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Kenyan Purple

Margaret Wack

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While you might be familiar with more common teas like black, green, and oolong, you may not have heard about the latest category of tea. Purple tea is a brand new category of tea! Like other types of tea, purple tea is derived from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. In the case of purple tea, however, the leaves of the tea plant are purple, rather than green. Scientists have determined that purple tea is a unique varietal of camellia sinensis, with a wealth of health benefits and other unique properties.

Kenyan Purple

Purple leafed tea plants were first found growing wild in the Assam region of India, where many other types of tea grown, including Assam black tea. Samples of these plants were then brought to Kenya, where the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya studied and cultivated these unique tea plants in order to develop a cultivar of the the wild plant that 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. Our Kenyan Purple tea is from the Tumoi Tea Garden in the Nandi Hills of Kenya.

What Does Purple Tea Taste Like?

A bit lighter than black tea but darker than green tea, our Kenyan Purple is often described as similar in character and taste to oolong tea. Purple tea has a light, clean body similar to a green tea, without any of the grassy, vegetal flavor that is typical to green teas. Our Kenyan Purple is also processed in a way that is similar to many oolongs - partially oxidized, with the leaves gently rolled. Purple tea brews up a light reddish purple color, and has a floral, delicate flavor.

Kenyan Purple Health Benefits

In addition to its unique color and flavor, Kenyan Purple has been shown to have a wealth of other beneficial properties. Like other types of tea, Kenyan Purple is rich in antioxidants, which help promote health and ward off certain types of cancers. Purple tea contains a very low amount of caffeine, similar to that of white tea. Kenyan Purple also contains l-theanine, a beneficial chemical compound that promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety.

Purple tea is also 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 leaf 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!

Other Purple Teas

Since purple tea is still new to the tea world, many people don’t yet know about this unique kind of tea. Purple tea is still relatively rare, and is mostly found in specialty tea shops. Despite its relative scarcity, purple tea is becoming increasingly popular as more people learn more about it! In addition to our classic Kenyan Purple tea, we also carry Lychee Purple, a flavored purple tea that blends the delicate, floral purple tea leaves with lychee, pineapple, and other fruits and spices for a fruity, tropical cup with all the benefits of a classic purple tea. Whether you’re a tea connoisseur or just looking to try something new and different, purple tea might be just the tea for you!

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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Purple Tea

Margaret Wack

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What is Purple Tea?

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. Purple tea is extremely high in antioxidants, containing nearly twice the amount of antioxidants present in other types of tea. Today, purple tea is primarily grown in Kenya, and is quickly growing in popularity as more people discover this unique new varietal of tea!

Purple Tea: From India to Kenya

While tea has been grown for thousands of years in countries like China and India, purple tea is a relative newcomer to the tea world, and has only been available commercially for a few years. Most teas are produced from one of two varietals of the camellia sinensis plant, camellia sinensis sinensis or camellia sinensis assamica. Black, green, white, oolong, and pu-erh teas all come from the same plant, and vary primarily due to when and where they are harvested and how they are processed. While most tea plants produce dark green leaves, purple tea is made from a rare, newly discovered purple-leafed tea plant. These plants were found growing wild in the Assam region of India, an area where many other types of tea are commercially grown. Assam is also near the purported birthplace of tea, in the Yunnan province of China.

After their initial discovery, these unique tea plants were later taken to Kenya, where the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya worked to create a cultivar of this wild 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. Kenya continues to produce a growing amount of purple tea each year, as purple tea becomes more well-known and sought-after by tea connoisseurs and curious consumers alike.

Purple Popularity

Although purple leaf 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. While purple tea is on the rise, many people are still unfamiliar with the properties and benefits that are unique to purple tea. Here at ArtfulTea, we’re pleased to be able to introduce our customers to purple tea and to share our knowledge of this exciting new development in the world of tea!

Curious about what purple tea tastes like? We often describe it as having a flavor similar to oolong, with a lighter body than many black teas, but without the grassy, vegetal taste common to many green teas. Purple tea is generally mild in flavor, with light floral notes and a clean finish, and brews up a beautiful pale purple color. 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. Purple tea is also available in flavored blends, with added ingredients like dried flower petals and tropical fruits.

Health Benefits of Purple Tea

Purple tea is extremely high in antioxidants, containing almost twice as many antioxidants per cup as other types of tea. In particular, purple tea is rich in a type of particularly beneficial antioxidant called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are thought to help protect against cancer and neurodegenerative diseases by reducing free radicals, which can harm and damage cells, resulting in illness and even certain types of cancer. Anthocyanins give certain fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, and eggplants, their rich blue, purple or dark red color. Purple foods have been shown to support cardiovascular health, fight inflammation, improve cognition, and even to help to reverse the effects of UV damage. With all of these benefits, purple tea is 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 Tea is a classic unflavored cup and brews up a light purple color. Kenyan Purple has a mild taste similar to that of oolong, with floral notes and a slight natural sweetness. If you’re looking to experience the unique taste of purple tea without any added ingredients, Kenyan Purple is the way to go.

If you’re looking for all the benefits of purple tea with a sweet and fruity taste, our Lychee Purple Leaf is sure to hit the spot! Lychee Purple 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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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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