Tea

At Saratoga Tea & Honey Co., we take great pride in sourcing and curating a wide variety of fine loose leaf teas from all over the world. As you explore our online tea selections, it's helpful to understand that all tea belongs to the same genus of evergreen, camellia, but of different species, variety and cultivar. It is in the magic of plant variety characteristics, climates, and processing techniques that create the sublime flavor and expressive terroir of the tea leaves you sip. All plants that are not camellia, are considered 'herbal' or 'tisanes'.

Matcha

Matcha is a shade-grown Japanese green tea powder brimming with antioxidants and other health benefits. Matcha powder is whisked with water and served "thin" or "thick", hot or iced, with milk or without milk - depending on your taste preferences and the grade of the matcha powder.

Over the past few years, matcha has seen a surge in popularity due to its high caffeine levels and extraordinary health benefits. But not all matcha is created equal! Our matcha powder is stone-ground freshly for us just before shipping and stored in airtight containers to maintain freshness. When buying matcha powder, be sure to look for a bright green powder that is pure, ground green tea. 

Which Matcha is Right for You?

Here at our Tea Bar, we serve the Matcha Wakatake iced or hot with 16oz of water or as a latte with frothed whole or oat milk. For most matcha-drinkers, Wakatake is going to be the perfect choice. 

Our Matcha Wako and Matcha Unkaku are ceremonial grade matcha powders. There are a couple differences between our Matcha Wakatake and the ceremonial-grade matcha. The first difference is where and how the tea is grown. The second is the resulting flavor profile, which calls for a ceremonial preparation. We recommend ceremonial-grade matcha to experienced matcha drinkers who prefer their matcha with less water and no honey or milk. 

What Do You Need to Make Matcha at Home?

Since matcha is a powdered green tea, you will need a matcha whisk (traditionally called a matcha chasen) and a matcha bowl to make hot matcha at home. For iced matcha, you can use cold water to whisk the matcha in the traditional way with the matcha chasen and bowl, or you can swap out the traditional for a cocktail shaker. We recommend using a traditional matcha bamboo scoop to measure your matcha. Learn more about how to make matcha at home on our blog!

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    Matcha Wakatake 100g

    $ 48.50

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    Matcha green tea powder is a special type of green tea produced with exceptional care and tradition. All our matcha is hand-picked and stone-ground to produce an extraordinarily smooth, high-quality matcha powder. Freshly ground for us right before being packed in air-tight tins and shipped from Japan, our 100g tins of Matcha Wakatake are packed with nutrients, antioxidants, Matcha Wakatake is a vibrantly green tea powder with that characteristically sweet and fresh grassy taste associated with premium matcha powder.

    Traditionally prepared hot in a bowl with a chasen (bamboo matcha whisk), matcha has become most recently popular prepared in other forms (including our locally famous iced mango matchas!). If you are looking for matcha to enhance smoothies, baking, or cocktails; as a matcha latte; or to shake up as an iced matcha at home, we recommend using the Matcha Wakatake. We recommend our Matcha Wako and Matcha Unkaku ceremonial grade matcha powders for traditional preparation.

    Our producer of Matcha Wakatake, Marukyu-Koyamaen, first began producing tea in the Genroku period (1688-1704) in Ogura, Uji. Over the centuries, Marukyu-Koyamaen has stayed true to their tradition and their mission of growing and producing exceptionally high-quality Ujicha (Japanese green tea). Still family-owned, Marukyu-Koyamaen remains highly esteemed and now ranks among the foremost producers of fine teas in Japan, winning many national prizes.

    Matcha Wakatake comes in a 100 gram tin, or about 50 servings. Refill this tin for 10% off in store.

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    Matcha Wako

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    Matcha Wako

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    The traditional powdered ceremonial Japanese green tea, matcha has recently gained popularity in the west as a "super-food". As opposed to other teas where an infusion of the leaf is drunk, with matcha, the whole leaf is consumed. This, of course, means more antioxidants and more caffeine. Our Matcha Wako is enjoyed in thin tea preparation and is the second highest of the ceremonial grades (usucha, thin grade). It arrives vibrantly green and freshly sealed in airtight 20 gram tins which yield 12-14 servings.

