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Water is the Soul of Tea

Being a tea businesses person, and especially because of personally being there at our tea house in Sunder Nagar or Barakhamba Road, we get first hand feedback from tea lovers from different cultures, countries and most importantly with a subjective palette. We strive day and night to hand pick tea batches that are nothing but the best, but when you get a not so good feedback, it is definitely not a “Friday feeling”.

To our surprise, 8 out of 10 of those feedbacks came from people who were using water UNFIT for tea! Yes, I agree, in this day and age, we assume that the water in our home and workplace is just fine. But you are about to discover something new just now.

Here are the different types of water and how they impact our teas:

  1. Tap Water: The hardness depends on the ground water and thus varies from region to region. This water is rich in the ENEMY of tea, namely Chlorine. This chlorine is bound to alter the authentic aroma of the tea.
  2. Filtered Water: This is definitely better than Tap Water. Although it is not nearly perfect. Filtered water will again take the help of charcoal to trap the chlorine and calcium. Although the aroma will not be too affected, the taste in this case, might vary. Consider heating this water (do not boil) and letting it cool. If it still tastes like some minerals, you need to abandon this water brewing tea.
  3. Mineral or Bottled Water: Here there 2 types – one that is rich in minerals and one that is not. Choose the latter. Reason being simple – the minerals will again meddle with the tea constituents in terms of the flavor or aroma.

Common myths:

a. Boiling the water will solve all miseries: As the water starts to boil, turn off the kettle. As much as you boil it, the more oxygen will be lost. Oxygen is very important for any type of tasting as it enables the aroma compounds to reach our nasal passage.

b. Adding more lead = more taste: the amount of tanning must be in balance, failing which, the might become bitter or astringent. The standard 2g per cup i.e 150mL.

c. Longer brew time = bitter disappointment: Most people are clueless about how long to brew a certain type of tea. But most people also have a tendency to extract the most out of the tea leaves by leaving them in water longer. This is almost like overcooking your meal.

Hope this article was helpful in understanding the impact and importance of water used for teas. As it is commonly said, “God is in the detail” as well as “Devil is in the detail”, meaning – a very small detail like this, can either make your tea terrible or make it heavenly.

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This place is a giver!

It’s the year 2018 and everyone is hustling to make it big. In big cities and tourist cities, tourists would often get fleeced and sometimes, even locals! In times like this, this place stands out as it is offering a Professional Tea Tasting experience for free, no strings attached since over 2 decades!

Do you like tea? Did you know that India is 2nd largest producer of teas? Would you like to take tea as a souvenir for your friends back home? If you said YES to any of the above, then Mittal Teas is the place to go. A quaint little shop in Sunder Nagar Market, almost as small as Harry Potter’s room under the staircase, this place is big on tea! The best part – you can try as many teas as you like and get to learn all about them for absolutely free! Mittal Teas is more than half a century old and their teas have been to Hollywood parties, Mr.Obama’s delegation, most of the luxury hotels in India and even some of the royal families. The staff is super friendly and the store is always full of expats from all over the world.

They have 2 more branches: Barakhamba Road and Global Foyer Mall. If you are a group of more than 5, the it’s better to opt one these 2 branches which are relatively much more spacious.

From premium Darjeeling teas to exotic floral tea blends, they have it all. Some other products worth mentioning: Assam Black Gold, Jasmine Green Tea, Apple Cinnamon Green Tea, Darjeeling Royal Muscatel, Mango Tea and Hand Rolled Green Tea.

 

How to correctly brew tea

Eight out of every ten people are brewing their tea wrong!

Our mission is transcend the quality of your much awaited tea breaks. Next time you’re making time for tea, make it count, and see yourself bounce back to life!

Water.

Start with cold, fresh, filtered water, make sure the kettle is not rusty. Water should be a little less than boiling.
Remember: tap water has too many chemicals which hampers the taste, microwaved water is not evenly heated, and reheated water loses its oxygen.

Timing

Timing is key.

White Teas, Floral Teas : 5 min
Mild Black and green teas, Oolong: 4 min
Assam, Flavoured, Spice teas, CTC: 2-3 min

Wish for a stronger cup? Add more leaves instead of brewing it longer.

Storage

Tea must be stored in an opaque & air tight caddy/container. Thumb rule – keep it away from light & moisture.

Gourmet Herbal Teas for Winters

A cosy blanket, sitting by the fireplace, staying a little longer in the quilt, the autumnal colour of the trees and a nice warm cup of your favourite tea – these are undoubtedly some of the best parts about Winters. Our recommendations to make your winters even more special:

Hibiscus and Honey
Energising in the winters, very rich in Vitamin C. Antidepressant, manages high BP, lowers cholesterol, Honey is very high in antioxidants, great for warding off a cough and cold.

Mandarin White Tea
Warm citrus feeling; White tea is the richest in Anti-Oxidants as compared to any other tea namely Green Tea, Black Tea or Oolong. Top of the ladder for overall wellness, zero caffeine, can be reused up to 2 times within 24 hours. Great for weight loss and immunity.

Spicy Rooibos – ginger, cinnamon, tulsi, cloves, Rooibos
No caffeine; vitamin C, great for weight loss and immunity. Spices provide numerous health benefits which help you fight infections, stay active and rejuvenated, Rooibos is South African tea and not many tea houses will have this hidden gem.
Ginger Assam
Great morning tea, can be had with a little bit of milk and sugar. Ginger fights infections and enhances immunity. Provides warmth and just the right invigoration to kickstart the day.
Vann Tulsi, Rose, Cardamom

Mild spa-like treatment through a cup; therapeutic, delicious, nourishing, good for hair and skin. Vann tulsi is very rare and it’s the purest form of Tulsi, excellent for overall health.

Masala Tea
A traditional Indian recipe combining choicest teas from Assam and exotic herbs from Kerala. The selection and proportion of herbs are based on ancient Indian Ayurvedic science. Apart from many health benefits, this tea is particularly beneficial in colds and mild fevers.
Kashmiri Kahwa
A traditional beverage evolved in the valley of Kashmir & accepted universally as a rare delicacy. It consists of Green tea, Green Cardamom Pods and Cinnamon Bark. A purely natural product, it has a wonderful aroma, light colour and delicious taste. People in Kashmir sip this healthy blend all day long for warmth and comfort.