An untraditional Earl Grey whose citrus brings out the best in Laoshan Black's chocolatey sweetness. . . .
The satisfying malty and chocolatey Laoshan Black is one of our most popular and beloved teas. We wanted to ‘reinterpret’ the flavor profile of the black tea with a citrus blend and bring out the tart notes of the tea for the summer, all while making the chocolate notes even more luscious through a counter-compliment.
Our solution is this bergamot rose Laoshan Black. We infuse organic orange peel with fine bergamot oil for the crisp edge we are looking for. The rose petal provides a critical binding note in the middle with its particular cool sweetness. The result is a well integrated blend whose citrus notes help bring out even more chocolate in the Laoshan Black. Great hot or iced.
ICED: An amazing treat. Sunny, refreshing, as if you could make a beverage out of a chocolate orange and rosewater. Very true to the Laoshan Black base. A delectable aftertaste.
INGREDIENTS: Laoshan Black, organic lemon peel, organic orange peel, organic rose petals, organic bergamot
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Date of Picking:Late Autumn 2011
Location of Picking:Ocean-facing slope of Laoshan Mountain in Laoshan Village, Shandong Province He Family Farm 15-20 acre plot fed by the mountain spring running down from the rock face of Laoshan.
What Was Picked:Young leaf material with buds wilted in bamboo baskets, dried over a carefully tended wood fire and pressed flat.
Sourcing Agent(s):David Duckler, after spending months in Laoshan Village on a tea research grant.
Use filtered freshly boiled water. 2 teaspoons/cup of tea. 2 minute infusion. Add 30 seconds for second infusion or to taste.
Iced Tea (Cold Brewing)
Use about 4 grams of tea for every 12oz of water. Combine with room temperature water in a covered vessel and refrigerate for 8-12 hours. Enjoy!
Iced Tea (Flash Chilled)
Use 1TB (5 grams) of tea in a 6-8oz vessel. Steep for 1 minute with filtered boiled water. Fill a martini shaker (or equivalent) with ice, then add brewed tea and shake until well-chilled (usually 10-30 seconds). Pour out through martini-shaker top over fresh ice in a new glass and serve.
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