Looking for something a little fancier than your average tea? Meet black tea’s more artisanal cousin. The traditional version of our everyday blend, Orthodox teas are what you get when regular tea leaves undergo a bit more pampering during their preparation. Up until the creation of CTC machines (the clever gizmos that help mass produce most types of tea) all tea leaves were orthodox. So, in essence you can think of modern Orthodox tea leaves as a more authentic and classical tea flavour—the sort of tea taste that your great-great-grandparents might have enjoyed. So what makes Orthodox teas so special? Well, it all comes down to the way their processed. Through gentle rolling, these larger tea leaves acquire a delicate flavour of incredible depth and subtlety that’s a great starting point for those looking to delve a little deeper into the wonderful world of tea.
Orthodox tea benefits
- A delicious way to stay hydrated1
- Orthodox black tea contains a plant pigment called flavonoids which are found in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, and chocolate! These compounds may help keep your cardiovascular system healthy2
- Tea contains L-theanine a unique compound that can improve attention and feelings of alertness when combined with caffeine.
With over 4000 hours of pure sunshine soaked into every leaf, we think our Orthodox tea really is a taste of pure, unfiltered sunshine.
Tea time ideas
Sometimes, we think you’ve just got to take a moment to really appreciate the small things. Get focused, be more present, settle down and just be. It takes a lot of time and care to make really good Orthodox Tea, so we think it’s the type of beverage that benefits from a little attention to get the most out of it. Stick the smart phone on silent and tune out the noise of the modern world for a minute, pop the kettle on, get comfy and really explore the delicate, subtle flavours of our lovely Orthodox Tea. Just you, the tea, and a perfect moment of perfect calm.
Getting the best from your brew
To get all the benefits of Orthodox Tea, we recommend letting it steep for 2-3 minutes in freshly boiled water until it turns a rich amber colour. Feel free to adjust according to your strength preference, just remember—longer steep time results in a richer flavour.
1EFSA recommends 2L and 2.5L fluid intake per day for women and men, respectively
2based on a daily consumption of at least 500 mg of flavonoids per day, 3 cups of Tea per day, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle