Featured Teas

Featured November Teas

FEATURED NOVEMBER TEAS

As the weather outside gets colder and your desire for a warm cuppa gets stronger, we’re here to make sure you stay cozy during November! Here are some of our favorite teas that can be paired perfectly with your favorite knit sweater:  

EVITA'S TWILIGHT Sips by LAUKU TEA

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This month we are excited to introduce you to some delicious and nourishing organic herbal blends from Lauku Tea. All of their herbs, berries, leaves, and flowers have been lovingly grown and packaged by hand in the countryside of Latvia in northeast Europe, on a woman-led single-family farm called Ozolini Farm. The word “lauku” means “countryside” - Brigita Lukina, the founder of Lauku Tea, grew up spending her summers in the country with her grandmother, picking herbs and exploring. In 1977, Brigita and her husband discovered the abandoned farm. In the kitchen, she found an old recipe for tea made from fermented apple leaves, and decided to recreate it with the herbs and floras growing naturally on Ozolini farm. Her handcrafted herbal teas have gained a loyal following among organic farmers and eco-conscious consumers in Latvia, and now globally. Lauku Tea was even served to the Queen of England at a state dinner when she visited Latvia in 2006!

Lauku Tea’s three blends are named after the women who represent the past, present, and future of Ozolini farm and Lauku Tea: Anna (“Anna’s Afternoon Blend”) and her family were the original inhabitants of Ozolini in the early 1900s. All the original farm buildings and herb gardens she built are still intact and in use. Brigita (“Brigita’s Daylight Blend”), who discovered the farm in 1977 along with the old recipe for herbal tea, launched Lauku Tea in 1992 to share the gift of nature with others. Evita (“Evita’s Twilight Blend”) is Brigita’s daughter-in-law and the current steward of Ozolini Farm. She holds dear the traditional methods of farming while creating new opportunities like hosting international workshares and self-care retreats for women on the farm. Her whole family - even her young children - love to drink Evita’s Twilight Blend throughout the day and evening, especially during family time.

Evita’s Twilight is the blend we’ve chosen to feature this month. It is elegant and calming, perfect when it’s time for rest and reflection. With a hint of thyme and a whisper of lemon balm, this smooth, nurturing blend invites your mind and body to pause and relax.

Click here to learn more and access a special offer from Lauku Tea!

 

DAWN Sips by TURMERIC TEAS

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Who doesn’t love a warming cup of chai on a cool day? The blend of healing spices, herbs, and tea has been cherished for centuries in Ayurvedic practices as it helps with digestion and strengthens the immune system. With the addition of the golden super-root turmeric, this blend from Turmeric Teas provides energy, added health benefits, and a little golden sunshine to your cup :)

Turmeric has been used for culinary and medical purposes for centuries in different parts of the world. It is native to South Asia and is a staple spice in traditional curry dishes, and has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a wide array of ailments. It has long been used by Indians for not only cooking, but also for topical and skincare purposes such as healing cuts and wounds, reducing pain and swelling, and in face and body masks.  

Studies show that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has potent health benefits such as detoxifying, balancing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. Additionally, it’s been shown to help improve brain function, strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, treat heartburn, and prevent and treat Alzheimer’s. Another interesting fact about turmeric is that it’s health benefits are greatly improved when it’s consumed with black pepper! This is because curcumin is not easily absorbed by our bodies on its own, but black pepper increases its bioavailability. This is why many traditional Indian dishes, as well as this tea blend, use black pepper and turmeric together!

Turmeric Teas is a Toronto-based tea company specializing in loose leaf tea with turmeric root, and was founded by Richa Gupta, who was inspired by Ayurveda and traditional Indian home recipes. They’re on a mission to make it easier for people to incorporate turmeric into their diets (in a way that tastes great!) and benefit from its many preventative and healing properties. Their blends are masterfully designed for you to enjoy depending on the season, time of day, or simply how you want to feel - you can find blends to help you energize, relax, warm up or cool off! They also give back by supporting Food Banks Canada - with every tea purchase, Turmeric Teas makes a donation towards feeding Canada’s less fortunate.