    Our matcha is freshly ground for us in Japan right before it's shipped from our award-winning producer, Marukyu-Koyamaen. Incredibly, Marukyu-Koyamaen began producing tea during the Genroku period (1688-1704) in Ogura, Uji. Part of the venerable tradition of Japanese green tea production (Ujuicha), over the ensuing centuries the quality of their tea has only increased. Still family-owned, their high standards are consistent from cultivation to the final product, forming the bedrock for their highly regarded reputation as one of the foremost producers of fine teas in Japan.

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    Matcha is a special type of Japanese green tea: a precious, jewel-green powder stone ground from hand-picked, high-grade Japanese tea leaves. It is traditionally whisked with hot water in a bowl to make a rich, healthful drink.

    Our producer, Marukyu-Koyamaen, first began production of tea in the Genroku period (1688–1704) in Ogura, Uji. Through subsequent generations, the quality of the tea increased, thus establishing the venerable tradition of Ujicha; by the eighth generation, the market had been extended to all of Japan. A standard of high quality, consistent from cultivation to the final product, was achieved, and the company — still family-owned — remains highly esteemed. Marukyu-Koyamaen now ranks among the foremost producers of matcha in Japan, and has won many national prizes.

    This superior grade can be used for thin or thick style matcha; for thin, use ~2g matcha and 1/3 cup hot water (190°F) per serving, and whisk vigorously with a chasen for about 20 seconds. Experiment with the amount of water to find your favorite formula.

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    Wakatake Iced Matcha Tea Set

    $ 67.50

    Iced matcha served with a choice of honey syrup has become quite popular at our tea bar.  We particularly recommend trying the iced matcha shaken with our mango infused honey, which makes a harmonious and delicious compliment to the green flavor of the matcha.

    This set includes: one cocktail shaker, 100 gram tin of Matcha Wakatake, and one traditional matcha scoop. Save $5 on buying these items as a set!

    Recipes:

    Iced Mango Matcha

    3/4 t Matcha Wakatake 

    2 Ice Cubes

    1 t Mango Honey or 3/4 oz Mango Honey Syrup (see recipe below)

    Add all the ingredients to the shaker and shake it all up!  Pour over ice and enjoy!

    Honey Syrup

    To make the honey syrup:  in small sauce pan bring equal parts water and honey to a simmer, skim, and turn off the heat immediately.  Cool and add into your cocktails or iced matcha!

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    Wako Gift Set for Hot Matcha

    $ 92.00

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    Wako Gift Set for Hot Matcha

    $ 92.00

    This is the perfect gift set to introduce that friend or relative on the wonderful benefits of high quality matcha.  For proper preparation of hot matcha, we include a jade matcha tea bowl, bamboo matcha scoop, matcha siftermatcha chasen (whisk), and a 20g tin of our highest quality Matcha Wako. In purchasing this gift set you will save $9 from the retail price. 

    The traditional powdered ceremonial Japanese green tea; matcha has recently gained popularity in the west as a "super-food".  As opposed to other teas where an infusion of the leaf is drunk, with matcha, the whole leaf is consumed.  This, of course, means more antioxidants and more caffeine.  Our Matcha Wako is enjoyed in thin tea preparation and is the second highest of the traditional grades.  Prepared hot, this tea is wonderfully smooth, with sweet marine notes, it will give you an umami experience. Wako arrives vibrantly green and freshly sealed in airtight 20 gram tins which yield 12-14 servings. 

    Each bowl is hand-thrown and glazed; variations in shape and color should be expected as each is a unique work of art.

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    Matcha Chasen

    $ 20.00

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    Matcha Chasen

    $ 20.00

    This traditional bamboo whisk is an essential tool for the preparation of Japan's famous ceremonial powdered green tea, matcha.  Each whisk is made from a single piece of split bamboo and fashioned individually by hand in Japan.

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    Matcha Whisk Stand

    $ 11.95

    This ceramic stand is designed to dry and store your matcha whisk and to retain its shape for more longevity!

