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Country of Origin: Egypt (Blended by Neat Jane’s Tea House)
Region(s): Nile River Delta
Grade(s): First grade
Altitude: 450 metres above sea level.
Manufacture Type(s): Field grown, sun dried.
Cup Characteristics: Full flavored and refreshing with superb mint highlights. Delightful lingering finish.
Infusion: Tending deep yellow, verging on greenish
Ingredients: Chamomile petals, Peppermint leaves.
Description: The best peppermint comes from Egypt. The pure air of the spring and early summer growing season gives this peppermint some of the highest volatile oil counts of any member of the mint family. Generally (dependent upon weather patterns) the second cut (takes place during mid/end August) is the most flavorful, coolest and most pungent, (literally takes your breath away and makes your eyes water).
Peppermint is an herb and contains no caffeine. Quite often peppermint is consumed after meals as the oils stimulate the flow of bile to the stomach and helps relieve gas pains. Additionally, it has been reported and written that peppermint sweetens the breath and calms the digestive system, plus it helps heartburn, stomach ache and nausea.
There are several varieties and countries of origin of Chamomila – sometimes referred to as bachelor buttons because of the shape of the flower heads – but the best quality comes from Egypt. The sandy loam and nutrients from the Nile create perfect growing conditions. Chamomile flowers have a yellow center and white petals – they almost look like a daisy. Essential oils in the flowers produce a soothing pleasant aroma and a fruity character. In some parts of Europe, particularly southern France, chamomile plants have been strewn on floors or pathways to give the area a good scent.
Chamomile can be made into a pleasant aromatic tea which is slightly bitter but with a fruity flavor. It is often sipped for relief of health problems ranging from toothache to nervousness. Chamomile has also been noted as beneficial for soothing headaches and is a natural relaxing herb known to assist the restless and those suffering from insomnia.
In many circles Chamomile is called nighty night tea or sleepy tea on account of its natural properties which promote restfulness and drowsiness.
Combining these two wonderful and extensively used herbs has produced a wonderful, caffeine free, cup of herbal tea.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon for each 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time, the better the flavor as more fruit or herb flavor is extracted). Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher) (to make 1 litre): Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using fresh cold water, boil and pour 1¼cups 315ml into the pot. 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 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 into a teapot for each serving required. Using fresh cold water, boil and pour 170-200ml per serving into the pot.
Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add hot tea to a 375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the leaves. 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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