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

RESERVE SERIES HERBAL INFUSION

20 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


Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
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01/09/2021
Stephen R.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Alder tree tea

Very unusual herbal infusion with unique flavor. Has a calming effect at night.

CS
11/11/2020
Catherine S.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Local and unique

Bought this tea on a whim. Never heard of alder leaves in tea and the other reviews were positive. This tea has a great flavor and wonderful scent. Hard to believe it is caffeine free. Finally a great end of day tea that won’t leave you wired. I hope this one stays in rotation because I’m almost out.

TS
11/09/2020
Thomas S.
United States United States
I recommend this product
big surprise

A very fragrant tea with a strong hint of roses in aroma and taste. Also a woody or vegetal component to it. I believe it is caffeine free. Highly recommended as a different tea or tisane experience.

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11/03/2020
Deborah
United States United States
I recommend this product
Complex, heavenly

I love the layers of flavors with first a distinct but not overpowering rose, followed by and lower note of pine and then a mild earthy finish. It is delightful and I regret I didn’t order more.

TH
11/02/2020
Tonia H.
United States United States
Alder Leaf -- interesting

This is. . .interesting. Definitely a very rose-forward tasting, just a little TOO floral tasting for me. However, I liked it mixed with spearmint and a little cardamom and cinnamon. Really like the body -- almost "chewy"; and was nice to get several good steeps out of it, just like a good oolong.

Ingredients

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.

Preparation

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