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Best Teas for a Sore Throat

Margaret Wack

Nothing hits the spot when you’re feeling under the weather like a good cup of tea. Aside from being delicious, many teas also have a wealth of medicinal properties that help to soothe and heal the body. While tea may not be able to treat more serious illnesses on its own, it can help to treat symptoms like a sore throat. Tea can be used in addition to traditional medicine in order to provide relief and make you feel better as your body fights off illness. Here are a few of our recommendations for teas for a sore throat:

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1. Chamomile

Chamomile has been used in herbal medicine for hundreds of years, and has a light, floral character and healing properties that will have you feeling better in no time. Chamomile is especially effective at soothing a sore throat, and also has a wealth of other benefits that are helpful when you’re sick, including calming nerves, promoting relaxation, and inducing sleep. Our Chamomile is made from whole chamomile flower heads, and brews up a bright gold color with a lovely natural sweetness. For additional throat-soothing benefits, add a dollop of honey and enjoy!

Our Chamomile Teas

Herbal tea: Egyptian Chamomile, Lavender Lullaby

2. Licorice Root

Licorice root has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to treat sore throats and other illnesses. Licorice root contains antiviral and antimicrobial properties that help to protect against disease and ward off potential sore throat causes. In addition, licorice root imparts a lingering sweetness to whatever tea it’s added to, and makes for a tasty, healthful treat whenever you’re feeling under the weather. When consumed in excess, licorice root can have adverse side effects, so it’s a good idea to sip these teas in moderation.

Our Licorice Teas

Oolong tea: Ginseng Oolong

Herbal tea: Atomic Gold, Sing Your Song

Rooibos tea: Honeybush Hot Cider

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3. Turmeric

A staple of traditional herbal medicine that has recently seen a surge in popularity in the Western world, turmeric contains a variety of health benefits, and can help to ease the pain of a sore throat. Turmeric contains a beneficial compound called curcumin, which has been shown to have a variety of antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. Turmeric is part of the ginger family, and imparts a bright yellow-orange color to teas. It has a woody, slightly spicy taste, and is a soothing addition to tea that will have you feeling better in no time.

Our Turmeric Teas

Green tea: Turmeric Mango

Herbal tea: Atomic Gold

4. Peppermint

Peppermint is another common herbal tea with many health benefits that can help to soothe a sore throat. Peppermint contains menthol, which is an effective decongestant with cooling, soothing properties. This herbal tea can also aid in digestion, and is a great choice for a tea to wind down with before bed. We carry a variety of herbal and caffeinated blends that contain peppermint. If you’re suffering from a sore throat, try a fresh, minty cup of tea to ease your symptoms!

Our Peppermint Teas

Black tea: Lemon Mint Menage

Herbal tea: Peppermint, Alice’s Peppermint Party, Sing Your Song, Lavender Mint

Rooibos tea: Chocolate Mint

5. Ginger

A common ingredient in herbal medicine, ginger root is yet another herbal addition that can help to soothe the symptoms of a sore throat. Ginger contains a wealth of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, helping to fight off the causes of a sore throat at their root. In addition, ginger is a popular anti-nausea aid, and can help to calm and soothe the body. We carry a variety of teas with ginger in them, from traditional chai blends to caffeine-free herbal alternatives.

Our Ginger Teas

Black tea: Masala Chai, Solstice Spice

Green tea: Linda’s Lemon Ginger

Herbal tea: Atomic Gold, Sing Your Song

Rooibos tea: Rooibos Chai

6. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a tasty spice with a wealth of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Cinnamon is a common ingredient added to spiced tea blends, and can help to ease the pain of a sore throat. For a traditional cinnamon-spiced tea, try a spiced black tea blend with a dash of milk and honey. We also carry a variety of herbal options that are a great way to enjoy a soothing, flavorful cup without the caffeine.

Our Cinnamon Teas

Black tea: Masala Chai, Solstice Spice

Pu-erh tea: Dandy Cinnamon Pu-erh

Herbal tea: Mulled Wine Fruit Blend

Rooibos tea: Rooibos Chai, Honeybush Hot Cider

7. Tea with Lemon and Honey

While lemon and honey may not be an ingredient of tea in of themselves, they’re a common and effective herbal remedy for soothing a sore throat. A dash of honey and lemon juice can brighten up both caffeinated and herbal teas, but we think it pairs especially well with a classic black tea. Honey helps to soothe the throat and protect against irritants, while lemon juice is chock full of vitamin C. You can enjoy tea with lemon and honey as a soothing, healthful drink on its own, or add a splash of brandy for a medicinal hot toddy!

Using Tea to Treat a Sore Throat

While you should always seek out the help of a medical professional if you’re experiencing a serious illness, herbal remedies like tea have been used for centuries in order to treat minor ailments and illnesses. Herbal teas have a wealth of beneficial properties that can help to soothe the symptoms of illness and to ward off future disease. Caffeinated teas made from the camellia sinensis plant also contain additional healthful properties. These include antioxidants, which help to protect against degenerative disease and promote cellular health, and a compound known as l-theanine, which helps to induce calm and relaxation.

Aside from these beneficial properties, the warmth and steam of a hot cup of tea can soothe a sore throat and promote a faster recovery. Tea helps to hydrate the body, which is another important factor in overcoming illness. With all of these benefits and more, you’re sure to be feeling better in no time!

Chinese Tea

Margaret Wack

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What is Chinese Tea?

Tea has a rich history in China stretching back centuries. While both myth and archeological research indicate that tea may have been consumed in China as far back as three thousand years ago, its status as a popular staple for both elites and common people arose over the course of hundreds of years. By the seventh century Tang dynasty, however, tea had become an integral part of Chinese life, and specialized cultivation methods, ceremonial preparations, and cultural significance had developed around tea. There are several different kinds of tea produced in China from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. While these teas are all made from the same plant, they have significantly different characteristics depending on how they are processed.

Chinese Green Tea

Chinese green teas are typically pan-fired soon after they are harvested, which halts oxidation and preserves the green color and the light, grassy taste of the tea.

Chun Mee

Also known as “precious eyebrow” tea because of the shape of the leaf, this classic Chinese green tea has a distinctive plum-like flavor and buttery taste that is sweeter and mellower than many green teas.

Dragon Well

Famously considered among the finest green teas in the world, this hand-crafted organic tea has a nutty flavor, earthy aroma and refreshing taste. Dragon Well is also sometimes referred to as Longjing tea.

Gunpowder

From an estate west of Hangzhou, this classic gunpowder green tea has a full body and steeps into a dark green liquor. With its smooth, hearty flavor, it holds up well to repeated infusions. "Gunpowder" tea gets its name from the tightly rolled, bullet-like appearance of the leaves, not from its flavor!

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Chinese Black Tea

Chinese black teas tend to be slightly lighter and milder than other types of black tea, and are lovely when taken on their own with no need for milk or sugar. In China, these teas are called “red tea,” with “black tea” referring only to aged and fermented teas such as pu-erh. Chinese black teas are fully oxidized, which allows the leaves to turn black and imparts a rich, slightly malty character.

China Keemun

Grown in China's Anhui Province, this handmade, limited production Keemun tea has a somewhat smoky flavor with toasty notes. It has a mellow character and steeps into a beautiful amber red.

Lapsang Souchong

With its distinctive smoky characteristics, this organically grown Lapsang Souchong tea is deeply aromatic with a smooth, crisp character. Reminiscent of campfires or even expensive cigars, this classic, rich tea fills the mouth with an unexpectedly sweet pine flavor.

Golden Yunnan

A bright, coppery, full-bodied tea from the famous Yunnan province of China. This tea brews into a soft, rounded cup with pleasant, slightly peppery notes. A wonderful example of a high-grade Chinese black tea with abundant golden tips.

Chinese White Tea

Pleasant and subtle, brewed white tea actually has a pale yellow color. While not much is known about white tea’s origins, it has been enjoyed in China for hundreds of years. White tea was particularly prized in imperial China, and was enjoyed by poets, court officials, and even emperors!

