Extra Special Black

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All Q Leaf Teas are Certified Organic and Certified Fair Trade Q-Leaf Extra Special Black is an exquisite black whole-leaf tea. Delicious any time of day or night, served iced or as a hot tea. Extra Special Black will support a traditional addition of cream or sweetening, yet also lends itself well to your own creative concoctions, mixing well with a splash of juice --pomegranate, berry, plum! Grown on Venture Tea Estate, where organic agriculture, biodynamics and progressive social programs for workers are in place, Q Leaf Extra Special Black Tea is Certified Fair Trade and Certified Organic. Located in the verdant Nuwara Eliya District, Venture Tea Estate is a pioneer among Sri Lanka’s organically farmed tea estates. There, in the steep terrain, tea plants thrive and flourish beneath the vital, cool misting and cloud cover of warm days, resting through relatively cool nights. Venture Tea Garden achieves a biodynamic and sociodynamic agenda, this beautiful garden is also known for having a lovely ‘cupping room’ for tastings.  Amazing as it is, the single plant species Camilla sinensis provides its leaves for all the teas in the world. To produce theses more than 3,000 tea varieties­- the green teas, white teas, black teas, Darjeelings, Orange pekoes, Oolongs, and more, from the carefully dried leaves of Camilla sinensis depends mainly upon 3 important factors: the region of cultivation; the maturity (stage of development) of the leaves at the time of the harvest; and the oxidation of the leaves (intentional exposure of the leaves to the effects of ambient air) prior to drying. Camellia sinensis contains powerful antioxidant catechins which are in all teas (but not in coffee.) The antioxidant polyphenols in tea assist in the digestion of fatty foods by increasing the flow of digestive juices. Polyphenols also increase the production of white blood cells, providing the body with a boost to the immune system. Antioxidants protect the skin from the ‘dark side’ of too much sun: skin damage and skin cancer.Flavinoids in tea lower LDL cholesterol levels. One study revealed reductions in esophageal and stomach cancer among tea drinkers.Tea contains natural fluoride, providing some protection against tooth decay; It is strengthening to bones and may help prevent osteoporosis. Teas’ natural caffeine is known to sharpen concentration. A cup of tea may contains 40-50 mg of caffeine- generally half that of coffee. Tea is very, very low in calories and is a great thirst quencher!