Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Teas That Are A Must To Try

These teas are not your typical supermarket blends. These are a must try for the avid tea drinker.


Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”) comes from the leaves of the eponymous South African plant, and, says Lovell, the wild rooibos she uses in her No.1 Ladies Wild Redbush Tea has a “deep, rich berry flavor.” It’s harvested on horseback with machetes, and is name checked—as is Lovell herself—in Alexander McCall Smith’s novel Corduroy Mansions, where heroine Precious Ramotswe opines that “there is no problem so great that it cannot be solved by a cup of bush tea.”


Pu-erh is an aged dark tea produced in China, and often blended with rose petals; the Rare Tea Cellar, naturally, ups the ante a little. “We’ve used these crazy wild roses from the highest mountains of the Middle East,” says Markus. “Pu-erh is traditionally very earthy, with almost a dirty farmyard taste, so bringing the sweetness of the finest roses to that is a complete game-changer. It’s not only aromatic but also really soothing—perhaps the ultimate wind-down drink.”


White tea comes from the buds and young leaves of the tea plant, and has the highest antioxidant content of any tea. The Rare Tea Cellar’s Emperor’s Private Reserve Himalayan Dream is “about the most elegant tea you’ll taste,” says Markus. It’s brewed from the tips of young leaves, plucked solely under the light of a full moon. The result? “An ambrosia, with an aroma somewhere between a wild orchid and some kind of hedonistic blossom that shouldn’t exist in nature.” The stuff can command $8,000 per kilogram. (Or, a bargain, at $25 for three cups.)
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