April showers bring May flowers! Here are some of our favorite uplifting, aromatic, detoxifying, and eye-catching teas to try out this month.
JASMINE GREEN Sips by ZHI TEA
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This classic fragrant tea is one of our spring favorites - it’s the most famous scented tea in China, and is great for everyday drinking. In early evening when jasmine flowers begin to open, they are blended with green tea leaves and stored overnight. The tea leaves absorb the fragrance from the night-blooming flowers!
In addition to health benefits of green tea, the jasmine aroma adds an additional stress-relieving boost. Studies have shown that jasmine may trigger the release of chemicals that allow people to naturally relax or improve their mood.
We chose this particular Jasmine Green from Zhi Tea because the of the well-balanced flavors - the delicate jasmine aroma does not overpower the depth of the full leaf green tea. It is also available in convenient pyramid sachets as well as loose leaf. It’s a pleasure to drink, both hot and iced!
CLOVER PATCH Sips by WHITE2TEA
Get ready for a delicious floral aroma that fills up the room with the very first steep! This oolong from white2tea is a wonderful choice for tea lovers of all experience levels.
Clover Patch is a type of Wuyi Oolong, also known as “rock tea” (yancha in Chinese) because it is grown in the rocky cliffs of the Wuyi Mountains in northern Fujian, China. This is believed to be the birthplace of oolong tea, with a history dating back to the 16th century.
This particular oolong has such a unique and pleasant mix of flavor tones - from an aromatic floral bouquet to a roasty, mineral rockiness. We really enjoy the sweet aftertaste that lingers for a while.
This tea is great for multiple re-steeps! We love preparing this tea in the traditional gongfu cha brewing style - with a small brewing vessel, and multiple short infusions - in order to notice the subtleties of flavor that come out over time. If you’re not familiar with this brewing method and would like to learn more, check out white2tea’s “5 Point Checklist for Gongfu Tea Preparation”
ROASTED DANDELION ROOT Sips by TRADITIONAL MEDICINALS
Around this time of year, you may start noticing bright yellow dandelions popping up in your yard. While we generally think of them as “pesky weeds,” dandelion actually makes for a satisfying, detoxifying tea!
Did you know that eating bitter foods can improve your body’s digestive process? This mildly bitter, roasted root tea gets your juices flowing and helps your body’s natural detoxification process by stimulating the liver and helping break down fats during digestion.
This tea has a nice roasted flavor and slight bitterness - try brewing a cup for a nice detox after a heavy meal, or if you are feeling sluggish or weighed down!
What better season than spring to watch a beautiful flower bloom and unfurl into delicious tea? These teas blossom into works of floral art while steeping in hot water - they are so much fun to watch and remind us of the magic happening in nature this time of year.
We included a blooming tea as a fun bonus tea in each May #sipsbybox - learn more about brewing these lovely things here!