Wild Strawberry Black Tea
If you have ever gone strawberry picking in the summer, you know of the familiar perfume that permeates the air of the strawberry fields. Sweet and tangy, this aroma is intoxicating and alluring. What if you could capture this aroma in a tea? That is what we have accomplished with "Irapuato," our wild strawberry flavored black tea. Chunks of strawberry and papaya provide a taste equally as sensational as the smell. Whether you are looking for a hot tea, iced tea, or milk tea, this blend is scrumptious in all forms.
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz / 200-260ml of fluid volume in 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).
Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea or 6 tea bags into a teapot or heat-resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea or removing the bags. 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 increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about.)