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Welcome to our Tea Shop! We specialize in premium and luxury quality loose whole leaf Organic, Rare and Penultimate Teas (USDA, Canadian Organic, EU Organic, Avendra, HACCP, Fair Trade certified). It is a subsidiary business of Irene & Mr.Sheep Co. All tea products we sell meet EU/USA/Canada/Japan specifications for agricultural inputs or pesticide free. Prices for teas and tea blending components are ranged between $3.78CAD (Lavender Blossoms) to $189.99CAD (22 Day Frozen Spring Oolong) per 50 g. Our shop is mail-order. We are located in Toronto, Canada. Orders are shipped within one business day. Large volume purchases - 1-2 business days, Express and FedEx - 24/7.|
All our teas come from The Metropolitan Tea Company, a trusted and certified supplier of ethical, sustainable and safe tea since 1990, with more than 120 combined years of experience in the tea industry. All teas are processed (selected, blended, sorted, etc.) and packed in Canada. Lab tests are conducted at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada).
Tea Origins: Raw teas are sourced in reputable and ethical estates and regions of India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, China, Nepal, Sumatra, Java, South Africa, Turkey (Malhara Apple Pieces), Germany (Black Forest Linden) on high altitudes (from 500 to 9000 ft above sea level). We can assure you that all of our Teas comes from widely recognized and the world's safest and highly experienced suppliers. Due to the mountainous terrain and high altitude of the world's leading growing regions, such as Darjeeling, Sri Lanka or Kenya, our luxury teas are hand-plucked. (One notable anomaly to this trend is Japan, where exceptional green teas are typically harvested by machine.) All teas are packed at a HACCP certified facility in Canada, Canadian Food Safe guarantee, Fair Trade certified. In order to provide you with the quality you expect, we store our loose teas in specially designed flavour-retaining packaging to maintain freshness and the full flavour of each tea. Shelf life: nitrogen flushed and vacuum packed - 15 years (Matcha - 8 years), after opening - 2 years (Matcha - 3 months).
* HACCP is a program that was originally designed for NASA and the US Army Laboratories to provide safe food for space expeditions. It is now internationally recognized as the best system to ensure food safety and is endorsed by the Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization. The HACCP program undertaken by The Metropolitan Tea Company was implemented under the guidance of the Guelph Food Technology Center (GFTC) at the University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario, Canada). To obtain certification, Metropolitan Tea underwent a rigorous 2-year program covering analysis and if required, changes to operations, to meet HACCP's global requirements. All facets of Metropolitan Tea's HACCP program are audited on an annual basis.
** Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) is an organization within the tea industry that seeks to better the lives of workers and their families in tea producing countries. The goal of the ETP is to provide consumers with a transparent understanding of where tea is grown and how it is manufactured. Everything from fair compensation to health coverage, housing and childcare is closely scrutinized. From Toronto to London to Abu Dhabi and the rest of the globe, Metropolitan Tea is a hallmark of ethical operations. The company is an industry leader in responsible tea sourcing and production. Most of our teas have at least one affiliation credit.
We ship within North America, to United Kingdom and Switzerland via Canada Post within one business day.
* Note, International orders over $200: Shipping is free for orders over $200 except for International orders over 650g. A discounted shipping rate of 10% of the net value of your order can be applied to overseas purchases over $200 (this charge depends on the weight of ordered items and a destination country).
Items shipped within North America only: Matcha, Artisan/Formed & Pu-erh, Herbs, Herbal and Wellness teas.
Weight/value restrictions might be applied to International (outside of North America) orders.
Maximum weight for an International order: 1.25 kg.
Minimum order of teas: $18.00CAD (shipping is not included). For safe and guaranteed delivery we do not ship orders with the value of under $18.00CAD as a Policy. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.
Orders of teas under 100g: A packaging and handling fee of $5.00 (purchases with the value of up to $25) can be charged. We sell premium quality products. For safe and guaranteed delivery, all orders are shipped via Expedited parcel service (online tracking, insured, delivery confirmation).
