Oregon Red Reserve
Oregon Red Reserve
Oregon Red Reserve
Oregon Red Reserve
Oregon Red Reserve
Oregon Red Reserve
Oregon Red Reserve
Oregon Red Reserve
Oregon Red Reserve
Oregon Red Reserve

Oregon Red Reserve


10 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.

This tea breaks all the rules. Grown in the lush farmlands of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Minto Island is producing teas with a character unto their own. Made using a variety of tea cultivars, Ms. Merkel has handcrafted this delightful black tea that can stand up to the best red – or black – teas China can offer.

Origin: Salem, Oregon
Elevation: 150 Feet
Teamaker: Kacie Merkel
Harvest: Late May, 2020

Click here to read more about this exceptional offering and click here to read our interview with teamaker Kacie Merkel.

Tasting Notes:

Apple pie, hyacinth, Gorgonzola

Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
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Kelly L.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Interesting, but a tad bland.

This tea definitely tasted like nothing else I've had, with a unique aroma and flavor profile... but BOY was it subtle. My first sip didn't taste like much of anything. I tend to prefer stronger black teas, be them malty assams or brisk darjeelings, and the first sip of this almost doesn't taste like anything to me. It was a fun and unique experience to try a domestic tea, though, and I'm curious to see what green tea - which I tend to enjoy more subtle - from this farm is like!

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Carolyn M.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Oregon Red

I had know idea that OR produced tea. A pleasant surprise. A smooth tea with just a bit of sweetness.

Tonia H.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Oregon Red

I'm quite enjoying this tea; it is light in body and has both a slight fruity and floral scent/taste to it. I think this would be a good afternoon drink with shortbread and perhaps a light tea sandwich.

Joseph T.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Oregon Red Reserve

A perfect afternoon tea from here in America. Smooth and satisfying taste without any acidity.

Diana B.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Incredible & local to boot

Wonderful fruit aroma, very rich, soft and round. Incredible and unique flavor, smooth and easy to drink. High quality tea, highly recommend. Love the PNW reserve flavors, thank you Smith!!!!


Spring Harvested Full Leaf Oregon Black Tea

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Reserve No. 203: The third tea in our 2nd Reserve Series. Also, our second-ever domestic tea release.


For Western brewing, this tea can be brewed for single infusions using 3.5 grams or 1 heaping Tablespoon 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.