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    $ 8.00

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    Matcha Bamboo Scoop

    $ 8.00

    This bamboo scoop, chashaku, is the traditional measuring tool for the ceremonial Japanese green tea, matcha. Each scoop is made by hand from a single piece of bamboo in Japan.

    For a beautiful foam on your matcha, we recommend scooping your matcha into a matcha sifter over your prewarmed bowl (chawan).  Gently scrape the matcha into the bowl, add hot water, and whisk vigorously in a 'w' motion.

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    Ben Suga Pottery Matcha Bowls

    $ 48.00

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    Ben Suga Pottery Matcha Bowls

    $ 48.00

    Suga Pottery is a ceramics studio based out of the Catskill Mountains, NY, that focuses on high quality, Karatsu-style tableware and sculpture. Each piece is hand built to last, with love and care, by artist Ben Suga.

    Our chawan matcha bowls are perfectly designed for whisking Matcha by chasen to its creamy frothy potential. Fully appreciate the meditative matcha experience of sipping the tea in a beautiful, high fired, glazed ceramic bowl. Each bowl has such unique variations of color and texture to the eye, and have 'qi' to add to your at home matcha experience.

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    Jade Matcha Chawan

    $ 28.00

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    Jade Matcha Chawan

    $ 28.00

    This original chawan, a robust and wide-bottomed matcha bowl, is a great choice for both novices and expert matcha lovers. Wider chawans facilitate the movement of the chasen and give extra room to properly dissolve and whisk the matcha, for a perfect emulsion and beautiful crema.

    The Jade Matcha Chawan is also part of our Matcha Wako Gift Set, which is perfect for the tea lover appreciative of the finer process of preparing tea traditionally.

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    Matcha Wakatake White Chocolate Bar

    $ 9.00

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    Matcha Wakatake White Chocolate Bar

    $ 9.00

    Here is a collaboration with our friends at Saratoga Chocolate to bring our Matcha Wakatake filled white chocolate bar.  The sweet creaminess is like the best Matcha Latté you've ever had, but in bar form. Pair this chocolate bar with your favorite tea or try it on the go for extra energy.

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    Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker

    $ 16.00

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    Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker

    $ 16.00

    This three piece stainless steel cocktail shaker perfect for making iced matcha or matcha cocktails at home.  The shaker includes a built-in strainer for easy pouring.

    How to Make Our Famous Iced Mango Matcha At Home:

    3/4 t Matcha Wakatake 

    2 Ice Cubes

    1 t Mango Honey 

    Add all the ingredients to the shaker and shake it all up!  Pour over ice and enjoy!

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White Tea

One of the most delicate teas, White Tea is made with only the buds and first leaves of the tea tree (camellia sinensis), plucked before they fully open. When these buds and leaves are harvested, they are quickly dried with minimal oxidation, producing an exquisitely light tea with a surprising depth of flavor. We enjoy White Tea especially in late winter or early spring as a soft, natural way to ease into the day.
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    Tasting Notes: Light straw-colored liquor with sweet and vegetal florality.

    Known as Silver Needle tea, Bai Hao Yin Zhen is an exemplary Chinese white tea harvested only in spring time and prized for its unusual composition of only voluptuous tea buds picked in the first flush of spring. This gorgeous tea gets its name from the fuzzy, silver needle-like appearance of the tea buds, the youngest part of the camellia sinensis plant also called tips or needles. The new growth for a new year, these buds are bursting with all the best parts of tea: caffeine, theanine, and polyphenols. (So don't be surprised if Bai Hao Yin Zhen is one of the most caffeinated cups of tea you drink!)

    Most white teas are comprised of both buds and leaves, as harvesting just the small, deliciously ripe new buds is both time consuming and difficult. Comprised of only the buds, Silver Needle tea is special and often slightly more expensive than other white teas that contain a mixture of buds and leaves, like Bai Mu Dan Wang (White Peony Tea).

    Our Bai Hao Yin Zhen has a rounded vegetal and fruity infusion. Earthy straw tones quickly bloom into a delightful florality and natural sweetness in this intricate infusion perfect for welcoming spring.

