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.
Traditional Brewing Method
Oolong teas are best enjoyed when the leaves are briefly infused with hot water, which is then poured off. The tea is then reinfused and tea is poured to the lucky guests after about 1 minute. The leaves may be reinfused several times, with each resulting infusion yielding different liquor from the preceding cup.
Add sugar to taste. Milk not recommended for oolong tea.
Simple Hot Tea Brewing Method
Put 1 teaspoon per cup into your teapot, and add 1 more to the pot (add a little more again for a more intense infusion). Heat water to around 80-90°C and pour over the tea leaves. Leave to infuse for 3-6 minutes, then serve and enjoy.
This tea can be brewed in a tea infuser right in your cup for a single serving.
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.
To make 1 litre of iced tea: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant jug. Pour half a 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.
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