The Bouquet blend was first born when Steve set out to create a new tea that could coincide with Mother’s Day. Something that could celebrate the softness of the spring season while paying homage to the close relationship Steve had with his mother, who was fondly known as Babe.
When deciding which ingredients to incorporate into this blend, Steve was inspired by his early days working with herbs in one of Portland’s very first natural food stores, The Gates of Eden. Bouquet is a reminder of a child’s offering of a tiny handful of simple flowers to his mother – delivered with joy.
One (1) string tie carton [15 Sachets] of Bouquet herbal infusion.
Two (2) Smith Teamaker teacups.
*Optional: One (1) Smith Teamaker teapot with tea strainer.
- Select an Ingredient:
- chamomile petals
- fragrant hyssop
- Lemon Myrtle
- linden leaf & flower
- spearmint leaves
These white petals come from our favorite chamomile flowers, much of which are removed during sorting. For the petals that remain attached, we carefully hand-screen these blossoms at our facility. These petals fresh flavor add distinctive character to our White Petal blend.
Introduced to Egypt from Europe a half century ago, chamomile brings the joy of festive harvest to the oasis of Faiyum. Sourced from Central Egypt, the Nile provides ample water and fertile soil for the world’s finest tasting blossoms. Harvest season for these golden buds is January to April.
Southern Oregon Botanical
Hyssop is a well-loved ingredient in our pantry. We use hyssop for structure and sweetness in a variety of blends. It grows best in arid regions and is particularly suited for the dry climate of Southern Oregon. Seeds are sprouted in greenhouses during the early spring to avoid frost and are then transported to prepared fields for the dry, hot summer. The fields are irrigated with fresh water regularly, helping the hyssop to flourish in the heat. After harvest, the hyssop is dried and sorted for market.
Southern Oregon is generally demarked by the Pacific Ocean on its west and the Cascade Mountains to its east. It has been the home to several national rodeo champions, including the 1934 great Leonard Ward, and continues to hold one the best annual Shakespeare Festivals in the world. Its dry climate, cowboy culture and dramatic tendencies have made this the perfect place for crops like Hyssop, which is planted in the early Spring and undergoes two harvests in June and then September.
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?
Linden Leaf & Flower
Botanical from Bulgaria
Grown in Eastern Europe these dried leaves and flowers provide the foundation for our Mother's Day blend, Bouquet, and make their way into a variety of blends throughout the year.
Bulgaria is a country of eight million people in Southeast Europe that shares borders with five countries and offers beach front property along the Black Sea. While a battleground for the larger surrounding powers during ancient times, this country has found relative stability after World War II and is famous as a source for botanicals, including the linden leaf and flower in our pantry, which is harvested in June.
South African Botanical
Rooibos, also known as red bush, is perhaps the most tea-like and naturally caffeine-free beverage in the world. During the 20th Century, red bush went from being a mostly indigenous drink of South Africa to a global commodity and a cash crop for the Clanwilliam district. Rooibos is also known to be high in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Similar to tea, rooibos generally undergoes an oxidation process after the leaves are cut, when it develops a uniquely sweet and creamy flavor, without the astringency of black tea. It is a common alternative to coffee or tea because it also stands up well to milk and sugar and can be served in various forms quite easily (hot, iced, lattes, etc.). Rooibos can also be steamed after being picked to stop the oxidation process, which will keep it as green rooibos, a more vegetal and floral flavor than the more common red rooibos.
Clanwilliam is a small farming town of 7,000 nestled between the Cederburg Mountains and the Olifants River in Western Cape, South Africa and is ground zero for the world's supply of Rooibos and lead vocalists for Skid Row. Rooibos is harvested from January through April.
Botanical from China
Firey in color, with a bright yellow brew color, Safflower is often mistaken or used in place of safron, that is until someone tastes it. Safflower is slightly sweet with notes of squash. It also produces a texture that we use to round out brighter qualitites of other herbs when blending.
China is located in Eastern Asia and is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations. It is also the birthplace of tea and continues to lead on innovation in every tea category. Traditional Chinese Medicine is often practiced using an array of botanicals and spices, many of which are grown locally, including the safflower in our pantry. Our safflower comes from several regions in China and is harvested in the height of summer.
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.