Bashan Silver Tip

From the Chongqing Province of China, this very rare tea is the top grade of white tea available. It has a delicate, clean taste faintly reminiscent of fresh apples, with a refreshing lingering flavor. Very low in caffeine and extremely high in antioxidants.

Jasmine Silver Needle

Organic Bai Hao Silver Needle tea leaves are scented with fresh jasmine blossoms to create a well-balanced tea with the tantalizing floral taste of jasmine. This superb quality tea offers one of the most sublime tea-drinking experiences available!

White Peony

Consisting of both buds and leaves that are simply air-dried after they are harvested, this subtle white tea is also known as Pai Mu Dan, and has a floral aroma and smooth velvety taste. Organic, very high in antioxidants, and very low in caffeine, White Peony is a superior quality tea from the Fujian Province of China.

Chinese Oolong Tea

China and Taiwan are the best known producing countries in the world today. The moniker “oolong” is an English transliteration of the Chinese “wulong,” meaning black dragon. In China, oolong teas are sometimes also referred to as dark green teas. Chinese tea production reaches back centuries, in particular among the geographic regions of Fujian and Guangdong. Within Fuijan, tea production is clustered around the areas of the Wuyi Mountains and Anxi County. Oolong teas are closely associated with Gongfu Cha, a traditional Chinese tea ceremony where tea leaves undergo many successive infusions in order to draw out different nuances in flavor.

Milk Oolong

Prized for its milky scent and taste, this Milk Oolong is produced by hand in the Fujian Province of China, within the Prefecture of Quanzhou. These hand-rolled leaves are a rich olive-green color that brews into a golden green liquor. This relatively new cultivar of tea has the distinctive, mellow buttery flavor sought by those who enjoy specialty oolongs.

Citrus Sonata

A superb blend of exceptional quality oolong with natural citrus essential oils. This beautiful tea will carry you away with its uplifting flavor and fragrance. Grown at high elevation in the Fujian Province of China, this is a crisp green oolong enhanced by a subtle grapefruit flavor.

Ginseng Oolong

Our ginseng oolong tea comes in the classic form of small rolled balls of tea leaves, which are coated with ginseng, and blended with licorice root. This enjoyable oolong brews into a naturally floral cup, similar to a Ti Kuan Yin oolong, but with a hint of spice. This blend is well-known in China for its many health benefits, and is sometimes called “King’s Tea” or “Emperor Oolong.”

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Chinese Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh is a type of heicha, or Chinese black tea. In China, what westerners typically refer to as black tea is called red tea, with black tea referring only to teas such as pu-erh that are fermented and aged after having undergone the oxidation process. The tea is named after the city of Pu-erh in Yunnan province, a famed trading post for heicha in imperial China. Bordering Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam in the southwestern part of China, Yunnan province had extensive trade ties to the west and throughout Asia during imperial times. Today, only tea originating from Yunnan province is legally allowed to be sold as pu-erh, and much of the tea is still processed in the city of Pu-erh itself!

Leaf Pu-erh

An earthy, rich flavor distinguishes this Chinese pu-erh tea from regular black teas. Sometimes sold in bricks or cakes, our organic Pu-erh tea is leaf style, making it convenient and easy to use without losing any of the robust flavor you expect from Pu-erh. Aged teas are thought to offer many health benefits as well as lots of antioxidants and moderate caffeine.

Caramel Pu-erh

This richly flavored pu-erh combines the sweet decadence of caramel with the earthy, mustiness of an aged pu-erh to create something akin to dessert in a teacup. Smooth with a naturally sweet finish, this tea is warming and thick – perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. Excellent with a splash of milk.

Dandy Cinnamon Pu-erh

Dandelion root, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon peel combine perfectly with pu-erh and oolong teas to create a purifying blend that also warms and restores you. While we aren’t jumping on the bandwagon with claims about what “detox” teas can do for you, we do think this balanced blend has a delicious, rich flavor, and it offers benefits from ingredients traditionally thought to aid digestion and support health.

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Teas for Fall

Margaret Wack

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As we head into Fall we’re looking forward to bright leaves, crisp days, and, of course, good tea! Whether you’re in the mood for a spiced black tea, an herbal infusion, or something in between, these fall flavors are sure to get you in the spirit of sweater weather!

Honeybush Hot Cider

Honeybush is a full-bodied cousin of rooibos herbal tea, with a slightly sweeter taste. The addition of apple, cinnamon, orange peel and licorice root give this blend its delicious hot cider flavor. Honeybush Hot Cider is caffeine-free and full of antioxidants, making it a perfect cup to savor on crisp fall afternoon!

Masala Chai

A hot cup of Masala Chai with a dash of milk and honey is the perfect thing for an autumn morning. In Hindi, “chai” simply means tea, while “masala” refers to the spice blend used to flavor it. This traditional chai blend includes cinnamon, cardamom, ginger root and cloves, blended with a premium Ceylon tea. Add milk and honey for the classic drink, or try it alone for a spicier cup!

Amber Autumn Oolong

An “Autumn Flush” tea from Nepal, this double roasted oolong is full-bodied, with subtle notes of apricot, malt and caramel in a deep amber-red brew. Like many oolongs, you can infuse our Amber Autumn Oolong several times over, and enjoy the subtle differences of flavor in each cup!

Mulled Wine Fruit Blend

Our Mulled Wine Fruit Blend tastes just like wine punch, but without the alcohol! This blend gets its explosion of flavor from a combination of apple, cinnamon, oranges and cloves. It’s delicious served hot like traditional mulled wine, and surprisingly tasty served iced!

Rooibos Chai

This Rooibos Chai tea is a traditional blend of chai spices (including cinnamon, cardamom, ginger root, coriander, cloves and pepper) blended with organic South African rooibos for a caffeine-free version of chai. Add milk and honey for a more classic taste, or try this blend "straight" for a spicier cup. No calories, no caffeine, and tons of antioxidants!

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Ginseng Oolong

Our ginseng oolong tea comes in the classic form of small rolled balls of tea leaves, which are coated with ginseng, and blended with licorice root. Ginseng Oolong brews into a light, floral cup with a hint of spice and sweetness. This blend is well-known in China for its many health benefits, and is sometimes called “King’s Tea” or “Emperor Oolong.”

Nutty Mocha Mate

The indulgent taste of chocolate and hazelnut, plus mellow chicory, give our Nutty Mocha Mate a rich, roasted, mocha flavor. Yerba mate is an herbal infusion, but unlike most herbal teas, mate contains a stimulating caffeine-like compound.

Sing Your Song

This handcrafted herbal infusion helps soothe the throat, clear congestion and promote wellness. Best of all, it tastes delicious! One of Santa Fe's local opera singers began drinking this tea to help keep her voice in perfect condition, so we've named the blend "Sing Your Song" in her honor. Sing Your Song features organic ingredients, no added flavorings and no caffeine.

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Orange Peel

This tangy sweet organic Orange Peel black tea is quickly becoming our newest best seller! We've blended organic black tea with organic orange peels for a delicious drink that's loaded with citrus-y flavor. It has a light, natural sweetness that warms you from the inside out and is the perfect pick-me-up on a crisp afternoon.

Kukicha Twig

This Japanese green tea is made from the stalks, stems and twigs of the tea bush. Roasting the twigs imparts a nutty, almost creamy flavor to this classic tea. Some even describe the taste of our organic Kukicha as being slightly sweet. It's not only very high in antioxidants but also extremely low in caffeine.

Whatever tea you’re sipping, here at ArtfulTea we wish you a happy fall!

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How Many Times Can You Steep Loose Leaf Tea?

Margaret Wack

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Twice the Tea: Brewing Tea Multiple Times

After you’ve brewed a pot or cup of tea, it can feel wasteful to simply dump your leaves and start again. The good news is that many teas can be steeped multiple times! While loose leaf tea is an affordable luxury, you can probably stretch your tea much further than you think. Whether you just want to make the most of your tea or are curious about how tea changes with each infusion, steeping your tea multiple times can be a great way to explore new flavors and characteristics of your favorite teas.

