will remind you to pace down, declutter and seek a moment of solace.

Website – www.teakruthi.com
Rating – 3.6/5

Tea Aromatherapy – Find Your Balance With Rangsaa

tea-talk-10The practice of aromatherapy as an alternative medicine uses essential oils and aromatic plant extracts to heal, relax and improve one’s mood. From burning incense to fragrant oils, the tradition of aromatherapy has long been practised in temples, spas, meditation centres, hospitals etc. The popularity of aromatherapy has encouraged many to jump on to the bandwagon, labelling and selling synthetic candles, lotions and cosmetics for “aromatherapy”. These artificial products, naturally, do not have the properties the real herbs and oils do.

The many health benefits of aromatherapy make it hugely popular, such as its ability to reduce anxiety and depression, boost energy, eliminate headaches, induce sleep, reduce pain and strengthen immunity. And over the course of time, this simple ritual has paved it’s way to our homes – a practice aimed at healing and relaxing our bodies and mind.

Tea, a simple medium to achieve the meditative state, has been filling the need for an authentic way to aromatherapy. The healing and rejuvenating exercise is shifting to tea, with essential oils being infused into tea leaves, leading to an evolution in the diversity of flavors and aromas.

What makes tea such a soothing beverage is not just its taste nor the chemical compounds in the drink but the aromas and scents wafting from the cup, which go a long way in reducing stress. With each sip, the scents linger in the air, relaxing and energising the body and mind. The process of smelling the warm, rising aroma, is a process to connect with our inner selves, awaken from within and find a sense of harmony with nature.

This is the embodiment of aromatherapy in it’s most natural state. If you’re looking for something for vigour, vitality, healing, soothing or just lulling yourself to sleep, the task is as simple as bringing hot water to a boil and indulging in a fine cup of tea.

At Rangsaa, we strive to achieve the same sensory experience and mental balance with our all-natural blends. Our ingredients come alive in the water, bringing out layers of strong and complex aromas that are unique, reviving, soothing and relaxing, making way for the perfect, serene tea-time. Tea aromatherapy in all-natural way with no artificial essential oils or flavouring – this is the Rangsaa way. Just a medley of simple ingredients packed with 100% genuine love.

We believe our sense of smell plays a major role in our lives. The “smell” receptors in our nose communicate with parts of our brain (the amygdala and hippocampus) that serve as storehouses for emotions and memories. When you breathe in the aroma from a cup of Rangsaa, the receptors stimulate these parts of your brain and influence physical, emotional, and mental health. An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, a unique combination of a variety of aromas that can create an effect far more than that achieved by the oils on their own.

In today’s fast paced world, it is our effort to help people find balance and harmony of mind, body and spirit in a simple cup of Rangsaa. A journey from scratch to the molecular realm, Rangsaa aromas develop an all new character when brewed, with a unique burst of strong aromas that you’ve never experienced before. Brew our tea, find that perfect spot in the house and clear your mind of all worries. Dive into a journey of healing and wellness with a delectable and soothing aromatherapy experience. Jumpstart your journey of mindfulness with Rangsaa and experience the healing power of tea.

12 Reasons Why Rangsaa Blends Are Awesome

awesomerangsaablends4blog-1Tea is no longer about the regular chai we have all grown up with and grown idly used to. Neither are healthy teas now limited to the idea of green tea, let alone the convenient green tea bags most people take to.

We see people drinking poor-grade teas, chemically loaded with artificial flavors all around us and we are here to bring about a change. Although tea is widely accessible, most people remain oblivious to the whole array of options tea has to offer. A tea revolution has begun and we are here to help you re-discover tea.

Rangsaa’s tea blends and tisanes introduce you to the world of unique flavors, nuances and delicate balances not offered by your usual cup of tea. Every cup of Rangsaa is a delicious yet nutritious tea experience, bringing a premium cuppa to your table that also gives you ample room to innovate. Be it iced drinks, nutritious brews, healthy cockails and smoothies, our all-natural products come loaded with unadulterated power. Here are 10 reasons why we are unique and as cool as ice:

1. High-altitude tippy teas – At Rangsaa, we aim at bringing awareness and promote advance tea drinking culture. Tea grows slowly at high altitude, giving the leaves a greater depth of flavors and aroma. Trickling down from the hilly tea gardens in the Eastern Himalayan range, Rangsaa teas are hand-plucked and abundant in silver and golden tips.

2. All-natural tea blends – Many companies use artificially/naturally flavored oils which can be harmful to health. At Rangsaa, we use all-natural ingredients that transform, bringing out complex layers of flavors and aroma that you’ve never tasted before. Our blends are locally inspired and globally desired. 

3. Taste Experience and freedom from sugar – We believe that the act of drinking tea is a soothing, simple and a mind-awakening experience, that is nothing short of a thrilling sensory experience. We’ve worked with tea masters to create that perfect balance of flavors and aroma, for the delicious Rangsaa experience. Our teas are delectable, naturally sweet, enormously uplifting and nourishing – made with the finest organic ingredients.

4. Superfood drink – We’ve developed tea blends and tisanes using a precise selection of evocative herbs with proven health benefits, for the modern tea drinker. Our unique recipes with blend of superfood herbs is a great addition to modern day lifestyle. Stomp on artificially flavored teas, sugary energy drinks and leap to natural herbs and vitamins with an exuberant premium tea experience. Rise up to all your unhealthy monstrosi-teas.

5. Multi- versatile – We believe in having fun with tea, because there’s no drink like it. Rangsaa blends are great for cooking, making delicious cocktails, smoothies, detox drinks etc. Use our tea as a spice, marinate poultry or simply add fruits to make a healthy workout drink. Tea just went from traditional to progressive.

