Time to welcome the Chinese Lunar New Year and embrace the year of the dragon! To help you celebrate, we are offering you 15% off when purchasing two or more teas from our wonderful Scent of Asia range. Enjoy the taste of Asia as you welcome strength and power to the year of the dragon!
A premium tea blossoming with Jasmine aromas, Buddhas Tears or Jasmine Pearls is known for its rich folklore to help inspire you at the beginning of the Lunar New Year.
Buddha's Tears tells the story of how Buddha, moved to tears, experienced the suffering of humanity. As these tears of deep compassion hit the ground, legend says that the tears turned into Jasmine Pearls which symbolize empathy and divine connection. What better way to bring in the new year than with a tea so rich in history?
What Does Buddhas Tears Tea Taste Like?
The flavours of Buddhas Tears are something that inspires the tastebuds in multiple layers. The pearls begin with a floral taste which switches to something slightly sweet before blossoming into a rich smokiness. As the tea brews, the pearls open and release a lovely Jasmine scent, which is great when you have guests.
Brewing Buddhas Tears
To brew this legendary tea, follow these instructions:
- Boil water to a temperature of around 85-90°C.
- Add 4-5 Buddha's Tears pearls to your teapot or infuser.
- Pour the hot water over the pearls and let them steep for 3-5 minutes. Watch as the pearls gracefully unfurl, releasing their essence.
- Strain the tea, sit back, and immerse yourself in its serene flavours.
Another ancient tea with a fabulous taste is Chrysanthemum tea. This glorious yellow flower's name stems from the Greek words for flower and gold which makes a lot of sense given the fantastic blooms appearance!
Chrysanthemum tea is often used in Chinese medicine to cure a variety of ailments. The colour yellow is also linked with wealth and money and is one of the auspicious colours for the Dragon which makes Chrysanthemum tea an ideal choice for this particular new year!
Chrysanthemum Tea Benefits
Some of the benefits of Chrysanthemum tea are its use as an anti-inflammatory and its ability to relieve discomfort from headaches. During all the New Year celebrations, Chrysanthemum tea is a sensible addition to any tea first aid kit! Keep yourself mentally and physically strong with a cup of Chrysanthemum as your welcome in the year of the dragon!
How to Brew Chrysanthemum Tea
Brewing Chrysanthemum tea is especially easy too! Just follow these instructions:
- Bring water to boil, and place around 3-4 buds within the strainer.
- Steep for 3-4 minutes and enjoy!
Even better is that Chrysanthemum tea is said to bless you with longevity, love, and good health when drank during the New Year!
Not just a beloved classic for tea enthusiasts across the globe, Jasmine tea is said to be a love bringer when consumed over the New Year period. So, if you're looking to welcome in a little extra love during this year then why not reach for a delicious cup of Jasmine tea?
As for your existing relationships, Jasmine tea is believed to bring peace and good luck to those as well! What a perfect way to welcome in the year of the dragon than sipping on a cup of love!
Jasmine Tea Benefits
Not just bursting with love, Jasmine tea is also packed full of antioxidants making it a healthy choice as far as beverages go! Some studies have also shown Jasmine tea to help aid weight loss, protect your heart, promote better oral health, boost brain function, protect against Alzheimer's, lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes, and reduce your risk of certain cancers. Pretty impressive if you ask us!
How to Brew Jasmine Tea
Jasmine tea isn't just a delicious and healthy drink but a very easy one to make too! Follow these easy brewing instructions for a perfect cup of Jasmine tea:
- Bring the water to boil then let it cool for about 5 minutes.
- About 1 teaspoon of leaves should be used per cup.
- Steep for 2-3 minutes and enjoy! Our Jasmine tea leaves can be reused two times on average.
Ginseng Siberian Tea
Our Ginseng Siberian Tea is a fabulous choice if you want to kick off the new year with your health in mind! This blend is considered to be on the more preventative side of things rather than a tea to directly treat any specific ailments which makes it great to sip on if you know you'll be socialising a lot to bring in the new year.
Ginseng Siberian Tea Benefits
We love to reach for the Ginseng Siberian Tea when we know we will need a boost of energy. If you're looking for something to raise your energy levels then this is the perfect tea for you!
Moreover, Ginseng Siberian Tea can also be used to promote overall health. We love reaching for this awesome blend when we have something special planned in the near future (like the New Year!) that we want to be feeling great for!
How to Brew Ginseng Siberian Tea
- Measure out approximately 1 teaspoon of ginseng and place this into a strainer. Next, bring the water to boil.
- Pour hot water, allow the tea to steep for three to five minutes, and enjoy!
- You should be able to reuse this tea up to 2 times per batch.
