Wild Blueberry (Organic)
$18.00 – $121.12
Country of Origin (Black Tea): Sri Lanka
Region(s): Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula or Uva districts
Grade: OP (Orange Pekoe)
Altitude: 1200 – 2550m above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Intoxicating aroma with the flavor of wild blueberries. A pinch of sugar makes a stunning tea, iced or hot!
Infusion: Bright and coppery
Ingredients: Black tea, Hibiscus, Currants pieces, Raisins pieces, Elderberry pieces, Natural Flavouring
Description: While you sit back and enjoy a cup of this fabulous organic tea we thought we’d share a few random facts about one of the world’s smaller fruits, the Wild Blueberry.
To start with, would you believe that the wild blueberry bush is thought by some botanists to trace its ancestry back to the Garden of Eden? It’s true. Or, that the scientific name for blueberries, Vaccinium, comes from the Latin word for cow? Also true – although there is no concrete explanation for this beyond the notion that perhaps ancient cows knew the tiny little berries made for better eating than plain old grass.
It’s possible – other animals love them. It is known for example that wild bears will travel for kilometres on an empty stomach to find berry patches, and will eat almost nothing else when they are in season.
It’s a lot to remember for such a little berry. But then again, this is one little berry that packs a lot of flavor. In fact, when you bite into a fresh one, it’s almost hard to believe how flavourful they actually are.
The flavour is dense, sweet on the tongue and essentially bursting with tannic juiciness. We’ve done our utmost to capture the flavor of the fresh wild berries by blending an all-natural flavoring with a top quality organic Ceylon tea.
If you brew a pot, it’s a fact that you’re going to love it. It’s also a fact that you’re going to end up pouring another cup. It’s also a fact…ok…we’ve said our peace.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7 -9oz/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. Use of lemon or mint is acceptable.
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 1¼ cups/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.
Use of lemon or mint is acceptable. (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 of loose tea into a teapot for each serving required. Using fresh cold water, boil and pour
6 -7oz/170-200ml per serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/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. . Use of lemon or mint is acceptable. (Note: Some premium quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about!)
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