Although oranges are one of the most commonly eaten fruits, at one point in time, they were considered to be quite special. In Europe during colonial times leading right up into the early 20th century, the fruit was considered to be quite exotic and was prized by the wealthy and Noble throughout the Continent for its flavor and sweet scent. The deluxe and exotic qualities of the orange were perhaps better captured nowhere else than in the world famous perfume developed by the Parisian fashion house of Hermes. Scent designers there used oranges to create one of France’s most famous perfumes, Hermes Orange Verte. The perfume has long been considered a symbol of the decadent lifestyles of old Europe. It is in this same spirit, and with reverence to the common orange, that we have manufactured this delicately flavored green tea.This superbly flavored blend has as its base a Sencha style green tea manufactured in Hunan Province in South Eastern China. Interestingly, green and black teas can be produced from the same plants. Green tea is produced by forgoing the fermentation process required to produce black tea. Instead, the leaves are steamed as soon as they are plucked, and then bruised either by machine or by hand. The leaves are then pan fried or basket fired - a process that gives the tea its distinctive glossy look and feel. Sencha green teas typically have dark green, needle shaped leaves and produce a pale green to yellow, very bright, smooth cup with a sweetish, honey like finish. It is this slight natural sweetness that allows this tea to blend so well with our natural orange flavorings. As an added touch we’ve also added tiny safflower petals to enhance the visual appeal of this blend. Brew a pot today and be taken back to a time when the lowly orange demanded to be noticed! This one is also fabulous over ice.