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October 2016 Steeping Guide

Black Tea Chocolate Cashew Black Tea Cinnamon Orange Black Tea Congou Rose Black Tea Dried Apricot Fruit Tea Roasted Almond Green Tea Jasmine Lavender Herbal Tea Organic Berry Flame instructions Premium pumpkin spice Sencha Tea Cinnamon Orange steeping steeping guide Wellness Tea First Response White Tea Raspberry

This month is all about warm sweaters, crisp air, apple cider, and pumpkin spice. 

We are ready to embrace all that Fall has to offer, and we hope our delicious loose leaf teas do this magical season some justice. 

The Steeping Instructions below are meant as a guideline for you to steep your teas. If you prefer a stronger taste, we recommend adding up to .5 tsp extra of tea. Don't steep the tea for longer, as some of the teas have been timed to release the right amount of flavor and ensure no bitterness will result.

Here are the 8 delicious teas you have in your box this month and how to make them: 



Black Tea Rose Congou

Black Tea Rose Congou Premium

 flavors: rose petals 

Tasting Notes: The aroma from this tea has you at hello. It draws you in with a sense of wonder and enchantment. The tea is so smooth, and delivers a consistent rose flavor that can only be attained through the multiple rose infusions during the production of this tea. Rose petals are spread on the black tea and infuse their essential oils. With this tea, this process is repeated 5 times. 

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 1 rounded tsp • 212º • Steep for 5 min. 

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour Boiling water over leaves in your mug or teacup. Let Steep for 5 min.

Teapot (8oz water): 1.5 rounded tsp • 212º • Steep for 4 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour Boiling water over leaves in your teapot. Let Steep for 4 min.

The Teapot method will yield more caramel flavor.

Teapot+Milk (8oz water): 2 rounded tsp • 212º • Steep for 4 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour Boiling water over leaves in your teapot. Add milk of your choice.



Green Tea Organic Jasmine Lavender

Green Tea Organic Jasmine Lavender

flavors: jasmine blossoms • lavender • dried citrus peel 

Tasting Notes: This tea surprised us at every turn! It starts out with a beautiful balanced flavor of Jasmine and Lavender, then it's perfectly tempered with Yuzu-like citrus notes. This is an excellent tea to steep 2 or 3 times consecutively.

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 1.5 level tsp • 170º • Steep for 2.5 min. 

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water into your mug or teacup. Wait 1 min. Add leaves and wet them by swirling or dunking. Let steep for exactly 2.5 minutes.

We recommend Orange Blossom honey as a sweetener to bring out the citrus flavors.

Teapot (8oz water): 2 level tsp • 170º • Steep for 2 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water into your teapot. Wait 1 min. Add leaves and wet them by swirling or dunking. Let steep for exactly 2 minutes.

The teapot method will result in a more balanced jasmine and citrus flavor.

Second Infusion: 170º - 3 min (more citrus flavors). Third Infusion: 170º - 3.5-4 min (Citrus, almost no Lavender).



Sencha Tea Cinnamon Orange

Sencha Tea Cinnamon Orange Premium

 flavors: cinnamon • orange 

Tasting Notes: Earthy and sweet cinnamon wins the show in this delicious and balanced tea. The flavors of cinnamon and orange perfectly complement the grassy and sweet notes of the Sencha leaves.

About Sencha: Sencha is a higher grade of Green tea that's shade grown to preserve antioxidants and cholorophyll naturally found in this type of tea.

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 1.5 level tsp • 170º • Steep for 4 min. 

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water over leaves in your mug or teacup. Let Steep for 4 min.

We don't recommend any sweeteners or milk.

Teapot (8oz water) 1.5 level tsp • 170º • Steep for 3 min. 

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water over leaves in your teapot. Let Steep for 3 min.

 


Fruit Tea Roasted Almond

Fruit Tea Roasted Almond

flavors: roasted almond • apple • sweet citrus  

Tasting Notes: Light and bright apple notes are followed by roasted almonds, and a nice touch of sweet citrus. This one will surprise you!

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 2 level tsp • 195º • Steep for 12-14 min. 

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water into your mug or teacup. Add tea and wet them by swirling or dunking. Let steep for 12-14 minutes.

