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Modern Black Tea


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Country of Origin
Taiwan

Cup Characteristics
A smooth and deep flavorful cup with delectable mild hints of a pine and oak fire.

Infusion
Tending bright, orange highlights.

Ingredients
Luxury black tea.

Information
It has been said that the beauty of Taiwan tea resides in the hard-working spirit of past generations to pioneer the golden age of Taiwan tea. Truer words regarding this island nation tea industry could not have been spoken. That all changed however when improvements were made to a varietal sub-categorized as Taiwan Tea No. 18 making it suitable for black tea production.

It is the belief of our Master Taster, that due to the exceptional appearance of the leaf, Kangaroo Lapsang is probably produced from plants stemming from this original Tea No. 18. Production begins by withering freshly picked tea over pine and oak fires, pan-firing, and then rolling the leaf by hand. Once rolled, leaves are pressed into wooden barrels, covered with cloth, and allowed to ferment. Next, the leaves are re-rolled into tight strips and placed in bamboo baskets, which are hung over burning pine boughs. As they dry, the leaves further develop their rich smoky flavor. Because of the quality of the fresh leaf used to produce Kangaroo Lapsang, the resulting tea is one of the world finest.

The flavor is robust, deep, and highly aromatic, filling the mouth with distinctive smoky pine notes. The flavor leads us to another quote, the beauty of Taiwan tea resides in the flavor, the clearness of its coloring, the purity of its taste, and the elegance of its aroma. That being the case, this tea is a true example of the beauty of Taiwan tea.

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 of this tea, it is perfectly acceptable to consume this tea straight-up.

Iced tea brewing method: Not generally consumed iced but if you do, 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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