Ginger Meggs (Organic)
$12.00 – $67.97
Country of Origin: China
Grade: Japan Sencha style
Altitude: Above 750m above sea level
Manufacture Type: Pan fired
Cup Characteristics: “Full Monty” ginger awakens taste buds leading them to an astringent premium Japan Sencha finish
Infusion: Bright, pale green to yellow, light colored cup.
Ingredients: Sencha Green Tea, Ginger Root
Description: It is a little known fact that George Washington Carver (1864-1943), noted African American scientist, botanist and inventor loved tea with ginger. It’s true. What’s more, it appears that back in the day, he wasn’t alone in his love of the hot combo. In one of his writings, Carver noted that he knew of only “one person who will not drink a cup of tea without a sprinkle of wild ginger on it”.
As a side note, Carver is also known to have written that in his opinion, ginger was the “acme of delicious, appetizing and nourishing salads”. Makes sense since ginger, which is full of volatile oils and other healthy compounds has been prized the world over for its nourishing and therapeutic qualities for millennia. (Culinary use of ginger tea goes back so far it was first written about in Sanskrit, one of the world’s first written languages.) We’re sure that if he were alive today, Carver may have written a word or two about this fantastic blend of Sencha and all natural ginger. With its pungent, soothing cup, there’s nothing more satisfying for sipping any time of day.
This tea is based on a Sencha style green tea from Hunan province in South Eastern China. In Hunan, Sencha is manufactured according to Japanese standards in which the freshly plucked leaves are steamed prior to processing. When finished, Sencha is known for its dark green, needle shaped leaf and pale green, yellowish liquor. Like all green teas, Sencha is known to be exceptionally high in antioxidants and polyphenols. As such, recent scientific research appears to indicate that it may have an impact in the prevention of certain types of cancers.
In recent years, a select number of Chinese manufacturers have begun to produce exceptional examples of tea traditionally associated with other tea producing regions, most notably Japan, i.e. Sencha. While this may seem counterintiutive, the practice is essentially that same as that of “New World” vineyards growing traditionally “Old World” grape varieties. (Think of Cabernet Sauvignon, a French grape, attaining near legendary status at the hands of Australian vintners).
Ginger green tea makes perfect companion to spicy Asian inspired dishes. Ginger works to cool the mouth.
Hot Tea Brewing Method: Bring fresh cold water to 80ºC. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).
Iced Tea Brewing Method (To Make 1 Litre): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1¼ cups of boiled water (80ºC) 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. (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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