WHERE DID MY TEA COME FROM?

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  • Ali Shan
  • Assam
  • Bai Hao
  • Bai Mu Dan
  • Bergamot Oil
  • Black Peppercorns
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Cardamom
  • Cassia Bark
  • Ceylon Dimbula
  • Ceylon Uva
  • Ceylon Nuwara Eliya
  • Chai
  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Chamomile Petals
  • Cloves
  • Cyani Flowers
  • 1st Flush Darjeeling
  • 2nd Flush Darjeeling
  • Elderflowers
  • Fragrant Hyssop
  • Genmai
  • Ginger Root
  • Green Rooibos
  • Hibiscus Flowers
  • Hojicha
  • Honeybush
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Jasmine Pearls
  • Jasmine Green Tea
  • Keemun
  • Lemon Myrtle
  • Licorice Root
  • Linden Leaf & Flower
  • Long Jing (Dragonwell)
  • Mao Feng
  • Matcha
  • Nilgiri
  • Osmanthus Flower
  • Peppermint Leaves
  • Pink Rose Petals
  • Pu-erh
  • Red Rose Petals
  • Rooibos
  • Rosemary
  • Saffllower
  • Sencha
  • Shu Pu-erh
  • Spearmint Leaves
  • Stevia Leaf
  • Sweet Blackberry Leaves
  • Ti Kwan Yin Oolong
  • Yunnan
  • Yunnan Silver Needle
  • Zheng Shan

Ali Shan

Taiwanese Oolong Tea

This full leaf tea is produced in the Ali Shan mountains of Taiwan from the Si Ji Chun (Four Seasons Spring) tea cultivar. This lightly oxidized oolong is prized for its full mouth feel, soft tropical, floral and stone fruit notes and a candied finish. This tea can be steeped several times and is enjoyed with both a traditional brew process or in a gaiwan service.

Ali Shan

Located in eastern Chiayi County in central Taiwan, the Ali Shan (Mountain) Range is famous for its scenic beauty and high elevation oolong teas. This elevation helps to give the tea its rich and floral flavor. The two growing seasons, Spring and Winter, each produce a different flavor profile in the tea.

Assam

Indian Black Tea

Assam tea is the biggest, brightest, richest and most astringent tea made. It is the backbone to breakfast style teas of nearly all brand and quality although it is also used in many blends for body and top notes. Assam is less floral and has more bread or biscuit-like flavor than other origins, and is often described as malty or coppery.

Assam Region

The Assam region is located in Northeast India, bordering Myanmar and China. At near sea level, this region produces teas that are full flavored, rich, and chewy with distinct characteristics of caramel and malt. The best teas from this region are plucked and processed in June and July, a harvest also known as the 2nd Flush.

Bai Hao

Chinese Oolong Tea

Although this style of oolong tea originates from Taiwan, we currently source our Bai Hao from Fujian Province in China and it is one of our favorites. Oolong teas fall into a class between fully oxidized (black) tea and non-oxidized (green) tea. As one of the more oxidized oolongs, Bai Hao has large, tightly-twisted blackish leaves with an abundance of silver tips and a complex flavor profile and aroma.

Fujian Province

Fujian Province is one of the most famous tea growing regions located on the southeast coast of China. Black, white and oolong teas are all thought to have originated from this province. With Taiwan so close in proximity, there has been much sharing of knowledge between the two in terms of tea plants and production. Oolongs have two harvest seasons, in late spring and fall.

Bai Mu Dan

Chinese White Tea

Bai Mu Dan, or White Peony, is often considered the second highest grade of white tea (after Silver Needle) and was traditionally produced in the northern Fujian Province of China. It comes from the top two leaves and bud of the tea bush, which can be shade dried and/or lightly fired. This gives Bai Mu Dan a pale cup color and delicate, nutty aroma. The flavor is delicate and complex, with toasty, slightly sweet floral notes and a clean aftertaste.

Fujian Province

Fujian Province is one of the most famous tea growing regions located on the southeast coast of China. Black, white and oolong teas are all thought to have originated from this province. With Taiwan so close in proximity, there has been much sharing of knowledge between the two in terms of tea plants and production. Oolongs have two harvest seasons, in late spring and fall.

