Sour Sap Naturally Flavoured Black Tea
Available Sizes : 100g or 500g
The weight of a ripe soursap is generally in the range of 10-15 lbs! Plus, the outer skin of the fruit is covered in spikes that make it look something like the skin of a blowfish – yikes! Luckily, the inside of the fruit is pulpy and juicy with a pleasantly sweet acidic flavor. This unique fruit blends magnificently with our high grown Ceylon so go ahead, brew a pot, and get creative. Infusion truly captures the unique flavor of the saoursap fruit. Sweet and slightly acidic, the astringency of this tea makes it a natural hot, or poured over ice.  [ View more details ]
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Sour Sap Naturally Flavoured Black Tea

  • Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
  • Region: Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula or Uva districts
  • Shipping Port: Colombo
  • Grade: OP (Orange Pekoe)
  • Altitude: 4800 - 7600 feet above sea level
  • Manufacturer Type: Orthodox
  • Cup Characteristics: Infusion truly captures the unique flavor of the saoursap fruit. Sweet and slightly acidic, the astringency of this tea makes it a natural hot, or poured over ice.
  • Infusions: Bright and Coppery
  • Ingredients: Luxury black tea, Freeze dried pear, Blackberry + lime leaves, Natural flavors.


Soursap - weird name for a fruit right? Well they've been searching for a more marketable name since 1951 when an agricultural professor in Puerto Rico decided the oddly named fruit needed some help. (To date however, no new name has been chosen!) Beyond Puerto Rico, the soursap tree has been harvested in the Caribbean since at least 1526 when Spanish explorers first took note of the large fruits. And when we say large, we mean large. The weight of a ripe soursap is generally in the range of 10-15 lbs! Plus, the outer skin of the fruit is covered in spikes that make it look something like the skin of a blowfish – yikes! Luckily, the inside of the fruit is pulpy and juicy with a pleasantly sweet acidic flavor. This unique fruit blends magnificently with our high grown Ceylon so go ahead, brew a pot, and get creative. (Read: think up a new name!)

What type of tea do we use, how do we flavor the tea and why do we use natural flavors?

Firstly... we only use high grown teas from the top 3 tea growing regions of Sri Lanka - Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva. These three high-grown districts produce flavorful teas that have classic ‘Ceylon’ tea character which is noted by floral bouquet and flavor notes, touches of mild astringency, bright coppery color and, most importantly - perfect for use as the base tea of our flavored teas. (We have tested teas from various other origins around the world as base stock for our flavored teas, but none of these teas made the grade.) Dimbula and the western estates of Nuwara Eliya have a major quality peak during Jan/Feb, whereas Uva and the eastern estates of Nuwara Eliya have their peak in July/Aug. This ‘dual peak period’ allow us to buy the best for our flavored tea blends several times during the year, ensuring top quality and freshness.

Secondly... we use flavoring oils not crystals to give the tea drinker an olfactory holiday before indulging in a liquid tea treat.

Thirdly, we specify natural flavors. High quality tea tastes good and natural flavors do not mask the natural taste of the high grown Ceylon tea. (The norm for many making flavored tea is to use overpowering artificial flavors, which can be used to hide lower quality tea). Natural flavors do not leave an aftertaste giving the tea a clean and true character. It should be noted that natural flavors tend to be somewhat ‘soft ‘ and the flavors slightly muted, but for many this is a refreshing change and one of the desired attributes of our naturally flavored teas.

  Tea Ingredients

   
Luxury Black Tea Freeze Dried Pear Blackberry Leaves Lime Leaves Natural Flavours ( Soursap Fruit )    

Hot Tea 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 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!

 

 
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