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Tropical Fire Black tea
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For at least a thousand years people have added spices to their food. And, although it may seem counterintuitive given the steamy climate of tropical countries, almost invariably it were the inhabitants of these countries who first discovered the benefits of spicing up their cuisine. Modern research has shown that adding spice to food helps prolong its lifespan and can even help kill off bacteria in fresh fruits and vegetables. As well, due to a bodily function known as “gustatory sweating”, fiery foods actually help cool the body down! But aside from all the scientific mumbo-jumbo, spices make food taste great right? So in keeping with tropical culinary tradition, we’ve blended this tea with tropical fruit flavorings like Papaya and Mango, and spiced them up with cinnamon and cloves for a taste that is truly magical. Brew a pot and enjoy this savory infusion. Also makes a very interesting iced tea.

What type of tea do we use, how do we flavor the tea and why do we use natural flavors?

  •  We only use high grown teas from the top 3 tea growing regions of Sri Lanka - Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva. These three high-grown districts produce flavorful teas that have classic ‘Ceylon’ tea character which is noted by floral bouquet and flavor notes, touches of mild astringency, bright coppery color and, most importantly - perfect for use as the base tea of our flavored teas. (We have tested teas from various other origins around the world as base stock for our flavored teas, but none of these teas made the grade.) Dimbula and the western estates of Nuwara Eliya have a major quality peak during Jan/Feb, whereas Uva and the eastern estates of Nuwara Eliya have their peak in July/Aug. This ‘dual peak period’ allow us to buy the best for our flavored tea blends several times during the year, ensuring top quality and freshness.
 
  • We use flavoring oils not crystals to give the tea drinker an olfactory holiday before indulging in a liquid tea treat.
 
  • We specify natural flavors. High quality tea tastes good and natural flavors do not mask the natural taste of the high grown Ceylon tea. (The norm for many making flavored tea is to use overpowering artificial flavors, which can be used to hide lower quality tea). Natural flavors do not leave an aftertaste giving the tea a clean and true character. It should be noted that natural flavors tend to be somewhat ‘soft ‘ and the flavors slightly muted, but for many this is a refreshing change and one of the desired attributes of our naturally flavored teas. 
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