Kyoto Cherry Rose (Organic)
$7.50 – $41.02
Country of Origin: Japan
Grade: Japan Sencha Style
Altitude: 450m – 1350m above sea level
Manufacturing Type: Pan Fried
Cup Characteristics: This tea is fresh and smooth with excellent depth and body. The cherry flavouring and subtle rose hints give the tea a wildly exotic character.
Infusion: Pale yellow green.
Ingredients: Japan Green tea, Rose Petals, Natural Flavouring
Description: Generally recognized as a rich source of antioxidants, particularly the montmorency cherry, cherries are delicious in main courses, salads, side dishes and of course beverages. The blossoming of the cherry tea is quite an event in Japan and is generally known as the spirit of the season. Cherries have a distinctive taste and explode with rich sweet flavour when combined with Japanese style Sencha tea and subtle rose.
Kyoto is the cultural centre of Japan. Centuries ago Kyoto was the religious capital of Japan. The relics of this past are evident throughout the city. Beside the multitude of temples that dot the city, and the wonderful parks where religious scholars once walked, the city has more than 1000 Torjii – those typical gate/arch structures that one associates with Japan.
The Torjii are large with the top shaped like a samurai sword (respect) and the two pillars are solid and stately (well being). During the springtime this area of Japan is ablaze with the new season cherry blossoms and the air is filled with sweet aroma. (The rose petals in this blend are intended to stimulate these delicate cherry blossoms and the flavour reminiscent of the beautiful smells waft on the springtime breezes). It is little wonder that this ancient city has a very high ratio of tearooms and this tea was created to honor (very important in Japan) this wonderful time of the year.
Early in the new season the tea is bright emerald green and has the best flavour noted by a spring fresh character with pungency and body. Sencha is commonly used in Japanese tea ceremonies marking events of personal importance. In this type of ceremony it is the ritual that is of paramount importance as the individual is being acknowledged. Flavoured tea is a relatively new phenomena and combining flavours with roses and Japanese style green tea is almost considered ‘avant garde’ by our Japanese friends.
Hot Tea Brewing Method (Traditional Method): When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly – about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 82ºC. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon in your cup, let the tea steep for about 3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment – do not remove the leaves from the cup. Adding milk and sugar is not recommended. Once the water level is low – add more water, and so on and so on – until the flavour of the tea is exhausted.
Hot Tea Brewing Method (Modern Method): Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 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). Adding milk or sugar is not recommended.
Iced Tea Brewing Method (To make 1Litre): 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 tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water.
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 teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of premium 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 170-200mL per serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
Add hot tea to a 375mL glass filled with ice, straining the tea. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. 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 premium quality and nothing to worry about).
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