British Favourite - Black OP Loose Leaf Tea
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka, China, Turkey, Albania, Egypt, Thailand.
Grade: OP (Orange Pekoe).
Manufacture Type: Orthodox.
Cup Characteristics: Excellent Earl Grey notes accented with piquant citrus. A fruity and floral variant on the classic Earl Grey tea.
Infusion: Bright and coppery with a full bodied tart finish.
Ingredients: Black tea, orange pieces, cornflower & rose petals, lime leaves, natural flavours.
Antioxidant Level: High.
Caffeine Content: Medium.
Traditionally Earl Grey was a blend of Chinese and Indian teas scented with the oil from the citrus fruit bergamot - a sort of orange. The stories of Earl Grey are numerous. This tea was blended in commemoration of a 16th - 17th century Baroness of Grey who showed extraordinary loyalty to her missing husband. British legend has it that this Baroness of Grey, who lived sometime in the 16th or 17th century, was married to a man who was a Ship's Captain in the Royal Navy. As the story goes, his ship never returned from a trading voyage to China. Refusing to believe that her husband would never return, the Baroness would walk to the port lands every morning to greet each ship, hoping for news of her husband. Sadly, she continued this practice until the day she died.
Its now time to throw away the teabags and try a great taste experience. You may not believe the difference that comes with using premium tea and brewing in the old fashioned way. Just as coffee has seen a revival with millions of people changing from instants to fresh roast beans, so also has tea been seeing a revival with new tea houses opening around the country, and the world.
Hot Tea Brewing Method
Place 1 teaspoon of tea per cup (and add 1 teaspoon for the pot) into your teapot. For a more intense flavour, add a bit more tea. Pour boiling water into the pot and let it steep for about 3 - 7 minutes. Pour into your cup and enjoy.
This tea is enhanced by the addition of milk and sugar but it is perfectly acceptable to drink it straight.
Alternatively, put the tea in a tea infuser and brew right in your cup.
Iced Tea Brewing Method
Make as for hot, but add extra tea - a rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the amount of tea leaves used per cup. When the tea has cooled a little, pour over ice. It is important to make it a little stronger as the ice will water it down.
Alternatively, you can cold brew the tea by placing the tea leaves in a jug and adding cold water. Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge) strain and enjoy. Cold brewing will give a smoother taste.
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