My friend Anya is way more into wine than tea, so it took some cajoling to get her to travel an hour and a half away from home to our small tasting room where we settled in for a three-hour tasting of teas from all over India. Continue Reading
Just when we thought that we were summer ready with a layer of sunblock and oversized sunglasses, the soaring heat got the better of us. With the days getting hotter, we at The Tea Shelf head office are shaking off the heat with some of the coolest drinks this summer. While classic iced black tea will always be a summer favorite, we suggest you beat the heat this season with a Tea Smoothie.
A hot meal during a hot summer day is not always appetizing. At such times find comfort in a glass of chilled tea smoothie. Not only is it more pleasing to the palette but also comes power packed with nutrition and energy.
Classic Black Tea Smoothie
You can pick from an array of fruits like blueberry, strawberry, papaya or peaches and combine with black tea to make a delicious smoothie. But our top pick is the king of fruits- Mango.
Brew a cup of Mahadeobari Premium Assam Black Tea and chill it the freezer. Blend together the chilled black tea, season fresh mangoes, 1/2Tsp grated ginger and a dash of cinnamon. Feel free to add some honey to sweeten it to your liking. You may find a new summer favorite in this classic black tea smoothie.
Berry Banana Matcha Smoothie
Packed with antioxidants and known to boost metabolism, Matcha, a powdered green tea, is a winner when it comes to making smoothies. This matcha smoothie recipe will definitely find its place at your breakfast table.
1 Cup Milk
1 Ripe Banana (cut into pieces)
1 Cup Frozen Berries
1 Tea spoon Matcha Assam Green
1 Ice cubes
Blend the banana pieces and the berries with ice cubes first and follow it with milk and matcha powder. Blend until smooth. The milk, fruit and matcha combo has enough fibers and protein to kick start your day.
Peach Green Tea Smoothie
Green tea is widely used in making iced teas and smoothies. The trick while blending it into a smoothie is to just freeze brewed green tea into ice cubes. This peach green tea smoothie is a delightful summer cooler.
1 Cup brewed Chamomile Green Tea (freeze it into ice cubes)
1 Cup frozen Peaches
1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Tea spoonHoney
1/2 Tsp grated ginger
Put together all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
The above recipes are only to get you started. Create your own variations by blending together milk, yogurt and your favorite fruits and vegetables. Do not forget to add tea to give that flavorful twist to your smoothie.
While we consume tea first and foremost as a beverage, you will be surprised at how tea leaves can be used in cooking a number of dishes. The variety of teas, each with their own aroma and flavour only goes on to enhance the flavours of the dish. Continue Reading
We have all heard and read enough about Matcha, but let us introduce to you, the Indian Matcha.
What is Indian Matcha you say?
While Matcha originates from Japan, the first of its kind attempt has been made to manufacture it in Assam, India. Matcha specific clones are grown with great care, and then manufactured in a fully automated plant under the supervision of Japanese brewmasters. A bold step taken by the Chota Tingri estate in Upper Assam, it sure looks like the gamble has paid off. For we now have our own Indian Matcha. Continue Reading
We at TheTeaShelf have been long saying “Winter Is Coming”, along with John Snow of course. And now that the air gets nippier, the days fold earlier, and the nights longer, warming yourselves with a hot cup of healthy tea is a great start to this winter!
Try some of these healthy tea favorites this season, and give that boring cup of coffee a miss. Continue Reading
The Planter’s Bungalow
A sprawling bungalow amidst lush green tea plantaions, liveried servants, socialising at planter’s clubs, billiards, golf and the likes… Continue Reading
It comes as no surprise that the district of Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu, embraced by the Nilgiri Hills, is flocked by tourists around the year. Also known as The Blue Mountains, owing to the periodical blossom of the violet ‘Kurinji’ flower in this region, Nilgiris is a nature-lover’s paradise with its unique biodiversity, making it one of the ‘hotspots’ of the world. Continue Reading