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The Benefits Of Organic Tea

Posted by Gaynor Birkhead on

The Benefits Of Organic Tea

Versatile and adaptable, there really is a tea for every occasion. Whether you like black tea, green tea, red tea or white tea, there is a tea colour for any mood. Drunk first thing in the morning, throughout the day or before bedtime, there is a tea for every moment and to suit every taste. Tea can be soothing, comforting, invigorating and restorative, not only does it help to improve our mood, but it also has a vast range of health benefits too. It is no wonder that tea is the super-drink, being the second most popular drink consumed world...

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Looking for some hot stuff? - Red Chilli Chai

Posted by Gaynor Birkhead on

Looking for some hot stuff? - Red Chilli Chai

This rather hot composition is a real surprise. With base of Indian black assam tea, and flavourings of clove, cocoa beans, cinnamon, roasted liqourice root, black peppercorns and last but not least, chilli and some whole ones at that!!! I have tried most new inventions with chilli added, and I have to say “I liked them all”. However, I was a little dubious at first about chilli in my tea, but I love it; I think, here at theuklooseleafteacompany it's one of my absolute favourites. The taste if difficult to put into words as all the flavours can be tasted...

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Fancy Sencha green tea well I do fancy that?….

Posted by Gaynor Birkhead on

Fancy Sencha green tea well I do fancy that?….

Fancy Sencha that?….

And here at the uklooseleafteacompany, we certainly do. An organic Japanese Sencha green tea, reported to be the most popular in Japan (according to our research) and representing approx 80% of tea produced. The ideal colour for a good Sencha tea is a greenish gold. The flavour can alter with the temperature of the water added, for example; hot water can produce a stronger more astringent flavour whereas a more temperate addition produces a quite mellow taste. Sencha leaves are exposed to sunlight throughout the life cycle, which encourages rapid growth. Sencha is high in vitamin C, it also contains Tannin which gives the unique sharp flavour. An important difference between Japanese green tea and other teas for example; black tea, oolong tea and Chinese green tea is, Japanese tea leaves are steamed after harvest, the process lasts approx 15-20 seconds, the tea is then put through a rolling process preventing the leaves from oxidation, therefore retaining the natural green colour, aroma and nutritional components. Green tea has long been the subject of many scientific and medical studies to determine if reported health benefits are founded. Some evidence reports that regular consumption may reduce the risk of developing heart disease, also certain types of cancer. Green tea has also been a key additive to health foods, dietary supplements and cosmetics. Green tea does not raise the metabolic rate enough to dispense with a healthy nutritious diet and exercise regime, however, certain natural chemicals contained in the extract has been shown to assist the metabolic rate by approx 4% without increasing the heart rate.

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