How to Brew Multiple Infusions

If you’re looking to brew a second cup or pot with the same leaves, there are a few things to take into consideration to make sure that you end up with a tasty and flavorful tea, rather than a weak or bitter cup.

Steep Times

When heating your water, you should heat it to the same temperature that you used for your first infusion. When timing how long to steep the leaves for, we recommend adding one to two minutes to the steep time for each successive infusion. Every tea responds differently to multiple infusions, and different people have different preferences for how strong they like their tea! Try experimenting with different steep times and multiple infusions to find what works best for you. There are often subtle differences in flavor with each successive infusion, and some teas can even be infused four or five times!

Cups, Pots, and More

If you’re looking to steep your tea more than once, you can usually use the same pot or cup you used for the first infusion. Teapots with built-in infusers are a great choice to brew loose leaf tea in, as are infusers and filters that you can set right in a cup.

If you’re looking to step up your tea game, you can also used pots and sets that are specially designed to be conducive to multiple infusions. These include yixing clay pots, small pots perfect for successive steepings of Chinese black, pu-erh, and oolong teas, and kyusu, Japanese pots designed for multiple infusions of Japanese green tea. Ultimately, whatever pot or cup you decide on is a matter of personal preference!

Traditional Methods

People have been preparing and enjoying multiple infusions of tea for hundreds (if not thousands!) of years. Chinese tea brewing methods like Gongfu Cha place a special emphasis on steeping tea multiple times, often with very short, seconds-long infusions in a small pot made of yixing clay. Each infusion reveals different nuances in the taste and character of the tea. Loose leaf green tea is also often prepared with multiple infusions in Japan.

Best Teas for Multiple Infusions

While you can infuse any tea multiple times, some teas hold up better after multiple steeps than others. In general, we recommend black, green, oolong, and pu-erh teas for multiple infusions. But if you’re curious about what a second steeping might taste like for another tea, feel free to experiment! Here at ArtfulTea, we’re of the firm belief that any cup of tea is a good cup as long as you enjoy drinking it.

Oolongs

Oolong teas are often specially designed to be infused multiple times, with the tightly-rolled leaves continuing to unfurl the longer you steep them for. Oolong teas can be infused many times without loosing flavor, and become mellower and more floral over time. We recommend the Milk Oolong and Jade Song Oolong for a classic, unflavored tea that you can infuse many times over. For a flavored cup, we enjoy the Ginseng Oolong for a beautiful oolong tea with a touch of sweetness and spice.

Greens

If you’re looking to infuse a green tea multiple times, we recommend Japanese green teas. Sencha can be infused two to three times before loosing its characteristic grassy flavor. For green tea with a traditional twist, try the Genmaicha, a Japanese green tea with toasted rice kernels and rich, nutty flavor.

Pu-erhs

Pu-erh teas are aged and fermented for several years, resulting in a deep, dark colored brew with a rich, intoxicating flavor. Pu-erh teas can be steeped many times without losing their flavor. For a classic, unflavored cup, we recommend the organic Leaf Pu-erh, which has been aged for three years. If you’re looking for a flavored cup, the Caramel Pu-erh is a deep, rich, and slightly sweet tea that holds up well over multiple infusions.

Blacks

Many black teas can be infused a second time, resulting in a lighter, mellower cup. For second infusions, we recommend Indian black teas, which usually have enough heartiness to allow for a flavorful second steep. Irish Breakfast is a classic breakfast blend with a rich, malty flavor, while Assam is a robust Indian black tea that holds up well under a second infusion.

If you’re curious about infusing tea multiple times, it can be a quick and easy way to make the most out of loose leaf tea while also exploring the depth and nuance of tea flavors!

Teas for Summer

Margaret Wack

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Looking for a tea to sip during the warmer months? Look no further than our diverse selection of teas perfect for summertime celebrations. All of the teas featured here are also excellent iced, and some can even be fashioned into iced tea cocktails! So sit back, relax, and enjoy a summery cup.

Apricot Brandy

Organic apricot pieces and natural brandy flavor give this black tea blend a delicious full flavor and luscious sweetness. An aromatic and visually appealing blend, it’s also our best selling flavored tea.

Summer Romance

Sweet papaya and strawberries blend with black and green teas for an intoxicating, exotic flavor reminiscent of fresh fruit and long summer afternoons.

Blueberry Pomegranate

Blueberry Pomegranate is delicious fruit tea packed with flavor and beneficial properties. Pomegranate and blueberries add sweetness to tart, healthful hibiscus in this lovely, fruit-forward blend. One of our most popular herbal teas, Blueberry Pomegranate is perfect to sate a sweet tooth.

Passion Petal

This lovely, flavored oolong combines the taste of passion fruit with an intensely tropical fragrance that immediately enchants. Aronia berries, mango cubes and rose petals enhance the exotic flavor of this delightful oolong tea.

Carmen Miranda

Remember the 1940’s Brazilian singer whose signature headdresses were made of tropical fruit? The amazing Carmen Miranda is the inspiration for our tasty rooibos blend of pineapple, coconut, banana and apple. This combination of Caribbean fruit makes a delicious hot tea, but truly shines when served iced.

Mango Pear

White peony tea is blended with organic mango cubes, apple, and pear to create a beautifully delicate, fruity, floral tea with a light body and sweet, uplifting flavor. Low in caffeine, this tea will give you a modest boost and is perfect for a relaxing, rejuvenating afternoon cup.

Peach Rooibos

Our Peach Rooibos blends green and red rooibos with peach bits, blackberry leaves, and calendula petals for a sweet, fruity cup. Like biting into a ripe peach on a warm summer’s day!

Jasmine Yin Cloud

An exceptionally high-quality tea with white downy tips, scented with fresh jasmine blossoms. It achieves a perfect balance between the sweet and floral aroma of jasmine and the delicate richness of high-quality Chinese green tea.

Lychee Purple

This purple leaf tea is blended with lychee, apple, and pineapple for a rich, fruit-forward tropical taste. With a medium body similar to that of an oolong, Lychee Purple is also very high in anthocyanins, the beneficial compounds found in blueberries, eggplant, purple grapes and other blue, purple or dark red foods.

Whether you’re lounging poolside or shivering under central air, these teas are sure to put you in the mood for summer. Happy sipping!

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Green Tea

Karen Gardiner

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What is Green Tea?

Green tea is produced from the leaves of camellia sinensis, the same plant from which black, oolong, white, and purple teas are made. While it originated in China hundreds of year ago, green tea is now produced throughout Asia, in countries including Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Unlike black and oolong teas, green tea is unoxidized, resulting in a lighter color brew and a mellower flavor. There are many different varieties of green tea, whose unique flavors depend on factors such as the location, growing conditions, and preparation process.

Chinese Green Tea

Tea has a rich history in China stretching back centuries. While both myth and archeological research indicate that tea may have been consumed in China as far back as three thousand years ago, its status as a popular staple for both elites and common people arose over the course of hundreds of years. By the seventh century Tang dynasty, however, green tea had become an integral part of Chinese life, and specialized cultivation methods, ceremonial preparations, and cultural significance had developed around tea. Chinese green teas are typically pan-fired soon after they are harvested, which halts oxidation and preserves the green color and the light, grassy taste of the tea.

At Artful Tea, we carry a variety of Chinese green teas. The classic Gunpowder, named after the small, rolled shape its leaves take when dried, is a perennial favorite. Chun Mee is a mellow, buttery green with fruit notes, and is sometimes known as “precious eyebrow” due to the unique shape of its leaves. Dragon Well Superior is famous for its high quality, and has a nutty and refreshing taste.

