March 6, 2012
Hidden Treasure: Bilberry Tea
Hidden treasures come along every century or so. King Tut’s tomb treasures, the Dead Sea Scrolls, or golden chests found in a capsized vessel are a few of the famous treasures that come to mind. When I think about tea, I think about famous ones, like Dragon Well green tea or Jasmine Pearls green tea. These have been discovered, tasted and enjoyed for dynasties. Now, we want to introduce a new treasure from our chest of Georgian Teas on the Black Sea: Bilberry Tea. Georgian Bilberry Tea is a rare find indeed. The tea artisans that make our prized black teas in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia have taken the processing for black tea and applied it to the bilberry plant, making a completely new kind of tea. It has a richness that most herbal teas lack, with a sweet note, taking you to the foothills of Georgia. After a few sips, a slight tart taste appears, giving it a fruit note, which blends well with the sweet smoothness of this herbal tea. Give Bilberry tea a try. It may not cure cancer or make you lose weight like a diet tea that Dr. Oz recommends to slim the waistline. But it might! Teas like this may have some of these health benefits, like being good for your heart or helping to prevent cancer. The greatest benefit to tea is the amazing taste and unlocking treasures from around the world.
For best results, enjoy steeping this loose leaf tea in boiling water like a normal herbal tea. Use about a tablespoon per cup of water and steep for 5 minutes the first time and 7 the second time.