Retreat into the sanctuary of our hand-crafted Monk's Blend. We have specially formulated an absolutely superb black full leaf tea blend that is deeply nurturing and satisfying.
A dazzling array of colors greet you when you encounter our blend of true Darjeeling, Keemun, Assam, and Nilgiri leaf. The cup is a rich, deep sunset red. The liquor is hearty, round, and totally smooth and will at once calm and energize.
A shorter steep yields a superb straight tea needing no milk or sugar.
Water: 208°F | Leaves: 1 tsp per 6 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 3 minutes
Basic Steeping Tips
- Use filtered or spring water, whenever possible
- Don't over boil water
- Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
- If you want stronger tea, use more leaves instead of steeping for a longer time
Leaves can be resteeped 2-3 times resulting in various flavor differences. Don't throw out those leaves until they have given it all up
Black tea has a class of polyphenols that protect your bones and teeth (help the body from pulling calcium) and is good for your heart. Black tea contains antioxidants and about 1/3 the amount of caffeine as found in a cup of coffee.
The history of tea in China is long and complex. The Chinese have enjoyed tea for millennia. Scholars hailed the brew as a cure for a variety of ailments; the nobility considered the consumption of good tea as a mark of their status, and the common people simply enjoyed its flavor.
Tea was first discovered by the Chinese Emperor Shennong in 2737 BC. It is said that the emperor liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it so it would be clean, so that is what his servants did. One day, on a trip to a distant region, he and his army stopped to rest. A servant began boiling water for him to drink, and a dead leaf from the wild tea bush fell into the water. It turned a brownish color, but it was unnoticed and presented to the emperor anyway. The emperor drank it and found it very refreshing, and cha (tea) was born.