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IZMIR Chai Spice Fruit and Herb Loose Leaf Tea

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CUP CHARACTERISTICS: From the Ground Bazaar of Istanbul a mild spice chai full of fruit notes
INGREDIENTS: Apple, Hibiscus, Rosehip, Cinnamon, Orange pieces, Lemongrass root, Star Anise, Cloves, Ginger, Cardamom, Black + White pepper, Nutmeg.
INGREDIENTS FROM: Turkey / Egypt / Chile / Thailand / India
GRADE(S): Grade #1 herb and fruit pieces

KOSHER: Yes
VEGETARIAN: Yes
VEGAN: Yes

INFUSION:  Pale bronze
INFORMATION:
Along the ancient Silk Road, Caravanserai, a type of hotel, provided lodging, food and drink for spice caravans plying their trade from East to West. One interesting feature of these establishments was the retail, or market component, typically sheltered under soaring arched roofs.  As such, these shops were filled to the brim with a cacophony of spices, dried herbs and fruits from all corners of the earth. While the Caravanserai are now gone, we can well imagine the aromas and colors of these ancient centers of commerce.

To celebrate one such place in the ancient Turkish city of Izmir, we've blended this rich, mild blend of dried fruit, flower petals, chai spices, cinnamon and cloves. Here's to the Caravanserai of old.
HOT BREWING METHOD:
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 2 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz / 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).
ICED TEA BREWING METHOD (Pitcher): (To Make 1 Liter/Quart):
Place 12 slightly heaping teaspoons of herb & fruit blend or 6 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the herb & fruit blend. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea or removing the tea bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced herb & fruit tea is to increase the strength of hot brew since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.