6. Shopping experience – At Rangsaa, we didn’t want to put people off with complicated names and a vast array from the mediocre to the good. We offer a small selection of the best. We’ve travelled the country seeking out the finest so that our customers don’t have to be experts to enjoy good tea. So, every time you sip one of our expert-curated tea blends, you are in the company of the most unique tea experience there is.

7. Tea with a purpose – Our blends are handcrafted keeping in mind the stressful on-the-go lifestyle of the modern tea drinker. Whether you want something to get refreshed in the morning, detox, a drink before a run, or a pre and post workout fuel, Rangsaa can be enjoyed every moment of the day.

8. Great for tea meditation – Rangsaa offers you meditation in a cup, leaving you physically relaxed and mentally alert – with it’s symphony of unique flavors and aroma. Just taking the time to brew and drink a cup of Rangsaa mindfully can quiet your mental chatter and help you tune into the present moment.

9. Rangsaa’s Golden Box – When it tastes amazing and feels amazing, it should absolutely look amazing too. We send our tea out like you send your first born to school for the first time – With love, affection, warmth and shining like the golden sun.

10. Tea gifting – Tea is meant to be shared. Even with those who are unfamiliar with the aromatic depths it can take one to. Our packaging is designed to give you the luxuriant Rangsaa experience. All our boxes have two pouches, red to induce and white to introduce. Share it if you love it.

11. Social responsibility – There’s lot that goes into bringing a cup of Rangsaa to your table and we ensure that journey is beneficial for all by working directly with farmers and small growers.

12. The Global Tea Movement – With every box of Rangsaa you purchase, you become part of LoveforTea – A Global Tea Movement. Rangsaa is continuously bringing together artists, musicians, designers and creating a high tea circle for those who share common love for the brew. With reach across 140 countries, we are one of the largest tea communities globally. Our goal is to make a difference by educating people about tea, how it’s good for us and connect with the vast tea community globally. Join us on a journey to enlighten the right tea drinking culture. It’s the modern tea movement!

For someone who loves tea, commitment to good tea comes naturally. We are trying to uphold this commitment every day at Rangsaa. We are on a mission to reveal the value and purpose of the rich tea drinking heritage by infusing it into our daily lives and culture. Let the tea-naissance begin!

Small Tea Growers Demand For Their Rights On International Tea Day 2016

While 5000 tea workers assemble at Raja Bhat Tea Estate in Kalchini district of West Bengal today 15.12.2016 to observe the 11th International Tea Day, we at Rangsaa stand with all the Small Tea Growers (STG)  in India and Center for Education and Communication (CEC) to bring forward the problems and demands of small tea growers across India. This is our attempt to contribute to the well-being of the people behind our cups of tea and highlight their issues to all our readers and the world. Next cup of tea you take, think of tea plantation workers, their condition and their rights. Together we can make a difference.

The petition, which highlights the demands of small tea growers of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, is signed today and submitted to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. Following is the memorandum submitted.

Small Grower Statement

We, the representatives of following Primary Producer Societies or collectives of small tea growers in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram are celebrating December 15, the international tea day with increased sense of self worth.

We are proud to be the producers of Tea, a health drink. India is the second largest producer of this health drink in the world. We, the small farmers, though having on an average less than 2 acres of land, are proud to contribute 33.85% in 2015-16 of tea produced in India. That this is a recent phenomenon could be gauged from the fact that in 1999 small growers’ contribution was only 1.16% of the total production. In 2015-16, of the total production of 1233.14 million kgs of tea, small sector contributed 417.42 million kgs based on an aggregation of tea manufactured by 568 bought leaf factories. Our contribution to the total tea production in India must be higher if our supply to estate factories are also considered.

Small farmer’s production is almost twice the quantity of tea exported by India. During the financial year 2015-16 India exported 232.92 million kgs valued at Rs. 4493.10 crore. We are feeling proud of the fact that we contribute not only to meet the growing domestic demand for tea in India but also to obtain valuable foreign exchange.

Small sector contributes to employment generation in the rural areas, uplifting hundreds of thousands of people from poverty and it prevents distress migration. Tea cultivation is respectful self-employment for thousands of young people, and in all tea growing areas; and it also absorbs as workers a large number of unemployed from the large tea estates.

For small growers, land is not a commodity, but a source of life and livelihood, integral to our existence. Overcoming compulsions from chemical and fertiliser companies, increasing number of farmers are following responsible agricultural practices, moving towards chemical free and organic agriculture.

We want Central and State governments to recognise our contribution to the nation, its economy, ecology and to the people of India and of the World.

  1. We strongly urge the Government of India to ensure that we get a fair price for our produce by
    a. strong and participatory enforcement of Price Sharing formula
    b. ensuring better price for better quality of leaf supplied
    c. making available certified organic manure and pesticides

  2. We urge the Government of India not to delay the declared subsidies to small growers including leaf collection shed, leaf weighing machine, leaf carrying bag, pruning machine, plucking machine, irrigation equipments and computer.

  3. We urge the Government of India to extend crop insurance scheme to all small growers without any delay.

  4.  We urge the Government of India to implement universal social security and health coverage for the workers working in our gardens.

  5. We urge the Government of India to encourage collectives of small growers having 100 acres of land, quality leaves, and compliance to Plant Protection Code to set up factories to manufacture chemical free / organic green specialty tea and facilitate their marketing ventures by
    a. easing steps to set up such units, especially, approvals for land, building and machinery
    b. easing steps to obtain other necessary permits and licences including electricity, pollution, sales tax etc
    c. ensuring easy access to credit from NABARD, SFAC and other public as well as private financial institutions
    d. extending financial assistance as is available for big factories

On the occasion of 11th International Tea Day, we stand united with self-respect for responsible, sustainable and remunerative tea cultivation and assure everyone quality tea.

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