An approximate weight of packaging materials: 100g, including a packing box.
Delivery standards: Canada - 1-6 business days, United States - 4-9 business days (Hawaii and territories - up to 24 business days), International - 4-18 business days. Xpresspost or a courier service are available on request. Orders over $200.00 are free of shipping charges. About us »
Packaging: Free flavour-lock cellophane lined paper bags with attached wire closure tie. Hinged-lid tin caddies with a food grade coated interior (capacity: 50 g, 100 g, 150 g, in solid colours or with Japanese Tea Ceremony prints) will be available. Some of the teas are nitrogen flushed and sold in vacuum packed 100 g resealable and reusable pouches. Prices are given per unit of 50 grams in Canadian Funds.
Free samples (loose teas, single serving portion packs, tea bags: luxury loose teas in biodegradable sachets made of corn starch or Abaca plant fiber) are supplied with orders of tea and tea spices over 250 g.
Credit notes are issued if an overcharge for shipping and insurance exceeds $1.25CAD. No returns except for Tea Accessories. They can returned undamaged for exchange.
Tea Samplings, Set of 5: Black | Green | Oolong | White | Herbal
* Will be ready for purchases in June-July. Thank you for your interest in our products.
© Wise Tea Garden, loose teas are packed in free flavour-lock cellophane lined paper bags with attached wire closure tie.
* Credit notes are issued if an overcharge for shipping and insurance exceeds $1.25CAD. No returns except for Tea Accessories. They can returned undamaged for exchange. An authorized return can be accepted within 30 days of receipt. Non-tea items are subject to a 25% re-stocking fee unless return for exchange. We are not responsible for misprints on pre-packaged tea labels. Please find our Policies explained here. * Tea products are tax exempt.
A Volume Purchase Discount » is available for North American orders of over 1.2kg.
Confirmation emails of Order Placement and Order Sent are emailed by our Customer Service within 24 hours.
You always receive 6 grams free for each variety of ordered loose teas, except Ultra Rare, to enjoy an extra cup of your favourite tea!
Price: $22.99 /each,
* Weight: 400g
PRODUCT CATALOGUE, Ultimate Tea Guide
Table of Contents: • Bulk Loose Whole Leaf Teas /20 categories • Specialty Tea Bags • Pre-packaged Teas • Tea Accessories • Teapots • Tea Presses • Tea Drinking Goods • Health Tips • General Information. Page Sample »
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"I love tea and drink a lot of it. Part of my attraction lies in the simple act of making tea, of stopping my daily routine to boil water and watch the tea steep until the clear water turns any number of colours, from pale gold to amber to deep brown, depending on the type of the first sip! Tea is more delicate than coffee, infinitely more subtle than soda. It is the perfect beverage - one that can be drunk frequently and in great quantities with pleasure and without guilt. Tea, in all its complexities, offers a simultaneous feeling of calm and alertness, of health and pleasure. There is a tea produced in almost every region of the globe, and one to suit every part of the day and every mood."
- Reference: Laura C. Martin, The Drink That Changed The Wold.
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• Before you start to brew a tea purchased at our shop, please check the recommendations printed on the packing bag of each tea. They are specific to each variety, including water temperature and hot /iced brewing methods. For the best aroma and inviting colour of your cup we recommend the use of reverse osmosis water.
• The best quality tea is one that is hand plucked.
• Tea contains polyphenols (catechins, anthocyanins, phenolic acids), tannin, minerals and vitamins. Polyphenols are tea compounds that act as antioxidants and are beneficial to health and a healthy diet. Please note: White, Green, Oolong, Wellness, and some of Black teas are high or ultra high in polyphenol antioxidants. They can also be either stimulating or relaxing. Please drink them in low to moderate amounts, do not overdose. Instead, try to replace an extra dose of caffeine with physical activities.
