Mermaids Dream Black Tea

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Mermaid Dream Black Tea
rainbow sugar gives this fruity tea a brilliant sparkle in the cup

FLAVOR PROFILE
Mermaid Dream Black Tea is a delightfully fruity tea that is as pretty as it is tasty. A dreamy blend of apple, rosehip, hibiscus, strawberry, blue cornflowers, golden safflower petals and a sprinkle of rainbow sugar that gives a colorful sparkle to the tea. 

The overall cup is intensely fruity with a sweet finish and a multi-colored shimmer to the surface of the tea.

BENEFITS
As a black tea, Mermaid Dream contains moderately high levels of caffeine (although less than 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

Hibiscus is power-packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C. Traditionally, hibiscus has been used to lower high blood pressure and recent studies show its effectiveness. 

Rose hips, also high in antioxidants, contain vitamins C, E, and B and possess anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anticancer benefits.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Mermaid Dream Black Tea
 is excellent served hot or iced. This tea takes well to sugar, honey and other sweeteners. Lemon slices may be added to enhance the citrus flavor in this tea. Milk and other non-dairy types of milk may also be added.

PREPARATION
Traditional Hot Tea
Measure one heaping teaspoons 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 tannins and less caffeine.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Mermaid Dream 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, apple, rosehip shells, hibiscus, rainbow sugar (contains: sugar, confectioners’ glaze, carnauba wax, red 40 lake, red 40, yellow 5, blue 1 lake, red 3, yellow 6, blue 1), strawberry, blue cornflowers, safflower petals, natural and artificial flavor

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