Dawn is one of our November favorites - the flavorful blend of Assam tea, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric root, cardamom, and black and pink peppercorns help energize your body from within, and you can feel satisfied knowing you are showing your body some love with a nourishing superfood! Check out Turmeric Teas online to learn more and find some fun recipes, too.

Click here to learn more and access a special offer from Turmeric Teas!

 

FIRST FLUSH Sips by YATRA TEA CO

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Yatra Tea Co is a relatively new tea company that specializes in the sourcing of premium, single-origin loose leaf tea direct from world-renowned estates across Nepal, Darjeeling, Kangra Valley, and the Nilgiris. They believe in maintaining the integrity of the leaf and are fanatical about freshness! Sourcing teas direct from producers allows them to disrupt the traditional supply chain by making their teas available for consumption soon after they have been masterfully produced. Translated from the ancient Indian Sanskrit language, "Yatra" refers to a journey. They invite you to them on a journey of tea from crop to cup.

This month we are excited to share five of Yatra’s teas, fresh from the First Flush harvest this year. First Flush generally means the first picking of the top two leaves and a bud from the earliest spring growth of the tea plant (in April). These early leaves are more delicate and have more floral, fresh, and brisk flavor profiles. The famous “First Flush Darjeeling” teas are generally less oxidized to preserve their flavor, and produce a greener brew than typical black tea. It is a loved and prized tea among enthusiasts.

Black teas are generally produced using either the more labor-intensive Orthodox method (made fully or mostly by hand), which yields whole leaves, or the mechanized CTC (crush-tear-curl) method, which results in small, uniform pieces of leaf that lead to a consistent but one-dimensional flavor (read more about black tea and how it's produced here). Yatra Tea Co uses only Orthodox processing methods to maintain the physical integrity of the leaf and allow you to experience the nuances of whole leaf tea. Their current selection of black teas hail from the famous Darjeeling region in India (the region that produces the “champagne of teas”), the Nilgiri region in South India near the Blue Mountains, and Nepal, the underrated tea-growing nation sharing commonalities with Darjeeling. The First Flush black teas in our November boxes come from Glendale Estate in Nilgiri, Goomtee Estate in Darjeeling, Himalayan Bliss Estate in Nepal, and Sakhira Estate in Nepal. We also have one small-batch hand-rolled green tea from Wah Estate in Kangra Valley.

We hope you have a chance to try one of these pristine first flush teas this month! Access a special brand partner offer by clicking one of the tea’s links above, and learn more about where the teas came from as well.

 

GRANDMA'S APPLE STRUDEL Sips by THE NECESSITEAS

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It’s the time of year when apples are freshly harvested and families are brought together. The perfect time for Grandma’s Apple Strudel tea! The NecessiTeas was founded by Linsey Manning, a tea drinker with a sweet tooth who is passionate about turning every dessert that comes her way into a tea. Linsey hand-crafts each blend using all natural and organic ingredients with lots of love, and is dedicated to giving her customers a fun tea drinking experience.

Linsey’s grandma always had a secret recipe for special occasions. Every fall, once the leaves started to change and the air turned crisp, it was time for grandma's apple strudel. She decided to turn her grandma’s special dessert into a tea blend so it could be sipped throughout the season. Warm and buttery pastry notes combined with sweet, cinnamon sugared apples, golden raisins, roasted almonds and just the right amount of vanilla. Top with a cinnamon stick and whipped cream and it tastes just like a slice of freshly-baked strudel topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

This indulgent tea blend reminds us of an adult version of spiced apple cider, and it’s a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth without an overload of calories, sugar and fat. It’s also a naturally caffeine-free fruit tisane, so it’s perfect for a post-Thanksgiving dinner soothing treat!

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Written By: Melanie Mock

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