Country of Origin: Sri Lanka and India
Region: Dimbula region in Sri Lanka and India's Assam Valley
Shipping Port: Sri Lanka - Colombo: India - Haldia
Grade: FBOP (Flowery broken Orange Pekoe)
Altitude: Sri Lanka - 5200 feet, India - 1500 feet
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Flavoury with medium body and delicate exotic berry notes
Manufacturer: Welawatte Estates Ltd and George Williamson & Co. Ltd
Cup Characteristics: Round cup, with good flavour. The Ceylon gives a flowery character and the Assam gives a malty character. Blended together with these two excellent estates teas are Lemon and Strawberry flavored teas. The final result is a delicious mildly flavored Strawberry Lemon tea
Infusion: Bright coppery colour
Throughout history there has been an association between royalty, lifestyle and tea. For example tea's fate in Britain took a turn in 1662 when King Charles II married the Portuguese princess, Catherine of Braganza. Britain's new queen was a confirmed tea drinker long before she arrived for her wedding and she brought with her, as part of her dowry, a chest of China tea. She started serving it to her aristocratic friends at Court and as word of the new beverage spread, more and more people wished to try it for themselves.
Ladies enjoyed tea at home, while gentlemen often drank their tea in the coffee houses that had become established in the City of London. Tea consumption progressed further and it became very fashionable in London to have afternoon tea. At these gatherings dainty sandwiches and delicate cakes were served. We can only imagine what these gathering would have turned into had they been able to enjoy a lightly and elegantly flavored Strawberry Lemon tea : - no wonder this tea is called Lady Londonderry.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of teafor 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). Pour into your cup and add milk and sugar to taste.
Iced tea brewing method (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 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!