I still remember those summer days when my mom use to stock up refrigerate with Roohafza, lemonade and seasonal fruits. She always makes it a point to keep us hydrated with fresh fruits, juices, shakes and much more. Things have completed changed now…..packed juices, cool drinks, ice creams, etc have replaced the glory of fresh things. But things have not really changed at my home….I still make fresh lemonade for those summery afternoons; you can find a bottle of Roohafza still lying in my fridge for those sultry evenings…
But keeping the changing lifestyle in mind, I always love trying out something new and when Suresh Nanjan has mailed me to review Handmade tea, which is farm fresh and directly from the farmers….I was not completely sure as I never making green tea at home, though I grab a cup whenever I am at a tea outlet….I thought it will be good time trying out something new….
As this is for first time I was using Green Tea, I thought of going simple by making a hot cuppa and then making something chilled which will be apt to the weather outside here. Without wasting time, when I received the sample, I went through the presentation, sent by Suresh Nanjan….I have found some interesting points….which I thought may interest you too….
Handmade teas are rare teas in their method of processing the teas right from plucking until packaging , the skillful hand processing maintains the wholesome appearance as well as the nutritional values in the teas that brews in your cup. The samplers arrived in a brown zip lock bag with loose tea leaves….when I opened and smelled the aroma was mesmerising…it took me down to the tea plantation…..where woman wearing baskets around there back and singing melodiously plucking fresh leaves every morning….returning back I wonder why they are not sealed in tea bags…checking out the presentation I found….
Whole Leaf Teas
The whole leaf grade teas are made out of very tender unopened bud along with the first 2 leaves. Due to the absence of mechanized processing steps the leaf structure is very much intact in the
Teabags are made from very matured leaves which inevitably consists of stems and the leaves themselves are crushed and chopped into a fine granule kind of structure (this process is called CTC Cutting-Tearing and Curing)
Whole Leaf teas renders itself for use in multiple infusions (the same leaf could be used to extract the decoction multiple times)
Tea bags are commonly used just once.
Per cup cost of whole leaf teas are more or less same as the cost of a tea bag.
Tea bags use mostly the grade called fannings which are flakes like structures.
However due to the preservation of the natural leaf in its original form in whole leaf handmade teas the healthy constituents are very intact and fully available in the infused brew.
“Teaneer” is a whole some and fully handmade range of teas from Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms. This is an enterprising attempt of an entirely agriculture oriented family hitherto dependent entirely on selling our produce to huge factories. Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms is a family owned business where we are the people who cultivate process and package the “teaneer” brand of teas. In our farms we practice the bio-dynamic method of cultivation and our soil has been organically fortified for the past 5 years. The biodynamic calendar provides optimal days for all activities we typically undertake during our “teaneer” processing like plucking, pruning etc. Teaneer plants are sustained by Bio dynamic inputs for the past 5 years. Plants grow on a progressively enriching soil with naturally occurring Organic Carbon. The plants are self sustained and have attained a natural immunity against pesticides induced diseases.
TEANEER IN MAKING:
Meticulously followed buds growth we pick teas in the growth cycle of 7 to 12 days. Handpicked by our own family members right at the time of day when the plants have started blooming and are very active at their photosynthesis activity (before the midday sun). The freshest of the fresh buds are carefully hand fried in iron woks tossed with tea oil.The tender buds hand rolled. This is a crucial step in maintaining the unbroken buds ratio in the "teaneer" that brews in your cup.
"Teaneer" Flow: The periodic 7-12 day bud and leaf, pan fried hand rolled and packed under the ideal weather conditions.
"Teaneer" Aristocrat: Teas from plants that are periodically rested and the first 3 flushes of the leaves are only plucked for processing
"Teaneer" Shining Arrows: Teas processed completely out of unopened buds handpicked and shade dried for packaging.
You get these Teaneer in brown paper bag with foil lining with zipper….which seals the aroma and paper bag is good option as it is eco friendly too.
HOW TO PURCHASE TEENER:
Teaneer is a fledgling enterprise in initial stage of setting up retailing avenues and with a vision to reach directly to consumers.
Products could be ordered and will directly be dispatched from farm through local or international couriers.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms,
15/30, Pororai Village,
Home Office: +91-423-220-5167.
- Flow – Rs.250/- for 50 grams pack.
- Aristocrat – Rs.250/- for 25 grams pack.
- Shining Arrows – Rs.300/- for 25 grams pack.
As this is for the first time, I have made green tea at home; I really enjoyed making it…the way the color changes after every infusion is awesome. I enjoyed making a hot cuppa with ‘Teaneer Flow’ variety and chilled drinks with ‘Teaneer Aristrocrat”…and I liked both the varieties. Place your orders to make some refreshingly yum drinks this summer and amaze your guest or refresh yourself…..
- 4 cups Water
- 3 tbsp. Fresh Mint
- Honey to taste
- 1 tbsp. Teaneer Aristocrat, Handmade Green Tea Leaves
- 2-3 tbsp. fresh Lime juice
- Add mint leaves to half of water and boil till mint flavour is infused in water, nearly 2-3 minutes. achieved. Remove and stain. Add lemon juice and honey. Mix well.
- In another pan boil water and add tea leaves. Turn off the flame and let the tea leaves release the aroma and flavour the water. Stain and set aside.
- Upon cooling, mix up one cup of mint, honey and lemon flavoured water with green tea flavoured water. Add ice cubes and serve chilled.
- 1 tbsp. Green Tea leaves
- 1 2”inch piece, Ginger, chopped
- ½ cup Sugar
- 2-3 fresh Mint Leaves
- 3 cups Water
- Boil water and add tea leaves and turn off the flame. Let it steep until it comes to room temperature. Stain and transfer the content to fridge.
- Meanwhile, in a heavy bottom vessel add water, sugar and chopped ginger. Let it boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. Stain and leave it cool. Once cool enough transfer the content to fridge.
- When ready to serve, fill in the glasses with ice cubes and pour a cup of above contents. Check for sugar, if needed add more. Garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled.
FOR HOT CUPPA:
I made this early this morning and had this before having breakfast....I feel so refreshed and rejuvenated....
- 1 tbsp. Teener Flow Handmade Green Tea Leaves
- 3 cups Water
- 2 tbsp. Sugar/Honey
- Boil water and add tea leaves. Turn off the flame and wait till the leaves settle at the bottom. Stain and mix in sugar or honey and enjoy a warm refreshing cuppa of healthy handmade green tea…..
DISSIMILAR: This is not a sponsored post; all views expressed here are made after trying, testing and tasting the samplers by me.