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Queen Elizabeth

Country of Origin: Sri Lanka, India
Region: Dimbula - Assam, Darjeeling - Nilgiri
Shipping Port: Colombo, Calcutta, Cochin
Grade: OP (Orange Pekoe)
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Altitude: 1500 ft, 6400 ft above sea level
Cup Characteristics: Piquant flavor from tea estates in South India and Ceylon is superbly combined with malty Assam and toasty Darjeeling.
Infusion: Bright and coppery with a rich flavor and smooth finish.
Luxury Ingredients: Black tea

Information: 1.1 pound / 500 grams packed in vacuum sealed foil bag for maximum freshness. When creating tea blends in honor of Britain's notable residents, it seemed only fitting that we dedicate one to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. This is not only because she is the reigning Monarch of the Commonwealth but because she is also a celebrated lover of the historic beverage. Queen Elizabeth, christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, was born on April 21, 1926 in London to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, (the Queen Mum as she was more commonly and affectionately known.) In 1952 while on a royal visit to Kenya, the Queen learned of the death of her father. Immediately she cut her trip short to return home and ascended the throne. Her official coronation took place a year later on June 2, 1953. And what about her renowned love of tea? Well, ever since the year of her coronation, Queen Elizabeth has thrown an annual Royal garden party for her loyal subjects. At these parties, among other delicacies, tea is served. And when we say tea is served, we really mean it. On average, 27,000 cups of tea are consumed on the lawn of Buckingham Palace, as are 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 pieces of cake! If you are lucky enough to be invited to one of these affairs, you will find yourself tipping cup after cup of tea blended with varieties from India and Ceylon in reverence of Britain's colonial past. In honor of England and her noble Queen, we've created this tea with the same reverence, using Indian teas from Nilgiri, Assam, and Darjeeling, and a Dimbula from Ceylon. The result is a fabulous cup with rich malty notes, slight muscatel undertones, and a smooth finish. Long Live the Queen!

Hot tea brewing 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 3-7 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-brewing 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!

1.1 pound / 500 grams packed in vacuum sealed foil bag for maximum freshness.
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