Pulau Sibu, or Sibu Island, is actually a clustering of several smaller islands with exotic names like Sibu Besar, Sibu Tengah and Sibu Hujung. The islands, located about 12 kilometers from Malaysia, are pristine with postcard perfect beaches and lush vegetation surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the South China Sea. The population of the islands is a spicy mix of indigenous people and Chinese, Indian and Malaysian immigrants. A visit to the island by our Master Taster many years ago was the inspiration for this blend. Decades ago the Master Taster fell in love with the place, (and rumour has it, a local woman.) He decided never to return home until his money ran out. Heartbroken he headed back to North America determined to honor the heavenly island. Well, he's finally done it with Sibu Cinnamon green tea. This fantastic green tea is blended with hot cinnamon to represent the fiery Sibu sun and the spicy character of his lost love. Rose petals have also been added in homage to the incredible diversity of flowering plants on the island.
The base of this wonderfully smooth tea is a Sencha style green tea manufactured in Hunan Province, South Eastern China. Sencha, a Japanese style green tea, is produced by skipping the fermentation process required for black tea. Interestingly, both green and black teas can be produced from the same bushes. In green manufacture, the freshly plucked leaves are steamed or heated (to kill the enzymes that cause fermentation) immediately and then bruised by machine or hand. Next the leaf is pan-fried or sometimes basket fired - processes that give the tea its distinctive glossy look and feel. The finished tea has a dark green, needle shaped leaf and produces a pale green, yellowish liquor with a very bright cup and sweet, honey like finish. If the sky threatens rain or the temperature begins to dip, brew a steaming pot and let the hot spicy cinnamon notes transport you to the warm beaches of Sibu. (This tea is also fantastic poured over ice!)
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Hot tea brewing 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 pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and natural sweetener to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea itself. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Shipping Port: Shanghai
Altitude: 2500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Pan-fired green tea
Cup Characteristics: Sweet cinnamon with notes of rose peeking through smooth green tea flavor
Infusion: Bright pale green to yellow, light colored cup
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