    Getting The Most Out of Your Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle Tea)

    We often use the word delicate to describe white teas, but we don't mean delicate like fine porcelain - we mean delicate like a ballerina's graceful dancing. High quality Bai Hao Yin Zhen (and other white teas) will dance across your tongue in a variety of complex combinations, from sweet hay and flowers to fruit and vanilla. Thanks to the fuzzy coating on the buds meant to protect them from late frosts, Bai Hao Yin Zhen can also withstand higher temperature water than you might think. We recommend playing around with your steeps to decide if you prefer your Silver Needle tea at 195 degrees F for about 1 minute or 185 degrees F for 2-3 minutes! Your Silver Needle leaves may be steeped and enjoyed several times at slightly longer intervals for each subsequent infusion.

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    Tasting Notes: Full-bodied with delicate florals and intriguing cinnamon sweetness.

    Also known as White Peony tea, Bai Mu Dan Wang is one of the world's most popular white teas. Unlike Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle tea), Bai Mu Dan Wang is comprised of both buds and leaves: one young tea bud and two young but partially matured tea leaves. As Bai Mu Dan Wang infuses, the buds and leaves open up, lending the appearance of the blossoming peony that gives this white tea its evocative name.

    Typically harvested in early spring by experienced and talented harvesters who carefully select the buds and two youngest leaves, White Peony tea is then withered the same day it's picked to prevent oxidation. Similar to Bai Hao Yin Zhen, Bai Mu Dan Wang can be quite highly caffeinated and is full of good-for-you antioxidants.

    This full-bodied, exceptional white tea from China has lovely vegetal sweetness from the fresh buds and a firm structure from more mature leaves. Enjoy hints of cinnamon and a delicate florality in your cup.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Bai Mu Dan Wang (White Peony Tea)

    Don't be fooled by the word delicate in our tasting notes, brewed correctly White Peony tea (Bai Mu Dan Wang) is anything but insipid. It's much better to think of this tea as delicate in the way a ballerina's graceful movements may appear delicate on the surface but are in reality an intricate melange of strength, character, and complexity. 

    Brew your Bai Mu Dan Wang at a slightly lower temperature than Bai Hao Yin Zhen, perhaps 175-185F for 2-3 minutes, depending on your personal taste. These leaves may be brewed several times at slightly longer intervals for subsequent infusions. 

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    Nan Mei Wild Buds

    $ 14.00

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    Nan Mei Wild Buds

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Clear, blonde liquor with zesty notes of honeyed citrus and pepper.

    From wild tea trees in the Nan Mei valley in the Lincang region, this carefully plucked tea is charged with great complexity. A rarity in the camellia family, this white tea is naturally caffeine-free but with enough flavorful zing to act as an excellent afternoon pick-me-up.

    We particularly love how notes of tropical fruit and honey combine with a citrusy zest and mild pepper in this lively white tea whose flavor profile is as untamed as the wild tea tree itself.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Nan Mei Wild Buds White Tea

    Slightly different than other traditional white teas, we recommend a longer steep time of 5-7 minutes in hot water (195F should be just about perfect). Also of note, this is a very voluminous tea, so it calls for an extra teaspoon per cup!

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Green Tea

Our current list of green tea, or unoxidized tea leaves, come from China, Vietnam, and Japan. Tea leaves are plucked, withered gently, and then immediately heated with wet or dry heat to prevent oxidation, resulting in a leaf that is very representative of the original plant's flavor notes and with a healthy concentration of chlorophyll, polyphenols, and antioxidants.

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    China Green Jade, Mao Jian

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Full and round jade-colored liquor with notes of spring vegetables and sweet nuts.

    Referred to as the "King of Green Tea", Xinyang Mao Jian is a gorgeous example of classic Chinese Green Tea. Long, thin emerald-colored leaves brew to a full and flavorful cup of quintessential green tea with notes of fresh spring vegetables and a pleasant nutty aftertaste.

    A classic yet fresh style of Chinese green tea from the Henan mountains, our China Green Jade Mao Jian organic green tea is lean and straightforward.A perfect everyday green tea with a lovely vegetal character and springy freshness, it's easy to see why this is one of the most popular green teas in the world.

