Northwest Alder Leaf Reserve
Northwest Alder Leaf Reserve
Northwest Alder Leaf Reserve
Northwest Alder Leaf Reserve
Northwest Alder Leaf Reserve
Northwest Alder Leaf Reserve
Northwest Alder Leaf Reserve
Northwest Alder Leaf Reserve

Northwest Alder Leaf Reserve


14 reviews

With international travel on pause, our Head Teamaker, Ravi Kroesen has turned to our own “backyard” in the Pacific Northwest to continue his hunt for the extraordinary. We are proud to showcase this domestic tea grown right here in Northwest that has never been available to the public until this moment. It will come as no surprise that North American teamakers are pushing the envelope on traditional tea cultivation techniques.

Crafted by the hands of Mr. Henger, this is a domestic tea like nothing else in the world. The buds and young leaves are harvested from wild Pacific Northwest Alder trees and processed using Chinese black tea techniques. A true micro-batch innovation with notes of rose, pine resin and sun-dried tomatoes. American teamaking at its finest.

Origin: Chehalis, Washington
Elevation: 250 Feet
Variety: Red Alder
Teamaker: Balazs Henger
Harvest: Early May, 2020

Click here to read more about this exceptional offering and click here to read our interview with teamaker Balazs Henger.

Tasting Notes:

Rose, pine resin, sun-dried tomatoes

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Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
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John L.
United States United States
I recommend this product

A very unique and complex flavor. I would enjoy having the caffeine.

Darce P.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Northwest Red Alder Leaf Reserve

Special tea that is very compelling. I had to order more.

Patricia J.
United States United States
Who Knew?

Completely unexpectedly tasty. I had no idea what to think about tree leaves as tea leaves. What a relaxing, delightful warm, light bevvie. I'll bet it's super good chilled, too. You should try it. I shouldn't have been surprised since alder wood smoke makes salmon taste delicious, too!

Gail G.
United States United States
Very interesting tea

Very intriguing herbal tea - almost flowery flavor.

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Kristopher Z.
United States United States
Uniquely Northwestern

When I'd heard that Smith tea had taken something like Red Alder leaves, the same leaves from trees I encounter frequently on my hikes in the PNW, my curiosity was piqued and I had to try it. I've had many different types of tea. Mostly from China, which are from Camellia sinensis. The multitude of ways that plant can be processed and create unexpected flavors gave me some optimism for the ways that Alnus rubra could be processed. Native Americans have been using this tree for a variety of medicinal, and other uses. It's fitting that we rediscover this plant. These days tea from China can take months to arrive, so I appreciate the creativity put forth into a local product. The results are stunning. Like drinking scotch after smelling peat in the air, you can smell and taste the essence of alder in the tea which is a similar scent if you've spent time around the trees themselves. There are big hints of rose as well as altogether pleasant sweet and floral essences of the tree. There's no detectable bitterness from the leaves. I would take this tea if I was in the mood for an oolong, over a more bitter pu-erh, or a malty black. The leaves themselves are whole, so you do have to guess a bit as to the amount suitable for a cup, but they also make the flavor profile complete. I hope that this tea can be made into a staple at Smith. I love that they're selling a tea that is uniquely northwestern, and comes from something that I encounter nearly every day.


Spring Harvested Red Alder Leaf

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Reserve No. 202: The second tea in our 2nd Reserve Series. Also, our first-ever domestic tea release.


For Western brewing, this tea can be brewed for single infusions using 2.5 grams of tea (or a big pinch, the leaves are quite large) per 8 ounces of 195 degree water and steeped for five minutes.

For gaiwan brewing, place 7 grams of tea leaves into 150 ml (5 ounce) gaiwan. Bring spring or freshly drawn filtered water to a boil (212 degrees). Fill your gaiwan to the top and let the leaves steep for 10-20 seconds. Set the strainer on top of the decanter and pour the tea out of the gaiwan with the lid slightly askew, without allowing the tea leaves to escape. Serve into small cups and repeat this process at least 4-5 times and notice how the tea leaves change in flavor over each infusion. Learn more about gaiwan service here