Valentine’s Day Gift Guide
We’ve been on a serious floral kick here at Smith Tea recently, so finding the perfect bouquet for your Valentine is easier than ever this year. Because of the popularity of our Signature Line No. 1912 Rose City Genmaicha––a flawless marriage between savory brown rice, traditional Japanese sencha, Chinese Mao Feng tea, and ethereal rose petals––we created three new blends with our sweetly-scented pink and red rose petal botanicals this year. Prepare to sweep your loved one’s off their feet with the enthralling flavors and aromas of these blends!
Below we've prepared a list of teas and gifts that will make a wonderful V-day gift for anyone: partners, friends, yourself... and don’t forget Mom!
United by our mutual love of tea, we collaborated with actresses Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) and Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights) to produce one of our allstar herbal infusions, No. 22 Nancy and Beth, named after these ladies’ music project (Nancy and Beth). This dreamy composition of delicate rose petals, osmanthus, cyani, chamomile, savory licorice and ginger is enough to make anyone’s heart (and palette) soar. It tastes like the International Rose Test Garden was condensed into a tea cup, so you can make giving your partner roses by the dozen a daily ritual.
To celebrate our eternal love for our founder, Steven Smith, we created our Limited Release No. 09 Founder’s Blend, a blend as bountiful as Steve’s legacy, that includes Assam, 1st and 2nd flush Darjeeling, osmanthus, sarsaparilla and rose petals. This thoughtful blend combines the aromatics of an alpine wildflower meadow with the robust flavors of Darjeeling’s most refined tea estates. What’s more, this gift spreads the love around, as $5 from every purchase of Founder’s Blend is contributed to enriching the lives of children in Darjeeling, India as part of our partnership with Broadleaf.
Finally, we’ve brought back a real tea-lover’s heartthrob, our No. 2/14 Lover’s Leap. Originally created by Steve Smith himself, this fabulous Seasonal Blend produces the perfect harmony of flavors by combining floral Ceylon black tea plucked in Sri Lanka’s breathtaking highlands, our unparalleled citrus-forward Italian Bergamot oil, and a welcome dash of pink rose petals and lovingly hand-sorted chamomile flowers. To show our love for our loyal followers, we’ve put together a unique V-day gift package: a 4oz package of Lover’s Leap and a Smith Teapot.
If you’ve got a serious tea-lover in your life, you can kick their Valentine’s Day up a notch with one of Smith Tea’s truly singular Single Origin Reserve Series Teas. Let our Forever Fragrance––a delicate, silver-tipped leaf from the mountains of Southwest China with swirling notes of buttermilk and rock sugar––speak to the unfading love you feel for them. Or, consider our Black Peony, one of the most complex flowers in Smith’s proverbial garden, this extraordinary black tea has notes of violet and chocolate, making the perfect aperitif for a Valentine’s Day meal.
Speaking of aperitifs, we teamed up with Woodblock Chocolate to create a trio of Enfleurage chocolates using three of our most intensely flavorful teas: Peppermint, Masala Chai, and Big Hibiscus. What’s Enfleurage you may ask? It’s a technique for scenting chocolates discovered by French chocolatiers in the 18th Century, who wanted to perfume chocolate using the exquisite scents of French wildflowers and spices. “Resting” Woodblock’s chocolates in our signature teas and botanicals allows the solid fats in the chocolate to absorb the flavors of our sharp, refreshing Peppermint, our delightfully tart Big Hibiscus, and our robustly spicy and satisfying Masala Chai. The French are known for their expertise in both chocolate and amour, so you can’t go wrong by adding these tasteful and tasty treats to your Valentine’s gift bag.
If you need a rosy cup of tea to brighten someone’s mornings this Spring, we’ve got you covered with our No. 22 Nancy and Beth, our Limited Release No. 09 Founder’s Blend, or our No. 2/14 Lover’s Leap. If you’re looking for something for a tea-lover with a taste for uncommon teas, try our Single Origin Reserve Series Teas. And if your Valentine loves all things chocolate, get ready to wow them with our trio of Enfleurage Woodblock tasting chocolates. Happy Velentine's Day!