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PU-ERH

PU-ERH

Alongside dozens of organic teas from around the world, we at The Naked Leaf are happy to boast one of the largest pu-erh selections in Calgary. Comparable to scotch whiskies, this tea is culturally specific to a province of China and known for the complexity it develops as it ages. Pu-erh (sometimes written as ‘pu-er’ or ‘puer’) is best known for its earthy scent, full-bodied flavour, and its ability to be steeped upwards of a dozen times. As the seasons shift and the furnaces start to kick in, you won’t find a better tea to last you through a snow day.

One of the first things you will notice about pu-erh tea is its shape. While most of the teas are packed to look like a disc (such as our Wild Arbour Braid Cake), they also come in the shape of mushrooms or small coins. These discs, popularly known as “cakes”, have a history reaching as far back as trade along the Silk Road. In the transportation of tea over great distances, leaves would crumble to dust in the cloth bags they were carried in, but by molding the tea leaves into these stackable cakes they held their shape and could be easily traded in measurable quantities. An important development took place when old cakes were compared to new: the cakes that had matured along the route developed richer, deeper flavours than their younger counterparts. It seemed that the longer a cake sat to age, the darker a cup of tea it would brew. This aging method gives us tea commonly known as “raw” or “sheng” pu-erh. 

On the other end of the spectrum we have “ripe” or “shou” pu-erh. This method is far less ancient than its counterpart, having been introduced to tea producing factories in the 1970s. Through the introduction of moisture to packed teas, a rapid fermentation process takes place, simulating the affect that age has on a raw pu-erh cake. Since it is essentially skipping the aging process, ripe pu-erh is cheaper in price and usually made with a lower quality tea-leaf. That being said, this kind of pu-erh is still revered and coveted for its woody, petrichor (the smell of the earth after the rain) taste. 

Generally, pu-erh is prepared with a 7 gram chunk of tea in a 100ml brewing vessel called a “gaiwan,” which allows the brewer to do multiple short infusions one after the other. By adding 5 seconds every steep, a tea can last you all day. Each new infusion of the tea opens up in flavour and complexity. If you don’t have that small of a brewing vessel, any other kind will work, just make sure you adjust the amount of tea you’re using accordingly! Pull off layers of your cake with a knife (such as our Pu’erh picks) to minimize any breaking of the leaves that will give you an astringent flavour. If the tea is too weak, add more leaf. If it is too strong, shorten the steep time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the cup with a whole lot of history.

If you have any questions, we are always happy to answer them! Send us an email at info@thenakedleaf, direct message us on Instagram @nakedleaf, or stop by the store.

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SILVER TEA KETTLE / TEAPOT

SILVER TEA KETTLE / TEAPOT

We are thrilled to be able to offer Silver Teakettles made from 990 grade silver. (That is more pure than sterling silver.) These handcrafted beauties were produced from Master craftsmen in China and come with a Certification of Authenticity.

Using Silver kettles to boil your water create a water quality that  is light and fresh. While the water can be used for all hot beverages, it can be particularly good for your lightly oxidised teas such as white tea, green teas, the lighter oolongs like an Iron Goddess and raw young pu-erh tea. In contrast, the Japanese cast iron kettles that we carry and have featured in the past, can produce water that is heavier with more body and  can benefit oxidised teas such as darker oolongs, black teas and the aged pu-erh tea. 
 
Silver has been is use for thousands of years, originally for decorative uses, jewelry and for monetary use. Today, Silver is used for a  great many scientific and health reasons. Regarding water, silver is used in purification systems to prevent bacteria and algae from developing. According to Wikipidia, the silver catalyzes oxygen and sanitizes the water, replacing chlorination. Silver ions are added to water purification systems in hospitals, community water systems, pools and spas, displacing chlorination.
 

Here are some interesting facts about silver taken from the Quora website:

  • The Greeks used silver vessels to keep water and other liquids fresh. The writings of Herodotus, the Greek philosopher and historian, date the use of silver to before the birth of Christ.
  • The Roman Empire stored wine in silver urns to prevent spoilage.
  • The use of silver is mentioned in ancient Egyptian writings.
  • In the Middle Ages, silverware protected the wealthy from the full brunt of the plague.
  • Before the advent of modern germicides and antibiotics, it was known that disease-causing pathogens could not survive in the presence of silver. Consequently, silver was used in dishware, drinking vessels and eating utensils.
  • In particular, the wealthy stored and ate their food from silver vessels to keep bacteria from growing.
  • The Chinese emperors and their courts ate with silver chopsticks.
  • The Druids have left evidence of their use of silver.
  • Settlers in the Australian outback suspend silverware in their water tanks to retard spoilage.
  • Pioneers trekking across the American West found that if they placed silver or copper coins in their casks of drinking water, it kept the water safe from bacteria, algae, etc.
  • All along the frontier, silver dollars were put in milk to keep it fresh. Some of us remember our grandparents doing the same.
  • Silver leaf was used to combat infection in wounds sustained by troops during World War I.
  • Prior to the introduction of antibiotics, Colloidal Silver was used widely in hospitals and has been known as a bactericide for at least 1200 years.
  • In the early 1800s, doctors used silver sutures in surgical wounds with very successful results.
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ICED TEA SEASON IS HERE!

