July 2020 Newsletter

July 2020 Newsletter

Published by Modern Steep on Jul 1st 2020

With all that's going on in our world these days, we hope you are safe and healthy. On our end, we remain diligent in our efforts to maintain a clean, safe and healthy environment as we continue to bring you delicious, healthful organic teas and tisanes. Toward that end, we have lots to share in the way of tea news. So, grab a cup of tea and read all about it!

It’s no surprise that we offer a huge selection of teas ranging from ancient classics like Dragon Well and Ti Kwan Yin to bold and delicious blends like our custom Ginger TLC and Wonder Woman herbal blends. And, now we’d like to introduce you to our newest blends: Luna Rossa and Afternoon Soirée.

The foundation of both new blends is the ancient medicinal herb, Tulsi Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum). By itself, Tulsi brews up notes of earthiness and basil, though other flavors rise to the forefront in our two new blends.

For starters, why Tulsi? In short, it is a functional and beneficial herb used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic practices. It is widely reported to reduce the effects of daily stress and aging, reduce inflammation while offering a host of other benefits. Tulsi contains cell-protecting compounds known as phytochemicals. Tulsi has strong antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-viral, and immune-enhancing properties. Tulsi is considered to be an adaptogen - a substance that helps the body adapt to stress.

For further reading on this widely appreciated Ayurvedic herb, check out "Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons" reported by the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine and presented on the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health website.

With that in mind, here’s a look at our two new blends…

Introducing: Luna Rossa

Because life can sometimes be hectic and stressful, rest and relaxation are essential to a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Our new sleepy-time herbal blend, Luna Rossa, is composed of organic lavender blossoms, rose petals, Tulsi Holy Basil, peppermint leaf and valerian root. Take a look at our Description for a run-down on why we chose each of these ingredients in particular.

As for the name, Luna Rossa, it translates to Red Moon. The moon of early summer is referred to as the Strawberry Moon, or in some places, the Red or Rose Moon. It is the time of year that strawberries are harvested and roses are in bloom. The name was picked for its reference to the beautiful color of rose contained in the blend and for the tranquility of the moon in the night sky. Sweet dreams.

Introducing: Afternoon Soirée

The original inspiration behind our new herbal blend, Afternoon Soirée, was the infamous Cuban cocktail, the Mojito. The cocktail includes white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water and mint, culminating in a minty cool and refreshing summertime libation with a hint of citrus and yummy sweetness. So, we ventured into our tea lab with those ideas in mind, adding a pinch of this, a scoop of that, smelling and tasting our way toward the finished blend. We hope you find it to be a refreshing and tasty caffeine- and alcohol-free blend for your summertime afternoons or anytime for that matter.

Again, organic Tulsi Holy Basil with its incredible health benefits, serves as an important part of this blend. From there, we add bright and minty notes using spearmint leaf from Washington State. Gentle citrus notes are introduced using lemongrass while lavender blossoms add a subtle soft and floral character. Finally, just a tiny pinch of organic stevia leaf adds natural sweetness to this dazzling herbal concoction. And, to no surprise, it makes a perfectly refreshing iced tea. Cheers!

Jasmine Beauty - It's Back!

We are very excited to announce the arrival of the 2020 spring version of our Jasmine Beauty. This tea has long been one of our most popular jasmine teas for good reason - it's truly delightful. After many months of hiatus, we are grateful to the dedicated tea makers from the ancient tea plantation situated in the beautiful, misty Jing Mai mountains for yet another superb iteration of this lovely tea.

Tea Update: Yunnan Black

Due to logistical changes, we are no longer able to source the version of Yunnan black tea that we’ve had on menu the past several years. However, we’re excited to introduce a beautiful black tea from the Yunnan Province later this month, Old Bush Yunnan. This tea features hand-picked leaves from bushes planted from seed back in the 1960s.

This organically cultivated black tea is from the first harvest of the 2020 season (mid-March) in the historically significant Yunnan Province – considered the birthplace of tea. The finished tea leaves are full of golden tips and yield a somewhat flowery, sweet aroma. It is bold though mellow, having relatively low astringency or bitterness. As such, it drinks great on its own yet stands up well to added milk and sugar for those who prefer to mix it up a little. Watch our website and Facebook page for its arrival later this month (fingers crossed!).

UPDATE (July 7, 2020):  Old Bush Yunnan Has Arrived!

Iced Tea - Freshly Brewed & Delicious!

Iced Tea of the Month: Strawberry Sunrise

As the temperature warms up, there’s nothing like freshly brewed iced tea. There are numerous ways to make any loose leaf tea into a cold, refreshing treat. We have various options for hot and cold brewing on our website. But, the easiest method is simply to brew your favorite tea using double the amount of leaf. Once ready, pour the hot tea over ice and sip away. Here are the measurements:

  • 8 oz hot water (proper temperature for tea type)
  • 6 grams loose leaf tea (or double the normal scoop size)
  • Once steeped, pour into 16 oz cup filled with ice & enjoy!

Thanks for reading along about our new and incoming teas. In closing, we wish you a wonderful month with plenty of opportunities to enjoy organic tea - hot or ice cold! Furthermore, we hope you enjoy a safe and healthy summer as we each do our part to help end the pandemic while working toward a world in which peace, love and justice prevail.