What is Ice Wine Tea?

First, lets discuss what is "Ice Wine"?  Ice wine is produced when the grape is frozen solid on the vine and harvested at a maximum temperature of -10 degrees Celsius.  The frozen grapes are then pressed and the result exudes aromas of apricot and honey with a fine balance between fruit flavors, sweetness and acidity.  Ice wine ends up a golden color, or deep rich amber and has a very sweet taste of apricot, peach, melon or other sweet fruits.  The rules of true ice wine (governed by VQA) state the grapes must be naturally frozen - never artificially frozen.  Ice Wine is typically made of Vidal grapes, normally used to produce a table wine.  It has a relatively thick skin enabling the grape clusters to withstand the elements.  Ice wine is difficult to produce - not only do the grapes have to withstand the elements - but the crows and other birds find Vidal grapes particularly tasty.  After the "fight" with the elements and birds, the grapes go through weeks weeks of fermentation followed by a few months of barrel aging. 

We only use teas from the top 3 tea growing regions of Sri Lanka - Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva.  Dimbula and the western estates of Nuwara Eliya have a major quality peak during Jan/Feb, whereas Uva and the eastern estates of Nuwara Eliya have their peak in July/Aug.  This dual peak period allows us to buy the best for our flavored tea several times a year.  These high-grown districts produce teas that have classic "Ceylon" tea character, noted by floral bouquet and flavor notes, touches of astringency and bright coppery color.  Perfect as the base of flavored teas.  (We taste tested teas from various other origins around the world as base for our flavored teas, but none made the grade.)  Flavoring oils, not artificial crystals, give the tea drinker high quality tea that tastes amazing.

Ice Wine Tea is available here: https://perfectbodytea.com/products/icewine

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