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

28 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.

Loose leaf 1 ounce pack
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


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Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
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4.9 Based on 28 Reviews
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BM
04/12/2021
Bel-Ami M.
United States
I recommend this product
Wonderful tisane

Really, this is just lovely and unique. Super floral and elegant, makes a lovely ice tea as well. Who knew? You should keep this in stock, I bet one of the local chefs will be using it in a cocktail soon.

NM
04/08/2021
Nicole M.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Sheer Excellence

So in love with the rose genmacha, especially as ice tea.

AS
03/07/2021
Angela S.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Better Named Alder Blossom, Maybe?

While we can appreciate the technique and depth of flavor this tea is much more floral than we expected. We don't drink mint, rose, chamomile and other popular non-traditional teas so we were out of our depth before we even started. Not for us.

03/19/2021
Smith Teamaker

We are sorry to hear our NW Alder Leaf Reserve was not to your taste. Please email us at customersuccess@smithtea.com. We are happy to help you find something you will love!

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02/28/2021
Pavel G.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Can't get enough of this

What a lovely invention! Brew it by itself and get a fragrant tisane with very subtle taste, very different from medicinal teas made of alder's bark. Really hard to compare this to any other tea, this is so unique. My favorite way of using this is to add a couple of dry alder leaves to a spoon of good quality black tea, like Ceylon Uva. Try it! I feel like it underscores the character of black tea really well. I am hoping Smith Teamaker's at some point makes a "tea cocktail" where Alder Leaf is mixed with other black/green teas, and may be some other ingredients. I would buy such creation on the spot! In the meantime, here is hope Alder Leaf is not going to be discontinued any time soon!

CC
02/27/2021
Curt C.
United States United States
My favorite

This is one of my favorites. An amazing rich flavor.

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