Let’s get acquainted with one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts – the mighty tea. The cup that gives you that elegant stimulation and alertness yet with a sense of serenity and calmness. Tea comes from the plant Camellia Sinensis. The same shrub gives us five different types of teas namely black, oolong, green, white and pu’erh. The difference is in the preparation process and how the tea leaves are treated. Then of course, one finds the tisanes or as widely known, herbal teas, such as rooibos, herbs, spices and floral infusions. Teas have different levels of caffeine whereas tisanes are caffeine-free. Just like most fruits and vegetables, tea is a natural source of antioxidants. If you really want to have a fulfilling love affair with tea, then you should get familiar with the wonderful world of loose-leaf teas – the gorgeous hand-picked leaves and buds prepared by artisan farmers. If you are new to tea, start your journey with an oolong or white tea and you will be surprised to discover various flavour notes just like you experience with wine. There is so much to discover and savour until you find the right blend for you. Intrigued yet? Rediscover the tea ritual www.tettiera.com
Published on PINK Magazine issue 148 , out with The Sunday Times of Malta on Sunday 12th February 2017.