- It’s best to transfer both loose tea and tea bags from a cardboard or paper packet or tub into an air-tight container.
- Tins and caddies with tight-fitting lids are good as they can keep out smells and humidity which can affect the tea.
- Storing the jars in a dark cupboard will mean the tea will keep well.
- You should never keep it in the fridge as there is always the chance that water will get into the packet.
- You should always be careful with flavoured teas, as the added flavourings can be very powerful and easily taint other teas nearby.
- For loose tea, it is essential that you check that the spoon or scoop that you use is completely dry.
- If there is even a drop of moisture on the spoon, the humidity introduced to the interior of the packet or caddy will have an effect on the quality of flavour.
The worlds most expensive tea according to the Financial Times
Investors have driven up the price of Da Hong Pao, the rare tea that can only be grown in a few areas of China’s Fujian province.
‘Phoenix Supreme’ Oolong tea is picked from bushes that grow on the Wudong peak of Phoenix Mountain in Guarngdong Province, China.
It is made in small batches by and expert tea master and gathered twice a year, between April and May, and October and November.
It has a fragrant fruity aroma and a smooth, very refreshing flavour.
Oolongs can range in character between green and black teas, many can be paired with food along the same lines as their green or black counterparts. For instance, greener oolongs tend to go well with scallops, lobster and other sweet rich foods, while darker oolongs compliment somewhat stronger-flavored foods such as duck and grilled meats.
- Z1S Bao Zhong + Fruits or lighter breads with butter
- Ti Kuan Yin + desserts and fruits
- Wu Yi + Roasted vegetables and squash
- Plum Oolong + Wheat bread with jam
Not a green tea fan? Well the good news is that you don’t need to drink this to help with weight loss as they have now found that ‘Oolong’ tea helps even more.
A Chinese study showed that if we drink oolong tea for six weeks it will help with weight loss. In fact the data confirmed that a component other than just caffeine was responsible for promoting the preferential use of fat as an energy source.
A further Japanese study compared the benefits of oolong tea and green tea on weight loss. The results were that after drinking oolong tea you will use more energy than if you were drinking green tea or water and that it can last up to two hours.
For the best results they suggest you have a cup of oolong around 30 minutes to 1 hour before you do any form of exercise or walk, and drink it in the afternoon to help late afternoon sweet cravings and energy slumps.
Anyone fancy a cup of oolong tea?…
Ten teas for every mood is a graphic from Simply Serene’s Blog.
A Nurse Practitioner from New York, who started blogging to share her passion for healthy living who says no matter the mood, there is a tea out there for you. Some teas give you a natural energy boost, while others promote rest and relaxation. Drinking tea for medicinal purposes dates back centuries to the ancient Shang dynasty in China. It was first introduced to Portuguese missionaries during the 16th Century, spreading quickly throughout Europe and Asia. Drinking tea in early America was largely influenced by the Tea Act, with many Americans swapping out tea for coffee in protest. Although coffee still remains the beverage of choice in America, the tea industry has exploded, offering an array of diverse brews to match each and every mood.
5 of the most refreshing teas to drink on a hot day…
- Rhubarb & Vanilla from Hoogly Tea – It’s made from 100% natural ingredients that will turn your cuppa into a picture perfect pond. Simply refreshing.£4.75
2. Blueberry Rooibos from Shibui Tea – Fruity, sweet and caffeine-free. Perfect combination.Herbal infusion – naturally caffeine free.£8.00
3. Oolong Tea with Peach from Hamsptead Tea London – Loaded with antioxidants, this organic brew is made with all-natural ingredients is only 60 calories per bottle and provides just the right balance of fruitiness. £1.99
4. Sour Cherry & Orange Infusion Tea Tin from Fortnum and Mason – A bright pink infusion with a lovely tart-sweetness, vivid notes of cherry and sun-ripe orange, and a gorgeous almond-like aftertaste. £8.50
5. Lime Mint Tea from Yogi Teas – Lime Mint tea clears your mind like a cool breeze on a hot day. It allows your thoughts to expand and sends your spirit soaring. The perfect combination of tangy lime and fresh mint provides a clean, cooling and refreshing taste. £2.67