There has never been a greater time than now for a tea lover. Apart from our regular brewed chai, tea can be infused with so many robust ingredients that offer more than your regular kick. Flavoured with components that are healthy, tea comes in a variety of combinations not just to suit your mood but also to give you your daily dose of goodness. Whether it is a cosy cup in cold climates, a home remedy for everyday ailments, or a good pep-me-up after a workout, flavoured teas play a stellar role.
Let’s glance at the many flavours available today and share some ‘charcha over flavoured chai’.
For a pungent zest that wakes up every part of your being, there’s ginger-infused tea. Ginger is a versatile root that absorbs incredible nutrients straight from mother earth. Called ‘adrak’ in Hindi it is famous for its raw earthy flavour. Ginger is also used as a medicinal variant especially when infused into tea.
Historically known to ward off chronic diseases, nausea, inflammation, sore throat and dry cough, ginger is packed with antioxidants and other beneficial properties.
Since ginger is a potent guard against germs and illnesses, sipping a cup of ginger tea can largely help boost digestion. If you are suffering from arthritis it could be great to include ginger tea in your morning routine.
Dip your ginger sachet in hot water. The longer you dip the sachet the stronger will be the infusion. Add some honey, if you please, and sip in peace.
If you have a sore throat, this tea will have a warm and wonderful effect. Feel your throat soothe and your voice clear up as you sing to a gingerly tune.
If you are more into floral flavours and sweet fragrances then Jasmine tea is for you. Get a fresh and sweet hint of jasmine blossom. This exquisite fusion uses one of the two species of jasmine: Jasminum officinale, also known as common jasmine, and Jasminum sambac, also known as Sampaguita.
With healthy amounts of antioxidants, jasmine tea is known to have many health benefits. Hence regularly dipping a jasmine tea sachet in your hot water could lower your risk of heart disease, boost your oral health, and improve functions of the brain. Here is another bonus for jasmine tea lovers. If you are seeking to lose weight then let jasmine tea work its magic.
All that being said, even if you don’t have an agenda, just sipping on jasmine tea is intoxicating by itself. As it infuses into your cuppa, its floral fragrance wafts through the air calling out to the very soul of a tea lover. So brew yourself a sensation and add little honey to just kick back and relax.
For those who yearn for a robust cup of strong tea, the Assam Blend is tipple that. More than an accidental mix, this variant resembles a deep-coloured liquor. Plucked from the tea gardens of Assam, this tea is wonderfully fragrant and flavourful. Assam blend tea is oxidized black tea. It is a mixture of leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The tea leaves undergo a unique process during production which makes them different from other flavours.
To add a touch of whimsy to your day, pour hot water over an Assam blend tea bag and let it soak for 3-5 minutes. The sip of this tea will truly transport you to another world. Add a dash of milk and sugar to take it to a whole new level.