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Maple sugar has been produced from the sap of Maple trees in North America for hundreds of years. When the first Europeans arrived in the New World they found the Native inhabitants tapping the trees in order to gather the sap that was used. The Natives would then use hot stones to help evaporate the sap leaving behind Maple sugar, which they referred to as "sinzibukwud". With the influence of the Europeans, many different methods for processing the raw Maple Sugar were developed. These ranged from Maple candy to Maple syrup; mmmmmm. One of the most delicious of these is Maple Cream. It is believed that the first people to blend cream and Maple syrup lived in Vermont during the 1800's. State legend has it that the son of a prominent Maple producer chose for his wife the daughter of a local dairyman. For their wedding, the couple decided they wanted to serve their guests something new, delicious, and wonderful. The concocted the idea of blending syrup with fresh dairy cream and voila, Maple Cream was born. The wedding feast was a smashing success, as was the marriage. (A son was born exactly 9 months later to the day!) In the same spirit of innovation we decided to create this blend. The taste of this tea is second to none. Sweet, with slightly burnt undertones, this one is fantastic with a dash of sugar and a little milk. Brew a pot today and enjoy!
What type of tea do we use, how do we flavor the tea and why do we use natural flavors?
- We only use high grown teas from the top 3 tea growing regions of Sri Lanka - Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva. These three high-grown districts produce flavorful teas that have classic ‘Ceylon’ tea character which is noted by floral bouquet and flavor notes, touches of mild astringency, bright coppery color and, most importantly - perfect for use as the base tea of our flavored teas. (We have tested teas from various other origins around the world as base stock for our flavored teas, but none of these teas made the grade.) Dimbula and the western estates of Nuwara Eliya have a major quality peak during Jan/Feb, whereas Uva and the eastern estates of Nuwara Eliya have their peak in July/Aug. This ‘dual peak period’ allow us to buy the best for our flavored tea blends several times during the year, ensuring top quality and freshness.
- We use flavoring oils not crystals to give the tea drinker an olfactory holiday before indulging in a liquid tea treat.
- We specify natural flavors. High quality tea tastes good and natural flavors do not mask the natural taste of the high grown Ceylon tea. (The norm for many making flavored tea is to use overpowering artificial flavors, which can be used to hide lower quality tea). Natural flavors do not leave an aftertaste giving the tea a clean and true character. It should be noted that natural flavors tend to be somewhat ‘soft ‘ and the flavors slightly muted, but for many this is a refreshing change and one of the desired attributes of our naturally flavored teas.