(Artisan Handcrafted China Green Tea)
Small Batch Blended and Packed in Canada. HACCP Certified.
Ingredients From: China
Region(s): Yunnan Province
Shipping Port(s): Shenzhen
Grade(s): Artisan Handcrafted
Manufacture Type(s): Non fermented, Traditional hand tied, Small batch crafted.
Growing Altitudes: 1500 – 4900 feet above sea level
Cup Characteristics: A tea that puts on a superb show.
Chrysanthemum highlights lightly dance through premium
spring green tea.
Infusion: Light, tending pale yellow
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea, and Chrysanthemum blossoms.
Antioxidant Level: Low
Caffeine Content: Low
Shelf Life: Almost 2 years.
What’s in a name? Well if you’re talking about the name Hannah, one of the older names out there still in use, quite a lot
actually. Take Hannah Callowhill Penn for example. This Hannah was the second wife of William Penn founder of
Pennsylvania. Then there’s Hannah Ayscough, mother of Sir Isaac Newton. Not to mention Hannah Van Buren, wife of 8th
US president Martin Van Buren, Hannah Chaplin, the mother of Charlie Chaplin and Hannah from the Bible. So, at the very
least we've got the wife of one of America’s founding fathers, mother of one the world’s most famous scientists, wife of a
President, mother of a beloved funnyman and a person from the Bible. In terms of names, Hannah has quite a legacy.
So what’s next for this illustrious name? How about a fabulous hand crafted tea from Yunnan province? I know it seems a bit
of a stretch but hey, we’re a tea company so it all has to tie in thematically. We’ve done the name justice by bestowing it upon
one of the finest artisanal teas available on the market.
The tea is created using an ancient method in which full tea leaves, still
damp from steaming, are tied around flower blossoms and then dried to form a rock hard pod. In this case, the artisan
developed an ingenious twist that allows 5 Chrysanthemum blooms to be tied in together. When the tea is brewed and the pod
opens, a semi-circle of flowers rises from the tea base in a stunning display of craftsmanship. The cup is equally as striking.
Unlike the immediately sweetish profile of many flower-based teas, the profile here tends savory, with a touch of light smoke
and pleasant earthiness. Sweetness appears on the finish, which is long and astringent, almost making your tongue feel like it’s
being caressed and held in place.
So, there you have it, the latest installment in the history of the name Hannah. A beautiful tea with a name of epic proportion
to match! A tea to reach for by name! A tea by any other name would not…Ok we’re done.
Hot tea brewing method:
It is important to use water that is extremely hot. Boiling water is required to allow each tea ball to open up to its full potential.
(If the water used is not freshly boiled the flowering tea will not develop or open up properly. Please note - these tea balls are
all handmade and the weight per unit can vary as much as 2 grams and the visual appearance from tea ball to tea ball will be
Display or Consumption: Place 1 tea ball into a 3-4 cup Glass teapot. Pour boiling water into the teapot nearly to the rim. Allow the
tea to brew for at least 5 minutes. Initially the tea ball will float but as it loses the trapped air during the steeping process it will
sink if you have used boiling water. Once the tea ball has opened to its full potential the tea can be consumed.
For a Table Decoration: When using the flower tea for this purpose it is important to let the tea ball brew for 15 minutes or so.
During this process much of the tea color that is in the tea will 'steep out'.
Place 1 tea ball into a large cup or mug. Pour in the water and make sure that the freshly boiled water is nearly to the top of the
rim. Allow the tea to brew for at least 15 minutes (you will see the tea ball open and the flowers appear). After the 15-20
minutes take a spoon and very gently lift the tea ball out of the cup/mug (wait 10-20 seconds so the tea water can drain off) and
transfer the limp looking tea ball to a wine glass 7/8th's full of cold water. Voila - a flowering tea ball centerpiece. [It is
important to use cold water in the wine glass as the tea will not continue to brew and discolor the visual appearance. The tea
ball will last for the whole day - perhaps 2 days depending upon the conditions.]
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher)
Not generally consumed iced but if you do: Place 3 tea balls into a heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold
water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the
tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea or removing the tea bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish
and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be
poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a
sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about.)
More antioxidants are extracted from tea (L. Camellia Sinesis), or rooibos (Asphalatus Linearis), the longer it is brewed….and
the more tea or rooibos that is used, the greater the antioxidant benefit.
FOOD SAFETY ADVISORY:
We strongly recommend using filtered or freshly drawn cold water brought to a rolling boil when brewing all types of tea.
Today’s water has been known to carry viruses, parasites and bacteria. Boiling the water will kill these elements and reduce
the potential incidence of water-borne illnesses.
Ideal Brewing Temperature: 100ºC/212ºF.