ICED TEA SEASON IS HERE!

With the hot weather upon us, The Naked Leaf has a great selection of teas that are perfect for cooling off. Unlike coffee, tea hydrates the body, keeping you alert and healthy in the heat. We can even give you some advice on the best way to make iced teas!

Some favorite teas this summer are: Lychee, Cherry, Blueberry-Pomegranate, Red Jade 18 and Blueberry Rooibos. We have plenty more from which to choose!

We also recommend the Cold Brew Iced Tea maker. This is the PERFECT way to make great iced tea EVERY time. Because the tea is never heated, it can not be over-steeped, therefore never getting bitter. One of our best selling items.

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TEA 101 - JUNE 11

TEA 101 - JUNE 11

TEA 101

Taste is one of our most fundamental cultural traits and can change not only according to environment but can be refined through experience.

‘Tea 101’ will take you through the exciting and expansive world of tea. While very educational, this is a fun and social evening where you’ll taste and compare a total of 12 teas from each of the tea catagories: White, Green Oolong, Black and Pu-Erh. You’ll also have your tea questions answered as your hosts guide you through the different tea families, tea cultivation, proper tea preparation and some of the historical milestones behind the worlds most consumed beverage after water.
This tea tasting event is great for anyone looking to expand their tea knowledge. Space is limited to sign up now.
After the tasting, guests are treated to shop the store and enjoy 10% off all teas and most teaware products!

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TEA and CHOCOLATE PAIRING - JUNE 10

TEA and CHOCOLATE PAIRING - JUNE 10

What could be better than a tea tasting? How about a tea tasting with chocolate! Here at The Naked Leaf we have unique, one-of-a-kind tea chocolates made exclusively for us by local chocolatier, Albert Kurylo.

To highlight the flavours of these exquisite chocolates, we’ve created one of our most popular tasting events– Tea & Chocolate. Pairing the right tea to a specific chocolate enhances the flavours of both the chocolates and the teas, giving your taste buds an extra special experience. Regardless if you’re a self-proclaimed sommelier, or your new to the tea world, this is a fun event that is meant to be social, educational and delicious.

This hour long experience is fun and relaxed while giving you a basic understanding of the world of tea and flavour. You’ll enjoy six unique combinations of tea and tea chocolates.

We are excited to share the fun of our Tea & Chocolate Pairing, but space is limited, so sign up now

After the tasting, guests are treated to shop the store and enjoy 10% off all teas and most teaware products!

June 10 at 7:00

 

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SAKURA CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA NOW IN STOCK!

SAKURA CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA NOW IN STOCK!

Our annual best seller Sakura Cherry Blossom green tea is back in stock once again. Unlike a candy flavored cherry tea, this exquisite Japanese tea has only two ingredients! Green tea and the leaf of the cherry blossom. It is unlike any type of tea you have had and the taste is absolutely divine. The sencha tea leaf and the cherry blossom leaf are then coated with a small amount of matcha. This tea is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and is released only once a year during the Cherry Blossom Festival season. This tea is sold as 200g
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Panda Macrons and Cups

POP-UP SHOP - Sunday, April 9th from NOON until 4pm

Specialty Macrons made Exclusively for The Naked Leaf!

April 9
Noon to 4:00

We are very pleased to announce that we will be hosting a pop-up shop with Kent Lukey, the creative mind behind the macron cookies that we have been selling. As an exclusive for our shop, Kent has created these whimsical Panda Macron using our teas. The three flavors will be LOTUS Green Tea, JASMINE Green Tea and LYCHEE Black Tea. These will be sold in two different packages.
 
1. Your choice of a Panda Mug (6 colors to choose from) and one of each cookie. $18 
2. A box of 6 cookies, with two of each flavor. $15
 
Additionally, Kent will have his Spring line up of macron to choose from which include:
Mini Egg, Salted Caramel, Passion Fruit, Lemon, Birthday Cake and Cookie Dough. 
 
These flavors may be bought individually.
 
