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Tea of the Week: Malty Assam

Assam is one of the largest tea producing areas in the world, and is home to many of the best black teas of India, including Malty Assam. Malty Assam is a tea produced from a very specific tea plant, called Camellia Assamia, a tea plant with larger leaves.

Tea leaves grown to make Malty Assam undergo a very specific process. Newly sprouted leaves are plucked and withered over warm air to remove some of the moisture. They are then rolled very delicately. Once they have oxidized, they are baked as a final step.

Malty Assam is a very rich and malty (as mentioned in the name) black tea. It has a slight caramel sweetness to it as well. You can come down to Incahoots and try a pot of this delicious tea, or buy it in bulk for $45 a pound!

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Tea of the Week: Dragonwell

Honored by the Chinese since the Tang Dynasty, Dragonwell has made quite a name for itself which is why its this weeks tea of the week. Also known as Longjing tea, Dragonwell tea is made by hand picking the leaves and roasting in small woks. The tea leaves flat, shiny and green appearance is all because of the precise movements of the tea maker. This tea contains vitamin C, amino acids and has a high concentration of catechins (they act as antioxidants in the body)

The toasty and rich flavor of this tea makes it a favorite of many.  With it’s smooth, vegetal flavor, it is sure to win your heart. If you would like to give Dragonwell a try, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot, or you can buy it in bulk for $65 per pound!

 

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Tea of the Week: Snow Monkey Plum

Snow Monkey Plum is a delicious black  tea that makes a beautiful brew, which is why it’s this week’s tea of the week. While some people think that this tea has a similar taste to bubblegum, the tea is predominantly plum flavored with no tastes of monkey (or snow).

 

This tasty smooth bodied black tea makes a delicious iced beverage which is perfect for the spell of hot weather we are having. If you would like to try Snow Monkey Plum, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot, or you can buy it in bulk for $14 per pound!

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Tea of the Week: Madagascar Vanilla

This week’s tea of the week is a lovely recommendation from my wonderful co-worker Dianne, Madagascar Vanilla. Originally a product of the western hemisphere, now all the best vanilla comes from Madagascar. Vanilla comes from a vine like orchid plant coming from the genus of, you guessed it, vanilla. The vanilla is extracted after the pod has been dried and withered.

Generous pieces of vanilla beans garnish this wonderful tea, adding to its aroma and flavor. If you would like to try this tasty black tea, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot, or you can buy it in bulk for $14 per pound!

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Tea of the Week: Harmony Garden

As another Tuesdays rolls around, so do the clouds and rain so this week’s tea of the week is a tasty herbal blend that is perfect for the sudden chill, Harmony Garden. This mild, caffeine free herbal blend of mint and flowers has hints of strawberry, peppermint and chamomile with little intensity. This soothing brew is perfect for cozying up with a good book or sitting by the window and watching the rain.

If you want to give harmony garden a try, you can head on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot, or you can buy it in bulk for $22 per pound!

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Tea of the Week: Monks Blend

Another week has come upon us which means it’s time for yet another tea and this week’s tea of the week is Monks Blend! Originating from Sri Lanka, this delicious black tea has been infused with grenadine and vanilla makes for a lovely treat any time of the day. This tea is sweet and tasty with a touch of dryness and a subtle bouquet.

 

If you want to give Monks Blend a try, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot or you can purchase it in bulk for $32.50 per pound!

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Tea of the Week: Peppermint

Spring is in full swing, which means that the beautiful plants and trees that make the Willamette Valley pretty are finally in bloom. While these plants are gorgeous, if you’re anything like me, they also send you allergies haywire so this week’s tea of the week is Peppermint! Peppermint tea is one of those teas that is good for everything. When it comes to sinus congestion, peppermint naturally contains menthol which acts as a natural decongestant. Peppermint is also an antispasmodic, which means that it can calm your stomach and reduce nausea and stomach pain. Peppermint tea is also good at eliminating bad breath.

If you would like to give our peppermint tea a try, you can head on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot, or you can buy it in bulk for $22 per pound!

 

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Tea of the Week: Irish Breakfast

It’s been a very busy week here over at Incahoots, and we ran out of time yesterday to write up a tea of the week, but now that we’re caught up again, this week’s tea of the week is organic Irish Breakfast. This malty and robust tea has a strong Assam component. On levels of strength, Irish breakfast is right in the middle out of all of the breakfast teas, with British being the weakest and Scottish being the strongest. This tea is usually paired with milk and sugar (honey is my personal go to), but some do choose to drink it plain or only with sugar.

In Ireland, most people actually consume Irish breakfast throughout the day instead of just at breakfast, making the name a misnomer. In true Irish nature, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot at any time, or you can purchase it in bulk for $39 per pound!

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Tea of the Week: Liquid Jade (Matcha)

If you’re up to date with trendy drinks and food, you’ve probably heard of Matcha, as it’s gotten so popular recently that even chain coffee shops have started serving matcha lattes and it’s this week’s tea of the week! This tea is a special kind of green tea. Instead of steeping the individual leaves, you actually consume the entire leaf (minus the steam of course) because they have been ground into a fine powder. The leaves are covered with bamboo mats during the last few weeks of their growth, then picked at a young age and ground up into the matcha powder that you see today. Traditionally it is prepared with about a teaspoon of matcha and a small amount of water, it is then mixed with a bamboo whisk and served. This however is not the only way it can be prepared. It can be used in lattes (my personal favorite), smoothies and even when cooking! Matcha has an almost grass-like flavor to it so it is usually sweetened and is commonly considered an acquired taste because of the umami flavor.

Because matcha isn’t your standard tea, it is much more expensive than regular leaf teas. While the price may be off putting, usually the more expensive matcha’s are the higher quality ones. When looking for matcha, look for one sourced from Japan (we’ll get into that), is a bright green and has a smooth powder (if it’s gritty the leaves are usually older and not as high quality). You’ll want a tea sourced from Japan because of the lead content. Now don’t let that scare you away, a little known fact is that all green teas have lead in them but when you steep it, 90% of the lead content remains in the leaves. With matcha though, you’re consuming the entire leaf which means you’re exposed to more lead. You really shouldn’t consume more than one cup a day and surely don’t give it to your children, but other than that, you should be fine. If you would like to try some matcha, we here at Incahoots would love to make you a Matcha latte or you can buy it in bulk for $100 per pound!

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Tea of the Week: Apricot Arabesque

Because the weather can’t seem to make up it’s mind on whether or not it’s going to be sunny or rainy, this week’s tea is Apricot Arabesque, which is perfect hot or cold! Inspired by Chinese black tea, Xanadu teas made this delicious drink. The essence of apricots in this tasty black tea leaves a sweet and smooth taste on the tongue.

If you would like to try a pot, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you some, or you can purchase it in bulk for $14 per pound!