Earl Grey (Organic)
$14.00 – $76.04
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Region(s): Uva districts
Grade: FP (Flowery Pekoe)
Altitude: 1200 – 2550m above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox (Traditional leafy)
Cup Characteristics: An English favourite. The tea leaves brew a coppery liquor with a pronounced bergamot aroma. The flavour is bold with excellent body and bright bergamot overtones that linger on the palate. The Prime Minister of England (1830 – 1834) would be proud – his signature tea has been revived.
Infusion: Bright and coppery.
Ingredients: Sri Lanka black tea, Bergamot flavouring
Description: traditionally Earl Grey Tea was a blend of Chinese and Indian teas scented with the oil from the citrus bergamot fruit.
Earl Grey tea is enjoyed the world over by real people who appreciate its depth of character, sweet citrus notes, and palate cleansing finish. The tea is however also enjoyed by people who are not real in any way, other than on the printed page or silver screen. Perhaps more than any other tea, Earl Grey appears to have been the beverage of choice for one fictitious character after the next.
From James Bond, to Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard, to Sir Leigh Teabing of the DaVinci code, Earl Grey holds a special place in the world of storytelling. And why not? The tea itself has quite a story having apparently been given as a gift to a British diplomat by a Chinese Mandarin in thanks for saving his life.
Whether or not you believe that story, one fact that is definitely beyond reproach is that Earl Grey is a wonderful and soothing tea any time of the day. The organic variety we offer here is no exception. This tea is 100% natural, no chemicals or pesticides were used in its production – what you see, smell, and taste – is what you get.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7 -9oz/200-260ml of fluid volume in 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).
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher): (to make 1 litre): Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using fresh cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea.
Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. 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 increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.
(Note: Some premium quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of quality and nothing to worry about.)
Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving): Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea into a teapot for each serving required. Using fresh cold water, boil and pour 6 -7oz/170-200ml per serving over the tea.
Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. Sweeten and/or add lemon to taste.
A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted.
(Note: Some premium quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of quality and nothing to worry about!)
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