Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Region: Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula or Uva districts
Grade: OP (Orange Pekoe)
Altitude: 1440- 2280 metres above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Cup fills the mouth with the piquant flavour of sweet raspberries – hint of blueberry and elderberry. Fabulous hot or iced.
Infusion: Bright and Coppery.
Ingredients: Black tea, Rosehip, Natural dried mango, White tea, Freeze dried raspberry, Rose petals, Natural flavouring.
Information: Explorers, trappers and hunters who have found themselves lost in the far north hemisphere have long held the arctic raspberry to be the tastiest of all naturally occurring survival foods. These little berries can be darker than their commercially grown counterparts and possess a stronger flavour with overtones of blueberry and elderberry.
Peak growing season for the berry is July and August – the only months any plants will grow in the arctic regions. If you are unlucky enough to find yourself stranded in the remote north during those months just search out the tall, slender twigged bushes and start picking.
Or, if you simply find yourself lost for ideas on a Sunday afternoon at home, brew a cup of this naturally sweet tea and imagine yourself commandeering a dog team through the barren wilds of Alaska. Mush! Mush!
Hot tea brewing method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Even though milk and a dash of sugar help enhance the flavor character on this tea, it is perfectly acceptable to consume this tea ‘straight-up’
Iced tea-brewing method (to make 1 litre): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups 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]. 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!
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