February Momma’s Sips!

Dream Date

This half-fermented oolong tea with cocoa pieces, orange peels, marshmallows, and candied ginger pieces will make you feel like you just spent a day at the spa with you and your girlfriends! That’s the stuff dreams are made of. 

Dream Date

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Sounds yummy right? But what exactly does it mean to be half-fermented? That is just the technical old school name for Oolong tea. Oolong Tea is one of the most time-consuming teas to create. It utilizes all of the five basic steps, with rolling and oxidizing done repeatedly. These teas are anywhere from 8% oxidized to 80% (that’s measured roughly by looking at the amount of brown or red on the leaf while the tea is being made). The leaves are gently rolled, then allowed to rest and oxidize for a while. Then they’ll be rolled again, then oxidized, over and over. Over the course of many hours (sometimes days), what is created is a beautiful layering or “painting” of aroma and flavor.

Oolongs typically have much more complex flavor than Green or White teas, with very smooth, soft astringency and rich in floral or fruity flavors. Different styles of oolong tea can vary widely in flavor. They can be sweet and fruity with honey aromas, or woody and thick with roasted aromas, or green and fresh with complex aromas, all depending on the horticulture and style of production. 

The name oolong tea came into the English language from the Chinese name (simplified Chinese乌龙茶traditional Chinese烏龍茶pinyinwūlóng chá), meaning “black dragon tea”, in which the meaning black is generalized from crow/raven (), i.e. “black as a crow”. In Chinese, oolong teas are also known as qingcha (Chinesepinyinqīngchá) or “dark green teas”.

This tea does contain caffeine. 

The recommended infusion temperature is 212° F and then steeped for 3 minutes.

Pretty In Pink

Fruity, pink and poised is what makes this tea stand out! With candied pineapple pieces, candied papaya pieces, hibiscus petals, elderberries, beetroot pieces, strawberry pieces, guava pieces, and vanilla pieces it will make anyone blush. 

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink Close Up

Fruit tea is slightly different to other types of tea because – well – it’s not tea. We call it Tea for convenience, but fruit tea is simply dried fruits, sometimes with spices or flowers and herbs added.

If a fruit tea is prepared right, it should be naturally sweet and fruity, full of flavor. Dried fruit stewed in water has been consumed for centuries, it can be very refreshing and energy boosting. Fruit tea is packed with vitamins and antioxidants and is great for cleansing the body of toxins and keeping the immune system strong. In that aspect, it’s very similar to tea leaves, with regard to still having high levels of health benefits.

This tea contains no caffeine | Steep at 212° for 5-10 minutes.

Hey there hot-tea

This herbal blend with carrot pieces, peppermint leaves, licorice root, nana mint, and lavender blossoms will have anyone all steamy! 

Herbal hot tea

Hey there hot-tea close up

Herbal tea is an infusion or blend of various leaves, fruits, bark, roots, or flowers belonging to almost any edible, non-tea plant. In Europe and other areas of the world, herbal teas are commonly known as tisanes.

Herbal teas have existed for a very long time, but have surged in popularity over the past several decades thanks to their vibrant flavor, as well as their myriad mental, emotional, and physical health benefits. In an increasingly stressful and chaotic world, herbal teas present an opportunity to go back to basics and focus on wellness through a holistic approach.

Because they can be created from almost any combination of natural ingredients, there are a vast number of herbal tea varieties Each with their own flavor qualities and health benefits. The wide array of aromas and tastes delight the senses, while their healing properties have been lauded by traditional medicine for centuries. 

This tea contains no caffeine | Steep at 212° for 5-10 minutes.

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