The Blooming (Flowering) teas are exotic bundles comprising of exquisite flowers hand-sewn with cotton thread around the dried tea leaves, which may consist of black, green or white tea leaves. They are meticulously handcrafted by experienced tea artisans of exceptional skills. Each of these exotic bundles when steeped expands and unfurls in a process that emulates a blooming flower and reveals the majesty of the flowers in captivating display, as also infuse the liquor with the particular characteristic of the teas inside. Flowering teas are generally served in a glass or any other transparent material so that the flowering effect can be seen.
Although, many teas are still flavored directly with flowers, herbs, and spices, teas with more specialized flavors are produced through the addition of natural or nature identical flavorants. This is particularly true for such teas which have a pronounced fruit or flower aroma and which otherwise cannot be achieved with the original ingredients. Flavoring the teas does not mask the natural taste of the tea.
Green tea leaves are processed differently from Black teas by steaming the leaves to destroy the enzymes that might otherwise ferment the leaves. The process of producing green tea is very exacting because variation in the drying time can result in fermentation of the leaves which spoils its flavour. Due to lack of fermentation green tea leaves contain chemicals beneficial to health, especially in terms of antioxidants that are one of the main health giving agents.
Herbal tea is a herbal infusion made from anything other than the leaves of the tea bush. However Herbal teas can be made with the addition of fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots, with tea leaves in proportionate quantities. The teas can be brewed by steeping for 3 to 5 minutes or longer durations to suit individual tastes.
In this category we have included packaged teas which are unique and entirely different from the teas that are in regular circulation across the world. These teas are specially handcrafted by skilled tea artisans, and are also very rare and sought after not only for their exceptional taste & aroma but also for their medicinal and therauptic qualities.
Masala Chai or Spiced Tea originated from the Indian subcontinent and is made by blending strong liquoring tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs. The Masala Chai is brewed by boiling the tea in a pre-boiled mix of milk and water and with proportionate sugar added to the brew. The Masala Chai is not only invigorating & delicious but also stimulates the mind and has other health benefits as well.
The Darjeeling Oolong teas are processed from leaves usually harvested in late spring to summer, and sometimes in winter. The processing of Oolong tea requires only a partial oxidation of the leaves. After the leaves are plucked, they are laid out to wither for about 8 to 24 hours. This lets most of the water evaporate. The leaves are then tossed in baskets in order to bruise the edges of the leaves. This bruising causes the leaves to partially oxidize because only a portion of the enzymes are exposed to the air. Next, the leaves are steamed in order to neutralize the enzymes and stop any oxidation. Oolong teas can have varying degrees of oxidation. After the oxidation process, a final drying takes place. Oolong teas are rich in antioxidants and thus have several health benefits.
Having observed the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, the world is slowly reverting back to natural ways of nourishment without adulteration by chemicals. The resultant produce by using 100% natural fertilizers and pesticides is said to provide a fuller and richer taste besides being healthier for consumption. Organic Teas are produced from soils treated by natural fertilizers and pesticides over a certain period of time and certified by reputed international agencies. Organic tea is increasingly becoming the preferred choice for the discerning and health conscious tea lovers.
White teas are manufactured from tender buds selectively plucked before sunrise from young bushes and hand rolled by trained experts, undergoing the very minimal processing. White teas are not fermented at all and therefore retain higher concentration of their beneficial antioxidants, almost three times more as compared to green teas. White teas also contain lesser percentage of caffeine than any other teas. The White teas generally have a mildly grassy flavour with muscatel notes and are very light in cup with pale yellowish colour.