The combination of peppermint leaf production and the wonderful Hysson flavoured organic Azores tea, from the only tea plantation in Europe.
Maintaining the original traditions of planting the Camellia Senensis by an ancestral asian method, this tea qualities have been preserved for 5 generations since 1883 in Azores. Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean nine hundred miles west of the mainland Portugal.
After plucking the delicate leaves are sorted and cleaned and are either steamed or fried depending on the green tea, then under go the drying phase on delicate trays with the fresh ocean air adding a unique fragrant scent to the precious leaves.
It is scientifically proven that green tea is very beneficial for health as it contains flavonoids, which act against bad cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and some types of cancer. Has a relaxing effect, unlike the black tea that has a more stimulating effect.
This blend tea has the power of the Hyssen green tea known for its cleansing properties and peppermint leaf that is known for the regulatation and balance of the intestinal flora with antiseptic and toning properties contributes to a real fat elimination.
An exquisite product so peculiar and exotic as its green and volcanic island located in the Atlantic Ocean from where these magnificent tea leaves come. Due to its natural richness in tannins and antioxidants, this tea is known for its proven health benefits. The right tea to be enjoyed at any time of day,in a hot cup, or as a natural drink or very chilled, on the hottest days.
This tea comes from the combination of the green tea Hysson da Gorreana with peppermint produced by Santa Casa da Misericórdia da Maia under the solidarity project - Três Pontas
Visited by thousands annually, Gorreana's tea plantation and museum located in the county of Ribeira Grande is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of fresh picked tea while admiring the original 'Marshalls' machinery that dates back to the 1840's. The scent of fresh tea and exotic flowers alongside sweeping ocean views is a paradise just as rare as the tea from these historic mineral rich Gorreana Mountains.
The thirty-two hectar of the Chá Gorreana tea plantation are the only place in all of Europe where tea is cultivated. Nowadays the plantation produces roughly 40 tons of the acclaimed tea annually, most of which is shipped to mainland and Europe.
The tea at Gorreana is harvested and packed following the original methods. The leaves are hand picked and then sorted by local women. The leaves are then dried in trays stored in the attic, wilted, fermented and then dried again. This process creates black tea; green tea is produced from the same leaves, but they’re steamed early in the process to stop their fermentation, a process and knowledge technics that makes the whole difference in the final flavour of these four varieties of tea from Azores.
Most people don't associate Europe with tea production however it does take place and has a very important history that dates back centuries. Portugal was the first european country to encounter tea, to import and to grow it for commercial purposes, the pioneers of an industry that has deep roots in european history and hundreds of cultures worldwide.
A true knowledge to european history and culture brought to the Azores back in 1878 by two Chinese horticulturists from the former Portuguese colony of Macau and preserved by 5th generations owners.
For the best cup of tea - As soon as the water starts boiling, remove it from the heat. Overheating the water causes the tea to taste flat. Immediately pour the water into the pot, cover, and let stand. If using green tea, allow the water to cool slightly before pouring onto the leaves
If you add lemon and sugar to your tea, add the sugar first, since the citric acid from the lemon will prevent the sugar from dissolving. Milk is often used in full-bodied black teas such as Broken Leaf Tea. Don't use cream as it interferes with the taste of the tea. Also, do not use milk with green tea (most teas are better without milk). Adding a little honey to tea is a personal preference, but it is a delicious way of sweetening your tea.
Tea to be truly enjoyed must be sealed properly! Teas are very easily affected by other scents-which could alter the quality of a good tea. People often notice that their teas have picked up other scents from surrounding foods and spices.
Grown hundreds of miles away from industrial pollution using traditional farming methods, when you open your package of Gorreana tea the first thing you will notice is the aroma of the high quality tea leave. Fresh, never tainted!