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"Mother's Orange Alchemy"

"Mother's Orange Alchemy"

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Every December, my mother would spend an afternoon in the kitchen creating her special holiday tea.  The weeks before and after Christmas always tasted like sweet spiced orange.  It's like having the holidays in a cup.  This was the beginning of my early love for tea.

We combine our signature Red Alchemy tea with orange peels and spices to recreate my mother's recipe.  We hope you enjoy it even when it's not holiday season. 

Add sweetener, if desired.  That is how Mom likes it.

Cheers, Mom!  

Tea Specifics

Red (aka Black) Tea, Organic Orange and Lemon Peels, Cinnamon, Ginger Root, Granulated Honey, Star Anise, Licorice, Cloves, Organic Madagascar Vanilla Bean

Harvest: Spring 2022

Mangjing, Village, Jingmai Mountain, Yunnan Province, China

Elevation: 1200-1500 meters

Tree: Feral

Cultivar: Camellia sinensis var. Assamica

Loose leaf

Red (black) tea contains 40-60mg of caffeine per 8 oz cup. As the tea ages, the caffeine levels decline over time because light and leaf oxidation reduce caffeine. Thus, an aged red tea that is decades old may not contain much caffeine at all. If you have the willpower to resist drinking this tea and to instead store and age the tea, the taste profile will only deepen.

Tasting Notes

Vanilla, Spice, Sweet, Citrus, Floral, Fresh Pipe Tobacco Aromas, Full Body, Amber Liquor.

Brewing Recommendations

Serving Size: 5g per 100ml of purified water.

Ideal Brewing Vessel: Glass Ethoz Tea Brewer; Glass Lotus Easy Gaiwan; Porcelain Tea Pot or Gaiwan.

Gong Fu Style Steeping: Boil water to 212F/100C and then wait for the water to stop bubbling before pouring the water down the inside of the brewing vessel, not directly on the leaves. Brew for 2 minutes, then replace the lid and pour the liquor into a gong dao bei (fairness pitcher) before apportioning into tea cups.  Add 30 seconds for each subsequent brew. Remove the lid of the brewing vessel to allow the leaves to cool between steepings. Flash brewing in this manner ensures this tea can be brewed up to 3+ times and brewed again the following morning if left overnight.

Western Style Steeping: Place tea inside of a strainer and pour water into tea cup. Steep for 2 minutes the each brew. Brews up to 3 times.

Grandpa Style Steeping: Pre-heat a chawan (tea bowl) and add tea leaves. Use 1-2 grams less tea than usual. Slowly pour hot water directly on the leaves until the tea bowl is filled two-thirds to the top. After the tea leaves have opened, the tea is ready. Drink off the top and add more water throughout the day when necessary.

Cold Brew: 4g per 450ml of cold water. Refrigerate overnight.

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