Light with pleasant floral notes.
Sumatra is found in the Malay Archipelago and was once part of what was called the Netherlands Indies. Indonesia is the world's 5th largest producer of tea. Traders consider these teas to be extremely useful because of their flowery "Ceylony" character. Some tea blenders may actually substitute a Sumatra for a Ceylon in their blends. Dutch colonists developed teas suitable for European tastes and even though production is generally controlled by the Indonesian government today, trade with the Netherlands remains an inmportant aspect of their business. Gunung Dempo is one estate that continues to produce teas for European palates to savor.
FOR HOT TEA:
Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into teapot. Add boiling water, cover and let steep 3-7 minutes. Add milk and sugar to taste. Also acceptable to drink "Straight Up"
FOR COLD TEA:
*One Quart* Place 6 teaspoons of tea in a heat resistant pitcher. Add 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water. Steep 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with ice water. Added steeped tea and fill with ice water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. (Please note: Top quality tea may cloud when iced (it is okay) due to their high polyphenol levels).