Brew with water at 75 to 80 degrees and brew for 2 to 3 minutes, be careful not to over infuse
Gingerbread Flavoured Green Tea brings you a beautifully decorated beverage, brimming with the same delectable sweetness which is a great end to the day. Mouthwatering spices such as Star Anise, Cardamoms, Cloves, and Cinnamon will evoke warm, festive childhood memories in even the grumpiest of grinches.
Yet, do not feel this brew needs to be stored away in a cupboard for most of the year, Gingerbread Flavoured Green Tea may appear seasonal, but can also be enjoyed anytime. Why not even bring the spirit of Christmas to your summertime lawn chair? When a tea tastes this good who could possibly say no.
Flavouring Green Teas has been common practice for almost as long as brewed tea has been in existence. However, Green Tea, and in fact all types of tea owe their origin to arguably the best ‘mistake’ made in human history, over 5,000 years ago.
It was during the reign of the Chinese Emperor, Shennong, in around 2737 BCE, that Green Tea was first thought to have been discovered. There is a fair argument to be made that this tale is a fabrication of Chinese legend, yet it follows the Emperor himself, who one day came to rest beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water. In the afternoon sun, Shennong drifted into a deep sleep. When he awoke, he discovered leaves from the tree above had fallen into his water. An avid herbalist, Shennong decided to try the infusion.
To his surprise, it tasted absolutely delicious! Without fully realising it at the time, the Emperor had created a beverage that would be enjoyed for thousands of years to come. Whether or not there is any truth behind this tale is a subject of great debate, but here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company - we certainly believe it is a truly wonderful story.
It is more likely that tea consumption in brew form began during the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600 BCE - c. 1046 BCE) although we may never be sure. It is known, however, that containers for tea were discovered in tombs dating back to the Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 AD). Flavouring Green Tea would have likely begun at some point during this period.
Since then, and over the course of hundreds of years, the global tea industry has experimented with many different herbs, spices, fruits, and flavourings to accommodate the varying personal tastes of tea connoisseurs around the world. Chai Teas, in particular, have risen to fame in recent years, despite being in existence across India for centuries. Another famous flavoured Tea a Black Tea is Earl Grey, which was named after the well-renowned 19th Century British Prime Minister.
Many Green Teas, meanwhile, are often flavoured with softer ingredients, such as our Aloe Vera Sencha Green Tea. This, however, is not always the case - as established by this hearty brew. Yet balance in flavour is still a vital element to take into account, with our Gingerbread Flavoured Green Tea offering a beautiful infusion of subtle spicy notes with earthy green tea undertones.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Green Tea.
Ingredients: Chinese Green Tea (38%), Orange Peel, Star Anise, Almond Pieces, Apricot Kernels, Cardamom (whole), Cloves, Pink Peppercorns, Cinnamon Pieces, Natural Flavouring and Rose Petals.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures of 75-80 degrees. Following this, brew for 2-3 minutes, depending on personal tastes.
How to Serve: If you really wish to get into the Christmas spirit, consider an orange slice as a tasty addition. Alternatively, this brew is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: A beautiful aroma teeming with festive goodness wafts from your cup as you embrace prominent clove notes from the very first sip. Enjoy this tea’s fruity undertones, combined with subtle hints of cinnamon while they cleanse your palate; leaving a delightfully refreshing aftertaste. Christmas in a cup!
Colour in Cup: Green liquor, light in tone, with yellow highlights.
Health Benefits of Green Tea: Almost all Green Tea types are largely praised for being some of the healthiest brews in the world. Gingerbread Flavoured Green Tea is no exception, and is rich in incredible antioxidants such as Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This particular polyphenolic compound holds the key to many of Gingerbread Flavoured Green Tea’s outstanding health benefits.
When consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, EGCG, as well as many other organic compounds found in Green Tea, can reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol, improve cardiovascular health, and even provide excellent weight management! Further to this, recent studies have indicated that the frequent consumption of any type of Green Tea - including, of course, Gingerbread Flavoured Green Tea - could potentially reduce the risks of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease in older consumers.