Black Teas

Preparation & Storage

Tea Preparation

  • One pound of tea will make approximately 220 servings.
  • Our hot teabags will make 12 ounces of hot tea.
  • Green teas are best prepared with a water temperature around 185 degrees.
  • Oolongs are prepared with water around 205 degrees.
  • Black teas are best prepared with boiling water.
  • Our iced teas can be prepared either traditionally or with an iced tea brewer.
  • To brew the perfect cup of tea, please see the Tea Quantities Guide and Brewing Time and Water Temperature Guide below.

Hot Tea Brewing Guide

  1. Boil water.
  2. Fill the tea pot with the boiling water and let sit for a couple of minutes.
  3. Pour this hot water out of the tea pot as more water is coming to a boil.
  4. Place the measured loose leaf tea into the tea pot.
  5. Add new hot water to the tea pot.
  6. Let brew for the time indicated in the guide below.
  7. Pour off the brewed tea, straining the leaves.
  8. Enjoy!

Tea Quantities Guide

The table below is simply a guide. Feel free to adjust quantities according to your taste preferences.

Tea Suggested Amount of Tea to Use
Per 8 ounces of Water
Apricot 2 level tsp
Black Currant 2 level tsp
Black Jasmine 1 rounded tsp
Ceylon 2 level tsp
Chamomile 2 rounded tbsp
Classic Earl Grey 2 level tsp
Classic English Breakfast 2 level tsp
Classic Irish Breakfast 2 level tsp
Darjeeling 2 level tsp
Decaffeinated Earl Grey 2 level tsp
Decaffeinated English Breakfast 2 level tsp
Delicate Orange Spice™ 2 level tsp
Emerald Blossom™ 1 rounded tsp
Evening Herbal™ 2 heaping tbsp
Floral Ti Kuan Yin Oolong 2 rounded tsp
Formosa Pouchong 2 level tsp
French Vanilla 2 level tsp
Genmaicha 1 heaping tsp
Golden Tip Assam 2 level tsp
Gunpowder 1 rounded tsp
Jasmine Pearls 8 pearls
Keemun 2 level tsp
Kenilworth 2 level tsp
Lapsang Souchong 2 level tsp
Lung Ching/Dragonwell 1 heaping tsp
Min Nan Oolong 2 rounded tsp
Moroccan Mint 2 level tbsp
Pure Peppermint 2 heaping tbsp
Queen Victoria Blend 2 rounded tsp
Sencha 2 rounded tsp
South Island™ 2 level tsp
Spring Dragon™ 1 heaping tsp
Star-Spangled Herbal™ 2 heaping tbsp
Sweetberry™ 1 heaping tsp
Tropical Passionfruit 2 level tsp
Yunnan 2 level tsp

Brewing Time and Water Temperature Guide

Type of Tea Brewing Time Water Temperature
Black Teas 5 minutes Boiling Water
Oolong Tea 7 minutes Let the water rest for 30 seconds after coming to a boil.
Green Tea 3 minutes Let the water cool for about 1 minute after coming to a boil.
Herbal Infusions 5 minutes Boiling Water

Iced Tea Brewing Guide

1-Gallon Filter Bags

  1. Place the 1-gallon filter bag into a heat tolerant 1-gallon pitcher.
  2. Add 2 quarts of boiling water to the pitcher.
  3. Allow the tea to brew for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the filter bag, squeezing it gently to allow all of the brewed tea to remain in the pitcher.
  5. Add 2 quarts of cold water and stir.
  6. Serve over ice.

1-Quart Filter Bags

  1. Place the 1-quart filter bag into a heat tolerant 1-quart pitcher.
  2. Add 1 quart of boiling water to the pitcher.
  3. Allow the tea to brew of 8 minutes or longer if you prefer stronger iced tea.
  4. Remove the filter bag, squeezing it gently to allow all of the brewed tea to remain in the pitcher.
  5. Serve over ice.

Iced tea can be kept at room temperature for up to 8 hours.  Refrigerated iced tea may cloud.  If it does cloud, add a little hot water.

Tea Storage

 

Tea can be best kept for a longer time period if stored at room temperature, in a dry location, closed within the packaging it is shipped with, inside the original box and away from strong odors. Never store tea in a refrigerator or freezer. Under these conditions above, tea should easily have at least six months to a year of shelf life. Tea kept well does not spoil unless exposed to water, but its flavor may diminish over time.

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