This fantastic green tea was blended in the spirit of the Velvet Revolution that freed Czechoslovakia from Communist rule in 1989. In that year the students of Prague (Praha in Czech) took to the streets to demand freedom for their nation. The revolution was very peaceful. In fact as far as revolutions go it couldn't have gone any smoother. With not a shot fired, the government conceded defeat to the people and the way was paved for the first democratic election the country had seen in 40 years. To celebrate this important milestone in the history of Prague we've blended this green tea with the natural flavoring of Cassis, a sweet fruity liqueur made from blackcurrants. Cassis was chosen because not only is it delicious, it is a long-standing Czech favorite. Like the liqueur, this tea produces a sweet cup with a full-bodied flavor that is as smooth as the revolution it represents.
The base of the tea is a Sencha style green manufactured in Hunan Province, South Eastern China. Sencha, a Japanese style green tea, is produced by skipping the fermentation process required to produce 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 either by machine or hand. Next the leaf is pan-fried or basket fired - a process that gives the tea its distinctive glossy look and feel. Senchas typically have dark green, needle shaped leaves and produce a pale green to yellow, very bright and smooth cup with a sweetish, honey-like finish.
So here's to Praha! Here's to freedom! Here's to a delicious tea!
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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 tea bag 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 sugar to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 tea bags 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 bags. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Shipping Port: Shanghai
Altitude: Above 2500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Pan-fired green tea
Cup Characteristics: Beguiling Czech currant with smooth green tea flavor
Infusion: Bright pale green to yellow, light colored cup
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