Flavory Summer sweet strawberry and papaya pieces round out an exceptionally smooth green tea. Memories of strawberry picking in Sag Harbor.
Bright, pale green to yellow, light colored cup.
Luxury Sencha green tea, Freeze dried strawberry, Natural dried papaya, Natural flavors.
Long Island has been famous for its strawberries for just about as long as people have lived there. Local history books tell of people going on picnics and nature hikes to pick wild strawberries as far back as the 1850's - and that's only recorded history! Archaeological records also show that Native Americans who inhabited Long Island centuries ago were also fond of the sweet summertime fruit. After the Civil War, farming on Long Island started to develop rapidly, a development that saw the wild strawberries being cultivated commercially for the first time. It certainly didn't hurt that the local farms were generally within a day's journey from New York City. The popularity of the fresh fruit grew quickly and as time wore on, and suburbs and cars grew in prominence, roadside fruit stands began to pop up just about everywhere. These fruit stands are ubiquitous to Long Island to this day. A drive out into the countryside will take you past many such stands and the pick-your-own berry patches the region has become famous for. A stop at one of these was the inspiration behind this blended green tea. Company mythology has it that our master taster stopped to buy some berries, was hooked, and immediately called back to the office to declare his discovery - a real eureka moment! He decided to blend the strawberry with a very fresh tasting Sencha style green tea manufactured in Hunan Province in South Eastern China. And why a green tea for the blend? Well, green tea is produced by forgoing the fermentation process required to produce black tea. Instead, the leaves are steamed as soon as they are plucked, and then bruised either by machine or by hand. The leaves are then pan- fried or basket fired - a process that gives the tea its distinctive glossy look and feel. It is this manufacturing process that also gives green teas, and this Sencha in particular, their light sweetish flavor a perfect match to the fresh flavor of the Long Island strawberry. Brew a pot today, smell the aromas of the green tea, natural flavorings, real strawberry and papaya pieces (added to enhance the profile of strawberry), and imagine yourself cruising through the countryside. This tea is perfect hot, and over ice!
FOR HOT TEA:
When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180°F or 90°C. Place 1 teaspoon in your cup, let the tea steep for about 3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look at the pattern of the leaves, they foretell your fortune. Alternatively as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot, pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water has lost most of its oxygen and therefore tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (virtually all the leaves will sink), pour into your cup but do not add milk or sugar since green tea is enjoyed `straight-up'.
FOR COLD TEA:
(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.]