Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Region: Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula or Uva districts
Grade: OP (Orange Pekoe)
Altitude: 1440 – 2280m above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: All the flavor of a delicious orange liqueur combined with the goodness of tea. Excellent after dinner! Delicious hot or iced, this is one tea that will make you stand up and say merci!
Infusion: Bright and Coppery.
Ingredients: Black tea, Natural dried orange, Freeze dried orange, Sunflower petals, calendula petals, Natural flavouring
Description: The bouquet of Grand Marnier, the most famous French liqueur, is an unexpected mélange of Cognac, and juicy orange. The combination was discovered by Louis AlexandreMarnier-Lapostolle, while experimenting in his laboratory at Neauphle-le-Château,
in 1880. Louis Alexandre’s lab was attached to the distilleryfounded by his grandfather-in-law who had been producing cognacsand brandies since 1827. At the time of its debut, Grand Marnier was considered something of a sacrilege by French purists who believed that the pure flavor of Cognac should never have been altered by the addition of fresh West Indian orange peel. Well, we’re glad that Louis Alexandre overcame the criticism! In the spirit of invention and discovery, we tried blending a high-grown Sri Lanka tea with the sweet flavor of Grand Marnier and voila, a fantastic new tea was created. Delicious hot or iced, this is one tea that will make you stand up and say merci!
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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