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How-To Tea: Tower's Guide to National Afternoon Tea WeekIn celebration of National Afternoon Tea week, we’ve got together to create a wonderful little How-To Tea guide, so you can enjoy delicious, flavourful tea week in, week out! Discovered in China nearly 5000 years ago and now grown commercially in over 36 countries is the most popular drink in the world, next to water. With over 1,500 different blends of tea to choose from, all offering hundreds of different flavours and benefits, it can get a little overwhelming for all of us. That’s why we’ve created a How-To Tea guide, so you can enjoy all of your favourite drinks or try something new to suit your mood!
Green TeaPacked full of anti-oxidants and endless health benefits, Green Tea is enjoyed across the world. Whatever method of Green Tea you enjoy, be it tea leaves or tea bags, Green Tea has proven to reduce the risk of cancer whilst also speeding up your metabolism and we love the thought of sitting down on a sofa with a good cuppa tea being good for you!
Matcha TeaThe more condensed version of green tea, Matcha Tea is quickly becoming the latest trend. A stronger version of Green Tea, Matcha is ideal for the on-the-go tea lover who can get all the goodness of Green Tea in less of the gulps. Leave to brew for roughly 3-4 minutes as its benefits seep into the hot water. If you find the taste to be slightly too harsh for your liking, serve with a slice of lemon for added flavour.
Chamomile TeaThe perfect way to wind down after a long day and prepare for a good night’s sleep, Chamomile is the ideal beverage to relax with. With its many calming benefits, Chamomile is also good for calming nerves, anxieties and even an upset stomach. With its milky tastes and aromatic flavours, Chamomile Tea is enjoyed with just hot water. We recommend leaving to brew for a couple of minutes to discover its many benefits.
Peppermint TeaPeppermint Tea is positively brewing with a whole host of benefits. Whilst its minty taste is popular with many tea lovers, particularly after a large meal, it also significantly improves digestion, eliminates inflammation and boosts your immune system, a good all-rounder. For the more health-conscious amongst us, Peppermint Tea can even aid in weight loss as its hot qualities help to speed up your metabolism, so you can digest food faster and reduce bloating.
Chai TeaFill your senses with authentic flavours of Indian spices, cinnamon and gingers and transport yourself to the exotic lands of India. Translating 'Chai' to 'tea', this drink is popular not only because of its delicious tastes but also because of its many health benefits whilst also providing you with peace of mind and serenity when drank. Chai tea is traditionally enjoyed with hot water and a splash of milk.
Fruit TeasFor those who prefer something a little sweeter, fruit teas are the perfect alternative. With so many to choose from, including cranberry and raspberry, lemon and ginger, and superfruits to name a few, fruit teas are perfect for enjoying in light summer evenings or even chilled with ice. Created from unprocessed fruits, this tea contains all of the health benefits of fruit without the added sugars. What’s more, they are not caffeine-based and therefore can still be enjoyed to help you fall asleep.
Earl GreyRelax with its aromatic flavours and musky scent, Earl Grey can be enjoyed both with and without milk. Known to improve the digestion system, drinking a cup of Earl Grey can also help to relieve painful digestion. What’s more, the bergamot found within Earl Grey tea is known to have a calming effect whilst also boosting your mood, perfect for a pick-me-up after a long and busy day.
A Good Ol’ CuppaSometimes after a long day, there’s nothing better than sticking on the kettle, putting your feet up and relaxing with a good, strong brew. Containing less caffeine that coffee, tea still has just enough to give you a pick-me-up without raising a cause for concern. Although this week is National Afternoon Tea Week, our handy how-to guide means you can enjoy a delicious brew, whatever flavour your prefer, all year round. Stick the kettle on, our's is a milk and two sugars.