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Romeo & Juliet Green Tea Hearts
2.49 19.62 $2.49 - $19.62
Like the famous love story, this tea has the power to take you away to another time and place. Thankfully unlike the tragic story, this is a happy place where the tea is fresh with a cup that’s light on the nose, grassy and full-bodied hinting at honey with subtle astringent notes. Shakespeare would have loved this one.
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Light liquoring cup that is deliciously vegetative highlighting early season green tea. Mild astringent finish. While people usually attribute the story of Romeo and Juliet to William Shakespeare, and certainly his rendition has become the most celebrated, the tale was actually first told well before his time. The earliest known version of the tragic story of love and death was called Mariotto and Gianozza of Siena, written in 1476 by Italian writer Masuccio Salernitano. The next adaptation came in 1530, Giulietta e Romeo by another Italian, Luigi da Porto. Still another version, Giuletta e Romeo was written in 1554 by Matteo Bandello, included in his book Novelle. The next rendition of the story, while it was the first to appear in English, still doesn't take us to Shakespeare. This was The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet, written in 1562 by English poet Arthur Brooke. It is believed however that his version served to inspire Shakespeare to write his famous play in 1599. It would appear that from writer to writer, a great tale has the ability to transcend time and the storyteller who tells it. That said, for genius along the lines of Shakespeare to occur, the right ingredients need to be in place - in this case a great story, and some incredible writing abilities.
Which is a lot like great tea. The ancient tea makers of Yunnan, who developed the method of pressing tea into miraculous shapes back in medieval China, knew that when things were done well, amazing results could be achieved. To start, they knew that you couldn't turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. Which is to say that the world's greatest tea techniques were useless if they didn't start with the best ingredients. Subsequently, to create their works of art, only the finest teas from gardens high in the clear air of the Yunnan mountains were used. When processed into their tiny forms, whether a bird's nest, crown, flower or in this case a heart, the teas they created took on a life of their own, transcending the time and place of their creation.
Nowadays, a visit to Yunnan will show that the same level of care goes into the production of the province's famous pressed teas. The finest leaf available makes its way to the factory where it is steamed and pressed into forms before drying. Like the famous love story, this tea has the power to take you away to another time and place. Thankfully unlike the tragic story, this is a happy place where the tea is fresh with a cup that's light on the nose, grassy and full-bodied hinting at honey with subtle astringent notes. Shakespeare would have loved this one.
Brewing for Best Results
Ideal Brewing Temperature: 180°F/82°C.
Minimum Brewing Temperature: 175°F/79°C.
Modern Method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to 180°F/ 82°C. Break apart tea. With an infuser, use 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea per 8 oz of fluid water. Rinse the tea first by placing enough prepared water over the leaves and leave set for 10 seconds. Discard rinse water. Do not drink. Add water and steep 1-2 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). If you leave the tea too long where it becomes cloudy, the taste will be bitter.
Traditional Method: When preparing by the traditional method, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 - 4 times. Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to 175°F/ 79°C. Break apart tea. With an infuser, place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea per 8 oz of fluid water. Rinse the tea first by placing enough prepared water over the leaves and leave set for 10 seconds. Discard rinse water. Do not drink. Pour the prepared water directly over the leaves after the rinse. Steep for about 3-5 minutes then remove leaves. Rinsing the leaves are not recommended when brewing the second or third time.
Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Yunnan Province
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea
ICED TEA INSTRUCTIONS
Per Serving: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to 185°F/ 85°C. Break apart tea. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea per 7-9 oz of fluid water. Steep 5 minutes. Add filtered hot tea to 16 oz glass filled with ice.
Per Pitcher: Makes 1 Quart. Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to 185°F/ 85°C. Break apart tea. Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea in a heat resistant container. Pour 1 ¼ cup of prepared water over the tea leaves. Steep 5-7 minutes. With a fine mesh sieve, filter the hot tea liquor to the serving pitcher filled with ice. Add cold filtered water to top off. (Some luxury teas will turn cloudy when poured over ice).
Making an amazing cup of tea requires several things. High quality tea, filtered or freshly drawn cold water, correct water temperature, time of infusion, and filters/infusers. Unfiltered water or too hot of water can ruin the best of teas. Always use filtered or freshly drawn cold water. Any flavor from water treatments or heavy minerals such as lime or calcium can taint the water. Brew at the ideal temperature. Too hot of water can scorch the leaves and produce a bitter brew. If you find that the tea is still bitter following the recommended brewing temperature, try lowering the brew temperature another 5 to 10 degrees. Use infusers that allow the tea leaves to fully expand and has full contact with the water. Ditch the tea bags. Know the steeping time for your tea. Too long of steeping can make your tea bitter and undesirable. Too short of time will make a weak tea. Don’t make tea in the microwave.
We strongly recommend using filtered or freshly drawn cold water brought to a rolling boil when brewing all types of tea. Today’s water has been known to carry viruses, parasites and bacteria. Boiling the water will kill these elements and reduce the potential incidence of water-borne illness. Cool the water to the ideal brewing temperature before brewing.