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A last tea?

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“Tea is nothing other than this: heat some water, prepare the tea, and drink it properly. That’s all it is necessary to know.” -Sen No Rikyû I have arrived at the same conclusion as this tea master, after writing all these columns to share with you my passion for tea. You have read that tea is good for our health. But it is, in particular, a way of bringing us together. Having

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Arrival of the 2016 harvest!

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The happiness that accompanies spring-plucked green teas is back! Vibrant in colour and fresh in flavour, these first-of-the-season teas mark the arrival of a new tea year in China. The end of March through early April is considered the best time to pick these spring teas. These teas – especially the Ming Qian Cha, plucked before the Qing Ming Festival, the “Day of Pure Brightness”

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“Made in Taiwan”

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Back in the day, for many products, this phrase symbolized mediocre quality. But when it comes to the Sun Moon Lake T-18 tea, quite the opposite is true.  Launched into the market in 1999, this rare and surprising Taiwanese black tea is a hybrid obtained from a tea plant from Assam and a local tea plant from Taiwan. Cultivated at an elevation of about 900 metres (the same height as Mont Tremblant)

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March is nutrition month

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As we await the new spring harvests, here’s a small reminder about the therapeutic qualities of tea. Green tea. Rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and tannins, green tea helps to combat stress, to reduce the risk of cancer, to reduce cardiovascular events… and even allows weight loss due to its “fat burner” qualities. White tea. Rich in vitamins C and E, it is very effective

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Celebrate the Year of the Monkey!

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According to the lunar calendar, February 8 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year under the sign of the Monkey. To underline this occasion, a tea called "Jin Hou" – Golden Monkey – would be the perfect choice. This is an exceptional black tea, harvested in the mountains of southern China. As legend has it, ancient Buddhist monks trained monkeys to gather the first young leaves from

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Jackrabbit – a comforting winter tea

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I was 10 years old the first time I saw him on Mont St-Hilaire. Wearing a woolen hat, and with ski poles in hand, he was walking at an impressive pace, making his way in the early morning autumn fog. A pioneer of cross-country skiing in the '20s, Herman Smith Johannsen is the creator of a network of exceptional trails which make Mont-Tremblant one of the best ski centres in North America. Nicknamed

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Some tea for the Holidays

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It warms the heart. Delights the taste buds. Rests the body. And awakens the spirit.                                                     

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Theine vs caffeine

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It is important to know that theine and caffeine are one and the same molecule. The caffeine, which represents approximately three per cent of the dry leaf, serves as common denominator for comparisons. For example, a cup of tea (250 ml) contains on average only 35 mg of caffeine, a bar of dark chocolate (56 g), approximately 40 mg, and a regular coffee (250 ml), up to 100 mg. According to Health

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Solidari-tea to help Nepal

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Situated at between 1600 and 2000 metres of altitude, the Jun Chiyabari garden hires 160 workers in Nepal and has been producing very high quality teas since 2001.  Directly exported to Japan, USA, Germany, France and Canada, these certified organic teas offer an aromatic profile very close to Darjeeling.  The spring harvest, called "First Flush", which we have now received here in Mont-Tremblant,

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Matcha tea: energy and endurance!

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One of 2015’s fastest growing food trends is Matcha tea. Matcha is considered one of the most nutrient-dense beverages in the world.  Deprived of light three to four weeks prior to harvest, this Japanese green tea contains an arsenal of antioxidants, a healthy dose of caffeine, the relaxing amino acid L’theanine, and chlorophyll, among many other nutrients. Veins and stems removed,

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Running: hydrate yourself naturally

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In July, we run in increasingly hot weather…which lead to an increase in our degree of fatigue and our thirst. It’s certainly easy to reach for a fluorescent orange drink, a product of the latest research in sports nutrition. But you can also return to basics, to nature. Products that come directly from nature can offer us, as runners, unsuspected benefits that lead to optimal hydration

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Tea break at the office

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In addition to its antioxidant properties for your health, tea is also full of benefits for the overstressed worker. First off, it relaxes the individual and helps fight stress. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association offering oneself a cup of black tea every day for six months lowers the blood pressure. But it also has protective properties for eyes reddened

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How to choose your tea

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It seems that the more choices we have, the harder it is to choose. Here is some information to help you when it comes to choosing tea. White tea, which is simply dried in the sun, is the least altered and retains properties similar to those of the fresh leaves. It has a light flavour and reveals scents of dried grass. Green tea, known for its therapeutic qualities, is the overall winner in Québec.

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One litre of green tea per day?

