Black tea is generally known for its great taste and stronger flavor than the less oxidized teas such as oolong, green, and white. All four varieties are made from leaves of the Camellia Sinensis bush grown in South East Asia. Black tea is the most popular tea in the western world, and particularly North America, perhaps due its higher levels of caffeine, and range of flavors from flowery and fruity to spicy and nutty. Purported health benefits include high concentrations of flavonoids which help reduce clotting of arteries and act as an antioxidant that reduces levels of damaging free radicals in the human body. Consumed over the long term, antioxidants help prevent aging, boost the immune response to various pathogens and can lower the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Our flavored teas are specially blended black teas infused with carefully selected all natural ingredients and flavorings, create an extraordinary taste experience that is sure to delight the palate. Every one of these high quality Hale Tea creations is unique and makes a very special cup of hot tea. As you would expect, the flavor infusion also adds a wonderful dimension to a tall glass of iced tea on a hot summer day. Most of the teas have a great reputation as not only a delicious hot or cold beverage, but black teas are universally considered to promote good health due to their high concentrations of flavonoids.
Oolong teas range from bright green and slightly fermented to dark-leafed and hearty. Oolong tea therefore comes in a wide range of distinctive tastes and aromas, and is thought to have significant health benefits by stimulating the metabolism and suppressing the appetite, therefore contributing to body weight loss. Drinking just two cups of oolong tea every day is said to help shed stubborn pounds by blocking the fattening effects of carbohydrates. Hale Tea selects only the highest quality oolong teas to offer a product with exceptional flavor and aroma.
Green tea is made solely with the leaves of Camellia Sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea has been the subject of numerous scientific and medical studies to understand the extent of its health benefits. Evidence suggests that regular green tea drinkers have been found to have reduced risk of heart disease, and of developing certain cancers. Green tea is known to contain cartenoids, tocopherols, ascorbic acid, minerals like selenium, chromium and manganese, and phytochemical compounds. It is also a potent antioxidant widely believed to provide significant health benefits. Because green tea is unfermented it has a more delicate flavor and has less caffeine than black tea.
White tea comes from the uncured, unprocessed and unfermented leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. It is not roasted in a pan like green tea, but fast-dried which is a process that traps most of the antioxidants in the tea leaves. A study at Pace University in 2004 showed white tea had more anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities than green tea, potentially making it the “supreme” health drink. Since white tea is made from young leaves and buds, it has more of the amino acid L-theanine, thought to have more relaxing and mood enhancing properties than green or black teas which are made from older leaves. Caffeine content of green and white teas are similar, white tea is thought to have 6 to 25 mg of caffeine per cup while green tea about 8 to 30 mg per cup depending on factors such as variety of tea, cut, and length of the leaf, and method of steeping.
Rooibos tea comes from the Cedarberg region of South Africa, and is well known for its healing, medicinal and weight loss properties. Rooibos has become popular in Western countries and particularly North America among health-conscious consumers, due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin. Rooibos is naturally caffeine free and low in tannin levels compared to fully oxidized black tea or unoxidized green tea leaves. Scientists have found that rooibos tea can help protect against mutagenesis, the process whereby the genetic material of a cell is damaged. Mutagenesis is one of the major causes of cancer and other diseases. Rooibos tea also contains a number of phenolic compounds, or anti-oxidants, including flavanols, flavones, flavanones, and dihydrochalcones.
Our organic teas are fully certified by the USDA for you enjoyment. Organic production is a system that is managed in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 (PDF) and regulations in Title 7, Part 205 of the Code of Federal Regulations to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards.
Long Popular for their medicinal and calming qualities, herbal infusions have unique flavors and are all caffeine-free. Hale Tea selects only the highest quality ingredients to create premium fruit and botanical herbal blends that are unique, refreshing, and delicious to taste. Herbal infusions have been surging in popularity due to the positive press regarding health benefits and the extraordinary array of flavors now available.