Idulgashinna 'Blue Nettle' Rods Ceylon Organic
A very rare hand-rolled tea from Sri Lanka. Idulgashinna ‘Blue Nettle’ Rods Ceylon Organic are carefully made in the Uva region of Sri Lanka, a high elevation area on the eastern side of the central highlands. The Idulgashinna tea garden was the first tea garden in the world to be certified Organic, and the first Sri Lankan producer to be recognised by Demeter for their Biodynamic Agricultural practices. The tea itself starts with meticulous plucking of just 2 leaves and a bud. The production then follows a traditional black tea methodology with withering, rolling and oxidation, but before the final drying stage the leaves are moistened again, and hand rolled into the distinctive rods. Use 1 rod per 250ml-300ml of water (rods vary slightly in size), and brew between 90°C and 100°C for 4-6 minutes. At lower temperatures the aroma will be more subtle and floral, with the sweet fruity notes more pronounced at higher temperatures, so it is worth having a play with the brewing parameters. These rods can be brewed several times, up to 5-6, and from the 4th steep onwards, the brew time should be increased. As the rods brew, the individual bud sets will separate, and it is possible to see the skill that goes into plucking theses teas and the care involved to not damage these leaves during manufacture.
Ingredients || Organic Black Tea
Warning, packed in an environment that contains nuts
Caffeine || Yes
Tasting Notes || Subtle and floral, with the sweet fruity notes more pronounced at higher temperatures
Brewing Notes || 1 rod per 250ml - 300ml, 100ºC, brew for 4-6 minutes.