Posted by: tasteindulgence | August 14, 2009

Do You Drink Black Tea?

Chances are, if you live in the western part of the world you’ve enjoyed a cup of black tea at some point in your life.  While green tea reigns supreme in most Asian countries, it is black tea that accounts for over 90% of tea sales in the west.

I’m sure many of you are scratching your heads in confusion right now, so let me explain.  Black tea, or what is technically known as black tea, is actually sold under names like Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and Orange Pekoe in our supermarkets and grocery stores.

But it isn’t black, is it?  No, it usually has a reddish or amber color. Actually, the term black tea probably refers to the color of the leaves after the processing it goes through to make it black tea.  This is a variety of tea that is more oxidized and fermented than green, white and oolong teas.  The result is more caffeine and a stronger flavor than the other teas.

So, if you are ever asked the question, “Do you drink black tea?” now you’ll have a better understanding of what it really means.  While green tea has certainly made its presence felt over here, it is black tea that we have come to know and love.  How many of us have started our days, enjoyed our afternoons, and relaxed in the evenings with a cup of black tea?  The very mention of the word “tea” seems to conjure up images of rest and comfort.  We’ve all had a ‘soothing cup of tea’ at one time or another.

But don’t think that black tea is only about comfort and indulgence.  There are many health benefits to black tea that often get overlooked.  Many sources indicate black tea can help with scores of ailments including diabetes, stroke, stress, weight problems, and even cancer.

Just keep in mind that it’s the leaves of the plant that offer you the health benefits.  Dumping gobs of high fat milk and mounds of sugar into it aren’t going to help you at all.  That’s not to say you shouldn’t enjoy yourself.  Just be cautious and don’t turn such a wonderful drink into something that is bad for your body.

When it comes to brewing black tea, most of you probably already have a preferred method for making it just how you like it.  Also, most of you probably use tea bags in order to make it.  While tea bags are great, and certainly the standard, I’d suggest trying some loose leaf tea as an alternative.

If you’ve been wondering where to buy black tea, we have some great varieties right here at Taste Indulgence that you’ll be sure to love.  You could try flavors like Cheeky Chai, Daring Darjeeling, Spiced Orange, and Traditional Earl Grey.

A great tip for when you are brewing black tea is to use spring water or purified water.  In most places, tap water contains chlorine which can alter the taste of your tea.  And at the end of the day, when it’s really time to relax and unwind, you want the best tasting tea you can get.

* The above is not meant to be construed as medical advice; consult a professional before using herbs as medication

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Posted by: tasteindulgence | July 29, 2009

Iced Tea in the Summer

Few would argue that iced tea and summer go hand in hand. For many of us, the thought of indulging in a tall glass of iced tea on a hot summer day is one of life’s great joys. Whether sitting on a porch watching the sun set, or quenching your thirst as you work away in the afternoon heat, iced tea has been part of our culture for quite some time. In fact, people have been enjoying this refreshing summer drink for over a century.

Some say that iced tea has been mentioned in documents dating back to 1879, but it was probably the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904 where this magnificent drink really took off. As the story goes, an Englishman named Richard Blechynden was giving away samples of hot tea when he noticed the lines start to diminish as the temperature increased. It was then he had the idea to add ice to the hot tea to make it more refreshing for his patrons.

This new, cold drink was a huge hit, and the iced tea craze had begun. Whether or not this account is the absolute truth or not is anyone’s guess, but no one can deny the popularity of iced tea today.

These days you can enjoy iced tea in powdered form, in bottles, flavored, sweetened or unsweetened. But perhaps the best way to enjoy iced tea from a purely self indulgent point of view is to brew it yourself.

There are likely many opinions on how to brew iced tea, but here is one that is fairly simple and will give you the results you’re after.

1. Place 4-5 tea bags or about two teaspoons of loose tea leaves in a pitcher (use a glass pitcher for effect if you have one)
2. Bring 2 cups of cold water to a boil
3. Pour the boiling water directly over the tea and steep for 3-5 minutes
4. Remove tea bags or strain the leaves and then add 2 more cups of cold water
5. Serve over ice

You can add the sweetener of your choice at this point, then give it a stir and enjoy. Aside from old fashioned sugar, honey works well, as does the herb stevia for those of you who are a little more health conscious. You can also add a couple squeezes of fresh lemon or lime to brighten the flavor.
A good tip to keep in mind when you brew iced tea is to make it a little stronger than you would regular tea to compensate for the dilution of the ice.