Bergamot Oil

Essential Oil

Bergamot is a citrus fruit the color of a lime and the size of a large orange. Picked when ripe, the thick peel is removed and pressed like an olive to extract its essential oils. It has a distinctive flavor and aroma with notes of lavender, lemon and spice.

Reggio Calabria Province

Harvested in early winter, our bergamot comes from the Ionian Coast of the Reggio Calabria Province. The terroir gives the bergamot fruit grown here more nuance and a variety of aromatics that we are looking for.

Black Peppercorns

Indian Spice

Known as the “King of Spices,” the best black pepper is grown in southern India near Cochin. The berries of the perennial black pepper vine are harvested when unripe, then sun-dried until they blacken. Quality is determined by oil content and appearance. Black pepper is spicy, pungent and often has a light salty characteristic—an important feature in chai blends. After the black pepper has been harvested, it is steam distilled to produce the essential oil.

Kerala

Kerala is a state in Southwest India, located along the Malabar Coast, famed for its spices dating back to ancient times. Today it is the region from which we source our black pepper and sarsaparilla.

Cacao Nibs

Dominican Botanical

Cacao nibs come from the Theobroma cacao tree and are one of the main raw ingredients used for making chocolate. Whole cacao beans are shelled, fermented and then broken down into chopped bits of cocoa seeds. These nibs then go through an additional roasting step, resulting in a more flavorful and less bitter tasting cacao nib.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is located on the island of Hispanolia in the Carribean, sharing its border with Haiti. While cacao, coffee and sugar combined to make up most of the country's economy thirty years ago, cacao now accounts for just 3% of the country's GDP. We source our cacao nibs during the main harvest between the months of April and July.

Cardamom

Guatemalan Spice

Seductively fragrant, with floral notes and a menthol bite, cardamom is a bush in the ginger family that grows to 10 feet high. Popular in Persian and Indian cooking, it is also widely used in tea and chai blends. We believe the best is produced by indigenous Mayan farmers in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Its pale yellow flowers turn into clusters of cherries that are dried. These whole green pods or the dark seeds inside are removed to spice tea.

Alta Verapaz Department

Located in north central Guatemala, this area once helped form the core of the Maya Civilization. Now it is home to half of the production of cardamom in the world. Harvest season takes place between the months of June to February.

Cassia Bark

Sumatran Spice

Often called cinnamon, cassia is a spice with a significantly different flavor profile than true cinnamon. Grown in subtropical climates, its taste varies widely by origin, and quality is judged by the volatile oil content. In Kerinci in Sumatra, cassia bark is stripped and dried year round from a revolving crop of 10 – 12 year old trees that are continuously replanted. Cassia is sweet, hot and spicy and adds fragrance to our chai blend.

Sumatra

Sumatra is located amongst the Sundar Islands in western Indonesia and is the country's second largest island after Borneo. Marco Polo was said to have visited in 1292. The cinnamon trees need to be more than ten years old before their bark is suitable for harvest.

Ceylon Dimbula

Sri Lankan Black Tea

The Dimbula region is directly opposite the Uva region in Sri Lanka. Dimbulas are often called “Westerns” in the tea trade. They have a reddish amber color in the cup, with a medium to full body, slightly fruity flavor and mineral notes. Ceylon Dimbulas are often used in medium bodied blends, Earl Grey formulas and other flavored teas. The best Dimbula teas are produced from December to February.

Central Province

The Central Province, true to its name, is located in the heart of Sri Lanka. It is said that in its capital city of Kandy, the tooth of the Buddha resides in a temple, which alone makes this place worth visiting. Here at Smith, just as holy, are the many breathtaking high elevation tea gardens that make a significant contribution to the total output of high grade Sri Lankan teas, which we look to buy between the months of December to February.

Ceylon Uva

Sri Lankan Black Tea

Situated 1100 meters above sea level on the island of Sri Lanka, the Uva region produces teas of distinctly different character from their Ceylonese siblings. Uvas are astringent, intensely floral and slightly sharp in flavor with a golden cup color. They add “bite” and freshness to blends.

Uva Province

Uva Province is located in the soutestern part of Sri Lanka and is the second least populated portion of the island. It makes up for this with an abundance of exceptional tea gardens and wonderfule scenic overviews, like Lipton's Seat, where one can have a fresh cup of tea from the Dambethenna Estate and a front row seat to harvesting in the surrounding tea fields. We buy our teas during the peak harvest moths of June through September.