• Do not mix Tea, including Herbal and Herbal Blending Components except Dried Fruits, with any beverage containing alcohol.
• Do not wash inner parts of a teapot with any soap.
• Store your teas in glass containers with a tight closer, in cool place and away from direct light, to maintain their freshness, full body, and aroma.
• How To Brew: Heat water to boiling. Warm the teapot or an individual cup with a small amount of hot water. Toss out this water and then add the tea leaves to the teapot or cup. Pour boiling water over the tea ( for some teas, if recommended, cool the boiling water for a minute before brewing ). Enjoy your tea time!
Note: Packed weight of loose teas may change due to seasonal climatic variances.
Did you know?
• Tea can clean the wounds and cuts, and prevent bacterial infection. Use strong tea infusion to wash the wound.
• Tea leaves can absorb sweat when you sleep - dry the tea leaves after they were used and put them in pillows. You can also use tea as a foot bath to get rid of the smell and relieve the pain of gout.
• Researches show that drinking one or two cups of mild tea after meals can help to break down the fat. It can also help you low the plasma cholesterol and prevent diabetes and arteriosclerosis.
For more information, please visit Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine »
Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed information about complementary and alternative medicine, including foods, herbs, supplements and natural therapies. Data analysis are performed by health care professionals conducting clinical work and research at academic centers.
Did you know?
You can effectively burn fat by drinking the right kinds of tea at the right time of the day. * Do Not overdose. Use only distilled or reverse osmosis water to brew a tea. Morning: One cups of Pu-erh is the best way to start a day. Afternoon: White tea helps to block absorption of the fats in your lunch and to prevent fat storage. We would recommend Pai Mu Tan grade, flavored or natural. Evening: Tea made with dried Bilberry helps to balance cravings. - Reference: Advice from Doctor Oz's experts.
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What is New?
* Notice, Major Tea Producers move to raise prices:
Major tea producing countries around the world unite with the goal of forming a "Tea Cartel" to boost future profits. This alliance consists of stakeholders from Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Indonesia and Malawi. Just like OPEC, this cartel has been created with the purpose of improving consumer demand in order to bring about higher prices for tea.
New items are in stock: Natural estate tea from Nepal: Jun Chiyabari TGFOP - ethereal notes of muscatel speak of the mountain air in which it was grown; new Organic Herbal teas: tea coins Lavender Respond and Tibet Wild Lavender Blossoms; Freeze dried Peach and Apricot cubes are in stock. More supply is available for Freeze Dried Raspberry, Sun Dried Apple Pieces, Adaman Island Banana, Air Dried Pineapple and Papapya, Mekong Cinnamon, Linden Flowers, and Honeybush.
*NOTE: Some of the loose teas, which are currently out of stock, and teas with the in-stock quantity less than 500g will be re-stocked in August-September 2013.
The Artful Teapot, April 19 - May 15: The Gardiner Shop at Toronto's Gardiner Museum is exploring all things tea-related in a retail exhibition featuring original tea pots, cups and sets. Prices range from $15 to $1,400.
Announcement, New in June: • Kenya Silverback White - it is believed to be one of the rarest teas in the world - only 600kg of it are made on an annual basis. This tea is made from only the choicest white tips, flushed by highly specialized tea bushes in the Great Rift Valley's cool early mornings. The fresh leaf is hand plucked, hand rolled and dried naturally. The process is exceedingly laborious and even the most skilled tea artisan can produce only about 1kg per day. Cup characteristics: Breathtaking flavor with notes of honey, roasted nuts and Madagascar vanilla. • Lime Leaves (Thailand, Bua Yai, 1st Grade) - deliciously musky with sweet and strong citrus notes, Dried Lime Leaf makes an excellent component in custom loose tea and herbal blends, adding a layer of leafy citrus to the cup and an exotic visual component. According to the Thai people, the benefits of consuming lime leaves extend beyond their flavoring abilities. They believe that natural properties in the leaves make them an excellent digestive aid, have the ability to cleanse the mind, erase negativity and ward off evil spirits. •
Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh - a favorite beverage of the Scotland-China Association. Instead of the earthy, musty character of traditional pu-erh, Scottish Caramel Toffee offers the sweet, burnt sugary profiles of Caramel and Toffee blend in perfect harmony with the loose leafed pu-erh. While most pu-erh teas are best enjoyed on their own, the unique sweetness of this cup is well suited to a splash of milk. It is an afternoon tea - the cup is warming and thick, layered with notes of damp sweet earth, burnt caramel and cream with balanced astringency and medium finish.
