Bewley's Original Blend in a box of 80 tea bags.
To create their Original Blend Tea, Bewley's uses tea leaves from Africa, Kenya and Rwanda, as well as the Assam valley in India. Bewleys blend tea leaves from these countries and regions to create a specific taste. Bewley's Original Blend is 100% tea leaves.
Bewley's Original Blend Tea brews a rich brown color and has strong and richly satisfying taste.
It comes only in tea bags. The only tea bags available are the traditional square shape.
Plus, it is an award-winning tea. Bewleys Original Blend won a gold medal at the 2010 Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards.
As a black tea, it is best to add a dash of milk and sweetener (sugar, honey or whatever you choose). Although it says afternoon, the tea can be consumed any time of day. To make the best Bewleys Original Blend, steep the tea for 3 to 5 minutes.
Actually, Original Blend is part of Bewley's Traditional Blend series and is popular with tea drinkers in Ireland. Other Bewleys Teas, like Irish Breakfast, are produced mostly for export.
In tea making, cupping means to taste and evaluate tea leaves for such factors and aroma, body, briskness, color and more. This is required to discover the qualities of the tea so consistent blends can be produced. As a natural product, tea leaves from the same geographic region can taste vastly different. This steps means the tea consistently taste the same and is of a good quality.
First, Bewley's visits tea growers across India's Assam region as well as Rwanda and Kenya in Africa to begin selecting the best tea leaves to use for Original Blend. Bewleys examines tea leaves for appearance, taste, color, strength and briskness.
Then, Bewleys Master Tea Blender gets samples different varieties of tea. These samples are then reviewed for leaf size and quality. A thorough cupping is then conducted. Bewleys even has a dedicated cupping room so outside distractions can be eliminated. The best teas are then chosen and Bewleys purchases these from tea growers. Upon arrival at the Bewleys facility in Dublin, Ireland, the Original Blend can be created.
Then, the best tea leaves are purchased and shipped back to Bewley's plant in Dublin, Ireland. After arrival in Ireland, the tea leaves are tasted again to ensure they taste the same as they did before purchase at the tea estate.
Now comes the hard part. How do you blend tea from different regions to get the same taste in every cup of Bewleys Original Blend Tea. Adding to the complexity is that fact that each crop of tea can vary in taste. Weather may alter the taste of it may not be possible to obtain from the same tea estates every year. But, the tea leaves have to be blended to ensure the same taste every time a cup of Bewleys Original Blend is consumed.
Bewleys Master Blender has to adjust the type of tea leaves and the volume of tea leaves. Bewleys keep samples of previous blends to ensure the taste is consistent. This text first appeared on teadog.com for Bewleys Original Blend Tea.