The commonly consumed tea in the U.S. is Black Tea. Black tea is produced from the Camellia Sinensis plant as are all white, green, and oolong teas. The leaves are withered, hand-plucked, sun-dried briefly, then rolled and tumbled. The tumbling process oxidizes the leaves under strictly controlled conditions, then the leaves are dried to stop the oxidation process. The more oxidized, the darker the tea, and the longer its flavor will last. The quality of the tea arises from the precision with which it is picked and processed, controlling time, temperature, and humidity. Black tea can hold its flavor for years if properly packaged and handled. Research indicates that Black Teas aids in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
A bold taste profile with deep red wine notes. Reminiscent of seasonal Keemun.
Anthony and Cleopatra Hearts of Tea
Cup Characteristics: A bold taste profile with deep red wine notes. Reminiscent of seasonal Keemun.
Infusions: Bright and Coppery
Ingredients: Luxury black tea.
These beautifully pressed Yunnan tea hearts in Antony and Cleopatra tea serve as a testament to fractured love. This tea is named after one of the most famous love stories of all time, that of Marc Antony and Cleopatra. Like love itself, the tea hearts are fragile and breakable, and when the trials and tribulations of life come to bear on it, can unravel. In the same way, boiling water poured over the hearts causes them to undo, creating a rich, bold liquor. The cup produced is tremendous - dark, with deep notes of wine and subtle earth, full body and medium-long finish. Best enjoyed in the company of someone special! One heart will brew 1-3 cups, depending on how strong you like it.
Hot Tea Method: Bring freshly drawn cold 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 3-5 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Even though milk and a dash of sugar help enhance the flavor character on this tea, it is perfectly acceptable to consume this tea ‘straight-up’ Iced Tea Method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 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 iced 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 some high quality black teas and nothing to worry about!