Golden Apple Spice
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We’ve attempted to weave a blend that we feel might well start a mythological tradition of its own. Try it and we think you’ll agree. Warm cinnamon toast spice comes to the fore with a delicious, juicy apple.
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Warm cinnamon toast spice comes to the fore with a delicious, juicy apple mouth-feel.
Apples made of gold, who wouldn't want to get their hands on some of those? The answer, if you're talking about ancient mythology, is nobody. Why? Because of their ability to bestow eternal life. According to ancient tales from Greece, the 11th labor of Hercules saw the mythic hero search out the golden apples of the Garden of the Hesperides. Unfortunately for Hercules, these particular golden apples were guarded by the Ladon, an incredibly fierce one hundred-headed dragon that never slept. Still, Hercules wouldn't be Hercules if he hadn't defeated the fearsome beast and made off with the apples, which he later presented to the god Zeus.
Another tale, this time from Norse mythology tells of the theft of golden apples owned by the gods Loki, Odin and Thor. In the story, the three gods go on a camping trip. During the trip, Loki is taken hostage by a giant eagle. The eagle demands that Loki hand over the goddess Idun, keeper of the apples. Like the Greeks, the Norse believed the apples bestowed eternal life and gave the gods their power. (Loki's companions were not too thrilled about the situation.) In any event, the gods got their apples back and all was well.
Yet another example comes from Irish mythology and the tale of the Wandering Aengus. In his famous poem, The Song of the Wandering Aengus, William Butler Yeats gives the magical fruit what is perhaps their most elegant description:
I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among the dapples grass, And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
We've attempted to weave a blend that we feel might well start a mythological tradition of its own. Try it and we think you'll agree. Golden Apple Spice Green offers notes of grass and apple peppered with hints of hot spice. Raise a cup to the gods!
Brewing for Best Results
Ideal Brewing Temperature: 185°F/85°C.
Minimum Brewing Temperature: 175°F/79°C.
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to 185°F/ 85°C. With an infuser, use 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
Region(s): Hunan Province
Luxury Ingredients: Black tea, Cinnamon, Orange pieces, Natural flavors(organic compliant)
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Iced Tea Instructions
Per Serving: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to 185°F/ 85°C. 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. 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.