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Our story of this amazing root begins in ancient Egypt, where it featured as the key ingredient in Mai sus, a beverage that was considered something of a cure-all by health practitioners of the era. The ancient Egyptians were evidently so taken with the root that large quantities were found in King Tut's tomb, left there in order to fortify his spirit in the next realm. In more recent history, it has been reported that Napoleon Bonaparte on his campaigns through Europe chewed licorice constantly. This, in keeping with the traditions of an earlier general, Greece's Alexander the Great who believed the root gave his troops the stamina and endurance they needed on long marches. These days, thanks to modern science, we know that licorice has the chops to back up the beliefs of the ancients. The plant is considered to be one of the most biologically active in the world. It is a source of magnesium and silica, and as such is valued by natural health practitioners as a natural treatment for stomach ailments. This tea has cinnamon, licorice, orange peel, rooibos, cardamom, anise, and cloves to bring you a citrus sweet cup.
Brewing for Best Results
Ideal Brewing Temperature: 209°F/98°C.
Minimum Brewing Temperature: 190°F/89°C.
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to 209°F/ 98°C. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea per 8 oz of fluid water. Steep 3-5 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time, the stronger the tea).
Tea(s) From: China, Blended in the USA
Cinnamon, licorice, orange peel, rooibos, cardamom, anise, cloves
iced tea instructions
Per Serving: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to 209°F/ 98°C. With and infuser, use 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea per 6-7 oz of fluid water. Steep 5 minutes. Add filtered hot tea to 16 oz glass filled with ice. (Some luxury teas will turn cloudy when poured over ice).
Per Pitcher: Makes 1 Quart. Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to 209°F/ 98°C. 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 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.
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