Sweet caramel ticklers come to the fore and finish, with this Earl Grey based tea.
INGREDIENTS: Black tea, Apple pieces, Cornflower, Linden, Mallow petals, & Natural flavors (organic compliant).
HEALTH PROPERTIES: High in anti-oxidants
CAFFEINE LEVELS: Medium
ETHICS: Ethical Tea Partnership and GMO free
THE STORY OF DORIAN GREY TEA
We've dedicated this blend to the 1981 tale by Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." Young Dorian wishes that a portrait, painted of himself, would age instead of his actual body, allowing him to retain the spirit and beauty of his youth. Young and full of hope, he became corrupt. As he aged, his beauty remained, but his portrait became twisted and ugly. The tragedy for Dorian is that no matter how hard we try, youth and beauty always fade. In the end, he dies, aged and disfigured.
So why would we dedicate a tea to his cause? Our Master Taster, a great fan of Oscar Wilde thought that there was no better way to capture the fleeting qualities of beauty than through a tea. Once boiling water is poured over over tea leaves, the leaves expand and release their golden essence, never to produce the same youthful cup again. This blend is based on the floral notes of a good strong Earl Grey that is sweetened further with a touch of caramel, both flavors serving to hint at the sweet hold of youth. To further enhance his vision of a tea that reflects the waning qualities of beauty, our Master Taster blended in dried apple pieces, calendula petals, and delicate elderblossoms - products of nature that lend a character of tragic allure. Brew a pot for yourself and dream of years gone by. Ah...sweet youth...and even sweeter tea!
BREWING INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOT TEA: Infuse one slightly heaping teaspoon for each 8 ounce cup with boiling water for 3-7 minutes.
Infuse 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of tea with 1 1/4 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water, and add the infused tea, straining the leaves, to the pitcher. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Add lemon 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.
Infuse 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea with 6 ounces of boiling water for 5 minutes. Add the tea to a 12 ounce glass, filled with ice, straining the leaves. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea or removing the bags. Add lemon and sweeten to taste.
NUMBER OF CUPS: 15-20 cups from each 50 grams of tea, with a single use of the leaves. Loose leaf tea is traditionally infused 3 times, with a different flavor profile following each infusion. Accordingly, each 50 gram bag can make up to 60 cups of tea.