Guangdong Province, China
Imagine shards of fallen stalactites on a pristine cavernous underfoot, these golden crystal sugar lumps are made for tea enthusiasts seeking sweetness but with minimal intervention.
Absent are the obtrusive caramel flavours often associated with other types of sugars. Rock sugar offers a cleaner, lighter, and straight saccharine flavour compared to many of its more refined, granulated counterparts.
It also dissolves, easily (1:2 rock sugar to hot water) for a simple syrup that’s an ideal accompaniment to iced-teas and tea cocktails.
Rock sugar is commonly used as a light, low-viscosity syrup for Asian desserts and drinks. Not overly sweet, it’s nature is to simply highlight the ’hero’ ingredients, this case being tea.