(English Favourites Tea - Blended Black Tea)
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka, India
Region: Dimbula, Assam Valley
Shipping Port: Colombo, Haldia
Grade: FBOP (Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe)
Altitude: 5200’ ft – 1500’ ft above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Round cup, with good flavour. The Ceylon gives a flowery character and the Assam gives a malty character. Blended together with these two excellent estates teas are Lemon and Strawberry flavored teas. The final result is a delicious mildly flavored Strawberry Lemon tea.
Infusion: Bright coppery colour
Ingredients: Luxury black tea, Freeze-dried strawberry, Lemon balm, Calendula and Sunflower petals, Natural flavors.
Throughout history there has been an association between royalty, lifestyle and tea. For example, tea’s fate in Britain took a turn in 1662 when King Charles II married the Portuguese princess, Catherine of Braganza. Britain’s new queen was a confirmed tea drinker long before she arrived for her wedding and she brought with her, as part of her dowry, a chest of China tea. She started serving it to her aristocratic friends at Court and as word of the new beverage spread, more and more people wished to try it for them.
Ladies enjoyed tea at home, while gentlemen often drank their tea in the coffee houses that had become established in the City of London. Tea consumption progressed further and it became very fashionable in London to have afternoon tea. At these gatherings dainty sandwiches and delicate cakes were served. We can only imagine what these gatherings would have turned into had they been able to enjoy a lightly and elegantly flavored Strawberry Lemon tea - no wonder this tea is called Lady Londonderry.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Pour into your cup and add milk and sugar to taste.
Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. 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 double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]
Great tea with a hint of Strawberry, Lemon & Clove flavor!