Seventh Heaven tea lives up to its name in more ways than one. Besides the fact that it is full of pure flavour and blended with the fruity notes of melon and tropical fruit, this tea is warm and invigorating for the chill that accompanies the turn of the season. True to its name, this tea is like a taste of sheer heaven and as cold winds blow through our part of the world and chase the last of the winter clouds away, the fruity bouquet of this beautiful brew can make your day.
But where did this splendid tea originate? Here’s a compilation of facts on the ingredients of Seventh Heaven Tea which is a special blend of fruit and black tea.
A historical perspective
Historians believe that black tea originated in China and was called ‘red tea’ at the time. Its origin can be traced back to the late Ming dynasty of 1590 when the first tea in this category was first produced in the Fujian province. This region was the Lapsang and the tea leaves of the region were called the Lapsang Souchong. But it was only in 1875, that black tea grew in popularity when it was made in the region of Qimen. A native of Guixi in southern Qimen named Hu Yuanlong went to the Fujian province to learn the secrets and the art of making black tea. When he came back to Qimen, he began producing his own black tea and set up factories to do so. As the soil in this region was perfect for this tea and the climate was warm and moist, the tea leaves of Keemun tea were superb. It was so good that its fame grew and soon the tea became popular around the world. Even today, it is considered the ‘king of black tea.’
Fruit teas are called infusions because a number of flavours seep into these beverages to make them special. On an average, a fruit tea may contain up to nine ingredients, all of which play an important role in making the tea unique. These flavours could range from melon, orange, cherry, apple, raspberry, strawberry and peach. These teas, also known as tisanes, are made the same way as black tea but are infused with different kinds of fruit and then dried. As they can be consumed both hot and cold, these teas are always a popular choice among tea lovers.
Types and traditions
Seventh Heaven tea, which is essentially a cocktail of black tea, melon extracts and dried tropical fruit is both invigorating and wholesome. This tea is bursting with flavour and chock full of goodness too.
Black tea is more oxidized than green, oolong and white tea. It is stronger in flavour and retains its taste for several years. These teas are processed in different ways, either by the CTC (Crush, Tear and Curl) method, made especially for teabags and the Orthodox processing method which is done by machines or by hand. In the Orthodox method, the leaves are rolled by hand or mechanically with a rolling table.
The tea leaves, that are manufactured by either of the methods, is sorted into grades with the use of sieves. In the case of Seventh Heaven, it is infused with fruit to create its special flavour.
Brewing the perfect cup
The best way to make this tea is to bring fresh, filtered water to a boil. Make sure the water is really hot. Steep the tea bags for one or two minutes. You might not need to sweeten this brew further as it contains fruit infusions. Seventh Heaven is Sublime’s in-house blend of black Nilgiri Tea or Blue Mountain tea leaves which yields a fine aroma, smooth texture and golden hues with a gentle berry aftertaste.
Pour out a cup, sit back and sip slowly. The taste is rich and as beautiful as the tea itself. Enjoy!