The Story of Oolong Tea – A Tea Steeped in History and Tradition

Oolong tea is a Chinese tea that has cultural significance in China and several other parts of South East Asia. The word ‘oolong’ comes from ‘Oo’ (or wu) meaning black, and ‘long’ meaning dragon, which may refer to the long, dark and curled nature of oolong tea leaves. This poetic name provides a telling picture […]

Read More Published On  February 4, 2019

The Fascinating Art of Reading Tea Leaves

Tea has been central to several cultures around the world for centuries, but in some traditions, its role is not limited to that of a beverage – tea leaves act as a portal to help humans grapple with the most fundamental questions that have plagued humankind from the beginning of time – the mysteries of […]

Read More Published On  November 27, 2018

Teas for Every Hour: Night Time Teas

We have all been told some time in our lives that if we can’t sleep, we should drink a warm glass of milk. However, that may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Teas on the other hand, come in a variety of flavours, and contrary to popular belief, there are several zero or low caffeine […]

Read More Published On  October 18, 2018

Teas for Every Hour: Evening brews

Evening teas in an Indian context are often restricted to spiced tea or masala chai. Tea in most cultures forms the centre of conversation and camaraderie. In the Indian culture, tea forms the centre of everything from first dates to tête-à-têtes among friends and family members alike.As something that is so intrinsic to our culture […]

Read More Published On  October 9, 2018

Teas for Every Hour: Your Guide to Afternoon Tea

This article is the second in the series of the Hillcart Tales’ guide to different teas for the morning, afternoon, evening, and night. Below, we explore teas on a spectrum of flavour and caffeine content to sustain you through a sleepy afternoon. The lunch hour on weekdays is a break that every employee looks forward […]

Read More Published On  October 4, 2018

How to Brew Loose-Leaf Tea like a Connoisseur

  There are few pleasures in life like perfectly brewed tea.  A good cup of tea can be a sensual journey awakening the senses of sight, smell, and taste. Most of us have likely grown up drinking chai, that unique Indian way of making tea by boiling with milk and sugar, often adding an assortment […]

Read More Published On  September 6, 2018

From Taiwan to Morocco: Tea Rituals Around the World

“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in […]

Read More Published On  August 16, 2018

Assam, Oolong or Tisane? Types of Tea You Should Know

You know that your favourite black tea originates in the tea gardens of Darjeeling or Assam and that green tea is the most popular in Japan and parts of China. But what gives the former a distinct, bold taste and the latter, a range of tastes from sweet to vegetal to fruity? We explore the […]

Read More Published On  July 17, 2018

Yoga and Tea – A Match Made in Heaven

For thousands of years, Yoga has been known to heal the mind and body of those who practice it as a way of life. Similarly, the practice of drinking tea dates back to thousands of years and has been known to hydrate the body, cure ailments and relax the mind. Oolong, white, green and black […]

Read More Published On  June 20, 2018