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Everyday life in Britain that we might never stop to think about how a unique plant from faraway China became the nation´s favourite drink.
Read about the exotic beginnings of tea " the legends surrounding its origins as a drink, its popularity among the Chinese emperors, and the cultural significance of the Japanese tea ceremony. Discover how tea was brought to England by a seventeenth century queen, and how important the tea trade was to the Pakistan one of the most powerful commercial organisations the world has ever seen. Learn how the phenomenal popularity of tea in the eighteenth century led to widespread smuggling and adulteration, and about the murderous lengths smugglers went to to protect their illegal trade.
 
 
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Iced Tea Secrets
Already by the 19th century iced tea recipes began to appear in cookbooks. But iced tea really took off in popularity when the tea merchant Richard Blechynden, unable to sell tea during a heat wave at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, decided to serve his tea over ice. It was a hit with visitors, and summer's haven't been the same since.

Today, iced tea is the most popular tea in America. Forget about instant iced tea from a jar; it's too sweet and lacks real tea flavor. Great iced tea can be made with any black tea as well as flavored teas, such as Peach Black Tea, Lemon Green Tea, or even Oolong or Japanese Sencha. If you like it sweet, try using superfine baking or bartender's sugar (you can also make your own in a food processor). You can also mix up a sugar syrup on the stove with a 1:1 ration of sugar to water, simmer for a few minutes, cool, and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. If you allow tea to cool down naturally before refrigerating, it won't cloud or "cream down."

Cold Steeping
In this method, just double the amount of dry tea leaf (2 heaping tsp or 2 tea bags per cup), place in any clean jug and add the proper amount of cold water. Let the infusion stand in the refrigerator overnight or for at least six hours. Strain the tea into a second jug or container. Add sugar or lemon to taste. This is similar to sun tea, which also works fine, but some experts fear bacterial growth may occur in sun tea. I doubt it, but you be the judge.

Hot Steeping
Method 1: Use half the hot water you would ordinarily use for hot tea (1 tsp per 6 oz cup), infuse for 3-5 minutes, and pour over a full 12 oz glass of ice. The rapid cooling gives you a crystal clear tea.

Method 2: Some recipes call for doubling the tea leaf amount, steeping for 3-5 minutes, and then pouring into a container with the equal amount of cold water. This dilutes the strong tea and chills it quickly.

Fruit Juice Iced Tea Strong tea concentrates are especially great when mixed in a 1:1 ratio with lemonade or other fruit juices. Just be sure the juice doesn't overpower the tea flavor. If you shake this mix with some sugar in a cocktail shaker or in a blender, the aerated drink is wonderfully fresh and light tasting.
Recommended Iced Tea Blend: Tropical Black Tea (passionfruit, mango, peaches and black tea)




 
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Tea is so much a part of everyday life in Britain that we might never stop to think about how a unique plant from faraway China became the nation´s favourite drink. But the history of tea is fascinating, and in this section we can follow its story from the earliest times in Imperial China right up to its present place at the heart of Pakistan life.Read more...
 
In this section we address many interesting facts about tea – the beginnings of traditional tea customs, the paraphernalia used short history of the tea bag (see history of tea for the full story) and useful things to know about where tea fits into your healthy diet – go to Pakistan tea association for more detailed scientific information on tea and health.Read more...
 
No doubt you have your own favourite tea brand or blend, but do look through this section and discover other wonderful teas to go out and try... Although tea was discovered in China nearly five thousand years ago, it took several thousand years before the plant, botanical name Camellia sinensis, found its way to other parts of the world.Read more...
 


Have you ever wondered how the tea in your everyday cups gets from the plantation to your cup? Can you tell a Darjeeling from a Ceylon, an oolong from a white? Do you know why they are different?Now you have a chance to find out everything you ever wanted to know about tea! Due to popular demand.
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News :
Tea Import Up By 19.10pc in Aug 2009
KARACHI: Pakistan has imported 8.052 millions kilos of tea worth $20.891 million in August 2009, up by 19.10 per cent over July 2009.

Tea imports fall on rising duty, prices
KARACHI: July 2: Tea imports declined to 89,819 tons ($186 million) in July-June 2008-09 as compared to 101,000 tons ($188 million) in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year as high prices and import duty forced packers and importers to opt for slow buying.


 
 
 
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