Ontario Icewine

$6.25

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Smooth and silky with light Riesling and berry notes. The thick sweet grapey character of ice wine partnered with Pai mu tan white tea makes a natural after dinner dessert tea.

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The complex method for making Ontario ice wine is modeled after the centuries old techniques for making German Eiswein. (The first ice wines were produced in Germany about 700 years ago.) According to Canadian law, in order to be considered true Ice Wine, all grapes must be harvested after the first hard freeze at a minimum of -8 degrees Celsius.

Freezing temperature is key. If it doesn't come quickly enough in the season the grapes can rot. If it is too severe, the grapes will become to hard and no juice can be extracted. In order to retain their sweet flavor, the harvested grapes need to be pressed immediately while still frozen. The pressed juice is thick and sugary, much like the wine produced after fermentation!

Brewing Instructions:

Bring filtered or spring water to 180°F. Add 1.5 tsp of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 4 minutes.

Other Brewing Options:

This is a test of other brewing instructions

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Origin:

Grown around 3000 feet above sea level in Fu-ding, Fujian Province, China

Smooth and silky with light Riesling and berry notes. The thick sweet grapey character of ice wine partnered with Pai mu tan white tea makes a natural after dinner dessert tea.

Extra Info:

The complex method for making Ontario ice wine is modeled after the centuries old techniques for making German Eiswein. (The first ice wines were produced in Germany about 700 years ago.) According to Canadian law, in order to be considered true Ice Wine, all grapes must be harvested after the first hard freeze at a minimum of -8 degrees Celsius.

Freezing temperature is key. If it doesn't come quickly enough in the season the grapes can rot. If it is too severe, the grapes will become to hard and no juice can be extracted. In order to retain their sweet flavor, the harvested grapes need to be pressed immediately while still frozen. The pressed juice is thick and sugary, much like the wine produced after fermentation!

Brewing Instructions:

Bring filtered or spring water to 180°F. Add 1.5 tsp of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 4 minutes.

Other Brewing Options:

This is a test of other brewing instructions

Ingredients:

Origin:

Grown around 3000 feet above sea level in Fu-ding, Fujian Province, China

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3/15/2013

Sampling this, I was very impressed with the flavor. I'm not usually a fan of white teas by any stretch of the imagination, but Ontario Ice Wine is quite the exception. It truly tastes like ice wine, and the flavor bursts forth beautifully. It's expensive, but I will probably be buying a big canister of this stuff to keep in my cupboard. It's that good.

(3)

5 Stars
4/11/2011

This is perhaps my favorite white tea. I'm usually not a fan of flavored teas -- normally I'm more of a silver needle kind of girl. But the icewine is light and refreshing without being cloying or overdone, and the smell is just enticing.

(2)

5 Stars
10/24/2011

This was one of the least favorite teas I've ever tried. Too perfumey for my taste. BUT, I salvaged it by mixing with an apricot green and a pure green and it worked fine.

(2)

1 Stars
4/10/2011

Of all the tea I do consume the "Ontario Icewine" is by far one of my favorites.. I usually make an entire tea pot, so I can have it on ice later on in the day.. Yum and very floral...

(1)

5 Stars
1/4/2016

With a slight perfume, this grape (and I do mean grape) tinged white tea has a scent and flavour to rival them all. A heavy brew unleashes light grassy notes with a flowering burst of grape skin and sweetness. Like a tea infused with a sweet pinot grigio. You'd swear you're standing over a plate of cut fruit or sipping a warm moscato.

(0)

4 Stars
11/17/2017

This might be my top tea. The flavor is so... its hard to describe, its mild but complex at the same time. I never tire of this one, it tastes like winter just before spring (a real winter, not a NM one...). I'm not sure how to describe it but its fantastic. King of the fruity green/white teas for me.

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5 Stars
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