Did you know that Sri Lanka once shared a name with the tea that it is now famous for? The tiny island nation was called Ceylon until the end of British Colonialism in 1948. Sri Lanka is no larger than the state of Indiana, yet it boasts the fourth highest volume of tea production in the world. Sri Lanka’s tea quality can be attributed to a climate favorable to tea production: humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall.
We have recently begun to carry some wonderful new Sri Lankan teas that we are so excited to be able to offer. Check out the list below for details on some of our newest teas!
Sri Lankan Vintage- A smokey amber brew with a hint of sweet-potato, this new tea blend consists of 3 separate teas. It is sure to appeal to the tea-adventurer in search of novel tea experiences.
Govenor’s Sri Lankan- This award-winning Ceylon tea is produced in limited quantities by a single family-owned estate in Sri Lanka. Two whole leaves and one bud from the plant’s tips are harvested, then hand-rolled into a ring to make this tea.
Sri Lankan Golden Tips– This top-shelf tea uses only hand-picked, very young, tender tips of select tea bushes. The leaf has a light, golden color that is velvety with fine white down. This prized tea has a smooth, sweet taste that tea novices and connoisseurs alike will love.
Black Tea is the most popular class of tea outside of asia, making it the second most popular tea in the world. Black tea leaves are allowed to completely oxidize, which creates it’s characteristic bold taste. Black tea is often enjoyed with milk, lemon, or sweetener.
Black Tea is known to help boost the immune system and is a good alternative to a cup of coffee, containing half the amount of caffeine. All tea, including black, contains antioxidants, helps prevent tooth decay and is thought to aid in fat burning and the lowering of cholesterol.
In a 16 ounce glass mix 12 ounces of iced tea with the juice of a half of a lemon (black tea works great, but you can experiment with herbals and flavored teas as well. Some of our favorites are made with Black Mango Tea or Ayurvedic Pitta Tea.) Warm 2 Tbs of honey and stir into tea/ lemon mix (10 seconds in the microwave works great). Pour mixture over ice and serve with a lemon wedge. Try a rock sugar rim for a sweet addition!
Tips for making iced tea: Brew your tea twice as strong if you are brewing it to be iced. For one serving of iced tea, use 2 TBS of loose-leaf tea to make your infusion. For a pitcher of iced-tea, use a half cup of loose-leaf tea.
Here is a fix for tired eyes: Place used tea bags in refrigerator to chill- Black, Green, Oolong, and White teas will all work. Squeeze out the chilled bags, lie down, and place over the eyes for about 10 minutes. Caffeine helps to eliminate dark circles and puffiness by shrinking the blood vessels in the skin.
We love Earl Grey tea – in fact, our current tea of the day is Lavender Earl Grey. But who was Earl Grey and why is one of the world’s most beloved teas named after this man? Earl Grey tea, it turns out, was named after the 2nd Earl Grey who was British Prime Minister from 1830-1834. He is celebrated for the abolition of slavery through the Reform Bill of 1832 which was passed during his term. Why does the bergamot-infused black tea carry his namesake? Legend has it that one of Grey’s men rescued the son of a Chinese mandarin from drowning in 1803, and the man then presented the tea blend to the Earl as a symbol of his gratitude. Whether or not this story is true, we’re grateful for the existence of Earl Grey tea. We love it so much that we serve traditional Black Earl Grey, as well as Lavender Earl Grey, Green Earl Grey, and White Earl Grey!
This week LP has chosen a splendid blend of herbal spicy cranberry and a black tea infused with mango. This blend you are sure to FALL in love with! It has a sweet and soothing taste with a kick of cinnamon. Also, we are introducing for the first time APPLE PIE CHAI! A steamed blend of traditional chai, apple cider, and caramel topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a whole lot of love. Enjoy these in our teahouse, in our spa with a nice relaxing soak and massage, or to go for a crisp walk about town.