Cousin to the famous Earl, we welcome the illustrious Violet Femme. Resplendent. Elegant. Complex. Mysterious.
Not so simple and definitely refined, Violet Femme takes her cues from the well-balanced Earl Grey and goes a step further with a splash of creamy vanilla and luxurious lavender. The resulting cup is evocative, aromatic, and smooth.
Violet Femme is great cool, too, so try her over ice for a refreshing summer treat.
Hint: Slightly more leaf and shorter steep time is really smooth.
Water: 208°F | Leaves: 1 tsp per 6 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 3-4 minutes
Basic Steeping Tips
- Use filtered or spring water, whenever possible
- Don’t overboil 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.
Contrary to popular belief, Earl Grey is not a particular type of tea, but rather a plain black tea infused with oil of bergamot. It is a British tea and is the most popular tea of the western world. This tea dates back to the 19th century, and is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s. According to legend, a grateful Chinese bureaucrat, whose son was saved from drowning by one of Lord Grey’s men first presented the tea to the Earl in 1803. However, according to Jacksons of Piccadilly, a London tea house, claims to have invented the original recipe for Earl Grey tea after given a special order from Lord Grey.