    *This tea is organically produced.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Chinese Green Tea

    Your Mao Jian, China Green Jade is best steeped at 175-185 degrees F for 2 minutes. Western-style brewers may expect 2-4 steeps from this classic Chinese green tea, while those brewing in the traditional style with a gaiwan may enjoy 4-6 steeps. 

    Mao Jian tea is especially high in chatechins, which have been proven to help in weight loss and lowering LDL, and antioxidants. Get every last drop out of your leaves by using spent leaves to flavor broths, rice, and noodles!

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    $ 12.00

    Tasting Notes: Round, amber liquor with notes of caramelized nuts and rich, piney resin.

    We can't stop talking about or drinking this tea! A fresh arrival from Ashikubo, Japan, our Cypress Hojicha is a collaboration between garden and forest that supports the livelihood of two different sectors of this rural area. The well-roasted, caramelized nut notes of yabukita tea pairs amazingly with the piney resinous notes of refreshing cypress in this unique, scented green tea.

    Like most hojicha teas, the Cypress Hojicha is a roasted stem-and-leaf tea that is naturally low in caffeine. The ideal afternoon tea for coffee lovers who want a pick-me-up without the jitters, Cypress Hojicha has a complexity reminiscent of some lighter roast coffees and would make an excellent hot toddy!

    If you love this taste of the forest, you should try our Wild Taiga for an extra immunity-boost! Don't miss Cypress Hojicha, we might drink it all!

    Getting The Most Out of Your Loose Leaf Green Tea

    Cypress Hojicha is not your average green tea, so we recommend brewing at 195 degrees F for about 4 minutes on the first steep to release all the resinous notes of pine and nuts. Brewing Western-style, you can expect a solid 2-3 steeps out of each portion of this gorgeous collaboration between tea garden and forest. Try this tea cold brewed and iced for a lovely spring and summer afternoon refresher or cocktail base.

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    $ 10.00

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    Genmai Cha

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Smooth, celeriac liquor with notes of fresh veggies and sweet toasted cereal.

    A classic Japanese-style green tea blend of organically produced sweet sencha (cha) and toasted rice (genmai), Genmai Cha is a favorite tea for morning or afternoon.

    Produced from the bancha or second flush sencha, Genmai Cha is created by tossing brown rice in with the bancha during the drying process. This results in a nicely toasted rice flavor with some of the kernels even popping like corn! 

    Light in character with a lovely sweet toastiness and fresh vegetal notes, Genmai Cha is a great everyday tea.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Japanese Green Tea

    Genmai Cha may be enjoyed brewed either Western-style or in a traditional kyusu teapot. Our staff enjoys multiple steeps of this sweetly vegetal and slightly toasted tea using either infusion method and recommends trying Genmai Cha iced for a refreshing fall afternoon pick-me-up.

    Genmai Cha also makes a wonderful broth for savory dishes, so don't throw away your spent leaves! For a recipe with this green tea-based broth, visit our blog, here.

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    Genmai Cha Sencha Matcha

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Vibrant green liquor with notes of fresh grass and toasted nut.

    Our organically produced Genmai Cha Sencha Matcha hails from near Shizuoka, Japan and is a blend of several favorite green tea styles: an autumnal-flush Sencha and high grade matcha powder are rounded out with toasted puffed-brown rice to create a new take on the classic Genmai Cha tea.

    This highly caffeinated green tea is rich in antioxidants and minerals. With the sweet sencha giving way to vegetal matcha and the toasted notes of puffed brown rice, you will enjoy a brilliant green cup with a silky mouthfeel and a lovely nutty finish. Certainly invigorating, yet satisfying and grounding, this tea is a gift towards a good mood.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Loose Leaf Green Tea

    Due to the nature of this Genmai Cha Sencha Matcha blend, you will notice a significant difference between the first and second steep, with the majority of the matcha infusing on the first steep. Your second steep will be reminiscent of a traditional Genmai Cha with lingering vegetal characteristics from the matcha. We particularly enjoy using the spent leaves from this tea to flavor jasmine rice when cooking!