Japanese Green Tea

Around the sixth century, tea consumption and production spread from China to Japan, as well as to other neighboring countries such as Korea and Vietnam. Today, green tea is often associated with Japan just as much as with China. Unlike Chinese green teas, Japanese greens are steamed rather than pan-fired, resulting in a more vibrant green color and a vegetal, umami-packed flavor.

Artful Tea’s selection of Japanese green teas has something to offer everyone. Sencha, one of the most popular green teas in Japan, brews up a beautiful bright green and has a rich, sweet flavor. Kukicha Twig, produced from the stalks, stems, and twigs of the tea bush, is a unique tea with a nutty, creamy taste. Our Genmaicha is a traditional Japanese tea, containing green tea blended with toasted rice. Genmaicha Matcha, meanwhile, blends matcha with genmaicha tea, resulting in a lovely cup with a stronger green tea flavor.

Artful tea also offers several different varieties of matcha, or powdered green tea. We carry ceremonial grade matcha, used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, culinary grade matcha for use in smoothies, lattes, and more, and even matcha that you can take on the go!

Green Tea Health Benefits

With about half the caffeine of black tea and a quarter that of coffee, green teas still contain enough caffeine to give you a little boost, whether you start your morning with a cup or drink it throughout the day. Green teas are also packed with powerful antioxidants, and can be a healthy alternative to other drinks. While research is still inconclusive, green tea may also have additional health benefits, helping to protect against disease and other illnesses.

How to Prepare Green Tea

If prepared incorrectly, green tea can taste bitter and over-strong, but properly prepared green tea is light and delightful. The key to enjoying a cup of green tea is preparation, which consists of a few simple steps.

To brew a delicious cup of green tea, measure one teaspoon of leaves for every six to eight ounces of water. Heat a kettle of fresh, cold water to the point of steaming briskly, but not boiling. If you have a kitchen thermometer, you will want the temperature to be between 175–180 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour the hot water over the tea leaves, allowing them to steep according to package directions, usually only one or two minutes. Steeping green tea leaves for too long, or using water that is too hot, are common mistakes that usually result in a bitter taste.

Flavored Green Teas

Interested in experimenting? ArtfulTea offers a variety of flavored green teas, from Jasmine Yin Cloud, a custom blend of Chinese green tea scented with fresh jasmine blossoms, to Green Tea Citrus, a green tea twist on a classic Earl Grey, and many more. Whether you’re looking to explore traditional green teas, or are simply looking for a cup with less caffeine but packed with flavor and health benefits, we’re sure to have the tea for you!

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Ginger Teas

Margaret Wack

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Used for centuries as an ingredient in food, drink, and even medicine, ginger is a powerful spice full of flavor and healthful benefits. Ginger comes from the same plant family as other spices like turmeric and cardamom, and can be used to impart a distinctive spicy, slightly sweet flavor to all different kinds of teas, from black blends to herbal infusions and everything in between.

Ginger Health Benefits

Ginger has seen a recent rise in popularity as more people become aware of its unique health benefits. Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, making it a soothing addition to any tea. Ginger also aids in digestion and helps to prevent nausea and morning sickness. Packed with antioxidants, ginger can even help ward off certain types of cancer. Whether you’re seeking out teas for their healthful benefits, or simply enjoy them for their delicious flavor, you can’t go wrong with a ginger tea!

Our Ginger Teas

Here are ArtfulTea, we carry a wide variety of teas with ginger. Whether you’re looking for a soothing herbal blend, a caffeinated cup, or something in between, we’re sure to have a ginger tea that will hit the spot!

Ginger Peach

In our Ginger Peach tea, the spicy character of ginger is mellowed perfectly by the sweetness of peaches for a smooth, classic black tea with a bright, flavorful taste. Perfect served hot when you’re dreaming of warmer afternoons, or served cold when you’re relaxing in the heart of summer.

Masala Chai

This traditional chai blend includes ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, all blended in perfect proportion with a premium Ceylon tea. Spicy and full-bodied, our Masala Chai is a classic take on a fan-favorite. Add milk and honey for a touch of smoothness and sweetness, or try it alone for a spicier cup.

Linda’s Lemon Ginger

This lemon ginger green tea was inspired by ArtfulTea founder Karen's yoga instructor, Linda, who requested a green tea with a lemony taste that's balanced by a hint of ginger. Linda’s Lemon Ginger was born, and the blend has quickly became one of our best sellers!

Turmeric Mango

With a base of Gunpowder green tea, this tea adds ginger, turmeric, and tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, yuzu, and lime to create a tangy, naturally sweet cup. With a mild amount of caffeine, Turmeric Mango can be a great way to start the day or to power through the afternoon. And with all the health benefits of green tea, ginger, and turmeric, it’s sure to keep you in good spirits!

Dandy Cinnamon Pu-erh

Ginger, dandelion root, cinnamon, and lemon peel combine perfectly with pu-erh and oolong teas to create a purifying blend that also warms and restores you. This balanced blend has a delicious, rich flavor, and it offers benefits from ingredients traditionally thought to aid digestion and support health! A perfect pick-me-up tea.

Rooibos Chai

Made from scratch here at ArtfulTea, this Rooibos Chai tea is a traditional blend of chai spices, including ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, cloves, and pepper, along with organic South African rooibos, for a caffeine-free version of chai. Add milk and honey for a soothing before-bed cup.

Sing Your Song

This handcrafted herbal infusion helps soothe the throat, clear congestion and promote wellness. A blend of ginger, peppermint, lemongrass, cardamom, and licorice, Sing Your Song is one of our most popular herbal teas. One of Santa Fe's local opera singers began drinking this tea to help keep her voice in perfect condition, so we've named the blend "Sing Your Song" in her honor.

Atomic Gold

Spicy and sweet, warm and soothing, our Atomic Gold herbal tea is a perennial favorite. This remarkable blend of ginger, turmeric, licorice, lemongrass and orange has a deep and satisfying flavor while also providing outstanding health benefits. It brews up a beautifully bright golden color, and has a lingering sweetness that’s sure to warm you from the inside out. With no caffeine, Atomic Gold can be enjoyed at any time of day, and makes a wonderfully soothing before-bed cup.

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Matcha

Margaret Wack

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What is Matcha?

Grown and produced in Japan, matcha is a powdered green tea derived from the camellia sinensis tea plant. Matcha is delicious taken on its own, and can also be added to lattes, smoothies, and baked goods. Matcha is experiencing a surge in popularity as more people become acquainted with this unique tea.

The History of Matcha

Although matcha is most commonly associated with Japan, powdered green tea was first produced in China during the Tang Dynasty. In the 12th century, Chinese monks brought both Buddhism and matcha to Japan. The ritualized use of matcha by Japanese monks grew quickly, and by the 15th century its popularity had spread to Japan’s upper classes. Today, matcha is primarily associated with Japan, and has a rich history and cultural significance within the country.

How Matcha is Made

To make matcha, tea leaves are grown in the shade during the final few weeks leading up to processing, which increases the chlorophyll content of the plants, and produces a darker tea leaf with a rich, slightly sweet flavor. When rolled and steamed in the process typical to green teas, this tea is known as gyokuro and is highly prized. When dried flat and ground into a fine powder, shaded green tea becomes matcha.

Matcha Health Benefits

Matcha is packed full of health benefits, making it a perfect fit for those looking to reap the health rewards of a concentrated green tea. The shaded growing period common to matcha produces a tea with higher caffeine and theanine levels, giving matcha its unique stimulating and relaxing properties. Caffeine energizes the body and helps stimulate mental clarity and focus, while theanine promotes relaxation and calm.

Matcha is also packed with antioxidants. Because when you drink matcha you’re consuming the entire tea leaf, matcha is especially high in cancer-fighting catechins when compared to other green teas. While studies concerning the properties of matcha are still ongoing, research suggests that matcha has a wealth of beneficial properties!

How to Prepare Matcha

In Japan, matcha is often prepared during a traditional tea ceremony. Matcha preparation is largely a matter of personal taste, so feel free to experiment and find the right ratio of matcha to water that works for you!

