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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

More on Steve Smith Teas by Peachy's Pantry: Lord Bergamot is Just What You Need to Brighten Up Your February Afternoon!

Peachy Deegan is ALL ABOUT hot Englishmen, and sometimes they come in the form of a tea sachet by the fabulous Steve Smith!  Hugh Grant-eat your heart out-Lord Bergamot is piping hot and he certainly will brighten your dull February afternoon....It is Smith’s version of an Earl Grey tea. Fragrant Ceylon and Indian teas with essence of bergamot.  A smile will come to your face and your senses will be heightened! The floral character of Ceylon Uva and the full caramelized flavor of Indian Assam teas create the base for this tea. Bergamot, a citrus fruit from Reggio Calabria in Southern Italy is harvested in January and the peel is pressed to expel the oil. The complex citrusy flavor with an aroma of lavender, spice and smoke is blended with the tea to create the perfect cup.  Black Teas are made from the top two leaves and bud of the plant Camellia Sinsesis. The leaves are plucked by hand, then allowed to partially dry in elevated racks in a process known as withering. After withering, the leaves are mechanically rolled and during this process cells in the leaf are crushed and leaf is saturated with a natural enzyme that starts the fermentation process. This process also known as oxidation turns the leaf a coppery color and begins the development of the darker more tannic flavor and aroma of black teas. The tea is then dried and graded according to leaf size. Most of the black teas come from India, Sri Lanka and China.  Whom You Know Highly Recommends Lord Bergamot by Smith Tea!!!

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