The Top Five Rare Teas with Antioxidant Potential

As pointed out already in the 19th century the publication “The Book of Tea” Japanese writer Okakura Kakuzo "Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage".

So here we are learning from past knowledge again - not only is speciality tea delicious, but it is also known to be high in antioxidants. So, fighting wrinkles might be as easy as drinking tea, hooray!

Here are our top five Rare Teas with antioxidant potential:

Jasmine Silver Tip

The White Silver Tip (polyphenol packed) of the camellia sinensis plant is carefully picked in a five day race against time after the first spring rain, before the buds are splitting up into two leaves and a bud. You really get all the tea plant’s energy stored over winter in those first buds. Then these delicate buds are scented with fresh jasmine flowers (also high in antioxidants) for six nights and every night with fresh flowers.

A truly unique speciality tea packed with antioxidants from two sources and utterly delicious; so delicious I’m drinking it as I’m writing this post!

Jasmine Silver Tip Dried Leaf, Henrietta in Fuding, Jasmine Flowers

Malawi Steamed Green

Here comes a tea with a real story – Malawi Steamed Green comes from the Satemwa Tea Estate in Africa, but it is plucked from bushes grown from an original Chinese seed in 1921 and then steamed like a traditional Japanese tea. Truly remarkable and of course rich in antioxidants – the steaming process naturally preserves more of the goodness in the tea plant.

Perfect to battle the flu season with some lemon zest and a little honey?

Da Hong Pao – Big Red Robe

Grown in the Wuyi Mountains of northern Fujian in China, our Rare Da Hong Pao is also known as rock tea. Unlike the pearl shaped oolongs from Anxi, this oolong is twisted into thin strips; another big difference to Anxi is that it’s oxidised a lot more leading to dark leaves with brownish tones. Once infused this extra oxidation gives a beautiful lingering note of nutty chocolate.

Our speciality Da Hong Pao tea is not only rich in antioxidants it also benefits from the unique terroir - the minerals in the Wuyi soil are said to contain Vitamin C – perfect for this colder weather.

Da Hong Pao Tea Plant, Dried Leaf and rock terroir.

For the next two infusions we’ll stretch the definition of tea slightly - these two herbal infusions are perfect if you’re looking for a caffeine free delight, yet still rich in antixoidants.

On this note, please may we please, please, please, request you refrain from drinking decaffeinated teas. This is commonly done through the use of chemicals which just can’t be good for you; have a herbal infusion instead – delicious and naturally caffeine free...

Hibiscus Flowers

A deep rich raspberry red infusion with flavours of berries, a little tart, but with a sweeter finish. Why should I drink it then you may wonder? It is rich in vitamin C and is believed to possibly have even higher amounts of antioxidants than even tea. Just be aware it is a mild diuretic, so please don’t make this your main source of hydration.

Wild Rooibos

A Rare Tea HQ favourite in the afternoons, not only delicious, but it also comes with a natural sweetness that at times helps us to avoid any wanton afternoon snackage. Not only is it a fabulous digestive, it makes this list as it contains a huge amount of Vitamin C and even can become an isotonic drink with the addition of a salt flake, a twist of lemon zest and a drop or two of maple syrup to sweeten.

Wild Rooibos Plant, Dried Wild Rooibos, Rooibos Horseback Gathering

Happy tea drinking everyone.