South African Rooibos requires solid soil preparation, good plant material, rainfall, and ability to make a good quality Rooibos based on harvesting skills and traditions. Rooibos tea is well known for a number of benefits namely to aid nagging headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies, and premature aging.
The story of vanilla begins with the Totonaco Indians of Mexico, who were the first to unearth its secret. They fell to the Aztecs, who were in turn soon conquered by the Spaniards, under the leadership of Harnando Cortez. Cortez brought his precious plunder, including a few beans of vanilla, back to Spain. Vanilla beans are the fruit of an orchid, which blooms for only one day each year. Because of this, and also because the flowers must be hand-pollinated, vanilla is the second most expensive spice on earth, after saffron.
Our Ceylon Chocolate Charm tea has a dense and soft chocolate flavour. Clean, slightly tangy finish brings you back to tea, and the balanced astringency compliments the dark chocolate nicely.
The story of chocolate begins with Columbus’ discovery of America. Cocoa beans were among the curiosities he brought back from his voyage. However, it wasn’t until the conquest of Mexico that the Spaniards learned of ‘chocolatl’, a drink made from cocoa beans that the Aztecs served Cortez and his troops. The Spaniards found the drink bitter. Luckily, the New World was also a source of cane sugar. Combining the two, and bringing the recipe to Spain, proved a booming business. The Spanish managed to keep it a secret for nearly a hundred years.
The story goes that in 1830, Charles Earl Grey, an English diplomat travelled to China, and as a reward for his act of kindness, a local man presented him with the recipe for making this distinctive tea. As inspiring as it may sound, the story is factually incorrect. Chinese have never been black tea drinkers, and so it was very unlikely that they had a tea recipe for Earl Grey to bestow on visitors. Also, Charles Earl Grey never set foot in China.
The origins of our Mango Twist tea reside in a Hindu legend, where a mango tree grew from the ashes of the sun princess, who had been incinerated by an evil sorceress. When the ripened mango fell to the ground, the beautiful princess emerged again.
Mangoes originated in Southeast Asia, where they had been cultivated for over 4,000 years. Since their discovery, mango groves have spread to many parts of the world, though mostly the tropical and sub-tropical climates. There are over 1,000 different varieties of the mango plant in existence, and India alone produces half of the world’s supply. Mangoes are used widely in the culinary world, from sweet sticky rice, to delicate chutneys, to spicy and savoury pickles. It’s also an important part of non-food life in several cultures; both the fruit and leaves are used for decoration, religious ceremonies and weddings.
Tempting Raspberry is a blend of fresh, crisp green tea from China with sweetly tart red raspberry flavour. The genus Raspberry consists of over 200 distinct species, however, only two of these are presently cultivated. The first mention of raspberry comes from the people of Troy (Helen perhaps?), located in modern-day Turkey. Its original name was ‘ida’ – a reference to the mountain on which it was first spotted. The medicinal properties believed to cluster in its leaves were of more interest to its early users than the sweet, red fruit. Today, you can find red raspberries, as well as black, purple and golden.
We find ourselves romancing on the smell of Christmas throughout the year. A warm spicy smell that reminds us of happy times surrounded by our loved ones around a bright lit Christmas tree. Earthy spices such as cinnamon, cloves and orange peels have been associated with cozy winter afternoons and Christmas carols for a long time. May you feel blessed and happy drinking a cup of our Christmas blend.