Ceylon Nuwara Eliya

Sri Lankan Black Tea

A well known, yet somewhat under-appreciated, tea from the area situated between Uva and Dimbula. Grown and processed at elevations above 1500 meters, Nuwara Eliyas have a very light color and body similar to some first flush Darjeelings. While their body and cup color are light, the flavors can be intense and floral, which add brightness and character to blends.

Central Province

The Central Province, true to its name, is located in the heart of Sri Lanka. It is said that in its capital city of Kandy, the tooth of the Buddha resides in a temple, which alone makes this place worth visiting. Here at Smith, just as holy, are the many breathtaking high elevation tea gardens that make a significant contribution to the total output of high grade Sri Lankan tea, which we look to buy between the months of December to February.

Chai

Indian Black Tea

Chai (and tea in general) to most Indians means sweetly spiced tea served with foamed milk. The foundation for a well made chai is rooted squarely in the Assam Valley, where dense teas with rich malty characteristics are grown. We like to combine second flush Assam full leaf and CTC teas with pungent ginger root, cassia, black pepper, cloves and cardamom to create a rich and spicy brew worthy of any chai wallah.

India

India is located in Southern Asia and is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations (Indus Valley shout out). It is a country rich in history, culture, religion, geography and so much more, and has been famous since ancient times as a source for spices that continue to be coveted around the world.

Chamomile Flowers

Egyptian Botanical

With a soothing characteristic and a subtle taste and aroma that is apple-like and toasty, chamomile is one of the most popular herbal ingredients on the market.

Faiyum

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. 

Chamomile Petals

Egyptian Botanical

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.

Faiyum

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. 

Cloves

Madagascar Spice

Cloves come from the dried flower of a subtropical evergreen tree that can grow to heights of 40 feet in Madagascar, Southern India, and Indonesia. Dried in the sun, these buds become their signature dark reddish black. Cloves are highly aromatic and are used in mulling spices, cooking, and enlivening various tea blends.

Madagascar

The fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar separated from the Indian subcontinent and remained close to Africa after the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana. Unlike the breakup of most superbands, Madagascar retained its uniquness with over 90% of its wildlife being found nowhere else on earth. The clove harvest happens from March to May.

Cyani Flowers

Botanical from Albania

This blue blossom, also called cornflower, is used primarily by teamakers to add color to dry blends. Grown in Eastern Europe, the flower is handpicked and the calyx removed, leaving thin blue threads of color with little flavor impact. We like the way it makes our Meadow blend look – almost like confetti.

Albania

Albania is situated between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas along its western border and Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece along the north, east and south. Directly behind the heel on the boot of Italy, this country is no heel, with rich biodiversity and history. Cyani is harvested in July.

1st Flush Darjeeling

Indian Black Tea

Darjeeling, once a British hill station, is known for producing some of the world’s most prized and expensive teas. The high elevation of Dajeeling tea gardens puts stress on the bushes and results in teas of exceptionally nuanced flavor. Less oxidized compared to later flushes, first flushes are lighter in body and greenish in color, with notes muscatel grape, burnt sugar and sage.

Darjeeling

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, the Darjeeling region is home to 87 tea gardens. First flush begins in late March and lasts about 30 days, during which time each bush is plucked every seven days.

2nd Flush Darjeeling

Indian Black Tea

Darjeeling, once a British hill station, is known for producing some of the world’s most prized and expensive teas. The high elevation of Dajeeling tea gardens puts stress on the bushes and results in teas of exceptionally nuanced flavor. Teas produced during this period have fuller flavor than teas from the first flush, with notes of muscatel grape, wintergreen and sage.

Darjeeling

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, the Darjeeling region is home to 87 tea gardens. Second flush begins in early May and lasts for about 30 days, where the tea bushes are plucked every seven days.

Elderflowers

Botanical from Bulgaria

An herbal infusion prized in Europe for its medicinal benefits, elderflower is now known in North America as a key ingredient in St-Germain liqueur. With a lightly floral, fresh and slightly spicy taste and aroma, elderflower adds subtle impact to blends. Our favorite is hand harvested near Samokov, Bulgaria, where the white flowers are cut from branches, dried in the shade, and carefully sorted for shipment to buyers in Europe and America.

Bulgaria

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 various botanicals, including elderflowers, which are harvested in the spring.

