Lemon Drop

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Tip! Consider a sample size to explore 3-4 cups of a new tea!

Lemon Drop Tea Description:

With the zesty tart and citrus sweetness combine for a fresh exciting taste.  This tea features an excellent Nilgiri black tea base and is perfect hot, iced tea, or cold brewed iced tea.

Conventional TeasIngredients:

Organic Black Tea, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Essential Lemon Oil, Organic Lemon Peel

Iced Tea Significance:

Iced tea had been in homes in the United States since the early 1800’s. Iced tea back then was more of a cocktail than a refreshing drink. Early cookbooks show recipes for Tea Punch, made with a combination of ice, green tea, sugar, cream and liquor. The green tea is not a surprise, as that was the predominant tea coming into the United States until the Opium Wars interrupted trade with China redirecting the tea trade to India and black tea. This punch took on regional names from Regent’s Punch (New England) to Chatham Artillery Punch (Savannah, Georgia).

Cookbooks in the later-half of the 1800’s started to talk about iced tea in the forms most American’s think of today – tea, ice, lemon and sugar. This is not a surprise given that ice boxes, the first form of the refrigerator, had become more prevalent in American homes at the same time. Sugar was present in all recipes but not in the quantities that are typically associated with sweet tea, until 1879.

Nilgiri Significance:

Teas produced by estates in the Nilgiri region of India include both CTC and Orthodox teas for markets around the world including Russia and the Middle East but also Europe and the United States. Like teas from Argentina, Nilgiri teas tend to be quite clear when iced, a trait which makes these teas a popular base for iced tea blends. These teas also are considered to be very fragrant with a brisk yet creamy mouth feel and full body. While tea is produced year round in the Nilgiri Hills, it is the frost tea, produced from December through February which is one of the more notable, due to the slow growth of the leaves, concentrating the aromatic compounds in the leaves. While black tea is the primary product of the region it also produces some green and white teas.

Step 1:
Preheat mug with boiling water, discard and refill.
Step 2:
Steep 2 flat tsp or 3-4 grams of tea per 8 oz of water.
Step 3:
Steep for 3-5 minutes as desired. Experiment with slightly cooler water or shorter steeping times. Try one additional steeping if desired.

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  • Perfect Tea for Lemon-Lovers

    Posted by JMR on Jan 25th 2018

    As someone who likes a touch of lemon in just about every kind of tea I drink, this blend is a dream come true. The lemongrass, lemon peel and essential oil provide enough lemony goodness for a great-tasting tea that doesn't need any add-ins (and leftover leaves in an infuser mug add a nice hint of lemon to cold water if you need to refill it but don't have time to empty the basket). My husband & I originally bought this as a sample, and love it so much that we now have to keep a giant bag of this in stock in our kitchen at all times.