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It’s that time of the year when we celebrate women and raise a toast to their strength, skills and resilience. The theme for International Women’s Day this year is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, which places innovation by women and girls at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality. There are many ways to acknowledge and honour the women in your life on this special day, but there is nothing quite as nice as a special gift to show them how much they mean to you. And, one of the best gifts you can give this year is the Tea Chest from the Sublime House of Tea.

The Tea Chest, which is a miniature model of the traditional tea chests of the past, is beautiful in craftsmanship and rich in the variety of teas that are within the box. When you gift a Tea Chest to someone you love, you are also giving them a lifetime of health and happiness as tea has been regarded as the key to well-being for thousands of years. Studies have shown that tea can combat a number of diseases like heart disease and diabetes and also, help in weight loss and improving mental prowess.

The Tea Chest has a lacquered finish and as it is made of fine dark wood, it looks like a work of art. It would look spectacular in any setting. It would find pride of place on your dining table in your home.

The Tea Chest contains an assortment of teas to suit a woman’s every mood. If she is feeling stressed, the gentle fragrance and flavour of Rose in Bloom tea would calm her instantly. For a shot of energy, a cup of Rooibos Vanilla Spice would be perfect, and if one is depressed, the warm scent of Earl Grey is like a tonic for the soul.

Women’s Day was first launched on February 28, 1909 in New York and it was suggested that a Women’s Day should be held annually. But it became a part of our calendar, only after it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations. In some countries, it is a national holiday but across the globe, it is the day marked by conferences, talks and award- functions and a day of recognition of the work done by women. Across offices and homes, women are given a special status for the day and they often receive gifts and tokens of honour as a part of the celebrations.

The flavours of tea in the Tea Chest includes Rooibos Vanilla Spice, Seventh Heaven, Jasmine Mandarin, Moroccan Mint, Earl Grey and Rose in Bloom. Each of these teas has special properties to improve one’s life and get healthy too. Rooibos Vanilla Spice tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients that can protect against many diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Moroccan Tea, on the other hand, can help in digestion and respiratory problems, while Earl Grey can boost energy and immunity and help in weight loss.

The Rose in Bloom tea contains rose petals, liquorice, fennel and aniseed, all of which blends together to create a lovely aromatic beverage. In the Jasmine Mandarin Tea, jasmine flowers are picked during the early hours of the day and infused with green tea after dark. In the Moroccan Mint tea, green tea leaves are mixed with Moroccan mint while Seventh Heaven tea is an in-house blend of black Nilgiri tea.

The Tea Chest contains six slots and each of the teas come in luxurious pyramid teabags. The beauty of the box offsets the eclectic assortment of tea flavours that are within.

So, this Women’s Day, invest in a Tea Chest and gift it to a friend, a parent or a relative. If you are a woman, buy one for yourself. This wonderful Tea chest can enrich life in more ways than you can imagine.

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Seventh Heaven tea lives up to its name in more ways than one. Besides the fact that it is full of pure flavour and blended with the fruity notes of melon and tropical fruit, this tea is warm and invigorating for the chill that accompanies the turn of the season. True to its name, this tea is like a taste of sheer heaven and as cold winds blow through our part of the world and chase the last of the winter clouds away, the fruity bouquet of this beautiful brew can make your day.

But where did this splendid tea originate? Here’s a compilation of facts on the ingredients of Seventh Heaven Tea which is a special blend of fruit and black tea.

A historical perspective

Historians believe that black tea originated in China and was called ‘red tea’ at the time. Its origin can be traced back to the late Ming dynasty of 1590 when the first tea in this category was first produced in the Fujian province. This region was the Lapsang and the tea leaves of the region were called the Lapsang Souchong. But it was only in 1875, that black tea grew in popularity when it was made in the region of Qimen. A native of Guixi in southern Qimen named Hu Yuanlong went to the Fujian province to learn the secrets and the art of making black tea. When he came back to Qimen, he began producing his own black tea and set up factories to do so. As the soil in this region was perfect for this tea and the climate was warm and moist, the tea leaves of Keemun tea were superb. It was so good that its fame grew and soon the tea became popular around the world. Even today, it is considered the ‘king of black tea.’

Fruit teas are called infusions because a number of flavours seep into these beverages to make them special. On an average, a fruit tea may contain up to nine ingredients, all of which play an important role in making the tea unique. These flavours could range from melon, orange, cherry, apple, raspberry, strawberry and peach. These teas, also known as tisanes, are made the same way as black tea but are infused with different kinds of fruit and then dried. As they can be consumed both hot and cold, these teas are always a popular choice among tea lovers.

Types and traditions

Seventh Heaven tea, which is essentially a cocktail of black tea, melon extracts and dried tropical fruit is both invigorating and wholesome. This tea is bursting with flavour and chock full of goodness too.

Black tea is more oxidized than green, oolong and white tea. It is stronger in flavour and retains its taste for several years. These teas are processed in different ways, either by the CTC (Crush, Tear and Curl) method, made especially for teabags and the Orthodox processing method which is done by machines or by hand. In the Orthodox method, the leaves are rolled by hand or mechanically with a rolling table.

The tea leaves, that are manufactured by either of the methods, is sorted into grades with the use of sieves. In the case of Seventh Heaven, it is infused with fruit to create its special flavour.

Brewing the perfect cup

The best way to make this tea is to bring fresh, filtered water to a boil. Make sure the water is really hot. Steep the tea bags for one or two minutes. You might not need to sweeten this brew further as it contains fruit infusions. Seventh Heaven is Sublime’s in-house blend of black Nilgiri Tea or Blue Mountain tea leaves which yields a fine aroma, smooth texture and golden hues with a gentle berry aftertaste.

Pour out a cup, sit back and sip slowly. The taste is rich and as beautiful as the tea itself. Enjoy!

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Come summer and the Camomile flower blooms, bright and golden like the sun, sweet and smoky in fragrance and soft and delicate in texture. When the beautiful blossoms are gathered together and dried in warm sunlight, they transform into the tisane that is loved by tea aficionados all over the world. The wonderful, caffeine-free tea, created out of the dried flowers, can lull you into serenity and invoke the gods of slumber, due to the flavonoid, chrysin that is found in the plant. What’s more, it is also packed with anti-oxidants and curative properties that can gently transform the body and soothe the soul. Want a health makeover this season? Check out the many wonders of Camomile in this compilation of all its unique properties…

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