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Tea Trivia #4: Introducing LaKyrsiew Cloud Tea - why this exquisite tea is being sought out by tea lovers in-the-know

You may already be familiar with Darjeeling or Assam Teas, but LaKyrsiew Cloud Tea is the delicate, rare tea of exceptional quality from a tiny corner of North East India in the breathtakingly beautiful Khasi Hills that is being eagerly sought out by tea lovers in-the-know.   The province of Meghalaya is called “the Abode of Clouds” in the local dialect, which is why tea from this area is known as Cloud Tea.    LaKyrsiew Boutique Organic Tea Garden LaKyrsiew translates to "awakening" in the Khasi language, which is so appropriate for this relatively new tea estate initially planted on virgin soil...

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Tip #7: Fast and easy iced fruit tea for those hot summer days...

What is more refreshing that a glass of cold, iced fruit tea on a hot summer day?  One of the most common questions we get asked during the summer is "how do you make your iced fruit tea?"   So we thought we'd put the response on our blog again and update it.    Below is the easiest way we've found to make fruit based iced tea. This works for Solar Fantasia, Ursa Major, Copacabana and Osiris.   Make extra and freeze it to just thaw and enjoy throughout the summer or anytime.   1.  Using a heat proof tea press, pot or...

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Tip #6 How important is your water temperature when making tea?

The answer is VERY IMPORTANT!   Depending on what type of tea you are steeping, this is often the difference between a great cup of tea or a bitter disappointment (literally). If you are lucky enough to have a kettle with various temperature settings (think gift ideas) then you can just use that at your guide.   For everyone else, here is our guide for getting the right water temperatures for your tea...

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Tip #5 Just RE-Steep it!

One of the seemingly best kept secrets is that many teas can be re-steeped.  In fact it is encouraged to re-steep many teas as the depths of their true flavours are only revealed after the 2nd and 3rd steepings as the full leaves in the finer teas unfold and open up.   White, green, wulong and puer are all teas that definitely should be re-steeped.   First flush teas, if you are lucky enough to find some, can also be re-steeped.   Many Chinese full leaf fine black teas can also be re-steeped, such as Golden Monkey, .   Recently we've encountered some fine 2nd...

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Tip #4: Making Matcha Easy as can be

Ok so you've been reading about matcha and how good it is for you.  You've maybe had a cup of delicious matcha latte at one of your local beverage-to-go outlets but have not yet tried to make matcha at home.   Here are the simple steps to making matcha or matcha latte - easy as can be! 1.  Use 1/2 tsp of matcha for one cup 2.  Bring freshly drawn filtered water to approx. 80°C (same temperature as for any green tea). 3. Put approximately 1/3 a cup of water in your cup or bowl. 4.  Sift the matcha into the water using...

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