To prepare, sift one to two teaspoons of matcha through a fine sieve into a matcha bowl. Add two ounces of simmering water, being careful not to let the water reach a full boil. Briefly stir the contents, then use a bamboo whisk to whisk the matcha in a zigzag motion until it becomes frothy. Drink straight from your tea bowl, and savor the rich, uplifting taste of quality matcha!

Our Matcha

Here at ArtfulTea, we carry several varieties of matcha. Our ceremonial grade matcha is perfect for drinking on its own when whisked with hot water. Culinary grade matcha, meanwhile, is great for adding to smoothies, lattes, and baked goods for a bright green color and sweet, savory green tea flavor. We even sell matcha to go, which comes in individual packets, and can be mixed into a glass or water bottle even when you’re on the run. Whether enjoying a traditional Japanese tea ceremony or adding matcha flavor to whatever dish you choose, we have the perfect tea for you!

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Calming Tea: The 5 Best Teas for Stress Relief

Margaret Wack

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Looking for something to help with stress relief? ArtfulTea carries a wide range of teas that will introduce a little moment of zen into your daily routine. With everything from classic chamomile to meditative matcha, our teas are a perfect fit to soothe the nerves and promote relaxation and well-being.

1. Mint Teas

Mint teas are full of relaxing effects, helping to soothe the body and calm the mind. Our Lemon Mint Menage is a is a smooth organic black tea blend with bright minty notes and the refreshing taste of lemongrass, making it a perfect option for a soothing, uplifting morning cup. Morroccan Mint, a blend of the finest Chinese gunpowder tea and exceptional quality spearmint, is another perennial favorite.

Looking for a mint tea without the caffeine? Peppermint makes a calm, soothing herbal tea, perfect for unwinding in the evening. Our Lavender Mint tea blends two aromatic and soothing herbs for a fresh, lightly floral cup that tastes great hot and makes a superb iced tea. Sing Your Song, famed for its throat-soothing properties, blends peppermint, organic lemongrass, organic cardamom pods, organic dried ginger pieces, and organic licorice root for a mint tea with a touch of sweetness and spice. And Alice’s Peppermint Party, one of our most popular herbals, blends peppermint and ginger with apples, almonds, hibiscus, and rose for a soothing, mint-forward cup.

2. Chamomile Teas

Chamomile is well-known for its relaxing properties, and makes a soothing, aromatic cup of tea perfect for any time of day. Our Egyptian Chamomile is made with the highest quality chamomile available, and the large, fragrant flower heads make for a sweet and floral cup that’s perfect for soothing the body and mind. For an extra treat, enjoy it with a dollop of honey! Our Lavender Lullaby, meanwhile, blends chamomile with lavender, rose petals, sweet orange peel, and calendula petals in a handcrafted organic herbal infusion that helps to sooth away the day and promote more peaceful rest.

3. Lavender Teas

Lavender is another herb that has been shown to relieve stress and promote relaxation, making it a soothing addition to many of our teas and herbal infusions. Earl Grey Lavender blends black tea, oil of bergamot, and Provence lavender for a floral cup with a touch of spice, perfect for an afternoon tea.

ArtfulTea also carries a wide variety of herbal blends containing lavender. Lavender Mint is an herbal powerhouse, blending lavender and mint, both famed for their relaxing, soothing properties. And Lavender Lullaby is a custom blend full of lavender, chamomile, rose petals, sweet orange peel, and calendula petals that has been specially crafted to promote rest and relaxation. A light, floral blend reminiscent of a sunny meadow in Tuscany, Tuscan Sun blends lavender, apple pieces, linden blossoms, lemon balm, rose petals, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, and blue mallow blossoms for a soothing, restorative cup.

4. Rose Teas

Used for centuries in everything from rose water to essential oils, rose petals have been shown to have a potent relaxing effect. Midnight Rose is a mellow blend of quality Chinese black and organic rose petals for an aromatic, flavorful cup with a sweet, floral character. Our Rose & Chrysanthemum tea is a delicate white tea from the Fujian province of China blended with aromatic rose petals and chrysanthemum blossoms, creating a delicious cup that’s low in caffeine and extremely high in antioxidants! Passion Petal Oolong, meanwhile, blends rose petals with oolong tea, along with passion fruit, aronia berries, and mango cubes for a slightly sweet, fruity flavor.

Looking for an herbal tea with roses? Rose Petal Raspberry blends rose petals, hibiscus, lemon peel, rose hips, and apple pieces for a sweet, tart tea that’s perfect to unwind with at the end of the day. Lavender Lullaby is a truly relaxing blend, mixing rose petals with chamomile, lavender, and other herbs well-known for their ability to calm and soothe. Our Tuscan Sun blends rose petals as well as lavender, apple pieces, linden blossoms, lemon balm, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, and blue mallow blossoms for a calming floral cup of tea. Green Rooibos with Blossom, meanwhile, blends South African green rooibos and rose petals, sunflower petals, freeze-dried blueberries, and cornflower petals for a mild, slightly sweet tea full of relaxing properties.

5. Matcha

Most teas made from the camellia sinensis plant contain some amount of L-theanine, a unique amino acid that promotes relaxation and stress relief. In particular, matcha has even higher levels of L-theanine than other teas, the result of the shaded growth period the tea undergoes before harvest. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine is known for producing a calm, meditative state and what matcha enthusiasts often refer to as a body high.

Here at ArtfulTea we carry a range of matcha products, from our highest grade ceremonial matcha, to culinary grade matcha for use in lattes, smoothies, and baked goods, and even matcha that you can take with you on the go!

No matter what tea you choose to relax with, the familiar ritual of brewing tea is sure to calm and soothe you both physically and mentally. Sit back with a warm cup, and enjoy!

Iced Tea Popsicles

Karen Gardiner

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Looking for the perfect tasty treat to cool off with on a summer afternoon? Any tea you enjoy as an iced tea will also make tasty popsicles! For even more fun, add in extras like fruit or yogurt when making them. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for iced tea popsicles:

Masala Chai Popsicles

Who says chai is just for the cooler months? Blend iced Masala Chai with whole milk and a dash of maple syrup and freeze in popsicle molds for a sweet, spicy treat that’s sure to hit the spot on a hot summer’s afternoon!

Blueberry Pomegranate Popsicles

Start with iced Blueberry Pomegranate herbal tea. Place a few fresh blueberries in each popsicle mold, then slowly add the iced tea. You can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired. Freeze and enjoy!

Apples to Oranges Popsicles

Start with iced Apples to Oranges organic herbal tea. Cut a fresh apple into very thin wedges. Cut a fresh orange into very thin slices. Add one of each fruit slice to the popsicle molds, then slowly add the iced tea. You can add a scoop of vanilla icecream to these as well to make a creamsicle!

Raspberry Green Tea Popsicles

Fresh raspberries and raspberry and orange flavored green tea make this a perfect way to enjoy a sweet treat! Blend together 3 cups fresh raspberries, 3 cups iced Raspberry Orange Rhapsody green tea, and 1 cup honey. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, freeze, and enjoy!

Watermelon Matcha Popsicles

This one has a few more steps and ingredients, so we've made a recipe card for you below. We used our Culinary Grade Organic Matcha for these.

Whichever tea you choose to use, iced tea popsicles are a delicious, fun and healthy way to celebrate summer. Enjoy!

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Teas for Spring

Margaret Wack

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It’s warming up here in Santa Fe, and we’re ready to celebrate all things Spring! Whether you’re looking for a warm cup on a cool evening, or an iced tea to cool off with on a sunny afternoon, we’re sure to have a tea that will hit the spot.

Lemon Mint Menage

In need of a light, refreshing palate cleanser? This Lemon Mint tea is a smooth organic black tea blend with bright minty notes and the refreshing taste of lemongrass. Nicely balanced flavor is both uplifting and soothing. Excellent hot or iced.

