OOLONG ORANGE BLOSSOM
(Oolong Tea Blend)
Country of Origin: Taiwan, Sri Lanka
Region: Tungting, Dimbula
Grade: FOP Oolong (Flowery Orange Pekoe Oolong)
Altitude: 2500 ft, 6500 ft above sea level
Manufacture Type: Oolong style
Infusion: Golden amber
Cup Characteristics: Wildly exotic. Toasty roundness with fruity jasmine notes. Stunning as an iced tea.
Ingredients: Luxury black tea, green tea, oolong tea, jasmine petals, natural flavours.
There is something to be said for good old-fashioned romance. Flowers, candlelight, dancing - it's a timeless equation. Well, we've got something new to add to your romantic arsenal, Oolong Orange Blossom tea - certain to have a pleasing affect on the object of your affection.
It all starts in 17th Century Italy with the discovery of a particularly fragrant type of Orange Blossom. After a botanist made the discovery, he decided to name the flower Neroli Bigarade after Princess Nerola, the daughter of the ruler of the town where it was found. The princess was delighted and took to wearing a perfume created from the delicate white petals of the blossom. Some legends claim that the Princess and the botanist fell in love and were married, but as town records were poor this remains unsubstantiated. Sounds romantic though! Over the ensuing centuries, the blossoms came to symbolize the western ideal of love and marriage and their popularity grew, particularly in wedding bouquets. In Victorian England, orange blossom bouquets were so popular the flowers were imported from Florida strictly for that purpose. It was said at the time that the scent of Orange Blossoms could cause anyone to fall in love.
Well, we aren't matchmakers but if there's one thing we're sure you'll fall in love with it's this tea. The blend was created using a semi-fermented oolong from Taiwan known for a lively full flavour with hints of berry jam and sweet floral undertones. Since food quality orange blossoms are a little harder to come by today than during the Victorian era, after extensive profiling we recreated their flavour using a mix of jasmine and dried orange pieces which we added to the tea. Rounding out the blend is a Ceylon black tea for some added depth. Like love, the cup is sublime. Brew a pot for someone special today!
Oolong tea is reputed to raise your metabolism naturally as the tea leaf is thermogenic. If you do not change your diet other than drinking three cups a day you could still lose up to 7lb in a year.
Recommended: Drink three times a day as part of a controlled diet. Also see Pu Erh teas for slimming.
Hot tea brewing method
Oolongs teas are best enjoyed when the leaves are briefly infused with hot water, which is then poured off. The tea is then re-infused and quickly served to the lucky guests after about 1 minute.
The leaves may be re-infused several times, with each resulting infusion yielding different liquor from the preceding cup.
Alternatively, for a more simple method, try brewing the water to about 80-90 degrees Celsius and pouring it over your tea. 1 teaspoon per cup, brew for 3-6 minutes, then enjoy.
This tea can be brewed in a tea infuser right in your cup.
Iced tea brewing method
(to make 1 litre): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour ½ pint (275ml) 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.
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