If you would like to reserve either set of the Panda cookies, please contact the shop at: 403-283-3555
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NEW! GRAPEFRUIT TEA

NEW! GRAPEFRUIT TEA

We have been searching for a long time to find a really great Grapefruit tea and we have succeeded. The tangy taste of the citrus is nicely balanced with a mild sweetness that makes this tea great any time if the day. This tea also makes an awesome iced tea and if you are adventurous, you could try a really wonderful summer cocktail...

  • 2 - Slices of grapefruit
  • 2 tablespoons - honey
  • 1- Slice apple
  • 35 ml Lemon Tea Vodka (Belvedere)
  • Iced Tea Grapefruit Tea
  1. Muddle grapefruit, honey & apple slice in shaker
  2. Add vodka, shake and strain into glass
  3. Fill with ice tea
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EARL GREY!

EARL GREY!

Did you know that The Naked leaf carries a line of eight Earl Grey teas? Earl Grey is a tea that has been blended with the Oil of Bergamot, a citrus fruit found in southern Italy, and is one of Canada's most popular teas. 

Our classic Earl Grey XS is a custom blend made specifically for our shop. Full bodied with a strong bergamot taste. Great on its own, or can take a splash of milk and sugar. Check out our full selection of Earl Grey teas:

Lady Grey - for those that like extra citrus notes.

Cream Earl Grey - our most popular, rich and creamy. Find out why our Cream Earl Grey stands out from the rest of the crowd.

Rose Earl Grey - a beautiful blend with the addition of rose and jasmine.

Earl Grey Lavender - the addition of lavender compliments the bergamot beautifully.

Russian Earl Grey - for those that like a smoky kick to their tea.

Earl Grey Green - absolutely wonderful!

Earl Grey Rooibos - caffeine free, this version is great in the evening.

 

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KAMA SUTRA CHOCOCLATES FOR VALENTINE'S DAY!

KAMA SUTRA CHOCOCLATES FOR VALENTINE'S DAY!

Back by popular demand! Our set of Kama Sutra exotic and erotic chocolates made with our custom crafted Maple Chai chocolate. Many of you are already familiar with our wonderful selection of handcrafted chocolates that are made exclusively for The Naked Leaf. Made with exceptional care, Albert Kurylo has created a line of chocolates for the shop that each contain a different tea. These bars have been a hit with customers for the past 8 years, and we now have 15 different chocolates to choose from. One of our continuing best sellers is the MAPLE CHAI dark chocolate bar. This year again, as a special Valentine's treat, and exclusive to The Naked Leaf, Albert is using the Maple Chai in a Kama Sutra collection. There are 8 pieces to the collection and total weight is approximately 210 grams. The set is beautifully packaged. These chocolates are rather detailed and explicit, so I am not attaching pictures as the images may be offensive to some. I will have a sample box in the shop that may be viewed upon request, or you can email me at info@thenakedleaf.ca to have me send you some images. If you are unfamiliar with the Kama Sutra, please check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kama_Sutra

THESE ARE AVAILABLE ONLY IN THE SHOP AND CAN NOT BE ORDERED ON LINE.

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PURPLE TEAS ARE IN!

PURPLE TEAS ARE IN!

If you have never experienced the magic of Purple teas, then you are missing out!

Purple Tea is unique to the Yunnan region of Southern China, the birthplace of cultivated tea. These teas produce a  mouth feel that is uniquely complex and rich but never bitter or astringent. The teas produce a full bodied cup that tastes nothing like any other.These teas are not delicate or subtle, but instead lively, thick and robust. The leaves are good for multiple infusions. If you are open to trying new tea experiences, this is highly recommended! For further information check out both of our varieties. Purple Needle Tea and Wild Purple Tea. You won't be disappointed. 

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WINTER BLENDS!

WINTER BLENDS!

Our Winter Blends are in stock! These seasonal blends make the holidays extra special!

WINTER GOLD - This golden tea is unlike anything you have seen before. Pieces of dried apples, beets and a variety of berries are covered in a gold decor. The gold washes off into your brew and produces a mesmerizing golden swirl, offering an almost magical effect. 

ORGANIC CINNAMON PLUM - Our annual favorite is back in stock. We have been carrying this blend for the past seven years every holiday season. This seasonal blend is rich with dried currants, tangy hibiscus, hints of plum and topped off with cinnamon and beautiful, sweet licorice root. Warm and soothing this blend is wonderfully fruity and full-bodied with a lush deep red infusion. Great on its own, or mixed with a bit of honey. For something different, mix sweetened Cinnamon Plum with warmed red wine for a great winter treat! 

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