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. 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
Summer is settling in and the days are getting hot and humid. Nothing sounds better than a cool refreshing drink during these days. And nothing tastes better than a tall glass of iced tea. Iced tea made with loose-leaf tea is a gastronomic delight. The best technique for making iced tea is the “cold brew”. Read about the origin of iced teas. Here are some ways to make your favourite iced drink more fun. Continue Reading
It’s October and the weather in my hometown of Kolkata is still quite hot & humid – and to keep myself cool, I have been drinking loads of yummy iced teas. I have tried quite a few variations over the last couple of weeks – my favourite is the rosemary Assam iced tea for which I usually choose the Mokalbari East Assam Black tea that has a perfect harmony of of a floral note and a sublime malty flavor. Continue Reading
My favourite thing about a holiday to Thailand, is the chilled Thai Iced teas that you can find in every corner. I love the sweetness that condensed milk gives to it and the kick of the spices. Here is a simple recipe for you to try using black loose leaf tea. We used the black tea from Kangra as it is has a mountainous flavour. Want to know more about the tea, read the tea review by Amanda Wilson. Continue Reading
My tea experience has been an interesting one. I didn’t grow up in one of those households where having tea was a process or a serious activity. When I was young, tea just meant my mother’s concoction of milk, a dip of a tea bag and some sugar on Thursdays and Sundays. It was an occasional treat and break from a disgusting cup of plain milk. So my idea of tea didn’t outgrow this basic recipe, it wasn’t something that had the potential or something that was felt and experienced; it was just a thing to do. Continue Reading
On a hot summers day or evening, nothing feels better than a chilled glass of green tea. Give this Citrusy Green Iced Tea a hot and feel refreshed. We suggest using the Abali Green Organic Tea. Why you ask? Its an organic loose leaf tea from Assam and is available for half the price. Continue Reading
Its Friday and I sit watching the clock and dreaming about cocktails with my friends this evening. I can’t help but wonder if I could stir up some cocktail using my favourite ingredient ‘tea’. chanced upon this super easy recipe of a green tea Mojito. It is the perfect summer cocktail, cool and refreshing with the added benefit of antioxidant rich green tea. Continue Reading
At the St Louis World fair in 1904, Richard Blechynden, an English Merchant was in charge of the tea pavilion at the event. He did not realize the impact a hot summers day would have on the hot tea he was serving at the fair. Exhausted and desperate to sell his product, as a last ditch effort he served the tea cold in glasses filled with ice. It worked. He not only made a killing with sales, he managed to popularise the beverage which eventually came to being called ‘iced tea’. Continue Reading