Blackberries, Cranberry, Lime leaves, Safflower petals, Luxury black tea, Natural flavours
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!
Did you know?
These little round, blackish-purple berries are usually harvested in late August and early September. When most people think of elderberries, more often than not they think of jams, jellies and pies, even wine. Besides being delicious however, elderberries have had many other traditional uses. Some early recorded instances of the consumption of the berries date to ancient Greece. Texts from that period record that the berry was thought to be effective in boosting the respiratory and immune systems. More recently, early North American pioneers prized the elderberry for its perceived ability to ease ailments such as the common cold. We prize the elderberry for its ability to flavor our Ceylon tea with an intense berry character. Delicious when served piping hot, this tea is also divine over ice. Berrylicious!