Black Tea with Natural FlavoursCountry of Origin: Sri Lanka.
Region: Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula or Uva districts.
Grade: OP (Orange Pekoe).
Altitude: 4800 - 7600 feet above sea level.
Manufacture Type: Orthodox.
Cup Characteristics: All the depth of a delicious orange liqueur combined with the goodness of tea. Savour with friends after dinner!
Infusion: Bright and coppery.
Ingredients: Luxury black tea, orange pieces, sunflower & calendula petals, natural flavours.
The bouquet of Grand Marnier, the most famous French liqueur, is an unexpected melange of Cognac and juicy orange.
What type of tea do we use, how do we flavour the tea and why do we use natural flavours?
Firstly... we only use high grown teas from the top 3 tea growing regions of Sri Lanka - Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva. These three high-grown districts produce flavourful teas that have classic Ceylon tea character which is noted by floral bouquet and flavour notes, touches of mild astringency, bright coppery colour and, most importantly - perfect for use as the base tea of our flavoured teas. (We have tested teas from various other origins around the world as base stock for our flavoured teas, but none of these teas made the grade.) Dimbula and the western estates of Nuwara Eliya have a major quality peak during Jan/Feb, whereas Uva and the eastern estates of Nuwara Eliya have their peak in July/Aug. This dual peak period allow us to buy the best for our flavoured tea blends several times during the year, ensuring top quality and freshness.
Secondly... we use flavouring oils, not crystals to give the tea drinker an olfactory holiday before indulging in a liquid tea treat.
Thirdly we specify natural flavours. High-quality tea tastes good and natural flavours do not mask the natural taste of the high grown Ceylon tea. (The norm for many making flavoured tea is to use overpowering artificial flavours, which can be used to hide lower quality tea). Natural flavours do not leave an aftertaste giving the tea a clean and true character. It should be noted that natural flavours tend to be somewhat soft and the flavour's slightly muted, but for many, this is a refreshing change and one of the desired attributes of our naturally flavoured teas.
Hot Tea Brewing Method
Place 1 teaspoon of tea per cup (and add 1 teaspoon for the pot) into your teapot. Pour boiling water into the pot and let it steep for about 3 - 7 minutes. Pour into your cup and enjoy.
Add milk and sugar to taste. Acceptable to drink 'straight up.'
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 general rule of thumb is to double the amount used. 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 place the tea in a jug and add cold water. Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge) strain and enjoy. Cold brewing will give a smoother taste.
Simpli-Special - Tea as it Should be!