Midnight Rose

Celebrate all things floral with this lovely, balanced black tea! Midnight Rose is a smooth organic black tea blended with just the right amount of red rose petals - creating an aromatic, flavorful cup with a sweet, floral character.

Spring Fancy

Spring Fancy is one of our most popular (and most fragrant!) teas. This amazing green and white tea blend has passion fruit notes combined with tropical pineapple, papaya and strawberry. Light, fruity, and fun, it’s the perfect tea to ring in Spring with.

Citrus Sonata

A superb blend of exceptional quality oolong with natural citrus essential oils. This beautiful tea will carry you away with its uplifting flavor and fragrance! Grown at high elevation in the Fujian Province of China, this is a crisp green oolong enhanced by a subtle grapefruit flavor.

Rose and Chrysanthemum

This beautiful blend of 100% organic ingredients is a soft embrace! Delicate white tea from the Fujian province of China mingles with aromatic rose petals and chrysanthemum blossoms, creating a delicious, healthy brew.

Lemon Cream Rooibos

Our lemon cream rooibos is an uplifting herbal delight, the perfect tea for a Spring afternoon. This organic rooibos has the enticing aroma of lemon chiffon cake, and the smooth satisfying taste of a lemon cream. Excellent hot or iced!

Green Rooibos with Blossoms

With everything springing into bloom, this tea is the perfect thing to celebrate with. Green rooibos is unoxidized, and has all the benefits of regular rooibos with a somewhat lighter taste. This flavorful fruit and flower blend is fragrant and fresh tasting!

Lavender Mint

We've combined two aromatic and soothing herbs for a refreshing blend that's quickly becoming one of our most popular herbals. Calming lavender blossoms complement organic peppermint, which is known for its digestive benefits and cooling properties. A fresh, lightly floral cup that tastes great hot and makes a superb iced tea!

Rose Petal Raspberry

While fresh summer fruit may be a few months off, this delicious blend of rose petals, hibiscus, and raspberry is sure to tide you over. Tart, sweet, and floral, this tea can be enjoyed hot or cold, and with no added caffeine, it’s the perfect little pick-me-up at any time of day.

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Jasmine Teas

Nick Rose

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What is Jasmine Tea?

Even if you couldn’t name it, you’re probably familiar with the scent of jasmine, a floral, slightly sweet aroma that is the perfect complement to many different kinds of tea. Jasmine teas are usually scented with jasmine, rather than jasmine being added directly to them. Tea leaves become scented with the aroma and flavor of freshly picked jasmine flowers during the drying process. The most intensely aromatic jasmine flowers are plucked only at night during the month of May.

Jasmine Tea History

Jasmine tea is closely associated with the city of Fuzhou in China. Jasmine was introduced to China during the Han dynasty, and was first used to scent tea soon after. The jasmine flower is considered one of the holy flowers in Buddhism, and has religious and cultural significance throughout Asia. Jasmine tea is also closely associated with its medicinal uses, and with a meditative ritual of preparation known as the Gongfu tea ceremony.

Today, jasmine-scented teas are popular all over the world, and are beloved for their delicate floral taste and sweet finish. Jasmine is most commonly used to scent green teas, but can also be added to white or black teas.

Jasmine Green Tea

Our Jasmine Yin Cloud acquires its distinctive, delicate flavor from jasmine blossoms harvested over a short period in May. Freshly plucked flowers are placed on trays above and below the drying green tea leaves. As the tea leaves dry in proximity to the jasmine, they absorb the sweet scent of the flowers. The trays of jasmine flowers are replaced with trays of freshly picked blossoms several times during the entire process of making this tea. Jasmine Yin Cloud achieves a perfect balance between being intoxicatingly aromatic and sweetly flavorful, and is delicious both hot and iced!

Jasmine White Tea

Our Jasmine Silver Needle is an exceptional white tea produced from the finest downy tips of the tea plant. Organic Bai Hao Silver Needle tea leaves are scented with fresh jasmine blossoms to create a well-balanced tea with the tantalizing floral taste of jasmine. This superb quality tea offers one of the most sublime tea-drinking experiences available!

Jasmine Black Tea

While white and green teas are scented with jasmine more often than black teas, a hint of jasmine can add a subtle smoothness to a flavored black tea. Our Vanilla Velvet black tea is flavored with vanilla, jasmine, sunflower petals, and calendula for a rich, dessert-like tea with a touch of sweetness and floral notes. Vanilla Velvet is especially tasty with a splash of milk in it, and is a rich, warming tea with a moderate amount of caffeine.

Jasmine Health Benefits

Tea scented with jasmine has a variety of health benefits. Like all types of tea made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, jasmine-scented teas are rich in antioxidants, and help to promote cellular health within the body by reducing free radicals. Jasmine has been shown to have a variety of benefits, including boosting energy, reducing stress, and promoting heart health. Jasmine tea may also help to soothe the body and reduce aches and pains, and can be a beneficial addition to a healthy lifestyle.

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Mint Teas

Karen Gardiner

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Rich in antioxidants, mint is a flavorful and aromatic herb that has been used for centuries. While peppermint and spearmint are the most well known varieties, other types include apple mint, lemon mint, chocolate mint and even licorice mint.

In the world of tea, mint can be brewed on its own, blended with tea leaves, or combined with flowers, fruit or other herbs. Mint is a tisane rather than a tea, meaning that it is not derived from the camellia sinensis plant, but comes instead from a different family of herbs.

Our Mint Teas

At ArtfulTea, we carry many blends containing mint, from herbal infusions to black and green flavored teas. Whether you’re looking for a soothing after dinner drink or an invigorating morning brew, we’re sure to have a tea that will strike your fancy!

Morrocan Mint

In Morocco, mint flavored green tea isn't just a tradition, it's a sign of hospitality and friendship. Our blend is the finest Chinese gunpowder tea combined with exceptional quality spearmint. A lively and refreshing tea!

Lemon Mint Menage

This Lemon Mint tea is a smooth organic black tea blend with bright minty notes and the refreshing taste of lemongrass. Nicely balanced flavor is both uplifting and soothing. Excellent hot or iced.

Lavender Mint

We've combined two aromatic and soothing herbs for a refreshing blend that's quickly becoming one of our most popular herbals. Calming lavender blossoms complement organic peppermint, which is known for its digestive benefits and cooling properties. A fresh, lightly floral cup!

Sing Your Song

This handcrafted herbal infusion helps soothe the throat, clear congestion and promote wellness. Best of all, it tastes delicious! One of Santa Fe's local opera singers began drinking this tea to help keep her voice in perfect condition, so we've named the blend "Sing Your Song" in her honor.

Chocolate Mint Rooibos

Rooibos blended with chocolate and peppermint! It’s like indulging in dessert without the calories. If you like the minty chocolate flavor of “Andes” or “After-Eight” mints, you’ll love this uplifting, yet caffeine-free, beverage.

Peppermint

This top quality organic peppermint leaf is aromatic and exceptionally minty, producing a refreshing infusion that is satisfying both hot and cold.

Alice’s Peppermint Party

In honor of Alice at the Mad Hatter's tea party, this herbal blend tastes like a party of many bold flavors. Peppermint and ginger take the lead roles and are beautifully supported by the taste of apples, almonds, hibiscus and rose.

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Premium Teas

Margaret Wack

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Here at ArtfulTea, we carry a wide range of teas, from affordable everyday blends to teas that are rare, unique, or otherwise noteworthy. While all of our loose leaf teas are made from the highest quality ingredients available, our premium teas stand out for their exceptional quality, and are perfect for tea connoisseurs, gifts, and special occasions.

Nepalese Gold

Grown in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, this award-winning black tea is rich and mellow, with notes of honey and stone fruit. It brews into a reddish-golden color that provides a flavorful and well balanced cup.

Sencha

From Shizuoka on the Fujiyama mountain slopes, this organic Japanese sencha is carefully processed and slightly steamed before rolling and drying. A distinct, strong green tea with a rich, grassy aroma, these leaves brew into a bright greenish-yellow liquor with a taste reminiscent of the sea.