Cinnamon Bark, photo © Wise Tea Garden
Did you know? Along with Herbs, Black and Green Teas are common ingredients in natural, homemade herbal preparation and beauty products.
1tbsp Black Tea, 1 tbsp Green Tea, 180 ml boiling distilled water, 1 tbsp witch hazel, 1/2 teaspoon powdered goldenseal, 5 drops myrrh tincture, 3 drops lemon essential oil.
In a bowl, cover black and green tea with boiling water. Add other ingredients, mix well. Store in a dark glass bottle, in a cool place within a week. To use, shake well and swish 2 tsp around mouth. Do not swallow.
Reference: Reader's Digest, The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs
Herbal infusions make perfect hair rinses:
Camomile - to lighten your hair, Black Tea or Linden Flowers - to darken, Linden Flowers or Calendula Petals - to give extra shine, Jasmine or Lavender blossoms or Scented Teas - to add fragrance. Use your favourite herbal rinses or infused tea leftovers every time after wash.
* Tip: Brewed tea leaves and herbs can be used as a fertilizer for your indoor or outdoor plants.
IN STOCK, Tea and Tea Spice Name Index:
2 Doves Silver Needle »
22 Day Frozen Spring Oolong »
Adaman Island Banana, Air Dried »
Angel's Dream »
Apple Pieces, Sun Dried »
Apricot, Freeze Dried »
Ayurvedic Total Body Tea »
Blue Spring Oolong »
Bourbon Street Vanilla Rooibos »
Calendula Petals »
Ceylon Tea, Organic »
Ceremonial Dragonwell Yixing »
Changoi Lion's Mane »
Chinese Dragon Peaches »
Chrysanthemum Relax, Organic »
Citron Green, Hi^Antiox »
Cote D'Azur Garden »
Cream Earl Grey, Organic »
Crème au Caramel Rooibos »
Darjeeling, Organic »
Decaf Estate Courtlodge »
Decaf Earl Grey »
Decaf Jasmine Green Tea Minhou »
Decaf Okazaki Mint Green »
Decaf Orange Spice »
Decaf Sendai Lemon Green Tea »
Delirium Blossom »
Dragon 4 Flowers »
Earl Grey, Organic »
Egyptian Camomile »
Elephant Ivory Kenya White Matcha »
Elepahnt Tusk Silver Needle »
Ginger Green, Hi^Antiox »
Green Rooibos, Organic »
Hibiscus Fine Cut »
Honeybush, Organic »
Imperial Keemun, Organic »
Imperial Rising Sun Gyokuro »
Irish Breakfast, Organic »
Irish Eyes Green Tea »
Japan Sencha Kakagawa »
Jasmine Buds »
Jasmine Dragon Tears »
Jasmine Gold Dragon, Organic »
Jasmine Green Matcha, Organic »
Jun Chiyabari TGFOP »
Kenya Silverback White »
Khartoum Hibiscus, Organic »
King Tut Lemonade, Organic »
Kosabei TGFOP »
Kyoto Cherry Rose, Organic »
Lapsang Souchong, Organic »
Lavender REspond »
Lelsa FBOP »
Lemon Grass »
Licorice Root »
Linden Flowers »
Long Island Strawberry, Organic »
Lovers Leap Orange Pekoe »
Lumbini FBOPFEXS »
Malawi Banda »
Mango, Air Dried »
Maple Black, Organic »
Mekong Cinnamon »
Monk's Blend, Organic »
Narcissus Oolong »
Nile Delta Camomile, Organic »
Ontario Icewine White »
Oolong Orange Blossom »
Orange Peel »
Orchid Oolong »
Orient Express »
Oriental Beauty »
Osmanthus Petals »
Osprey Gunpowder, Organic »
Pai Mu Tan, Organic »
Papaya, Air Dried »
Paris Green, Hi^Antiox »
Peach, Freeze Dried »
Peach Rooibos, Organic »
