Country of Origin: India (Blended by Neat Jane’s Tea House)
Grade: TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) Organic
Altitude: Up to 450m above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: A premium black tea rich and thick flavour evokes ‘Welcome Home’! It possesses all the nuance and depth of fine wine.
Infusion: Bright and tending coppery
Ingredients: Premium India black tea, Vanilla Pods
Magical properties! It is said that Vanilla calms the nerves, lifts the spirits and improves the romantic aspect of one’s life.
Vanilla is an extraordinary flavour, full of mystery and elusiveness that is often taken for granted.
Undoubtedly one of life’s little secrets; they are also widely used in medicinal concoctions to make them more palatable. Thus a ‘magical’ flavouring agent, calming the mind and body! Did you know that vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family?
There are two types of vanilla that are used for commercial purposes – Bourbon and Tahitian. It is the world’s most labour intensive agricultural crop, taking up to three years after the vines are planted, before the first flowers appear. Vanilla has a long history of robbery and intrigue as it is very expensive and highly prized and in growing countries it is not uncommon for vanilla rustling to occur.
As there are about 150 varieties of vanilla, it is certainly a flavouring agent that is suited to one’s personal tastes. You will enjoy this cup of tea!
Hot tea brewing method: Bring fresh 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 (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Even though milk and a dash of sugar enhance the flavour character of 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 1¼ 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 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 high quality tea and nothing to worry about.
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