Fragrant Hyssop

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

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.

Genmai

Japanese Toasted Rice

Genmai, or brown rice, used with tea goes through a rigorous process by which it's rinsed, soaked, steamed, and dried before undergoing a three-step roasting process that gives the final product its characteristic toasted flavor.

Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures

Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures are located in the central part of Kyushu island, boasting subtropic climates ideal for growing rice. Since we are on the subject of boasting, we had the best time when we toured the Kumamoto Castle and the gawked at springs in Oita appropriately titled the Hells of Beppu. Our genmai is harvested in the fall, generally in October/November.

Ginger Root

Indian Spice

Ginger, used in many cultures to enliven food and drink, is also known for its healthful qualities. A light stimulant, it can treat cold symptoms and sore throat. Ginger is cultivated most prominently in India, China, Indonesia and West Africa. After the plant flowers and the leaves die off, the roots are dug, washed, peeled and sun dried. Ginger’s spicy-sweet flavor adds spark and complexity to our Big Hibiscus.

India

India is located in Southern Asia and is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations (Indus Valley shout out). It is a country rich in history, culture, religion, geography and so much more, and has been famous since ancient times as a source for spices that continue to be coveted around the world. Our ginger comes from several regions in India and is harvested multiple times during the year.

Green Rooibos

South African Botanical

Green rooibos comes from the same shrub like plant used to make rooibos (Aspalathus linearis). It grows exclusively in a region about 250 km north of Cape Town and the plants are harvested when they reach about 3 feet in height. The topmost tender shoots are hand-cut, then further cut by machine into smaller pieces suitable for tea, followed by drying that preserves the herb's flavor and green color.

Clanwilliam

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.

Hibiscus Flowers

Egyptian Botanical

Hibiscus flower is cultivated in many coutries around the world including China, Thailand and Egypt. We particularly like the Egyptian variety–it is brighter, fruitier and more exciting. High in vitamin C, hibiscus is tart, deep red, and slightly earthy with concord grape-like characteristics.

Egypt

Egypt is one of the few countries with borders that stretch into two continents and is considered to be home to one of the three oldest civilizations. The Nile is the primary source of water for Egypt and much of the country's agriculture is situated near its banks. Hibiscus is harvested in the Fall.

Hojicha

Japanese Roasted Green Tea

Hojicha is the biproduct of making Sencha and Bancha and comes from the discarded mishapen leaves and stems during those teas' production. An extra step is added, through roasting the tea, which creates a very different flavor profile and makes for a lightly caffeinated cup. Deceptively rich, with notes of honey, cacao and wood.

Kagoshima Prefecture

Kagoshima Prefecture is located on the southern most part of Kyushu Island and is the second largest tea producing prefecture in Japan (after Shizuoka). It is also famous for Sakurajima, Japan's most active volcano that is pretty hard to miss if you spend anytime in Kagoshima City. Harvest time for the tea used to make Houjicha happens from April through September.

Honeybush

South African Botanical

Honeybush is an evergreen shrub, closely related to rooibos, that grows in the eastern Cape of South Africa. Although there have been attempts at cultivating and farming honeybush, most species are found and harvested in nature, also known as wildcrafting. The slender leaves, stems and flowers are hand cut and then allowed to oxidize in the sun. Honeybush is known to be high in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, similar to rooibos. As the name implies, it has a distinctly honey-like aroma. Naturally caffeine-free, honeybush has notes of peach, cedar and sweetgrass, with a pinkish golden hue in the cup.

Clanwilliam

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 Honeybush, which is harvested in September and October.

Sarsaparilla

Indian Botanical

Sarsaparilla root from India is unlike sarsaparilla from other origins. It has a taste and aroma that is vanilla-like and creamy, making it ideal for use in chai and blends with rooibos, or simply enjoying by itself. A climbing plant that grows throughout India, the root is dug, washed, peeled and sun dried. The thicker roots of the sarsaparilla plant make the best and most flavorful brew.

Nilgiri

Nilgiri translates to "blue mountain". It is a range of mountains that are part of the larger Western Ghats and are located in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in Southern India. With over 24 peaks reaching higher than 2,000 meters, it made this area perfect for growing tea and other botanicals, along with providing the British in the Raj era respite during India's long hot summers.

