Spring harvested full leaf Mao Feng Chinese green tea, Pacific Northwest spearmint leaves and Australian lemon myrtle.
Steve Smith’s age when he got his first Fez.
For best flavor, bring spring or freshly drawn filtered water to 185 degrees. Steep 1 sachet or 1 heaping tsp (2.6 g) loose leaf for three minutes. Use an official Smith sun dial to be sure of absolute accuracy.
- Select an Ingredient:
- Lemon Myrtle
- mao feng
- spearmint leaves
Lemon Myrtle is commercially grown in Eastern Australia and the evergreen bush can be cultivated multiple times per year. It provides the unmistakable citrus notes in our Fez, Meadow, and Big Hibiscus teas.
Northern Rivers Region
The Northern Rivers Region is located in the far northeast of New South Wales in Australia, 500 km north of Sydney, Australia. Once on the decline, it has now been revitalized through niche crops (like Lemon Myrtle), hobby farming and tourism. We'd also like to think it was partly due to some of the fabulously named areas in the region, like the Gold Coast and Nightcap National Park. Camping anyone?
Chinese Green Tea
Grown in the mountains of central Zhejiang Province, China, at altitudes above 3000 feet, Mao Feng is harvested in the spring and quickly hot air fired. This neutralizes the oxidizing enzyme and seals in the fresh flavors and aromas. The long, slender jade leaves of Mao Feng brew to a color of pale green and impart a pleasing vegetative fragrance with buttery notes and lingering sweetness.
Wuyi County is located in central Zhejiang Province in Eastern China and should not be confused for the famous Wuyishan tea growing region in Fujian Province. It is an area famous for agriculture and tourism, most noteably Jinhua ham and hot springs respectively. Our Mao Feng is harvested from mid March to May.
Pacific Northwest Botanical
Spearmint leaves are highly aromatic, lighter and more piercing than peppermint. Their fresh flavor and aroma impart a sweet minty character that blends beautifully with green tea. Grown in eastern and central Oregon, our spearmint leaves are cut using a swathing machine, then field dried and sorted into uniform leaf sizes.
The Pacific Northwest is a region along the West Coast of the U.S., consisting of the states of Oregon and Washington. The Cascade Mountain Range, which cuts through the region from north to south, acts as distinct divider of lanscape and climate, with the west side receiving ample rain, creating a lush evergreen environment, while the east remains arid, creating a high desert environment. While Spearmint has historically been grown on both sides, it is now primarily grown east of the Cascades and harvested in the summer.