Maple Tea

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Sweet with piquant caramel notes. A unique flavor that complements high grown tea very well.

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Description

Cup Characteristics: Sweet with piquant caramel notes. A unique flavor that complements high grown tea very well.
Luxury Ingredients: Black tea, Calendula + Sunflower petals, Natural flavors (Organic Compliant), Real maple syrup.
Ingredients From: Sri Lanka / Kenya / India / Egypt / Poland
Region(s): Nuwara Eliya + Dimbula + Uva / Nandi Highlands / Nilgiri / Nile River Delta + Fayoum / Gdansk
Shipping Port(s): Colombo / Mombasa / Cochin / Alexandria / Gdansk
Growing Altitudes: 4000 – 8500 feet above sea level
Grade(s): OP (Orange Pekoe)
Manufacture Type(s): Orthodox (Traditional leafy)
Antioxidant Level: High.
Caffeine Content: Medium
Vegetarian: Yes
Vegan: Yes
Infusion: Bright and coppery
North America’s northeastern reaches were once completely covered by what is known in Canada as the Carolinian forest, and in the US the Eastern Deciduous forest. The native inhabitants who called this forest home learned to carve a living from its natural wonders. One of the most miraculous of these was the sap of the mighty sugar Maple tree that dominated the forest from one end to the other. Early natives noticed that each spring, small animals would chew on the branches of the tree. They discovered that the animals were attracted to the sweet sap and devised a way to tap the trees but cutting notches in the bark to allow it to run out freely. This they would collect in pails and boil down to a thick, sweet syrup. Maple syrup! When the first European settlers began arriving in 17th century, the natives showed them how to make the syrup. The sweet delicious flavor meant it very quickly became a staple of their diet. To this day, Canada and New England are world renowned for what can only be referred to as the “wonder of the woods”. We’ve captured this incredible favor and added it to a luxury, high grown Ceylon tea for a sweet cuppa that’s second to none. Cheers!

What type of tea do we use, how do we flavor the tea and why do we use natural flavors?

Firstly… we only use high grown teas from the top 3 tea growing regions of Sri Lanka – Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva. These three high-grown districts produce flavorful teas that have classic ‘Ceylon’ tea character which is noted by floral bouquet and flavor notes, touches of mild astringency, bright coppery color and, most importantly – perfect for use as the base tea of our flavored teas. (We have tested teas from various other origins around the world as base stock for our flavored teas, but none of these teas made the grade.) Dimbula and the western estates of Nuwara Eliya have a major quality peak during Jan/Feb, whereas Uva and the eastern estates of Nuwara Eliya have their peak in July/Aug. This ‘dual peak period’ allow us to buy the best for our flavored tea blends several times during the year, ensuring top quality and freshness.

Secondly… we use flavoring oils not crystals to give the tea drinker an olfactory holiday before indulging in a liquid tea treat.

Thirdly… we specify natural flavors. High quality tea tastes good and natural flavors do not mask the natural taste of the high grown Ceylon tea. (The norm for many making flavored tea is to use overpowering artificial flavors, which can be used to hide lower quality tea). Natural flavors do not leave an aftertaste giving the tea a clean and true character. It should be noted that natural flavors tend to be somewhat ‘soft ‘ and the flavors slightly muted, but for many this is a refreshing change and one of the desired attributes of our naturally flavored teas.

Hot tea brewing method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea, 1 tea bag or 1 Q3 single serve packet 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.

Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher): (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea, 6 tea bags or 6 Q3 single serve packets 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.)

Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving): Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea, 1 tea bag or 1 Q3 single serve packet into a teapot for each serving required. Using filtered or freshly drawn 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 or removing the bags. 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 luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about!)

ANTIOXIDANT BENEFIT: More antioxidants are extracted from tea (L. Camellia Sinesis), or rooibos (Asphalatus Linearis), the longer it is brewed….and the more tea or rooibos that is used, the greater the antioxidant benefit.

Ideal Brewing Temperature: 100ºC/212ºF. Minimum Brewing Temperature: 90ºC/194ºF.

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Size

Small (2 oz.), Medium (3.5 oz.}, Large (7.5 oz.), Teabags (50)

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