Jasmine Pearls

Chinese Green Tea

In northern Fujian Province, China, Jasmine Pearls are produced using just the bud of the tea bush. Harvested in spring and pan fired to neutralize their oxidizing enzyme, the slender green buds are rolled into tiny pearls and stored until July, when the jasmine flowers begin to bloom. The pearls are then layered between just-picked jasmine blossoms. This scenting process can be repeated up to four times before the spent jasmine is removed to create the finest tea.

Fujian Province

Fujian Province is one of the most famous tea growing regions located on the southeast coast of China. Black, white and oolongs teas are all thought to have originated from this province. With Taiwan so close in proximity, there has been much sharing of knowledge between the two in terms of tea plants and production. Jasmine Pearls begin their production in April and are finished in June and July.

Jasmine Green Tea

Chinese Green Tea

Grown in Fujian Province, China, Jasmine Silver Tip is also know as Jasmine Yin Hao and has a delicate yet pronounced floral scent and flavor. The green leaves are harvested in spring, pan fired to neutralize their oxidizing enzyme and stored until July, when jasmine flowers begin to bloom. The tea is then layered with unopened jasmine buds, which slowly unfurl and share their heavenly fragrance. Once the flowers have scented the tea, they are removed.

Fujian Province

Fujian Province is one of the most famous tea growing regions located on the southeast coast of China. Black, white and oolongs teas are all thought to have originated from this province. With Taiwan so close in proximity, there has been much sharing of knowledge between the two in terms of tea plants and production. Jasmine Silver Tips begin their production in April and are finished in July.

Keemun

Chinese Black Tea

Keemun tea is grown in the mountainous region of Eastern China called Anhui Province. There are many grades of Keemun, with Hao Ya being one of the best. Keemun Hao Ya has a very thin, wiry and tightly twisted leaf that is black with grey hues. This brings a unique, slightly smoky flavor and aroma that reminds us of camping on the Oregon coast. A great self drinking tea, tasty neat or with milk and sugar.

Qimen County

Qimen County is located in western Huang Shan Shi Prefecture in southern Anhui Province of China, and is famous for making one of the world's best black teas—Keemun. The county is still very rural compared to other parts of China, so it's the perfect place to slow down, kick up your feet and drink some fantastic tea. Harvest times are in the Spring and Summer.

Lemon Myrtle

Australian Botanical

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?

Licorice Root

Botanical from China

Licorice root comes from a herbaceous perennial that has been used medicinally for thousands of years in both the East and West. In modern times it has also become used as an ingredient in various tea blends. Licorice root is utilized to give body and sweetness to our holiday blend, Silent Night.

China

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 whcich are grown locally, including the licorice root in our pantry. Our licorice comes from several regions in China and is harvested in the spring and fall.

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

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.

Long Jing (Dragonwell)

Chinese Green Tea

Traditionally pan-fired in a hot wok and flattened by hand, Dragonwell, also known as "Long Jing", is for many the most famous green tea. The best comes from Hangzhou, near the spring where a dragon was said to dwell. We prize its pale emerald color and slightly sweet, chestnut-like taste.

Hangzhou

Hangzhou is the capital city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. Long since seen in China as a center for culture, food and art, Hangzhou is also famous for Xi Hu, or its West Lake. True to its name, this westernly situated lake is a pure joy to jog around in the morning, where one can take in the scenery and watch the locals gather in groups to practice taijiquan, line dance, jazzercise and so much more. Long Jing is harvested from late March to May.

Mao Feng

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

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.

Matcha

Japanese Green Tea

To make Matcha, the tea plants are covered for up to three weeks before harvest, allowing only diffused light to reach the leaves. This promotes the development of chlorophyll and increases L-Theanine content, which brightens color, increases flavor and helps counterbalance the energizing effects of the caffeine. After plucking, the leaves are steamed, neutralizing the oxidizing enzyme and preserving their color. They are then put through a rolling and drying process, along with a special step through a machine that removes the viens and stems of each leaf. The tea that results from this process is called Tencha, which is then refrigerated until it is ready to be ground. In the final step, Tencha leaves are placed in small amounts on a granite grinder to make its signature fine powder. Granite is ideal for grinding, as it doesn’t produce much heat, which helps to maintain the rich color of the Matcha and its full flavor in the cup.

