Posts, pictures, shares, likes and instant gratification. When the history of the 21st century is penned down, our decade will be remembered for its penchant for capturing every fleeting moment, every feeling, every milestone.
Amidst all this charged-up emotion, juiced up on intellectual, emotional and experiential stimulants, historians will note the beginnings of a breakaway group of thinkers, those who seek purity, serenity and holistic-ness. They will represent a pull back, a counter-balancing force.
It’s a force embodied by loose leaf teas, a move away from dilution, a take-back of high standards, a bastion of purity.
Here’s how you let a cuppa well-brewed loose leaf tea enhance your life.
Facing Your Exams
The much dreaded brain marathon that you must endure while prepping for exams. It’s when you need our brains to work harder, faster and longer, while fighting fatigue and time.
A beautifully-brewed, loose leaf, black tea is your friend in need.
Black tea is a pick-me-up and its amino acid L-theanine helps rev up your concentration levels. It’s good for your heart and its antigens boosts immunity.
Its strong and full-bodied flavor energizes you. You could choose from Assam, Darjeeling or Ceylon tea. Assam tea has a rich malty flavour, while Darjeeling is sweet and spicy, and Ceylon tea often has a fruity aftertaste.
First Solo trip
Striking out on your own, for the first time, is a rite of passage that’s often characterized by two phrases: “Don’t worry mom” and “I want my mom.”
It’s the time to experience it all, and a cup of Oolong tea gives you exactly that. It has the body of the black tea, the aroma of white tea, and the freshness of green tea.
Chinese Oolong is greenish-yellow when brewed and is fragrant with a sweet after-taste. Other Oolongs are often roasted, which give them a reddish tint and a sweet smoky taste.
Its benefits include reducing high blood pressure and boosting alertness, crucial when on the road alone. Oolong is also used to prevent cancer and osteoporosis.
Ah! That first flush of love! Every moment is full of goodness and delightful surprises, it’s soul-touching, poetry-inspiring, and “nothing like anything”.
And there’s a black tea that enhances this very emotion. It’s like no other tea in the world. It’s the Darjeeling Second Flush. Unlike the Assamica grown in parts of India, the Darjeeling Black comes from the smaller leaf variety, and is grown at the foothills of the Himalayans.
The second flush is harvested in summer and is called the Champagne of teas. Apart from having all the health benefits of a black tea, the second flush replenishes the soul with its unique muscatel flavour, and aromatic fragrance.
The miracle of birth, that inspires super powers in parents. It’s when life shifts into fifth gear, and doesn’t slow down. It’s when new parents need to re-charge and unwind all at once.
The green tea is that super-drink that has it all.
Green tea is full of antioxidants that help to detox the body. It improves metabolism, and rejuvenates the body. It’s good for weight loss and energy gain.
There’s Chinese green tea and the Japanese Sencha to choose from. Both teas date back to the late 10th century. The Japanese Sencha (young green leaves) are steamed, while Chinese green tea is pan-fired.
Longjing, the top graded Chinese green tea has an earthy sweetness like that of pea shoots. While the Japanese Sencha is sweet and grassy that’s both refreshing and calming.
It's the second teenage, they say, but without the worry of exams, allowance, curfew or acne.
It a time to celebrate and enjoy the fruits of hard work of a well-lived life, while keeping an eye on your health.
And that’s why white tea is the drink for this life milestone.
White Tea originates from the Fujian province of China and top grade white tea is known as Silver Needle.
White tea has more antioxidants than green tea. It helps cardiovascular health, lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of cancer.
When infused white tea has a pale yellow hue. The taste is light, aromatic and melon-y.
Tips for brewing:
Black tea- Bring a cup of water to boil and steep 1 tsp of tea. Brew it for 3-4 minutes till it turns a beautiful amber colour.
Oolong- Put two tsp of loose leaf oolong tea in a cup of near hot water. Let it steep for a minute.
Green teas- Boil water to 70 °C and then steep 1 ½ tsp of loose leaf tea for about 2 minutes.
White tea- Heat water to 85 °C. Steep 2 tbps of loose leaf white tea for 4-5 minutes.
Warning: Do not try this with teabags, if you are looking for perfection.