Pear, Freeze Dried »|
Pearl Green Matcha, Organic »
Pearl River, Organic »
Peregrine Mountain 1st Flush »
Pineapple, Naturally Dried »
Plum Black »
Pu-erh Mandarins »
Puttabong SFTGPOP1 »
Quangzhou Milk Oolong »
Queen's China Oolong »
Roman Provence, Organic »
Rooibos, Organic »
Raspberry, Freeze Dried »
Rose Buds & Petals »
Rose Tea »
Safflower Petals »
Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh »
Shanghai Lychee Jasmine, Organic »
Silver Moonlight Wild White »
Sleepy Lemon, Organic »
Sleepy Mint, Organic »
Soom TGFOP1 »
Spearmint, Organic »
Strawberry, Freeze Dried »
Super Fancy Formosa Oolong »
Tianmu Ming Dinasty, Organic »
Tibet Wild Lavender »
Tiffany Rose Melody »
Tuscany Pear »
Vanilla & Cinnamon »
Vanilla Cream »
Versailles Lavender Earl Grey »
Volcano Flower Burst »
Wellness Balance »
Wellness Energy »
Wellness Serenity »
Wild Blueberry, Organic »
Wild Rose Buds, Organic »
Wuyi Rock Oolong, Organic »
Xantou White Pu-erh »
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COOKING WITH TEA, Recipes Archive »
MONK'S MAGIC JASMINE PEAR
2 parts any Jasmine Tea, 1/4 part Freeze Dried Pears. Thoroughly blend all ingredients in a drum or large bowl and place in jars or tins. (Adjust ingredients for larger quantities.)
ROOIBOS BEAN SOUP
Ingredients: 3.5 litres Rooibos (for soaking process), 500g sugar beans,
150g bacon diced, 1 large onion, chopped 5 beef stock cubes dissolved in
1 litre hot Rooibos, 2 medium potatoes, grated 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
2 large carrots, grated salt, coarsely ground black pepper.
Wash beans and soak overnight in Rooibos. In a large saucepan, bring beans and soaked Rooibos to the boil, reduce heat and simmer until cooked. Sauté bacon and onions for a few minutes.
Add with all the remaining ingredients to the beans. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Serve with whole wheat bread.
ORGANIC EARL GREY TEA LOAF
Ingredients: • 1 Cup Currants • 1 Cup Brown Sugar • 2 Cups Self Raising Flour • 1 Egg • 1 Cup strong hot Earl Grey Tea
Combine hot tea, currants and sugar and leave to soak until tea is cold, or overnight. Prepare a regular sized loaf tin by spraying with oil and lining bottom with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 180C. Mix flour and egg into tea mixture. Pour into tin and bake for around an hour. Cool on rack.
Fusoushan Tea Farm, photo © Bai Li Tea Co. Ltd., baili.okgo.tw
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Guide to the Best Selling Teas: Angels Dream, Monk's Blend, Organic Cream Earl Grey, Organic Kyoto Cherry Rose, Organic Peach Rooibos, Organic Roman Province, Organic Wild Blueberry, Vanilla Cream, Chinese Dragon Peaches, Decaf Jasmine Green Minhou, Ontario Icewine White, Organic Pai Mu Tan, Organic Long Island Strawberry, Organic Earl Grey, Organic Jasmine Gold Dragon, Peregrine Mountain.
* Tea Samplings (sets of 5) will be available end of April.
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