Don't let the heat stop you from experiencing Timeless Tea's brews! Listed below are our top three recommended blends to have chilled. Plus some easy to follow steps on the best way to enhance and experience the flavours for maximum chilling and thirst quenching results.....
So, you like hot tea! But did you know that I take great care to balance my creations in such a way so you can enjoy them hot or cold? In saying that it's also fun to add fresh ingredients for new dimensions to the tea that is usually consumed hot. I'm up for new experiences, are you? Ha ha, perhaps I'm a tad passionate about playing with flavours and feel, but, let's just expand our minds for a moment and experiment with your favourite Timeless Tea brew! Maybe you've just come inside from a jog, or finished a yoga class, or just mowed the lawn, or maybe you are resting and feeling a little warm- and you need something thirst quenching and healthy to drink. At the moment, my favourite chilled tea is Opening Eyes. I love adding a little fresh mint to the brewed tea before putting it in the fridge just for an extra cooling element- it's so thirst quenching and the delicate flavours dance together on the tongue very nicely. Below is a list of the top 3 teas I have found so far to make Iced tea with. The following steps are included for the best way I have found to steep brews to be consumed best chilled :) Enjoy!!
List of My Top 3 Brews to Use Chilled
1. Opening Eyes:
- Prepare tea in a large teapot with 85- 90 degree temperature water. Allow to steep for 2- 3 minutes.
- Check taste (be sure that the Sencha is not too strong in flavour).
- Once you have the right flavour for your palate take the tea leaves and herbs out of the teapot and pour into a jar or bottle with some extra room for more tea! * Using the previously steeped leaves add a couple of pinches of fresh Opening Eyes blend and steep again.... Check taste is still fresh and balanced.
- Pour this second steeping into the jar or bottle.
* This is where I add the fresh mint for a little added cooling element.
- Chill for 6-8 hours. If you use ice cubes please remember it will dilute the flavour (as does chilling the blend slightly).
The picture you see above is brewed Rooibos (the red herb from South Africa that is imported) with fresh orange chopped and a little fresh mint.
- Prepare Rooibos in a large teapot until it is a deep red colour and the flavour is slightly stronger then you would normally enjoy hot. Remove the herbs from the brew and keep to the side.
- Peel and chop two large oranges for approximately 1.5 litres of brew. Place in the bottom of the jar/ bottle to be chilled.
- Pour the Rooibos blend over the top of the oranges. Place in the fridge to chill. I keep it in the fridge for 48 hours if I want more orange flavours on the palate.
* Extras to add- Dried vanilla before placing in fridge, and/ or fresh mint. Mint can also be added just prior to serving the Iced Tea.
For a balancing and refreshing taste.....
Brew Positivity as per usual in a large teapot until it is a dark golden colour (over 5 minutes). I like to leave a couple of teaspoons extra in the bottom of the brewed tea for extra taste.
- Place in a jar/ bottle and put in the fridge for at least 8 hours. The extra tea will brew in the bottom whilst it is in the fridge.
* For added flavour add 1/2 sliced lemon and a sprig of mint to your glass (if you don't like the taste of lemon add less).