Bashan Silver Tip

From the Chongqing Province of China, this very rare tea is the top grade of white tea available. It has a delicate, clean taste faintly reminiscent of fresh apples, with a refreshing lingering flavor.

Jasmine Silver Needle

Organic Bai Hao Silver Needle tea leaves are scented with fresh jasmine blossoms to create a well-balanced tea with the tantalizing floral taste of jasmine. This superb quality tea offers one of the most sublime tea drinking experiences available.

Amber Autumn Oolong

An “Autumn Flush” tea from Nepal, this double roasted oolong is full-bodied, with subtle notes of apricot, malt and caramel in a deep amber-red brew. Many infusions are possible with these leaves.

Kenyan Purple

Purple tea is an entirely new category of tea! A purple leaved varietal of the camellia sinensis plant, it was first discovered growing wild in the Assam region of India, and is now grown commercially in Kenya, Africa. Ours is from the Tumoi Tea Garden in the Nandi Hills of Kenya. This purple leaf tea has a similar flavor profile to oolong, and is also very high in anthocyanins and antioxidents.

At ArtfulTea we’re very proud of our premium tea selection, and are always excited to introduce our customers to these unique and wonderful teas. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for the tea lover in your life, or are just looking to indulge in something a little extra special, our premium teas have something to offer everyone!

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Floral Teas

Karen Gardiner

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For centuries, flower blossoms have been blended with tea and other herbs to create soothing and medicinal brews. At ArtfulTea, we carry a variety of floral teas, blending ingredients such as jasmine, rose petals, lavender, and other flowers with our teas to add a lovely floral note. Whether you’re dreaming of spring flowers, looking for an iced tea to enjoy in the summer heat, or simply interested in teas with a flowery note, our floral teas are sure to hit the spot!

Jasmine Yin Cloud

An exceptionally high-quality tea with white downy tips, Jasmine Yin Cloud is a Chinese green tea scented with fresh jasmine blossoms. It achieves a perfect balance between being intoxicatingly aromatic and sweetly flavorful, and is delicious hot or iced.

Jasmine Silver Needle

Organic Bai Hao Silver Needle tea leaves are scented with fresh jasmine blossoms to create a well-balanced tea with the tantalizing floral taste of jasmine. Very low in caffeine and extremely high in antioxidants, Jasmine Silver Needle is one of our premium teas, representing the very best that the tea world has to offer.

Rose & Chrysanthemum

Delicate white tea from the Fujian province of China mingles with aromatic rose petals and chrysanthemum blossoms, creating a delicious, healthy brew. This beautiful blend of 100% organic ingredients is a soft embrace!

Midnight Rose

Midnight rose blends organic Chinese black tea with just the right amount of red rose petals - creating an aromatic, flavorful cup with a sweet, floral character. With moderate caffeine, this lovely mellow tea is perfect for an afternoon cup.

Earl Grey Lavender

Bergamot flavored black tea is blended with lavender blossoms from Provence to create a soothing floral twist on the classic Earl Grey. Exceedingly aromatic and with a perfectly balanced lavender note, Earl Grey Lavender is one of our most popular floral teas.

Lavender Lullaby

Need a little help relaxing and falling asleep? Lavender Lullaby was created after repeated requests from customers looking for a natural blend to help them sleep. We blend chamomile, lavender, roses, sweet orange peel and calendula petals to create a handcrafted organic herbal infusion that helps to sooth away the day and encourage peaceful rest.

Egyptian Chamomile

The highest quality chamomile available, this Egyptian Chamomile consists only of the flower heads of the chamomile plant, producing a deep golden infusion that is calming, soothing, and naturally sweet. Brew up a cup for relief from tension and stress, or enjoy it with a dollop of honey for a decadent dessert drink.

Tuscan Sun

This colorful blend of flowers, fruit, and herbs reminds us of a sunny meadow in Tuscany. The floral aromas of lavender and orange blossoms combine beautifully with the sweetness of apple, linden, and melissa leaves for a relaxing, smooth herbal blend with soothing therapeutic properties.

Green Rooibos with Blossoms

Green rooibos, an unoxidized version of the popular South African herb, has all the benefits of regular rooibos with a somewhat lighter taste. This flavorful floral blend contains rose, sunflower, and cornflower petals along with freeze-dried blueberries, and makes an excellent iced tea as well as a great hot cup.

Whatever floral flavors are your favorites, there's bound to be a tea to tickle your fancy and nurture both mind and body. Happy sipping!

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Fruity Teas

Margaret Wack

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Whether you’re dreaming of the fresh fruit of summer or are simply interested in a sweet, fruit-forward cup, here at ArtfulTea we carry an expansive selection of flavored teas with fruity notes. From Orange Peel to Lychee Purple and everything in between, we’re sure to have a tea that will satisfy your sweet tooth and remind you of the bounty of summer. And if you’re luxuriating in the long days of the warmer months, these teas are also lovely served iced!

Apricot Brandy

Organic apricot pieces and natural brandy flavor give this black tea blend a delicious full flavor and luscious sweetness. An aromatic and visually appealing blend, it’s also our best selling flavored tea. Delicious hot and excellent iced!

Orange Peel

Tangy and sweet with a little bite, Orange Peel blends organic black tea with organic orange peels for a delicious drink that's loaded with citrusy flavor. Aromatic and naturally sweet, this tea is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Pomegranate Lemon

This enlivening blend of pomegranate and lemon is equal parts sweet and tart, and it's naturally loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. A crisp, tasty black tea with tons of flavor!

Summer Romance

Sweet papaya and strawberries blend with black and green teas for an intoxicating, exotic flavor reminiscent of fresh fruit and long summer afternoons. Sit back and enjoy over ice in the warmer months!

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Mango Pear

White peony tea is blended with organic mango cubes, apple, and pear to create a beautifully delicate, fruity, floral tea with a light body and sweet, uplifting flavor. Low in caffeine, this tea will give you a modest boost and is perfect for a relaxing, rejuvenating afternoon cup.

Berry Bold

This organic blend of sencha green tea with dried goji berries, sweet strawberry pieces and acai berry powder is not only packed with antioxidants, but also tastes delicious! The sweet and vegetal flavors mingle to create a lovely cup of berry green tea with numerous health benefits.

Lychee Purple

This purple leaf tea is blended with lychee, apple, and pineapple for a rich, fruit-forward tropical taste. With a medium body similar to that of an oolong, Lychee Purple is also very high in anthocyanins, the beneficial compounds found in blueberries, eggplant, purple grapes and other blue, purple or dark red foods.

Strawberry Mango

South African rooibos that's oh-so-fruit-forward! Juicy organic mango combines with sweet organic strawberry to create a delicious, refreshing and flavor-filled tea with no calories and no caffeine.

Peach Rooibos

Our Peach Rooibos blends green and red rooibos with peach bits, blackberry leaves, and calendula petals for a sweet, fruity cup. Like biting into a ripe peach on a warm summer’s day!

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Carmen Miranda Rooibos

Remember the 1940’s Brazilian singer whose signature headdresses were made of tropical fruit? The amazing Carmen Miranda is the inspiration for our tasty rooibos blend of pineapple, coconut, banana and apple. This combination of Caribbean fruit makes a delicious hot tea, but truly shines when served iced.

Apples to Oranges

Apples to Oranges is a sweet, tart blend of apple, orange, rose hips and hibiscus. All organic ingredients, lots of vitamin C, and no caffeine make this tasty treat hard to beat!

Blueberry Pomegranate

Blueberry Pomegranate is delicious fruit tea packed with flavor and beneficial properties. Pomegranate and blueberries add sweetness to tart, healthful hibiscus in this lovely, fruit-forward blend. One of our most popular herbal teas, Blueberry Pomegranate is delicious both hot and iced, perfect to sate a sweet tooth.

