Although this tea has only been cultivated for a short time in Northern Turkey on the slopes of the Pont Mountains (the first plantation was founded here after the Second World War), it has won itself a reputation for highly distinctive character and great popularity.
Red, strongly aromatic, finely powdered tea, which is dark red-brown in the cup if the correct way of making it is followed, and has a slightly sweetish taste with intoxicating effects. It is something like a cordial, without the alcohol and is often enjoyed in evenings after meals. Serve with sugar.
This tea is made as a concentrate which is then diluted with hot water in a ratio of 1:3. We first put 30-50g of tea into a warmed and dried Turkish pot, and heat it on low heat for about 15 minutes to release the oils, constantly stirring it. Then we scald the tea with 1.5 l (48 oz) of boiling water and leave it to steep for 15 minutes. We pour the tea through a sieve and add boiling water (1:3) and the cordial is ready. We serve the cordial in what is known as a “Turkish set” or in Turkish 0.1 l (3.2 oz) glasses.
Price $ 4.00 per 1.00 oz