Teapot (8oz water): 3 level tsp • 195º • Steep for 12-14 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water into your teapot. Add tea and wet them by swirling or dunking. Let steep for 12-14 minutes.

White Tea Organic Raspberry

White Tea Organic Raspberry Premium

 flavors: raspberry  

Tasting Notes: We enjoyed this the most in the afternoons when we needed a little sweet treat to boost the rest of our day. The delicate flavor is best appreciated between meals. The first steeping will release more of the sweet raspberry flavor, the second steeping will be richer.

About White tea: White tea is the least oxidized out of all types of tea, giving you the highest levels of L-theanine (stress and anxiety reducing amino acid) and antioxidants. White tea is rich in Catechins, antioxidants known to improve cardiovascular function. There are many more delicious health benefits of drinking white tea every day.

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 2 level tsp • 180º • Steep for 1 min. Enjoy, then steep for an additional 3 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour water into mug. Wait 1 min. Add leaves in your mug or teacup. Swirl or dunk to wet the leaves. Let Steep for 1 min. Enjoy, then steep for an additional 3 minutes to release more flavors.

Teapot (8oz water) lighter cup : 2.5 level tsp • 180º • Steep for 1 min. Steep for 4 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour water into teapot. Wait 1 min. Add leaves. Swirl or dunk to wet the leaves. Let Steep for 1 min. Enjoy, then steep for an additional 4 minutes to release more flavors.

Teapot (8oz water) bolder cup : 3 level tsp • 180º • Steep for 1 min. Steep for 4 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour water into teapot. Wait 1 min. Add leaves. Swirl or dunk to wet the leaves. Let Steep for 1 min. Enjoy, then steep for an additional 4 minutes to release more flavors.



Black Tea Caramel Cashew

Black Tea Chocolate Cashew

flavors: raw cacao • roasted cashews • caramel

Tasting Notes: Deep dark delicious chocolate notes are followed by creamy caramel with roasted nuts.

Steeping instructions:

Mug (8oz water): 1 rounded tsp • 212º • Steep for 4 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water over leaves in your mug or teacup. Let Steep for 4 min.

Teapot (8oz water): 1.5 rounded tsp • 212º • Steep for 4 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water over leaves in your teapot. Let Steep for 4 min.

The Teapot method will yield more caramel flavor.

Teapot+Milk (8oz water): 2 rounded tsp • 212º • Steep for 4 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water over leaves in your teapot. Add milk of your choice.



Wellness Tea First Response

Wellness Tea First Response

flavors: peppermint • echinacea • berry 

Tasting Notes: Drink this tea at the first signs of any cold. The minty herbal flavor is followed by berry notes.

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 1 rounded tsp • 212º • Steep for 3-5 min. 

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water over leaves in your mug or teacup. Let Steep for 3-5 min.

Teapot (8oz water): 2 rounded tsp • 212º • Steep for 3-5 min. 

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water over leaves in your teapot. Let Steep for 3-5 min.

Second Infusion: 212º - 4 min. Third Infusion: 212º - 5 min.



Black Tea Dried Apricot

Black Tea Dried Apricot

flavors: dried apricot

Tasting Notes: An intoxicating aroma of luscious Apricots with honey-like flavor and a nice mouthfeel.

Steeping instructions:

Mug (8oz water): 1 rounded tsp • 212º • Steep for 3 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water over leaves in your mug or teacup. Let Steep for 3 min.

Teapot (8oz water) lighter cup: 1.5 level tsp • 212º • Steep for 3 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water over leaves in your teapot. Let Steep for 3 min.

Teapot (8oz water) bolder cup: 2 level tsp • 212º • Steep for 3 min.

Boil water, wait 30 seconds. Pour boiling water over leaves in your teapot. Let Steep for 3 min.



General Recommendations:

If you have a tea kettle with a built in thermometer you can pour hot water directly on tea leaves, without waiting.

It's recommended to use a tea filter bag or infuser that allows the leaves to float freely.

Adding more tea makes it taste stronger, not steeping the tea leaves longer.

Don't use microwave heated water, the lack of oxygen will make your tea taste flat.

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