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    Hojicha, Jou Yanagi

    $ 12.00

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    Hojicha, Jou Yanagi

    $ 12.00

    Tasting Notes: Smooth and rich russet liquor with warm notes of toasted cereal and roasted chestnuts.

    A popular tea in Japan for children and those seeking less caffeine, this stem tea is sourced via Ryuoen, one of the finest tea shops in Kyoto. 

    Hojicha tea is the very last to be harvested for the year and is deeply roasted to create its characteristic nutty sweetness. Its fragrance will delight and warm you, with notes of chestnut and warm roasted barley. The warm, round palate lives up to that old adage that tea cures all ills, giving instant reprieve from the stresses of the day. Fall to winter, as our day slows down, you'll find our staff sipping this tea into the late afternoon hours.

    This Hojicha, along with its scented cousin the Cypress Hojicha, are two of our favorite teas for coffee drinkers looking to branch out into tea or find an afternoon pick-me-up without the jitters from coffee or chemicals found in the decaffeination process. Naturally low in caffeine due to its mostly stem composition, Hojicha will satisfy both your search for a low-caffeine tea substitute for coffee and your coffee-lover-palate's desire for a roasted and complex brew.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Loose Leaf Green Tea

    Steep and re-steep this toasty, roasted green tea for an afternoon and evening full of delicious flavors. We recommend your first steep at 195 degrees F for about 2-3 minutes, with each subsequent steep brewing for increasing intervals. Brewed western-style, anticipate 2-3 gorgeous steeps from each portion of tea, or cold brew for a refreshing spring and fall afternoon iced tea!

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    $ 16.00

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    Kabusecha Takamado

    $ 16.00

    Tasting Notes: Striking pale green liquor with notes of sweet spring shoots and creamy nuts.

    For lovers of Gyokuro and shade grown teas, we recommend that you try this bright shade-grown tea from Uji, Japan.

    Shading the leaves is a technique used in high quality tea production to soften the bitter phenols, increase chlorophyll, and further develop the umami richness of the tea. In this case, 70% of sunlight was blocked 14 days before harvest.

    Kabusecha's infusion is satisfying and thirst-quenching. Enjoy classic vegetal and marine characteristics with a luxuriously smooth mouth feel. Spring-like notes of spinach, pea shoots, and creamy nuts leave a lingering experience to savor.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Japanese Green Tea

    This shade grown Japanese green tea may be enjoyed over multiple infusions and benefits from cooler water. We recommend water between 165-175 degrees F for only two minutes on your first Western-style steep. Western-style brewers may anticipate 2-3 gorgeously smooth steeps while those brewing in the traditional Japanese kyusu pot may anticipate 4-5 steeps. Learn more about different brewing techniques for traditional and Western-style brewing here

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    Kukicha

    $ 14.00

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    Kukicha

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Brilliant chartreuse liquor with notes of citrus and sweet, early summer greens.

    A blend of stems and leaf and produced organically at 400m in Shizuoka Prefecture by Mr. Suzuki, our Kukicha boasts a beautiful glowing green color, rich fruity aroma and palate, and a sparkling finish. Its stem-and-leaf composition means Kukicha is naturally lower in caffeine than most green teas, making it the perfect afternoon pick-me-up or meal accompaniment. 

    Poised and refined with notes of citrus and blanched greens, this gorgeous Japanese green tea tastes expensive, but is priced to enjoy daily.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Japanese Green Tea

    Kukicha is one of absolute favorites to steep and re-steep. Western-style brewers should anticipate 2-3 sweetly vegetal steeps while those brewing with a kyusu in the traditional method may anticipate 4-5 beautiful infusions.

    Try this brilliantly green tea cold brewed for a wonderful and refreshing iced tea in the summer months! Shake your cold brewed Kukicha with matcha powder in the summer for an extra caffeine and amino acid boost!

    We also love to pair our Kukicha with food! Brew some up to enjoy with simply prepared fish, rice and vegetables or grain bowls. This tea may be enjoyed even later in the day, too, as it is lower in caffeine.

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  • Long Jing Zhejiang
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    Long Jing Zhejiang

    $ 14.00

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    Long Jing Zhejiang

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Soft, pale green liquor with notes of fresh vegetables and light, roasted nuts.

