Vanilla Assam Black Tea
Vanilla Assam Black Tea

Vanilla Assam Black Tea

Regular price $18.00

An intoxicating blend of organic vanilla, organic fair trade Assam tea from India, and organic elder flowers. The crisp aroma and deep invigorating flavor of this tea is filled with pure vanilla bliss!

See our Benefits page for information on all of the herbal extracts we use in our tea infusions.  

We've recently added options for 20 Tea Bag Packages, a great choice if you'd like your tea to come in easy-to-use unbleached drawstring tea bags.

Assam and Darjeeling teas have a very interesting history.  Chinese tea started to make its way to England in the 18th century via the East India Trading Company, when they used silver to pay for the tea supply. 

Due to insatiable demand, England's coffers of silver were running dry, and they had to find another way to pay for their teas.  Soon, poppy plants cultivated in India for opium were used to pay for shipments of tea, setting off a series of events that culminated in the 2 Opium Wars of the mid 19th century.  

Meanwhile, the English had purchased vast swaths of land in the Assam and Darjeeling regions of India to facilitate their own supply of tea, using the Camillia Sinensis var Assamica in Assam and the traditional Camillia Sinensis var Sinensis in Darjeeling.  During this period, it was also noticed that some Chinese green teas were using certain dyes that contained arsenic, causing the English tea drinking society to shy away from green teas in general.  Therefore, the Western tradition of drinking black teas was cemented.

Assam has been a favorite of western tea drinkers, and English tea drinkers in particular because of its ability to stand up to higher brewing temperatures and its bitter and astringent taste profile that can be offset by the use of milk and sugar to cut its acidity.  Assam (from var Assamica) is typically a stronger, higher caffeinated, more bitter tea, while Darjeeling (from var Sinensis) is lighter in caffeine and can be considered more palatable and easier to drink without milk or sugar.  

Black teas are fully oxidized, meaning they have undergone the most amount of processing when compared to all other types of tea from the Camillia Sinensis plant.  These teas go through a short withering phase, followed by a process whereby the leaves are broken and rolled, which exposes its oxidizing enzyme to oxygen, kicking off a multi-hour to multi-day oxidation process.  This oxidation (mush like when an apple or avocado turns brown when exposed to air) process turns the leaves a dark brown or red color.  Full oxidation, followed by a quick firing process to halt oxidation and start the drying process all combine to give black teas their distinctive nutty, rich and warm flavors.

Our Vanilla Assam tea is infused with organic vanilla flavor and elder flowers, giving this tea a flavorful and warm tea that is great hot or iced, while also standing up well to additions of honey, milk, lemon or sugar.  

Our Earl Grey tea is infused with a small amount of organic bergamot oil, which is the flavor that gives it the distinctive Earl Grey flavor.  If you've enjoyed Earl Grey from mass-produced tea bags, it is worth trying our Earl Grey, it will truly open your eyes to the possibilities that a great, whole leaf, organic tea can provide in your daily lives.

Immune System Support Tea

We infuse our Immune System Support Teas with 17 liquid herbs.  We chose these herbs to specifically help support your immune system, so you won't get sick, or if you do get sick, this tea will lessen the severity and duration of your cold or flu.  

For more information on each herb we use, Click Here.  

Or check out our Blog Post about the specific Symptoms each herb is used for.

 Herbs Included in this Infusion:

  1. Eucalyptus 
  2. Peppermint 
  3. Goldenseal 
  4. Eleuthero 
  5. Astragalus 
  6. Ashwagandha 
  7. Reishi Mushroom
  8. Echinacea
  9. Myrrh Gum 
  10. Licorice 
  11. Ginseng 
  12. Ginger
  13. Elder Berry
  14. Sheep Sorrel 
  15. Gentian
  16. Galangal 
  17. Stinging Nettle

    We infuse our Allergy Symptom Support Teas with 17 liquid herbs.  We chose these herbs specifically to alleviate symptoms associated with hay fever allergies, allergic rhinitis, & indoor and outdoor allergies. 

    For more information on each herb we use, Click Here

    Herbs Included in this Infusion:

    1. Butterbur 
    2. Stinging Nettles
    3. Astragalus 
    4. Ashwagandha 
    5. Eleuthero 
    6. Reishi Mushroom
    7. Echinacea 
    8. Myrrh Gum
    9. Lemon Balm 
    10. Valerian 
    11. St. John’s Wort 
    12. Licorice 
    13. Ginseng
    14. Ginger 
    15. Olive Leaf 
    16. Hawthorn Berry
    17. Garlic

      We infuse our Cleansing Tea with 10 liquid herbs.  These herbs are specifically chosen to help your body process and expel toxins and free radicals, to repair damage from radiation or heavy metals, to restore your body's beneficial bacteria and aid in digestion and increase your metabolism.  

      An all-around cleansing take on tea!

      For more information on each herb we use, Click Here

      Herbs Included in this Infusion:

      1. Turmeric 
      2. Milk Thistle 
      3. Red Clover 
      4. Buckthorn 
      5. Irish Moss 
      6. Chlorella 
      7. Oregon Grape   
      8. Neem 
      9. Stinging Nettles 
      10. Chickweed 

        We currently offer shipping via USPS (The US Postal Service).  

        Please enter your address information as you normally would for USPS delivery.  For instance, we only get packages delivered in Jackson via USPS to our PO Boxes, so keep that in mind.  

        We have negotiated rates with our shipment provider, so we are offering you the best and cheapest option available at this time.  

        If you live in Jackson Hole or the surrounding area, I'd be happy to deliver your teas to you personally.  Just use the "Pick up in Person" option at checkout, and enter the physical address you'd like the package delivered to.  

        If you've entered your shipping information incorrectly or accidentally chose the "Pick up in Person" option, please email us at info@headwaterteas.com as soon as possible to rectify the situation.  

        I aim to send out your order the next business day.  We will also provide you with a USPS tracking number for your package, free of charge.  If you'd like to buy insurance for your package, that option is available, as well as the ability to upgrade your delivery preferences.  

        Please see our Policies page for information on refunds or returns.  In short, if you haven't opened your tea packages or used your teaware, we'd be happy to refund or replace your order.  Just send it back via USPS (at your expense) to Headwater Teas LLC,  PO Box 3904, Jackson, WY 83001.  Then send us an email explaining what happened, and we'd be happy to help you.  

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