Liquorice Strap (Organic)
Ingredients From: India, China, Egypt (Blended by Neat Jane’s Tea House)
Grade(s): OP (Orange Pekoe), Fine
Growing Altitudes: 250 – 2550m above sea level
Manufacture Type(s): Orthodox (Traditional leafy), Field Grown, Sundried, Machine Milled, Coarse Cut
Cup Characteristics: Memories of home. Sweet and light Anise and tea complement each other. A Delicious exotic aniseed finish.
Infusion: Bright and Coppery.
Ingredients: Premium Indian Black tea, Aniseed, Star Anise
Description: Aniseed and Star Anise, the wonderfully savory spice that flavors Dutch licorice has been used to enhance the foods of various cultures for at least 4000 years.
Ancient Egyptian papyrus from 2000 BC mentions the spice, as do the works of Hammurabi and Hippocrates. In the 1st Century AD, Greek botanist Dioscorides described Aniseed cultivation methods and in 1551, noted British botanist William Turner wrote: “anyse maketh the breath sweeter,” which indeed it does! So how did the spice make its way to Amsterdam and into the licorice?
During the 17th Century, Amsterdam became one of the wealthiest cities in the world. The city’s vast wealth was based almost entirely on foreign trade with business in spice comprising a large part of that trade. Naturally, spices from around the world made their way into the kitchens and recipes of the city‟s chefs.
Eventually, aniseed was combined with licorice root to create the tasty confection that is now as synonymous with Holland as wooden shoes – Dutch Licorice! If you haven’t tried the sweet, you must. It is delicious and leaves the mouth feeling fresh and sweet.
Brew a pot today and savor the exotic spice of Amsterdam. Sweet, astringent and spicy, Liquorice Strap is one of our more uniquely flavoured black teas.
Hot tea brewing 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).
Add milk and sugar to taste.
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 1¼cups/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.
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 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.
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