Gifu Prefecture

Gifu Prefecture is in the Chubu region, which is centrally located on the island of Honshu in Japan. It is just north of the most famous Matcha producing regions of Uji and Aichi. While not as famous, this area produces Matcha of equal quality, without all the hype. Harvest season is from April through June.

Nilgiri

Indian Black Tea

Much like Darjeeling, Nilgiri makes primarily orthodox teas. These teas have more flavor than Assams, and more body and color than Darjeelings, giving them a pivitol role in formulation.

Nilgiris

Nilgiri translates to "blue mountain". It is a range of mountains that are part of the larger Western Ghats and are located in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in Southern India. With over 24 peaks reaching higher than 2,000 meters, it made this area perfect for growing tea and other botanicals, along with providing thh British in the Raj era respite during India's long hot summer. Tea is harvested between January-February and secondarily between August-September.

Osmanthus Flower

Chinese Botanical

Osmanthus is a species of evergreen shrubs and trees native to Asia. Its flowers are extremely fragrant and when made into a tea have strong peach notes. A favorite of Steve's, we use this botanical in our signature White Petal blend.

Zhejiang Province

Zhejiang Province is located in Eastern China, directly south of Shanghai and Jiangsu Province. These three areas made up a region known in earlier times as the "Land of Fish and Rice". Today, Zhejiang still holds up its end of the bargain as home to China's largest fishery and as one of the largest food producers, along with leading in tea production. Osmanthus is harvested here in the summer to be blended with tea, herbs or enjoyed on its own.

Peppermint Leaves

Pacific Northwest Botanical

The world’s most flavorful peppermint comes from the Pacific Northwest, where the summers are hot and dry. Ours is harvested just before it begins to flower, when the oil content is highest. After cutting, the plant is allowed to field dry. Then the stems are removed and the mint is sorted into uniform leaf sizes. With intense menthol and rich chocolate notes, Pacific Northwest peppermint is a real wakeup for your senses.

Pacific Northwest

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 landscape 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 Peppermint has historically been grown on both sides, it is now primarily grown east of the Cascades and harvested in the summer.

Pink Rose Petals

Indian Botanical

Pink rose petals are a favorite ingredient in our pantry. They provide sweetness and spice along with distinct floral qualities and are used to create complexity in a variety of our Signature Blends.

India

India is located in Southern Asia and is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations (Indus Valley). It is a country rich in history, culture, religion, geography and so much more, and has been famous since ancient times as a source for herbs and spices that continue to be coveted around the world. Our pink rose petals come from several regions in India and are harvested in March.

Pu-erh

Chinese Pu-erh Tea

A highly prized Chinese Pu-erh tea, this full-leaf fermented black tea is aged for 3 years. Grown at around 5,000 ft elevation in Feng Cheng, Yunnan, China, this tea produces a dark liquor with smooth and complex earthy flavor and sweet lingering finish.

Yunnan Province

Yunnan which translates to "South Cloud", is a province jammed into the South Western most part of China. Not only does it share international borders with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, but there is a constant cultural exchange in these border regions, which is distinct from the rest of mainland China. Tea was first cultivated in this region thousands of years ago and it still produces some pretty amazing teas.

Red Rose Petals

Indian Botanical

Less utilized in our blends than their pink counterparts, dried red rose petals are more pungent and perfumed.

Pakistan

Pakistan is located in South Asia and shares borders with Iran and Afghanistan to its west, China to its north and India to its east. Separated from India during The Partition in 1947, Pakistan has a diverse landscape and climate, with a fifth of its GDP coming from agriculture. Our red rose petals are harvested in early Spring, usually in March.

Rooibos

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

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.

Rosemary

Botanical from Morocco

Rosemary is a highly fragrant perennial herb that derives its name from Latin, meaning "dew of the sea", and is native to the Mediterranean. The evergreen needle-like leaves are what give this herb its flavor and it is used in many cuisines surrounding this region.

Morocco

Morocco is a country located in Northwest Africa that has long been a place romanticized by artists and bohemians, and for good reason. It is rich in culture, cuisine and history, with picturesque old cities and stunning landscapes. Our rosemary is harvested in the summer.

Safflower

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

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.

Sencha

Japanese Green Tea

Slender needle-like leaves produce a deeply vegetal taste and aroma, ripe with notes of toasted rice and nori. The leaves are steamed to perfection to stop oxidation of the leaf, as well as to lock in their deep jade color and rich flavor.

Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture is located in the Chubu region, on the island of Honshu in Japan. While unable to claim full ownership of Mt. Fuji (its a joint custody thing with Yamanashi Prefecture), Shizuoka can tout being the biggest tea producing region in Japan, which says something. Harvest time for Sencha happens from April through June.

Shu Pu-erh

Chinese Pu-erh Tea

A highly prized Chinese Pu-erh tea, this full-leaf fermented tea produces a dark liquor with smooth and complex earthy flavor and sweet lingering finish.

Fengqing County, Yunnan Province

Fengqing County is in Lincang Prefecture, located in the western part of Yunnan Province in China. It shares its western border with Myanmar. This is an area famous for producing black tea and shu pu-erh. The tea used to make our pu-erh is harvested between March and May and is then fermented for several months.

Spearmint Leaves

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.

Pacific Northwest

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.

Stevia Leaf

Indian Botanical

Stevia leaf is nature's best sweetener. Often confused for it's highly processed sweetener namesake, the leaf itself is more delicate and nuanced in its flavor. Still sweet and full of body, we use it primarily in our holiday blend, Silent Night, where it provides a natural sweetness earning it the title of "Candycane in a Cup." It's produced around the world, but we find it's best when grown in India or China.

India

India is located in Southern Asia and is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations (Indus Valley). It is a country rich in history, culture, religion, geography and so much more and has been famous since ancient times as a source for herbs and spices that continue to be coveted around the world. Stevia is a summer herb, harvested in June through August.

Sweet Blackberry Leaves

Botanical from Bulgaria

Sweet Blackberry Leaf is an excellent ingredient to add a touch of sweetness to an herbal blend.

Bulgaria

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 sweet blackberry leaf in our pantry, which is harvested in early spring.

Ti Kwan Yin Oolong

Chinese Oolong Tea

Also known as the "Iron Goddess of Mercy", Ti Kwan Yin is one of China's most famous oolongs. This tea is tightly-rolled into a ball shape through an elaborate process, that when steeped, allows them to gradually unfurl, releasing a rich flavors over multiple steepings.

Fujian Province

Fujian Province is one of the most famous tea growing regions located on the southeast coast of China. Black, white and oolongs teas are all thought to have originated from this province. With Taiwan so close in proximity, there has been much sharing of knowledge between the two in terms of tea plants and production. Oolongs have two harvest seasons, in late spring and fall.

Yunnan

Chinese Black Tea

The best dian hongs, or black teas, from Yunnan (known as the birthplace of tea) are wiry and tightly twisted with distinct golden tips. This exquisite variety brews up rich amber-red in color, has a lightly sweet, floral flavor and aroma, and brings welcome notes of spice and leather.

Yunnan Province

Yunnan which translates to "South Cloud", is a province jammed into the South Western most part of China. Not only does it share international borders with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, but there is a constant cultural exchange in these border regions, which is distinct from the rest of mainland China. Tea was first cultivated in this region thousands of years ago and it still produces some pretty amazing teas. Our Yunnan is harvested in spring.

Yunnan Silver Needle

Chinese White Tea

This white tea is made from only the bud of the tea bush. With delicate sweetness and melon-like flavor, it has subtle floral notes and a lingering complexity, that is also telling of the terroir of Yunnan.

Yunnan Province

Yunnan which translates to "South Cloud", is a province jammed into the South Western most part of China. Not only does it share international borders with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, but there is a constant cultural exchange in these border regions which is distinct from the rest of mainland China. Tea was first cultivated in this region thousands of years ago and it still makes some pretty amazing teas. Our Yunnan Silver Needle is harvested in early spring.

Zheng Shan

Chinese Black Tea

This style of tea is the most sought after smoked tea in all of China. Delicate and wiry black tea leaves are smoked with horsetail pine boughs for a complex and full yet smooth experience.

Zhejiang Province

Zhejiang Province is located in Eastern China, directly south of Shanghai and Jiangsu Province. These three areas made up a region known in earlier times as the "Land of Fish and Rice". Today, Zhejiang still holds up its end of the bargain as home to China's largest fishery and as one of the largest food producers, along with leading in tea production. The tea used in Zheng Shan is harvested in the spring and then smoked in the summer.