The tea bags are unbleached, free of wasteful envelopes, staples, strings or tags of any kind.
Country of Origin: India / Sri Lanka / China / Tanzania
Region: Assam, South India / Uva / Anhui / Njombe
Shipping Port: Haldia, Kochi / Colombo / Shanghai / Tanga
Grade Composition: Blend of: FBOP (Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe) / FP (Flowery Pekoe)
Altitude: Up to 1500 ft. / 5600 ft. / 2000 ft. / 4500 ft. above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: A perfect breakfast tea with body and full flavor. Harkens back to the days when tea laden clipper ships raced to London
Infusion: Bright and Coppery
Ingredients: Luxury organic black tea
This tea is an organic tea packed at The Metropolitan Tea Company a certified organic tea handler; certified to the standards of the USDA/NOP, COR (Canadian Organic) and EU (European Organic) programs by SAI Global Certification Services Limited - Certificate Number 150-2008. Also certified by the Organic Farmers & Growers of the European Union - Certificate number GB-ORG- 02.
Winston Churchill, arguably the most notable British Prime Minister in history, was a noted lover of drink. Although he is most known to have had a penchant for the strong stuff, namely whiskey, he also had an immense fondness for a cup of rich tasting English Breakfast. Palate aside, Churchill was also notable for good one-liners. One of his more famous quotes has to do with a nice British cuppa and is taken from a dialogue he had with Lady Nancy Astor, an American who became a member of the British Parliament. It should be noted that the two were not friends!
Winston, if you were my husband, I'd poison your tea. Nancy, if I were your husband, I'd drink it.
Well, luckily for England Nancy didn't follow through on her threat. Had she done so, we certainly hope that she didn't intend to taint a cup of English Breakfast as savory and pure as this Organic variety. This is exactly the kind of tea Winston would have quaffed down by the pot-full. Blended using certified organic teas from India, Sri Lanka, China, and Tanzania; this tea is full-bodied, astringent, with subtle touches of jammy toast. With a little milk and a dash of sugar, this tea makes a perfect compliment to a proper English breakfast (the meal!). Here's to Winston, Nancy, and England!
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!