Black flavored Tea Blend inspired by the fresh and clear air, the scent and the atmosphere in the northern Thai highlands
In 2014, master tea blender Kenneth Rimdahl, an expert in the Hamburg school of tea blending and flavoring with 20 years of experience in his trade, has come to Chiang Mai to establish Monsoon Teas and bring new blessings to the teas of north Thailand with his art by developing a Thai-themed flavored tea blend line on the basis of north Thailand’s fine teas.
SiamTeas has started a cooperation with Kenneth and Monsoon Teas to create a dedicated line of flavored Thai tea blends, combining selected green, Oolong and black teas from north Thailand with local fruit, flowers, herbs and spices and other natural aroma agents (essential oils) to reflect not only the character of Thai teas, but also the Thai culture and feel as a whole as well as particular theme aspects thereof. The resulting choice of eight flavored Siam/Monsoon Thai Tea Blends, which we proudly offer in Siam Tea Shop, is a list of true masterpieces of artisan tea blending, conquering the heart of any tea lover or gourmet at first try, whether enjoyed hot or as a delicious and refreshing ice tea beverage.
Hillside Blend is a flavored Thai Tea Blend inspired by the bright and clear mountain atmosphere in the mountainous landscapes of north Thailand, whose taste in the savorer’s mind inevitably evokes the backdrop of forest- and cropland-covered mountains, whose gentle shapes and rounded tops unite with the horizon in the far distance. It is also here, where in Fang district, at altitudes just beyond 1000 meter, the black tea used to create this delicious tea blend is collected by members of the local Lahu hilltribe from ancient semi-wild tea trees.
The flavored tea blend of black tea and a carefully selected mix of fruit and spices*, such as cranberry, ginger, apple, strawberry and cherry captures the freshness of the air, the clarity of the atmosphere, the scent and the feel of the northern Thai highlands, inhabited by mountain tribes, ethnic Shan, north Thais and people of Chinese origin. The tea has refreshing, invigorating effects on body and mind, uplifts the mood and indulges the senses of any savorer with each new dive into the perfect Fata Morgana of a subtropical mountain landscape.
Hillside Blend Black is a delicious tea beverage enjoyed either hot or as iced tea tea, where the fruity-sweet, lightly spiced flavors of the aromatic ingredients unite in perfect harmony with the full bodied, round taste of the black tea. Savoring this tea will guide your senses right to the bright and friendly place, where this tea has been harvested and where this flavored tea blend has been conceived and created.
Pour 1 l boiling hot water (90°C-100°C) over 10 grams of Hillside Blend Black Flavored Tea Blend dry tea leaves, best in a glass tea pot, and leave for 3-5 minutes. Then sieve and enjoy right away as a stimulating and aromatic hot tea or let cool down and/or add some ice cubes to receive a refreshing and invigorating ice tea beverage. When enjoyed as ice tea, we recommend adding a slice of lemon and a little honey or rock sugar, while some splashes of lemon juice and a bit of honey or rock candy are also a good option to further refine your hot tea’s taste experience.
* added flavors are natural fruit and spices and their essential oils