Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
We enjoy Honey in all sorts of ways, from having it on toast to including it in a delicious dessert treat. So, why not go one further with our equally delicious Honey Tea? Made using only the finest quality China Black Tea leaves, which are flavoured to perfection. It is a sweet, indulgent infusion from start to finish, boasting unmistakable notes of, you guessed it, honey!
Best of all, the frequent consumption of Honey Tea can boost the metabolism, helping the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently, thus helping one to lose weight. Furthermore, studies have suggested that Black Tea can enhance cognitive function, thus reducing the risks of developing Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
But that’s not all. Alongside these astonishing health benefits, Honey Tea can improve cardiovascular health, maintain immune system health and potentially reduce the risks of developing type-2 diabetes as well as, although studies are preliminary and nothing is yet confirmed, certain types of cancer. The question that really should be asked is: what can’t Honey Tea do? The possibilities are nearly endless.
But what is a flavoured Tea? Contrary to popular belief, the idea of a flavoured Tea is far from a new one. It dates back thousands of years, perhaps even near the time that Tea was first discovered in 2727 BCE. In fact, some of the most famous Teas in the world are flavoured varieties, including Chai Tea and Earl Grey Tea.
The former was first created in India, its predecessor being an ancient beverage called a “Kadha”, an essentially Ayurvedic infusion made with numerous herbs and spices. When Tea was discovered in India in 1823, however, the leaves of the plant were added to these herbal infusions, making the Chai Teas we know and love today.
Earl Grey, meanwhile, has somewhat more elusive origins. Before it was named after the former 19th Century British Earl and Prime Minister, Charles Grey (1764-1845), many historians believe this Tea was first created when fine oils from the Bergamot fruit were added to Tea leaves to preserve it during long and arduous journeys overseas.
Lengthy times at sea could result in tastes of mould and tar, while the addition of bergamot prevented these issues. Others argue that, although this Tea was likely in existence long before Earl Grey’s alleged ventures, it was, in fact, created to imitate more expensive types of Chinese Tea. No one knows for sure, but its existence gave rise to a multitude of fascinating Flavoured Tea creations, including, of course, our very own Honey Tea.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Honey Tea suits the addition of, you guessed it, more honey! Alternatively, consider enjoying it with milk or sugar, or just serve it as it is.
Tasting Notes: This beverage has a sweet, enticing aroma and a rich, indulgent flavour. It boasts smooth malty notes coupled with, naturally so, notes of honey.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, dark in tone.
Health Benefits: With regards to the frequent consumption of any Black Tea and enhanced cognitive function, many reputable institutes have provided proof. One such institute is the University of Singapore, where according to a research paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a study was conducted that saw some 2,500 people aged 55 or over undergo a test to measure their cognitive function.
When the experiment was repeated 2 years later, it was found that those who drunk two to three cups of Black Tea a day during the 2 year period were 55% less likely to suffer from cognitive decline. Those who drunk six to ten cups, on the other hand, were up to 62% less likely.
Furthermore, a 2016 meta-analysis likewise supposed the consumption of Black Tea for reduced risks of cognitive decline, stating that: “Daily Tea drinking is associated with decreased risk of Col, MCI, and cognitive decline in the elderly”. But while the findings are promising, until more is known we would recommend you speak with your doctor.
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon