We generally ship via US Postal Service first class or priority mail This service can be a quick as overnight and up to 3 days in the lower 48. They even deliver on Saturdays. For 9 ounces and up the postage is $5.39 - a great value considering the price of gas and your valuable time. Since most teas are $3.50 an ounce, 12 ounces of tea will get you free shipping.
Please contact us for other countries. We can quote you shipping.
1 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. Fluffy leaves like some Oolongs, use 2 teaspoons. For stronger tea use more tea.
There is no hard and fast rules on steeping except over steeping may make tea bitter. If you are unsure, try cooler water and shorter steeping times.
Below are general steeping instructions. For best results, follow the steeping instructions that came with your tea.
To estimate water temperature use a thermometer or wait a 2-3 minutes after the water stops boiling. Then the water temperature should be about 165- 185 F. You can gauge water temperature by looking at the bubbles forming at the bottom of the tea kettle. When pin size bubbles form, the water temperature is about 185F. To take the guess work out of water temperatures, try our electric tea kettle.
|Tea Type||Steeping Temperature||Steeping Time|
|White Tea||170-185 F||1-3 minutes|
|Green Tea||170-185 F||2-3 minutes|
|Oolong Tea||170-190 F||2-3 minutes|
|Black Tea||200-212 F||3-5 minutes|
|Tisanes||212 F||4-7 minutes|
Fruit and herbal teas are also referred to as tisanes.
People have read signs into the rare and the beautiful for as long as recorded history has existed. This unique blend: Osprey Organic Gunpowder is an organic green tea. That's fact. But beyond the fact, beyond the outer: what secrets might we take?
Take a moment to imagine the Osprey: this tea's chosen animal signifier. What can we conclude from this pairing of item with imagery? The Osprey flies high, first and foremost: it's visible. Reliable. Like an organic tea, it is a thing of nature that one can observe but does not tame.
Can things be divined from observing such a thing of beauty? Ask the dwellers of this tea's native Zhejiang, China. You might here that an Osprey is a sign of weather. Or that the number of the birds dictates a broader contentment...or restlessness...in the air. It's a bird of prey. Is there something of an edge to this tea – something not ordinary about the typically polite flavor collection of a green tea?
Osprey Organic Gunpowder comes pelleted: the leaves balled and partially unmoistened before firing. Their appearance led to their English name, and it also belies the immediacy of this tea's flavor: a right-to-the-point garden green; somewhat astringent, not one to languish or build.
The juices have been raised during the pellet rolling, so the brewed tea is unique in its insistence. Green tea lovers will delight, and those new to the green branch of tisanal exploration may find this the one that makes them understand why such value is given to a blend like Organic Osprey Gunpowder.
Base leaf: Green tea
Health properties: Antioxidant qualities known.
Flavor strength: Medium, darker green, quick-setting. Flush and precise.