Country of Origin: China
Region: Fu-ding, Fujian Province
Grade: Pai Mu Tan
Altitude: 600m – 1200m above sea level
Manufacture Type: White Tea – Naturally withered
Cup Characteristics: Smooth and silky with light Riesling and berry notes. A mild astringent finish.
Infusion: Pale yellow
Ingredients: China white tea, Natural flavours
Description: Have you ever tried ice dessert wine? If you haven’t, you should.
The complex method for making ice dessert wine is modeled after the centuries old techniques for making German Eiswein.
(The first ice wines were produced in Germany about 700 years ago.) Generally the grapes are harvested after the first hard freeze at a minimum of –8˚, brrr. Freezing temperature is key.
If it doesn’t come quickly enough in the season the grapes can rot. If it is too severe, the grapes will become too hard and no
juice can be extracted. In order to retain their sweet flavor, the harvested grapes need to be pressed immediately while still
frozen. The pressed juice is thick and sugary, much like the wine produced after fermentation!
This thick sweet grapey character of ice wine makes it a natural after dinner desert wine. It also makes it a natural partner to
our white tea, a Pai mu tan from Fujian. This tea is often described as jammy, with sweet notes – perfect for layering with
the sweet icy wine. Note sweet velvety tones highlighted by hints of grape. (We shouldn’t have to tell you that this one makes a fantastic iced tea!)
Hot Tea Brewing Method: This tea can be used repeatedly – about 3 times. the secret is to use water that is about 90ºC. Place 1 teaspoon of leaves per cup in your teapot and steep for 3 minutes. Then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment – do not remove the leaves from the pot. Once the water level is low – add more water, and so on – until the tea flavour is exhausted. Alternatively for 1 time use, add boiling water and steep for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Milk or sugar will mask the delicate characters of this tea and are not recommended. Look at the pattern of the leaves – they foretell life.
Iced Tea Brewing Method: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1¼ 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].
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