Oolong Iron Goddess
Iron Goddess, also known as 'Tie guan yin,' emerged in China's Fujian province in the early 19th century. Its name pays homage to Guanyin, the goddess of mercy. Renowned for its gentle floral and possibly fruity flavour profile, this tea complements meals in Chinese tradition.
This distinguished variant is synonymous with premium quality and is a must-try for aficionados of Chinese tea. Given its robust nature, it's advisable to be mindful of portion size when selecting your grams.
Oolong Iron Goddess Benefits
Some studies have shown that Oolong tea can prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes if consumed regularly.
Oolong tea can also improve heart health, aid in weight loss, help brain function, protect against some kinds of cancer, promote tooth and bone strength, and relieve eczema. A powerful tea to keep in your collection!
How to Brew Oolong Iron Goddess Tea
Our Oolong Iron Goddess tea leaves are so potent that you can reuse them multiple times. To brew Oolong Iron Goddess follow these simple steps:
- Heat water to around 90 degrees.
- Grab 4-6 pieces of Oolong Iron Goddess tea.
- Steep for 1 to 5 minutes and enjoy. We recommend tasting your tea as it steeps to get a feel for your perfect strength!
In Chinese New Year green is considered to be the colour of money, wealth, fertility, regeneration, hope, harmony, and growth so what better tea to reach for than Matcha?
Matcha is a delicious tea to brew as a beverage but you can also use the flavour to enhance a variety of sweet treats which can be a fun way to welcome in the Year of the Dragon!
Benefits of Matcha
Matcha is high in antioxidants which can help to prevent cell damage and lowers your risk of contracting many chronic diseases.
Other health benefits of Matcha include protecting the liver, boosting brain function, preventing certain kinds of cancer, promoting heart health and aiding weight loss.
Matcha is a great-tasting tea that is super healthy and that is exactly why we always have some handy in our tea collection!
How to Brew Matcha
- Sift 1-2 tsp matcha into a cup using a small sifter.
- Add 2oz hot water. For best results, use water just below a boil.
- Whisk vigorously in a zig-zag motion until the tea is frothy.
- Enjoy your matcha tea straight from the bowl!
Lapsang Souchong Tea
The Wuyi region in Fujian, China, is renowned for producing the immensely popular smoky black tea known as Lapsang Souchong (立山小种). This tea undergoes a unique transformation through smoking over pine fires, resulting in an aromatic marvel.
Legend traces the origins of Lapsang Souchong back to the Qing dynasty in China, where passing armies inadvertently delayed the customary drying of tea leaves. To meet the rising demand, workers expedited the drying process by exposing the leaves to pine fires. This tea is said to be the earliest known black tea in history.
Additionally, we also offer an Earl Grey variation of this tea!
Lapsang Souchong Benefits
Lapsang Souchong is often enjoyed as a delightful energy-boosting beverage which is ideal for keeping up with busy New Year celebrations!
Lapsang Souchong is also said to boost overall alertness and prevent DNA from being damaged.
How to Brew Lapsang Souchong
- Add 1 level teaspoon to boiling water.
- Steep time will dramatically affect flavour, with a good starting point being 2 1/2 minutes, but feel free to taste and experiment for your perfect brew!
Jasmine Flower Bud Tea
With a fantastic floral aroma, Jasmine Flower Bud Tea is the perfect companion to some of your other favourite blends. As stated previously, Jasmine Tea is said to bring love and peace to relationships during the Lunar New Year which is exactly what makes Jasmine Flower Tea the ideal companion to your usual green or black tea blends over this festive period.
Jasmine Flower Tea Benefits
Jasmine Flower Bud Tea is an incredibly refreshing beverage that is also packed full of many different kinds of antioxidants. This is another blend that is just ideal for the busy days spent celebrating the Year of the Dragon with friends and family. Stay healthy and energetic by sipping on a cup of Jasmine Flower Bud Tea!
How to Brew Jasmine Flower Bud Tea
- Bring water to around 80 degrees.
- Steep for 2-3 minutes with a strainer. The buds will rise to the top without a strainer, and make it difficult to drink!
- Honey is optional if you prefer a sweeter flavour but we do not recommend mixing this particular tea with milk!
Blooming Wonderful Teas
Don't sleep on our stunning range of blooming teas too! They are definitely a conversation starter as well as being simply delicious!
So, it's time to make the most of our 15% off two or more teas from the Scent of Asia range this Chinese New Year! You can enjoy more awesome discounts by signing up for the TeaLife Tea Club for $10 to spend in our online store. Don't forget to join the newsletter list too for a further $10 to spend on delicious tea! Happy Lunar New Year!
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