Blueberry Black Tea

by Vitabase

  • Intoxicating blueberry aroma and sprightly full flavor of the tiny wild blueberry.
  • Great as an iced tea
  • Luxury black tea with natural flavors
  • One 50 gram bag is enough for about 22 cups
Blueberries are used in many products as an ingredient – high in nutrition to the point that blueberries are growing in the field of ‘nutraceuticals’, they taste great and can improve your health. The peak harvest is in July (known as the blueberry month) so it is very much a summertime fruit. The blueberry is a native American species with North America the world’s leading producer accounting for 90% of production. It is a plump juicy fruit.

The blueberry started wild and over time was domesticated in the early 1900’s. Through natural selection the blueberry was cultivated producing desirable texture, color, flavor and nutrition to the point that the blueberry has shown to improve eyesight and slow down aging. Blueberries are well liked in Europe as a beverage and looked upon as being healthy because of it antioxidant properties. We only use high grown teas from the top 3 tea growing areas of Sri Lanka - Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva. These districts produce some of the most flavorful teas available and have the classic “Ceylon” tea character, touches of mild astringency and bright copper color. It also serves as the perfect base tea for our flavored teas.

Dimbula and the western estates of Nuwara Eliya have a major quality peak during Jan/Feb, while Uva and the eastern estates of Nuwara Eliya have their peak in July/Aug. All our flavored teas are bought during these peak quality periods, and the ‘dual peak period’ allow us to source for our flavored tea blends several times during the year, ensuring top quality and freshness.

We use flavoring oils not crystals to give the tea drinker an olfactory holiday before indulging in a liquid tea treat.

We also only specify natural flavors. High quality tea tastes good and natural flavors do not mask the natural taste of the high grown Ceylon tea. (The norm for many making flavored tea is to use overpowering artificial flavors, which can be used to hide lower quality tea). Natural flavors do not leave an aftertaste giving the tea a clean and true character. It should be noted that natural flavors tend to be somewhat ‘soft ‘ and the flavors slightly muted, but for many this is a refreshing change and one of the desired attributes of our naturally flavored teas.

Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Even though milk and a dash of sugar help enhance the flavor character on this tea, it is perfectly acceptable to consume this tea ‘straight-up’

Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]. Please note that this tea may tend to go cloudy or ‘milky’ when poured over ice; a perfectly normal characteristic of some high quality black teas and nothing to worry about!

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