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Tea furnishes a boost to the body and spirit by providing some caffeine (10 to 50 mg per cup), which stimulates intellectual and physical performance. Tea also provides théanine, an amino acid which activates feelings of gentle relaxation and well-being. It is also a major source of flavonoids, including catechins, which give green tea its preventive effects with respect to degenerative diseases

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Exhilarating oolong!

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After having blown the snow around in February, the wind should now begin to chase the clouds away to reveal the deep blue sky and the heat of the sun. Do you have spring fever? It’s time to drink some exhilarating oolong tea! The family of oolong, halfway between green teas and black teas, offers teas whose degree of oxidation varies: more green than black (10-30%) or more black than green (40-70%). The

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For the Chinese New Year, A Green Tea Festival!

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According to the lunar calendar, February 19 begins the Chinese New Year. This new year takes place under the sign of the Wooden Goat (Sheep, Ram), a symbol of Peace and Tranquility—a symbol which should inspire us to get along better with each other and to mingle and socialize more.  What’s more, as February is Heart Month, it goes without saying that we promote green tea because

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The trend this year: Matcha green tea!

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Trendologist Kara Nielsen, a culinary director who has been analyzing dietary trends for more than eight years, is clear: “Matcha is going to be one of the trendiest foods in 2015”.  Matcha, an all-natural powerhouse beverage brought to us from Japan, meets popular demands for energy, vitality, and nutrition. Made by grinding the green tea leaves into powder using a stone mill,

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Afternoon tea: 175 years

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Known as the creator of the afternoon teatime ritual, the seventh Duchess of Bedford was suffering from a “sinking feeling” at the end of each afternoon.  In 1840, dinner was not served until around 8 p.m. So Queen Victoria’s lady-in-waiting began to require that her black tea be served in her apartment in the later afternoon, accompanied by a light snack composed principally

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Comforting black teas!

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With days getting shorter and mornings getting colder, undoubtedly we’ll spend more time indoors in the coming months. While it’s good to be outdoors breathing the crisp fall air, we’ll still need comforting during this slow, grey transition towards winter. It can affect our energy levels and our spirit. As Wang Wei (415-443) wrote: “My despair dilutes itself within a cup of

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THE IRON . . . MONK!

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According to Chinese history records, the Iron Monk tea was created by a powerful warrior monk with golden-bronze skin who lived during the Song Dynasty (960-1279).  This “Iron Monk” teais grown on cliffs of the Wuyi Mountains, in Fujian province, one of the world’s finest intact subtropical forests: a natural reserve sheltered from chemical fertilizers and air pollution and

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Rooibos, a good sports drink!

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Often called “red tea”, rooibos is a plant cultivated exclusively in South Africa and is actually not a tea.  This plant is in fact a legume in the soy family, virtually without tannins and absolutely caffeine free, which makes it a beverage of choice for people intolerant of caffeine. Scientific studies have demonstrated that rooibos leaves contain at least 37 antioxidants and minerals.

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Drinking tea: better than drinking water!

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Research published by Washington’s International Scientific Symposium on Tea & Human Health reveals that tea has preventive properties against   chronic diseases.  To begin with, there’s osteoporosis, characterized by excessive fragility of the skeleton. Tea could allow reduction in the risk of fractures and improvement in the osseous mass, according

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Iced Tea Day

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June 1904.  It all began on a hot summer day at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Englishman Richard Blechynden, representing Indian tea growers, was there to promote the finest teas from India.  But it was a sizzler of a day, and fair visitors didn't want anything hot. Rather, they needed something to quench their thirst... something cold. He dumped some of his hot tea over ice and served

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Early 2014 green teas are on their way!

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Harvested at the end of March and the beginning of April, these extremely fresh and delicate green teas—including two of the ten best Chinese Teas—will arrive any time now in Mont-Tremblant! The Huang Shan Mao Feng is produced in Anhui province. Its name is translated as "Yellow Mountain Fur Peak" due to the small white hairs which cover the leaves and the shape of the leaves once processed,

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A healthy cup of tea?

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Do you know that most conventional tea is not washed before it is put into bags? That means if the tea was sprayed with cancer-causing pesticides, those pesticides go directly into your cup. A recent third-party analysis by Glaucus Research found that 91 per cent of the Celestial Seasonings tea tested had pesticide residues exceeding the U.S. limits. For example, Sleepytime Kids Goodnight Grape Herbal

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Spring time is at our door!

