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Purple Tea

Nick Rose

Purple tea is a new category of tea! Produced from the camellia sinensis tea plant, purple tea is a cousin to black, green, white, and oolong teas and represents a unique, newly discovered variety of tea.

From India to Kenya

Purple leafed tea plants were found growing wild in the Assam region of India, and were later taken to Kenya, where the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya worked to create a cultivar of this wild purple tea plant which would be ideal for commercial tea production. The third largest producer of commercial tea after China and India, Kenya now leads as the largest producer of purple tea. This unique tea thrives when grown at high elevations along the equator, where it receives twelve hours of sunlight a day year round.

Purple Popularity

Although purple tea has not been on the market long, its popularity is growing as more people find out about the unique history, flavor profile, and health benefits of the tea. Since purple tea has become commercially available, more and more tea distributors and venues are carrying it.

Purple tea’s flavor is most similar to oolong – lighter than black tea and without the fresh grassy flavor of green tea. Purple tea is also very low in caffeine, somewhere in between green and white teas, making it a great choice for those looking for all the benefits of tea in a less-caffeinated cup.

Health Benefits of Purple Tea

Purple tea is rich in a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins, which are thought to help protect against cancer and neurodegenerative diseases by reducing free radicals. Anthocyanins give certain fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, and eggplants, their rich blue, purple or dark red color. In general, purple tea has been found to have almost twice the antioxidants of other teas, making it a great choice for those looking to include healthy foods and drinks in their daily routine!

Our Purple Teas

Both of our purple teas come from the Tumoi Tea Garden in the Nandi Hills of Kenya. Our Kenyan Purple Leaf is a classic unflavored cup, brews up a light purple color, and has a mild taste similar to that of oolong. Our Lychee Purple Leaf blends purple tea with lychee, apple, pineapple, lemon peel, currants, and blue cornflower for a fruit-forward tropical tasting blend. Whether you’ve just learned about purple tea or have been thinking of trying it for a while, this unique new tea is sure to become a favorite!

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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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