Ethically Sourced Black Tea with Natural Flavours
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka.
Region: Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula or Uva districts.
Grade: OP (Orange Pekoe).
Ethical Sourcing: Sourced from farms monitored by the Ethical Tea Partnership.
Altitude: 4800 - 7600 feet above sea level.
Manufacture Type: Orthodox.
Infusion: Bright and coppery.
Cup Characteristics: An unbelievable aroma that portends an unbelievable taste. A correct balance of flavouring that results in a piquant and refreshing true Earl Grey taste that goes well with pastries and cakes.
Ingredients: Luxury black tea, cornflower petals, bergamot oil, 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 bergamot fruit - a sort of orange. The stories of Earl Grey are numerous. One such tale tells how a British diplomat on a mission to China saved the life of a Mandarin and as a gift of gratitude was given the recipe for this flavoured tea. This diplomat upon his return to Britain presented the tea to the Prime Minister of the day, Earl Grey. Another story says it was the Prime Minister himself who saved the Mandarin. In any event, it was the Prime Minister of England (1830-1834) Earl Grey who made this tea fashionable.
This tea is sourced from tea plantations that are monitored by the Ethical Tea Partnership, meaning a fairer deal for the growers and workers, and a more environmentally friendly way to produce tea.
Make as for hot, but add extra tea. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea. 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.
Add milk and sugar to taste.
To make 1 litre of iced tea: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant jug. Pour Â½ pint (275ml) of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving jug with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving jug while straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the jug with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Please note that this tea may tend to go cloudy or milky when poured over ice; a perfectly normal characteristic of some high quality black teas and nothing to worry about!
excellent tea Verified Purchase
As always excellent flavour. Been buying this for years and no other tea goes anywhere near to match it.
Ann Bannister | Liverpool | June 2023
Been buying this for years. Cannot beat the taste.
Ann Bannister | Liverpool | December 2022
Excellent Earl Grey tea - best we had
Heiko Kurth | Truro | November 2022
Wonderful Earl Grey
Been buying this for years. No other tea can match the taste. Always arrived within 24 hours or ordering. Excellent service.
Ann Bannister | Liverpool | July 2022
Excellent tea and service. Recommend
Heiko Kurth | Cornwall | February 2022
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