CUP CHARACTERISTICS: Makes an absolutely tremendous iced tea! A flavory and tasty combination of mellow peaches with deep, full flavored apricots.
INGREDIENTS: Black tea, Papaya pieces, Blackberry leaves, Apricot + Peach pieces, Calendula + Sunflower petals, Natural flavors (Organic Compliant).
ANTIOXIDANT LEVEL: High
CAFFEINE LEVEL: Medium
If you can think of a fruit combination that sounds juicier, more delicious, or more sumptuous than peach apricot, please let us know. And evidently we aren't the first to hold that opinion. In China, archaeologists working during the time of Chairman Mao discovered evidence of people enjoying apricots and peaches together at least 4000 years ago. From those ancient times, both fruits eventually made their way westward in the form of cuttings and seedlings, traveling via Persia to the Mediterranean regions of Italy and Spain. In Italy, both fruits flourished and rose in such popularity that they became noted favorites of various rulers of the Roman Empire. So what makes the fruits go so well together? The key is in their delicate, intensely sweet flavor profiles. The characters of both fruits together blend into a harmonious explosion of citrus-y goodness. And what makes them blend so well with a high grown Ceylon tea? The answer to that question is the natural acidity, and astringent qualities of both. Try a cup for yourself and discover what makes this one of our most special flavored teas. Peach and apricot - 4000 years of history can't be wrong!
IDEAL BREWING TEMPERATURE: 100ºC/212ºF
HOT BREWING METHOD:
Bring filtered or freshly drawn 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).
ICED TEA BREWING METHOD (Pitcher): (To Make 1 Liter/Quart):
Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea or 6 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn 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 or removing the tea bags. 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 luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about.)