Buckingham Palace Garden Party Black/Green Tea

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Buckingham Palace Garden Party Black Tea
inspired by an annual royal garden  tea party

FLAVOR PROFILE
Buckingham Palace Garden Party Black Tea
is inspired by the Queen’s annual garden party held every spring in the west gardens of Buckingham Palace. This tea makes a fragrant, flavorful cup that features notes of Ceylon Earl Grey and soft jasmine with a hint of malty Assam black tea.

With medium body, Buckingham Palace Garden Party has bright flavor and a golden copper color in the cup. It is an excellent afternoon tea and pairs well with tea time treats and savories.

BENEFITS
As a black tea, Buckingham Palace Garden Party contains moderate levels of caffeine, approximately half of a cup of coffee cup per cup.

As with all quality black teas, like ours, this tea contains high levels of antioxidants

Black tea** offers a variety of health benefits:

  • Contains polyphenols that have antioxidant properties that may decrease the risk of chronic disease and improve overall health
  • Contains flavonoids, another group of antioxidants, which are beneficial for heart health and may reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Studies have found that black tea may help reduce LDL levels and decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Contains polyphenols and antimicrobial properties may help improve gut health and immunity
  • Contains polyphenols that may decrease cancer cell development
  • Contains several compounds and one specifically (epigallocatechin gallate) shown to improve insulin levels
  • Contains the amino acid L-theanine that increases alpha activity in the brain to help improve focus and alertness

Green teas are high in antioxidants and numerous health benefits.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Buckingham Palace Garden Party Black Tea is excellent served hot or iced. This tea takes well to milk, sugar, honey and other sweeteners. Adding milk and sugar, or preferred sweetener, to taste is optional, but very traditional.

PREPARATION
Traditional Hot Tea
Measure one heaping teaspoon of tea leaves per one cup water into a tea filter or into an infuser of your choice. Keep in mind, the infuser you choose must be large enough to allow the tea leaves to swell and unfurl. This allows the tea leaves to release their full flavor. Place filter into teapot or mug. Bring filtered or freshly drawn water to a boil then pour into teapot or mug. Infuse 1-2 minutes, for mild flavor, 2-3 minutes for medium flavor and 3-5 minutes for bold flavor. Remove the filter and discard or remove infuser and discard tea leaves. Garnish as desired with sugar, honey or other sweeteners.

Iced Tea
Measure eight to ten heaping teaspoons of tea leaves into a tea filter and place into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Bring 2 cups of filtered or freshly drawn water to a boil. Immediately pour boiled water over filter into teapot or heat-resistant pitcher. Infuse 3-5 minutes. Remove filter and sweeten tea with ½ cup sugar if desired. Add 2 cups of filtered or freshly drawn water to a serving pitcher. Pour in prepared tea and mix well. Add 2 cups of ice and stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Cold-infusion Method*
Measure six to eight teaspoons of tea leaves into a tea filter and place inside a clean glass jar or small pitcher. Position filter so that the tea leaves will be submerged and the top hangs over the side of the jar or pitcher so that leaves do not spill out once water is added. Pour four cups of filtered or freshly drawn water over the filter. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate 8-12 hours (or overnight). To serve this tea hot, simply pour the cold-infused tea into a saucepan over medium heat and gently warm to desired temperature.

*Cold-infused tea has higher levels of antioxidants, less caffeine and less tannins resulting in a smoother cup.

Due to the inclusion of black tea leaves, Buckingham Palace Garden Party Black Tea may be infused a second time, although flavor will be lighter, using either traditional infusing methods or cold-infusion.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Buckingham Palace Garden Party Black Tea
, like all teas, should be stored out of direct light and in a cool, dry place. Properly stored, this tea will stay fresh for up to two years.

Ingredients: black tea leaves, green tea leaves, bergamot, jasmine and cornflower petals

**Autumn Enloe, MS, RD, LD“10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Black Tea” Healthline, May 16, 2018