Savour the nip in the air over a freshly brewed cup as we bring to you interesting infusions
The weather seems to be perfect for a hot cup of tea, isn’t it? And Bengaluru seems to be a hotspot for interesting brews lately. Whether you walk over to a nearby café, or buy online to make your own, there are plenty of interesting infusions out there. Here’s a list of our favourites.
UK-based Pukka Tea’s naturally caffeine-free and ethically sourced teas are made with 100 per cent organically grown ingredients. And while the list of teas is long (over 35 different varieties), one of our favourites is the licorice and cinnamon infused teabags made with licorice root, cocoa bean shell, roasted chicory root, cardamom pod, a hint of cinnamon bark, and sweet fennel seed. Rs.375 (20 bags). On joybynature.com
Have you checked out the Lavender White tea by Teatrunk? The loose leaf white tea, infused with lavender, helps to relieve tension, especially if you’ve had a long and tiring day. Its floral, citrus, and smooth tasting note will have you hooked in no time. Another favourite is the Saffron Kahwa, where green tea is infused with strands of saffron, cinnamon bark, cloves, ginger, cardamom pods, rose petals and sweet almonds.
Rs.1,350, and Rs.800 (100 gm) respectively. On teatrunk.com
A cup of tea with meals is not an odd thing, especially when it enhances the flavours of the food, and helps in digestion. The Darjeeling Citrus by Radhikas is a lovely blend of Darjeeling tea, and dried organic bergamot peel, and lends a beautiful citrusy aroma to the delicate brew. And if you like your tea lighter, try the green tea with rose petals as well — it is floral, subtle, and extremely refreshing.
Rs.700 (100 gm). At Nature’s Basket, Koramangala. Details: 41317401
For those who love Kolkata, a cup of Kolkata Street Chai will surely be a heady experience. This blend is made with Assam tea, saffron, cardamom, nutmeg, and ginger, and results in a strong brew! It’s best had without milk, and little sugar, and will rejuvenate you for the rest of the day. For white tea lovers, Margaret’s Hope Moonlight Spring White is a combination of white tea with notes of raw mango, eucalyptus, and lavender. Packed with flavour, with a fruity finish, this one is perfect at any time of the day. Plus it’s low on caffeine too!
Rs.549, and Rs.2,169 (100 gm) respectively. On teabox.com
If you like the idea of sitting in a slightly posh environment over some high tea, check out the specialty tea menu at the Lobby Lounge of the Ritz-Carlton. The Imperial China Natural Jasmine is a favourite, where a combination of jasmine petals and buds, and green tea, create a delicate concoction that is as calming as it can get.
Rs.350. At Residency Road.
The South African tea – Rooibos – is quite popular among tea lovers in the city. And the Rooibos Ginger Chocolate takes that flavour a step ahead. Blended with cocoa and ginger bits, and barley malt, this brew is quite potent. It is high on antioxidants, lacks caffeine, is low on tannin, and can assist in digestion too. You could either buy the tea for your home, or simply order a freshly brewed pot at Infinitea.
Rs.600 (100 gm) or Rs.105 (per pot). At Cunningham Road. Details: 41148428
— Priyadarshini Nandy