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Turmeric Teas

Karen Gardiner

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A member of the ginger family, turmeric is becoming popular for its unique taste and many beneficial properties. The root of the turmeric plant is dried and ground to create a vibrant orange spice, which is used for cooking, teas and tisanes, herbal remedies, and more.

Health Benefits

Used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is full of health benefits. It is especially known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used to help manage joint pain and arthritic. Turmeric also contains antioxidants, and makes a healthy addition to teas and tisanes.

Our Turmeric Teas

At Artful Tea, we carry two varieties of tea packed with all the goodness that turmeric has to offer:

Turmeric Mango

With a base of Gunpowder green tea, this tea adds turmeric, ginger, and tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, yuzu, and lime to create a tangy, naturally sweet cup. With a mild amount of caffeine, Turmeric Mango can be a great way to start the day or to power through the afternoon. And with all the health benefits of both green tea and turmeric, it’s sure to keep you in good spirits!

Atomic Gold

Spicy and sweet, warm and soothing, our Atomic Gold herbal tea is a perennial favorite. This remarkable blend of turmeric, ginger, licorice, lemongrass and orange has a deep and satisfying flavor while also providing outstanding health benefits. It brews up a beautifully bright golden color, and has a lingering sweetness that’s sure to warm you from the inside out. With no caffeine, Atomic Gold can be enjoyed at any time of day, and makes a wonderfully soothing before-bed cup.

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Teas for Winter

Margaret Wack

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While tea is delicious no matter the time of year, there’s a special savor to a warm cup of tea enjoyed on a cold winter day. For the winter months, here are a few teas that are sure to keep you cozy no matter the temperature!

Solstice Spice

A spicy blend of black tea with apple, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, orange slices and pink pepper, Solstice Spice is a wonderful tea with a taste reminiscent of the holidays. It’s a classic spiced tea with a naturally sweet, comforting flavor.

Lapsang Souchong

A campfire in a cup! With its distinctive smoky characteristics, this organically grown Lapsang Souchong tea is deeply aromatic with a smooth, crisp character. Reminiscent of woodsmoke and even expensive cigars, this classic, rich tea fills the mouth with an unexpectedly sweet pine flavor. Lapsang also pairs well with milk and honey.

Caramel Pu-erh

With their rich, robust flavor and hearty body, pu-erh teas are a natural fit for winter. Our caramel pu-erh combines the sweet decadence of caramel with the earthiness of an aged pu-erh to create something akin to dessert in a teacup. Smooth with a naturally sweet finish, this tea is warming and thick, and is excellent with a splash of milk.

Dandy Cinnamon Purifying Pu-erh

Dandelion root, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon peel combine perfectly with pu-erh and oolong teas to create a purifying blend that also warms and restores you. This balanced blend has a delicious, rich flavor, and it offers benefits from ingredients traditionally thought to aid digestion and support health! A perfect pick-me-up if the cold weather has you feeling run-down.

Genmaicha Matcha

We've blended two traditional Japanese green teas together here, with the result being a tasty hybrid cup of tea! Genmaicha is a Japanese tea containing roasted brown rice, while matcha is a powdered green tea traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. These two teas combine together beautifully, creating a rich, toasty, earthy flavor that is creamy and slightly sweet.

Winter Forest

This green tea is a festive blend of almond and orange with a surprising pine-like flavor. Chinese sencha and Japanese bancha are combined with refreshing orange and nutty almonds for a lovely cup that will keep you warm from the outside in.

Atomic Gold

Atomic Gold is spicy and sweet, warm and soothing, while also incredibly healthful and tasty! This remarkable blend of turmeric, ginger, licorice, lemongrass and orange has a deep and satisfying flavor while also providing outstanding health benefits. It brews up a beautifully bright golden yellow, and is sure to cure your wintertime blues.

Tuscan Sun

Dreaming of summer? Our Tuscan Sun is a colorful blend of flowers, fruit and herbs reminiscent of a sunny meadow in Tuscany. The floral aromas of lavender and orange blossoms combine with the sweetness of apple, linden and melissa leaves for a relaxing, smooth herbal blend with soothing therapeutic properties.

Vanilla Rooibos

Superior quality vanilla is the secret to the smooth, rich, creamy taste of this popular flavor of rooibos. Packed with antioxidants and caffeine free, Vanilla Rooibos is satisfyingly sweet with an infectious warmth, perfect as a cup before bed. This tea is calling out for you to curl up by the fire with a good book and enjoy!

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How to Cold Brew Tea

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Looking for a way to cool off in the warmer months, while still enjoying your favorite teas? Cold-brew iced tea is a fantastic way to stay cool without forgoing the pleasures of good tea. Best of all, it’s a hands-off process - simply leave your tea to steep in the fridge overnight, and enjoy iced tea the very next day!

How to Cold Brew Tea

Cold brewing tea is a breeze - simply fill up your pot or pitcher with tea leaves and cold, filtered water, using about one teaspoon of tea for every six ounces of water. We recommend using our urban tumblers for a single glass that you can take on the go, or an iced tea pot with a built-in infuser. Other options include tea infusers or filters. Cover the tea and steep for at least four hours, but preferably overnight. Remove the tea leaves and enjoy delicious, refreshing iced tea ready to go!

Why Cold Brew

When traditionally prepared, iced tea can taste bitter thanks to the tannins present in tea. Cold brewed iced tea, however, results in a mellower, sweeter flavor, without any of the tannic bite. Cold brewing also doesn’t involve heating any water or waiting for hot tea to cool.

Cold brewed caffeine also has less caffeine, making it a great choice for those looking to limit their caffeine consumption. Best of all, it’s an easy, painless process that results in great tea!

How to Choose an Iced Tea

While you can make an iced tea out of any tea, some teas particularly shine when served cold. Here are a few of our favorites to cool off with in the summer months:

Apricot Brandy

Organic apricot pieces and natural brandy flavor give this black tea blend a delicious full flavor and luscious sweetness. An aromatic and visually appealing blend, it’s also our best selling flavored tea.

Summer Romance

Sweet papaya and strawberries blend with black and green teas for an intoxicating, exotic flavor reminiscent of fresh fruit and long summer afternoons.

Moroccan Mint

In Morocco, mint flavored green tea isn't just a tradition, it's a sign of hospitality and friendship. Our blend is the finest Chinese gunpowder tea combined with exceptional quality spearmint. A lively and refreshing tea!

Berry Bold

This organic blend of sencha green tea with dried goji berries, sweet strawberry pieces and acai berry powder is not only packed with antioxidants, but also tastes delicious! The sweet and vegetal flavors mingle to create a lovely cup of berry green tea with numerous health benefits.

Citrus Sonata

A superb blend of exceptional quality oolong with natural citrus essential oils. This beautiful tea will carry you away with its uplifting flavor and fragrance. Grown at high elevation in the Fujian Province of China, this is a crisp green oolong enhanced by a subtle grapefruit flavor.

Mango Pear

White peony tea is blended with organic mango cubes, apple, and pear to create a beautifully delicate, fruity, floral tea with a light body and sweet, uplifting flavor. Low in caffeine, this tea will give you a modest boost and is perfect for a relaxing, rejuvenating afternoon cup.

Peach Rooibos

Our Peach Rooibos blends green and red rooibos with peach bits, blackberry leaves, and calendula petals for a sweet, fruity cup. Like biting into a ripe peach on a warm summer’s day!

Lavender Mint

We've combined two aromatic and soothing herbs for a refreshing blend that's quickly becoming one of our most popular herbals. Calming lavender blossoms complement organic peppermint, which is known for its digestive benefits and cooling properties. A fresh, lightly floral cup!

Blueberry Pomegrante

Blueberry Pomegranate is delicious fruit tea packed with flavor and beneficial properties. Pomegranate and blueberries add sweetness to tart, healthful hibiscus in this lovely, fruit-forward blend. One of our most popular herbal teas, Blueberry Pomegranate is perfect to sate a sweet tooth.

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