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And while you read these lines, the Early Spring "Sun-Dried Buds" Wild Pu-erh tea is being picked in Yunnan Province, in southern China.  These golden buds come from a high quality varietal of camellia, which grows in the tropical area of Dehong.  The buds are unbroken, pure, and bursting with wonderful taste.  The flavour is fresh and a little fruity—somewhat similar to a good

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Celebrate the Year of the Horse with a puerh tea!

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According to the lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year begins, on February 1, under the astrological sign of the Wooden Horse. A tea that symbolically underscores this sign is the puerh, transported on horseback to Russia and Tibet several thousand years ago. This post-fermented tea, compressed into a cake to facilitate its transport, owes its name to the region of Pu’er, in the Yunnan province

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Green tea, a valuable weight loss ally!

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Following all the festivities comes resolution time, and losing weight often comes first on the list. You will be happy to learn that Chinese researchers have studied the impact of green tea on losing weight. They selected one hundred adults with a slight excess of weight but a considerable amount of visceral fat – not the fat located directly under the skin but the one situated around the organs.

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It’s time for “Festivi-teas”!

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Starting as early as 1662, tea was offered as a precious gift. It was part of the dowry of Catherine de Bragance, princess of Portugal, for her marriage to King Charles II of England. It is still much appreciated as a gift to a friend or as a hostess gift. During the coming holidays, why not include tea in your cocktails and surprise your guests with something unexpected? For example, green tea mixes

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Travelling with teas from the “terroir”

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It all began in 2007 during my trip to China, where I met Mister Zhao. He became my first tea Master, introducing me to a world of flavours yet unknown, teaching me about the different families of teas, their subtleties, and how to differentiate them accordingly to their provenance – their “terroir”. And so six years ago, I returned home to Mont-Tremblant carrying treasures: white

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During the fall, tea from the heights!

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I like September…for its light, its temperature and because I like trekking, both in the United States and here. As it’s not everyday that one gets to trek in an Asian tea garden, we can still add enjoyment to our hikes here in the Laurentians (or to our day, hiking or not), with a tea that can, by itself, lift us to 2,000 metres of altitude! I’m referring to the Himalayan Orange

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Fill me up with antioxidants, please!

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Matcha green tea is well known for its antioxidant properties. And yet, it has been dethroned by a flower tea: an infusion of hibiscus, a drink of the desert people. A study from the University of Oslo, published in Nutrition Newspaper, and another study from the Faculty of Medicine of Porto, published in the Food Science and Technology Journal, recorded the antioxidant level of 283 drinks. Expressed

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It’s summer: enjoy iced tea!

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With July here, the summer heat will be on! It’s a good idea to modify our eating and drinking habits to prevent dehydration during summer’s hottest days. Since it is best to avoid alcoholic drinks or drinks with high levels of caffeine or sugar, why not go for a good homemade iced tea! Here are two easy ways to prepare it: Cold brew: infuse 1 to 1½ teaspoons of loose tea leaves

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Green tea for athletes!

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Researchers studied the effect of a daily supplement of green tea on 35 young men undergoing athletic training. Half of them had received a food complement of green tea, and the others received a placebo. After four weeks, the researchers noticed that green tea had increased the polyphenol content of the blood and the total antioxidant capacity. At the end of strength training of moderate intensity,

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Spring teas!

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"There are 365 days in a year, but only 15 of them produce Ming Qian tea."  Ah! The loveliness of spring-plucked green tea! Vibrant in colour and fresh in flavour, these first-of-the-season teas mark the arrival of a new tea year in China. Early April is considered the best time to pick and enjoy spring teas, especially the Ming Qian Cha.  Plucked before the Qing Ming Festival, –

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The matcha: an energy booster!

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The matcha is a Japanese green tea that is harvested only in the spring after being deprived of light for three weeks in order to increase its content in sugar, amino acids and caffeine. The ribs and stalks are then removed to keep only the leaves, which are reduced into powder using two grindstones. Whisked rather than infused, the matcha produces a smooth bright green beverage that can be drunk as

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Tea and cheese: an unconventional combination!

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A cheese platter with something other than wine? Indeed, the combination of tea and cheese is impressive! And when tea is well chosen, it is simply divine! The texture of the cheese is a determining factor in finding the right combination because it needs to carry the structure of the tea or reveal its smoothness. The temperature of the tea (cold, warm or hot) is also to be considered because it will

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A “Chocolate-Tea” Valentine’s Day!

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“Chocolate makes people happy,” and this is true whether you are in love or not! Not surprising, considering that cocoa contains anandamide, an euphoric substance comparable to cannabis. In addition, it is rich in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants. So cocoa and tea are a good combination for health, by fighting against oxidation which turns good cholesterol into bad cholesterol.

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