Botanical: Camellia sinensis
Health Benefits: This tea has undergone very little oxidizing so retains many valuable nutrients. Catechins present in the brew stimulate fat oxidation and energy expenditure. It’s also said to boost cognitive function and can reduce the risks of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s.
Rose tea is no fad. 4000 years ago a Chinese Emperor called Shennong (reputed to be the father of ancient Chinese medicine) first drank tea as a beverage. We also know that rose petals were also used in medicines at this time suggesting that the Chinese have enjoyed rose teas for a very long time. Definitely the most floral of our flavoured greens, the finest Hunan green tea is blended with a high percentage of rose petals to create a tea that tastes like Turkish delight with a mild, smooth finish. High in antioxidants and Vitamin C this tea is as much tonic as it is
a recreational beverage.
The Oak Silkmoth
Silkmoths are used to make wild silk in Hunan where this green tea is grown. Legend has
it that a silk cocoon fell into Empress Lei Zu’s tea. She pulled a strand and so silk was discovered. The Chinese guarded both silk and tea growing for thousands of years before the world discovered their secrets.