Tea & Tea Blends
What is Tea? Technically speaking tea is the dried and processed leaves of Camellia Sinensis, and includes four main varieties: black, oolong, green, and white tea. Tea has deep roots when it comes to medicinal uses. Our tea comes from all over the world and we start by matching and blending flavors using only the finest loose tea leaves, tisanes and rooibos and other natural flavors so the finished product can be palate pleasing. Herbal teas however, do not come from the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, but are an infusion of leaves, roots, bark, seeds or flowers of other plants. Tea is the second most popular drink behind water.
Tea is a rich source of minerals essential for health:
•Manganese is essential for bone growth and body's development and 2–5 mg a day is required for good health. Tea is one of the richest sources of manganese in our diet, with 5–6 cups of tea providing 45% of our daily requirement.
•Potassium is vital for maintaining a normal heart beat. It enables nerves and muscles to function and regulates fluid levels within the cells. Deficiency leads to erratic heartbeat and fatigue. A normal, balanced diet should provide sufficient potassium for health. However, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia and over exercise may lead to deficiency. Diuretics also lead to loss of potassium, so women who use diuretics to counteract water retention around the time of their period or those prescribed them for high blood pressure may also be at risk of deficiency. Tea is a rich source of potassium. 5–6 cups provides nearly ¾ of the recommended daily intake for an adult.
•Fluoride is the most successful agent against tooth decay ever discovered. Tea is one of the few natural sources of fluoride (depending on the type and strength of tea) and has been shown to have a positive effect on preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Scientists believe that drinking tea improves oral health by helping prevent dental cavities. A British study published in 1991 suggested that heavy tea drinking could even provide some children with enough fluoride to prevent tooth decay. It has also been that plaque, the scale caused by mouth bacteria that leads to gum disease, is decreased by drinking tea. These effects are probably due to tea's antioxidant components working in synergy with its fluoride content.
Caffeine is well recognized as increasing both alertness levels and attention spans. A cup of coffee or tea is often recommended to counter sleepiness, especially for those driving long distances and many people resort to an afternoon "cuppa" to get back on top of their workload.
Recent reports suggest that caffeine may be useful in treating allergic reactions due to its ability to reduce the concentration of histamines, the typical body response to an allergy–causing substance. More research is needed in this area before conclusions can be drawn. Caffeine has long been known to help many people suffering from asthma. There is also evidence to suggest that caffeine may reduce the risk of kidney stones.
A Department of Nutritional Services report provides the following ranges of caffeine content for a cup of tea made with loose leaves:
•Black Tea: 23 – 110 mg
•Oolong Tea: 12 – 55 mg
•Green Tea: 8 – 36 mg
•White Tea: 6 – 25 mg
In comparison, a cup of coffee contains about 90–175 mg (depending on the brewing method). For those who are sensitive to caffeine, we recommend using a little less leaf and brewing your teas with slightly cooler water for a shorter period of time. Green, white and lightly oxidized oolong teas are good choices, as they tend to benefit from lower water temperatures and shorter steeping times. Since nearly 80% of the caffeine will be extracted within 30 seconds of steeping, you can easily remove most of the caffeine in any tea by following these guidelines: Steep the tea in hot water for 30 seconds. Discard the liquid. Then, add water to the leaves and brew for the amount of time that is appropriate for that particular tea.
Some of our Tea names were inspired by cities and streets in New Orleans. Following are some blends we developed first, and are now our best sellers:
Crescent City Paradise: Apples, elderberries, hibiscus, rose hips, flavoring, kiwi bits, strawberry bits., rose petals, marigold and cornflower petals. No. 710
Green Tea Miztique: A perfect blend of Indian and Chinese Green Tea, Jasmine Fennel, Calendula and cornflowers (blue flowers). (Iced tea) but delicious served cold or hot!
Tropical Cyclone Green Tea: Lush and fresh green tea is combined with pineapple and papaya to create a transcendent experience, one that evokes images of tropical landscapes and warm temperatures. Enjoy this as a respite from your busy life. Naturally low in caffiene, and good for multiple infusions. No. 772
Big Easy Mingling: Black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, chocolate splits (sugar, cocoa mass. cocoa powders).
Great served with milk! No. 935
Mardi Gras Masquerade: India black tea, ginger root, cinnamon chips, green cardamom and vanilla flavor. Serve with a generous amount of milk and sugar. No. 920
N'awlins Berrylicious: A Blend of Black Tea, plums Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and cranberries (Iced Tea) but delicious hot! No. 730
Earl Grey Royal: Our version of Earl Grey, black tea with cornflowers. No. 822
French Quarter: Fruit Blend of apples, pineapple bits, papaya bits, with sugar, flavoring, carrots, peach bits, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), rose buds, rose petals. No. 722
Jazzy Mint: Green tea, mint and jasmine. No. 860
Fine Tea Pyramids
Now enjoy the very same IndividualiTEAS you love with tea bag-like convenience. These innovative tea pyramids are designed to give full-leaf tea room to unfold. Exquisite flavor and aroma are released in a way previously only possible when brewing loose tea. It's the perfect solution for any discerning tea lover who is traveling or pressed for time.
Fine Breakfast Irish Blend. No.803p
Decaf Earl Grey. No. 880p
Tropical Cyclone Green Tea. No. 772p
Egyptian Chamomile. No. 975p
N'awlins Berrylicious. No. 730p
Other available flavors: Darjeeling, Ceylon Kenilworth, Fine Lung Ching, English High-Grown Leaf Blend, Earl Grey De La Creme, Mardi Gra Masquerade (Chai), Rooibos Orange, Lemon Chiffon Rooibos, Green Rooibos Key Largo, After Dark Hebal Melange (See Retail Store for complete list).