Here at Taste Indulgence, we have a large selection of premium iced teas for you to choose from. You can choose from 12 very unique loose tea flavors, as well as a handful in tea bag form if that’s more your style. Either one will give you everything you need to brew yourself the perfect glass of iced tea. They can all be found on our Iced tea page. You’ll find delicious iced teas with names like “Passionate Blueberry,” “Sunshine Burst,” “Pomegranate Delight,” and “Fruit Tease.”

So many people are choosing to buy iced tea online nowadays, and Taste Indulgence is very proud of our selection and overall quality of iced teas.

If you really enjoy iced tea in the summer…and I mean really savour that feeling you get from sipping a glass of iced tea when the temperature is soaring, spoil yourself a little and give Taste Indulgence a try. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.

Posted by: tasteindulgence | July 15, 2009

How to Brew Your Perfect Cup of Tea

Brewing tea is like any great indulgence: it’s all up to you. The basic ingredients—tea and water—are non-negotiable, but the amount of tea, the temperature of water, and the steeping time can all be done to your own discretion. What follows are general guidelines for a great cup of tea. We also include steeping instructions with every purchase. Your own experimentation and unique additions will make the perfect cup for you.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh, cold, non-chlorinated water. If your water is hard, we suggest filtered or bottled spring water. Water needs to be cold in order to retain more oxygen.
  • Your favorite Taste Indulgence tea.
  • (Optional) Milk, cream, and/or a sweetener such as honey, sugar, fruit juice, stevia, etc.
  • For iced tea, you’ll need ice made from fresh, non-chlorinated water (or made from your favorite tea!)

Preparation:

  • Fill the kettle with cold water and turn heat source on.
  • Warm up your teapot and cups by pouring hot water into each, then pouring all water out.
  • Add 1 teaspoon per person of loose leaves to the teapot. You may wish to add an extra teaspoon for the pot itself. Adjust this amount to taste. Using fewer leaves and steeping longer is at least as tasty as using more leaves in a shorter steep time.
  • For best flavor, leaves need room to expand while steeping, so take care not to pack them into a straining device

Water Temperature:

  • Green and white tea leaves will become bitter when steeped in boiling water. Optimal temperature is 150F-170F. Pour the water from kettle into teapot (or cup) and steep for 1-3 minutes, according to taste.
  • Black, herbal, and Oolong tea leaves can take boiling water but we recommend you steep them in water that is just below boiling temperature, between 180F-200F. Pour the near-boiling water from kettle to teapot (or cup) and steep for 3-4 minutes, according to taste.

Finishing Touch:

  • When tea has steeped to perfection, you may wish to strain the leaves but it is ok to leave the leaves in the pot. High-quality leaves may be infused more than once, and they will not grow bitter unless water is too hot, or if left a very long time.
  • Add milk, cream, ice, and/or your favorite sweetener, and indulge!

Speaking of ice, summer’s here and that means iced tea season! Some of our favorite iced tea flavors are Fruit Tease, Sunshine Burst, and Robust Rooibos. What’s yours?

Posted by: tasteindulgence | June 17, 2009

Taste Indulgence Launches New Website Selling Fine Teas

British Colombia-based Taste Indulgence tea company is now online! Join us for free samples and special offers this month as we celebrate our site launch.

We offer the finest teas the world has to offer, Black, Herbal, White, Green, Oolong, Fruit Tisanes and more. Our organic products are USDA certified, and we are proud members of the Specialty Tea Institute and Tea Association of Canada.

And with our new website, finding and buying Taste Indulgence teas and tisanes has never been simpler. All purchases are shipped in one business day and received in 2-5 days in the US. Our shipping policy keeps it simple: $5.95 flat rate regardless of weight, purchase value, and distance in the US. We also offer free shipping on orders over $50 in the US. And for your protection, we provide SSL secure data on all transactions.

We make it easy for you to purchase old favorites and discover new ones with our simple site design and navigation tools. You can also tell a friend about us with our email tool.

Sign up for our Newsletter to keep up on latest tea trends and flavors, promotions and more.

Speaking of promotions, check out our launch celebration promotion right now! See Special Launch Offers on our home page for details.

We’re excited to be online at last, and to provide you not only with the finest teas but with the best customer service experience. We look forward to getting to know you and building up a conversation about tea and indulgence. Thanks for dropping in. Please have a look around, share your thoughts, and go on, spoil yourself!

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