Nannup Forest Fresh, our very own Houseblend 1

Tea lover: Where do you get all your teas from?

Me: Teas come from where they're grown. Generally most black teas come from India, Sri Lanka, Darjeeling, some from China. Green teas from China and Japan. Rooibos and Honeybush from South Africa, Yerba mate from South America. Herbs from everywhere, as long as they're certified organic or pesticide free.

Tea lover: Do you import them all?

Me: No. I have suppliers with proper licenses who take care of that, some teas are also grown in Australia but they need to be regulated. I don't and can't retail teas and herbs from my backyard, or my friends' backyards, because they need to be approved for public food consumption. The only teas here that I deal direct with the farmers are the local teas, Southern Forest Green Sencha and Southern Forest Lemon Myrtle. I have also blended these two super fresh local produce into a stunning refreshing and uplifting blend which I've named Nannup Forest Fresh, because it simply smells like our southwest forest, and embodies the calmness of nature in this part of our world.

Tea lover: So what is this Nannup Forest Fresh? What is this green Sencha and Lemon Myrtle blend?

Tea lover: What is Sencha?

Me: Sencha is green tea, that has been processed the Japanese way. Green teas are non oxidised teas as opposed to oxidised teas like the blacks (both greens and blacks are leaves from the same species, the Camelia sinensis). To prevent oxidation, the Japanese tend to steam the leaves, producing a flatter, glossier texture, and smooth brew with grassy notes. The Chinese tend to pan fry (dry) or oven dry their leaves to prevent the oxidation. For these reasons the greens are higher in antioxidants than black teas. Also for these reasons, green teas are more delicate hence should be brewed using off-boiled water only (70-80'C). Lemon myrtle is a native Australian plant (Backhousia citriodora) with a sweet and fresh lemon scented aroma rich with beneficial health properties.

Tea lover: So this local blend is grown and processed here? The Lemon Myrtle too?

Me: Yes. Ron and Maria Kemp own and run the tea farm in Northcliff and Sarah and Simon Green own and run the Southern Forest Honey in Nannup, but they also grow Lemon Myrtle. Both are licensed producers.

Tea lover: Can I purchase the Sencha and Lemon myrtle individually?

Me: You most certainly can.

Tea lover: Oh but the Nannup Forest Fresh blend smells so divine!

Me: Yes it does. Tastes divine too! That's the purpose of blending. Blending produces a more powerful effect, both in flavours, textures and properties. Not all single teas can or should be blended. Some, it would be criminal to blend them. Some however, complement each other in a  blend. This blend has the refreshing and uplifting Lemon Myrtle that's excellent for your immune, respiratory and nervous system, along with the antioxidant packed super fresh Sencha straight from the local fields.

So beautiful tea lovers, if you still haven't tried it, this month's Featured Tea blend, Nannup Forest Fresh, is one of our best sellers. They can't come any fresher than this. When I receive them from the farmers, often it's literally like they've just been picked and dried. The aroma of freshness that wafts out of the bags as I open them and then blend them, makes me feel so fortunate to live in this beautiful region.

How to brew this blend: Brew at about 70-80'C  (or let boiled water in the kettle sit to cool for about 2mins) before pouring into your teapot or mug.

Steep time: Green Sencha is best enjoyed with shorter steep time and more rounds. Experience the tea developing itself in flavour, texture, colour, notes and aroma. Never let any brew of green tea or sencha sit in a teapot for hours. Boiling water and over brewing will scorch and burn the delicate leaves and suck all the tannins out, making it bitter. Maximum steep time should only be about 2mins. If you're brewing the Eastern way (gongfu style) use smaller teapot and cups, brew up to 8 rounds with only 10-20 seconds steep time for each round.

When is it best to drink this tea: Green sencha contains caffeine as much as it's packed with antioxidants, so if you're hypersensitive to caffeine, avoid during the latter part of the day. Otherwise this blend can be drunk anytime , anywhere. It's uplifting so in the morning, it'll help you begin your day with a smile and a skip. Or at mid day when you need a little lift, or in the evening (if you're not sensitive to caffeine) when you need a little lift after a wearing day.

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