1st Flush Black Tea
Brew 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8 fluid ounces of water at 205°F for 2 minutes. If you'd like to adjust the strength of the tea, adjust the amount of tea that you use, not the time or temperature. Brewing to long will result in bitterness. Brewed with this method you will be able to get 3 infusions out of the same tea leaves.
Ingredients: Black Tea
Origin: Yunnan Province, China
Elevation: 3500 - 5000ft
Picking: bud and 2 leaves
Dry Leaves Appearance: full black and golden spear-like leaves with pekoe
Wet Leaves Aroma: wet wood, hay, tomato sauce
Liquor Appearance: burnt orange, clear
Liquor Aroma: malt, dry grass, forest air
Taste: malty, dry grasslands, sugar cane
Mouthfeel: medium thickness, moderately dry finish
Caffeine Level: Moderate
Peregrine Mountain Black Tea
One of the finest black teas produced in Yunnan province, Peregrine Mountain has both delicious complex flavor and a Chinese legend about it. The legend says a young boy had to make a choice to either free a trapped Peregrine, caught in a snare laid by a local warlord, or let the bird die. The bird spoke to the boy and promised if he set him free, he would lead him to a field of undiscovered tea from which he could make much money, some to pay a tribute to the warlord, and some for himself. The boy set the Peregrine free and so Peregrine Mountain tea was found. This is the first flush (first picking) of the season picked in the spring.
Flowery White Tea
Brew 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8 fluid ounces of water at 175 °F for 90 seconds. If you'd like to adjust the strength of the tea, adjust the amount of tea that you use, not the time or temperature. Brewing to long or to hot will result in bitterness. Brewed with this method you will be able to get 3 infusions out of the same tea leaves.
Bai Mu Dan White Tea
Also called White Peony, Bai Mu Dan White tea contains polyphenols, amino acids, methylxanthines, carotenoids, vitamins, and minerals. Since the tea is unoxidized, the flavonoid polyphenols called catechins are abundant. These catechins are what make white tea so famous for it's health benefits. The catechin epigallochatechin gallate (EGCG) gives green tea it's cancer fighting properties. Catechins are powerful antioxidants and reduce oxidative stress on the body by neutralizing free radicals. Chronic inflammation is connected to almost every modern ailment and disease, including arthritis, metabolic syndrome, cancer, and depression, and tea catechins have powerful anti-inflammatory effects in the body.
The amino acid L-theanine in this tea has a synergistic effect with caffeine and tends to create an enhanced state of mental clarity sometimes referred to as "mindful alertness." In other words, you'll be focused and alert without the jitters you would experience from coffee, which does not have theanine. For more on the health benefits of tea click here.
Tranquil Citrus Sage
Full of antioxidants, Tranquil Citrus Sage is an herbal tisane crafted to help you relax and sleep. The lavender, skullcap, valerian root, spearmint, and lemon balm are all herbs that have relaxing properties and are known to aid sleep. Sage is loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory effects. Orange peel is not only full of vitamin C and hesperidin, the cholesterol lowering flavonoid, it also contains a compound that prevents the release of histamine in the body which means it has anti-allergic properties and can help seasonal allergies.
Brew 1.5 - 2 teaspoons of tea per 8 fluid ounces of water at 200 °F for 4 minutes. If you'd like to adjust the strength of the tea, adjust the amount of tea that you use, not the time or temperature. Brewed with this method you will be able to get 2 infusions out of the same tea leaves. If you let the tea brew too long, the valerian root may become too strong and give it an undesirable earthy flavor.
Your Three Brews Tea box this month also comes with dried orange slices, dried without any preservatives at all from Bella Viva Orchards! Add one of these to your cup of Tranquil Citrus Sage for a little extra sweet citrus and decoration.
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