Discover Your Favorite Tea

Creative blends and single origin varieties.

Crafted from the world's finest teas and botanicals.

Discover Your Favorite Tea

Creative blends and single origin varieties.

Crafted from the world's finest teas and botanicals.

No. 55

LORD BERGAMOT

superior to traditional earl grey

No. 18

BRITISH BRUNCH

the perfect breakfast tea

No. 1851

PORTLAND BREAKFAST

big, strong and assertive

BEST SELLERS 3-PACK BLACK

  • 1 Carton with 15 Servings of Lord Bergamot Black Tea, No. 55
  • 1 Carton with 15 Servings of British Brunch Black Tea, No. 18
  • 1 Carton with 15 Servings of Portland Breakfast Black Tea, No. 1851

$35.97

FREE SHIPPING INCLUDED

Our Most Uncommon Approach

ORIGIN

We begin by sourcing the finest teas and botanicals from friends in India, China, Sri Lanka and Africa. We make buying trips around the world, and have samples arriving daily from tea gardens, traders and brokers. Some purchased directly, others from auctions held in the tea trading centers of Calcutta, Colombo, Mombasa and Jakarta.

CRAFT & CREATIVITY

We never buy pre-blended anything. Each tea and infusion we make is crafted with care and discipline.

Tasting and testing again and again — sometimes as many as 10 iterations. To protect every delicate leaf and blossom, we make each small batch by hand, under our own roof.


“What Starbucks did for coffee, craft brewers did for beer and artisanal vintners did for wine, Mr. Smith did for tea.”

“His passion for crafting perfectly balanced teas lives on in the aromatic, heady offerings his team creates to this day.”

"He was the finest creator of tea blends I've known."


About These Teas

LORD BERGAMOT

BLACK TEA

A flavor superior to traditional Earl Grey. Fragrant Ceylon Dimbula and Uva are artfully combined with select teas from India's Assam valley, then scented with the flavor of bergamot from the realm of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Ingredients: Ceylon Dimbula, Uva and Indian Assam full leaf teas and natural bergamot flavor.

Tasting Notes: Malt, honey, citrus

Numerology: No. 55: In 1855, Lord Bergamot decreed this to be the number of bergamot fruits used to make a thimble full of bergamot essence.


BRITISH BRUNCH

BLACK TEA

A rich blend of full-bodied Indian Assam teas paired with succulent Ceylon Dimbula, intense and floral Ceylon Uva, and a touch of smoky Keemun from Anhui Province in China. The perfect breakfast tea. But sophisticated and delicious any time of day as well.

Ingredients: Second flush Indian Assam, Ceylon Dimbula, Ceylon Uva and Keemun full leaf teas from China.

Tasting Notes: Malt, honey, mineral

Numerology: No. 18: Number of tea gardens visited in Assam. Also a good age to begin voting for tea over coffee.


PORTLAND BREAKFAST

BLACK TEA

Big, strong and assertive, with notes of malt, leather, spice, and a touch of peat. Not quite as astringent as other breakfast teas. Just rich, dark and perfect for a rainy Portland morning.

Ingredients: A blend of second flush Assam, Pu-erh and Keemun black teas.

Tasting Notes: Malt, leather, peat

Numerology: No. 1851: The year the city of Portland, Oregon was incorporated.

Meet Steven Smith, Teamaker

STEVEN SMITH WASN'T BORN WITH A SILVER SPOON IN HIS MOUTH. BUT HE USED ONE EVERY DAY TO CHANGE THE WAY AMERICANS DRINK TEA FOREVER.

Quietly humorous and charismatic, with a slight smile and twinkle in his eye, Steve got his first taste of the world's second-most-consumed beverage as a kid at his grandmother's house in Portland, Oregon. After high school and Vietnam, he got into natural foods and co-founded Stash, the world's first specialty tea company. From Stash, he became the wizard of Tazo — "the reincarnation of tea" — and made more waves with a mind-blowing mix of Merlin the Magician meets Marco Polo. After selling the company to Starbucks, Steve found himself in the mood for retirement. So he moved his young family to France.

BEFORE TOO LONG, HE HAD ANOTHER A-HA MOMENT

Enchanted by the friendships he enjoyed with his neighborhood chocolatier, baker and perfumier in Avignon, he emailed his old creative team:

"I have an idea for another tea company. But this time, we’re going to do it small, buy only the best tea on the market and blend it with total transparency in our hometown of Portland, Oregon.” And so, after "a year of scarves and 2-hour lunches," he moved home and once again picked up his favorite tasting spoon — a big-bellied, sterling silver antique found in a stall in Tinsukia, Assam. Steve's vision was haute tea couture. Extra-small-is-beautiful. And with characteristic humility, he rejected the title of tea master, and chose to be simply “teamaker”.

Which is how, in 2009, the signature blends of Steven Smith Teamaker were born in a Northwest Portland blacksmith's shop.

Discerninglady

Smith turned me into a tea drinker.

“Flavorful, thoughtful tea. The tea bag is even designed in a way to optimize steeping. My favorite tea on the market, far superior to Tazo, Teavana, etc. delicious, simple tea, with a focus on flavor.”

Rhonda Davis

BEST TEA in the WHOLE WORLD!

“Pure heavenly flavor, aroma, and easy on the palate. As I said, this is my favorite. I will be buying more, and more, and probably more.”

Jonna

These teas are the best I have ever found.

“These teas are the best I have ever found. I discovered I must have English genes because these teas made me quit coffee altogether!”

Discerninglady

Smith turned me into a tea drinker.

“Flavorful, thoughtful tea. The tea bag is even designed in a way to optimize steeping. My favorite tea on the market, far superior to Tazo, Teavana, etc. delicious, simple tea, with a focus on flavor.”

Rhonda Davis

BEST TEA in the WHOLE WORLD!

“Pure heavenly flavor, aroma, and easy on the palate. As I said, this is my favorite. I will be buying more, and more, and probably more.”

Jonna

These teas are the best I have ever found.

“These teas are the best I have ever found. I discovered I must have English genes because these teas made me quit coffee altogether!”

BEST SELLERS 3-PACK BLACK

  • 1 Carton with 15 Servings of Lord Bergamot Black Tea, No. 55
  • 1 Carton with 15 Servings of British Brunch Black Tea, No. 18
  • 1 Carton with 15 Servings of Portland Breakfast Black Tea, No. 1851

$35.97

FREE SHIPPING INCLUDED

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