Tearrific - Part 2

In our last post, we told you all about the difference between black tea and green tea, and gave you some interesting facts about some of the teas we have on offer at T&Thistle. In today’s post, part 2 of our mini tea series, we will be giving more exciting information about the teas we have available in store.

Gunpowder Green tea

We learnt some little facts about green tea in the last week, but here are some things you might not have known about our gunpowder green. The dried leaves are rolled into little balls to resemble gunpowder pellets, hence the name. This shape helps preserve the smoky flavour and aroma of the tea. It also has some health benefits, helping the metabolism, reducing cholesterol, and the caffeine helps awareness and focus. 



Rooibos, otherwise known as red bush, is a South African herbal tea (but is consumed like black tea). The fermentation process gives it its famous red tones, and is naturally caffeine free. Studies suggest consuming rooibos have antidiabetic effects, and the lack of oxalic acid is beneficial for people who suffer with kidney problems, such as kidney stones. It has also been found that this particular tea is good for controlling spots and eczema. 


Herbal tea (Cherry and Raspberry/Mango and Passionfruit)

The origin of herbal tea comes from Ancient Egypt and Ancient China, as it was thought they had medicinal properties (plus they tasted great!). Herbal tea doesn’t contain tea leaves, just herbs, flowers or roots, but it is brewed in the same way. Our cherry and raspberry tea contains the mallow flower, just like our Earl Grey, which is good for coughs and tummy complaints, and overall, herbal tea is a great home remedy for bloating and indigestion. Drink like an Egyptian!

Ginger Chai

Chai is based on masala chai, a tea originating from India containing black tea mixed with aromatic herbs and spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and pepper. ‘Chai’ translates to ‘tea’, and the black pepper and ginger in this tea help aid digestion, with the ginger also very beneficial towards alleviating nausea as it contains gingerol and shogaol, an anti-inflammatory, which also helps soothe headaches.

Just one more post left in our tea series with information on the last few teas we have to offer, plus an interesting legend behind Breakfast tea and Scottish tea. Don’t forget to follow us on social media, and let us know what you think when you come to visit us.


See you soon.