    Topping the list of China's most famous teas, the classic Chinese whole leaf green tea Long Jing is also known as Dragonwell. This highly aromatic whole leaf tea is so well-loved and inherent to Chinese tea culture, it was even served to Nixon during his visit with Mao Zedong in 1972. 

    Besides its storied history, we know you will love the brisk and softly green character of our organic Dragonwell tea. With an elegant fresh vegetal flavor and hints of roasted nuttiness, this loose leaf Long Jing green tea is organically produced at 500m in the native region for this cultivar and style of tea, Zhejiang, and will quickly become staple addition to your tea collection.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Chinese Green Tea

    Brewed Western-style, Long Jing (or Dragonwell) green tea will give you 2-3 fragrant and freshly vegetal steeps. Brewed in the traditional manner using a gaiwan, anticipate 4-6 steeps. Whether brewing Western-style or with a gaiwan, be sure to infuse your leaves for increasing intervals with each steep.

    Green tea leaves are also full of antioxidants that are great for your skin! You can use your spent leaves to create home-made toners, face washes, or bath salts!

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    Sencha Sumire

    $ 12.00

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    Sencha Sumire

    $ 12.00

    Tasting Notes: Vibrant, silky liquor with notes of white flowers and verdant gardens.

    Harvest: 2021 First Flush Spring Shincha

    Our Sencha Sumire is a vibrantly green and deeply fragranced tea from the famed Kirishima district of Kagoshima. Made by an award winning grower/producer, this blend of two cultivars (Yutaka Midori and Kanayamidori) creates a richly satisfying Sencha. Enjoy its exotic floral overtone, and lush, silky mouthfeel. Easy to brew, lively and awakening, this sencha will quickly become your everyday green tea.

    A sun-grown Japanese green tea, Sencha is typically bright in character and body. Once picked, tea leaves oxidize quickly, so to prevent this oxidation Sencha leaves are fanned with damp air until they are steamed and cooled shortly after harvest to halt enzymatic oxidation and preserve the brilliant, green taste of the camellia sinensis tea plant. You will be able to tell the quality of your Japanese green tea in its verdant, green hue, as improperly steamed or lower quality Senchas will lose their color, flavor, and aroma.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Japanese Green Tea

    Best brewed at cooler temperatures to preserve the lively nature of this tea, we recommend brewing your Sencha at 165 degrees F for no more than 2 minutes on the first Western-style steep. For those at-home brewers with traditional teaware, this gorgeous Sencha absolutely benefits from steeping in a traditional kyusu. Please anticipate 2-3 lovely and lively steeps in a Western-style teapot and 4-6 steeps using a kyusu. 

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    Tan Huong

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    Tan Huong

    $ 12.00

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    Tasting Notes: Smooth, jade liquor with notes of sweet, lakeside gardens and a delicate whiff of extinguished smoke.

    In Vietnam, 1.5 hours north of Hanoi in Thai Nguyen province, a woman-run cooperative of 41 members (80% female) with small tea gardens, came together in the 90s with the goal of producing quality green tea. Once living in poverty, tea has transformed the lives of these families and this little village, allowing them to build better homes and safer roads. This woman-run operation is producing their high quality teas organically and with great pride for their land and cultivation.

    It is from this collective effort that this energizing organic green tea emerges, with its sweet vegetal, slightly marine and smoky notes. For lovers of robust teas, Tan Huong is a green tea that will appeal to lovers of green tea, oolong, and even black teas.

    Read more about the story of Tan Huong on our blog, here.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Organic Loose Leaf Green Tea

    Tan Huong is a green tea that benefits from multiple steeps, especially in traditional teaware like the gaiwan. We recommend exploring how the flavors and aromas of this intriguing tea unfurl over 2-3 Western-style infusions or 4-6 infusions using a gaiwan. 

    In the spirit of this incredible collective, we recommend using your spent leaves to flavor water for rice and noodles.

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Oolong Tea

Oolong is a semi-oxidized tea family that falls between Green Tea and Black Tea in oxidation, and is an absolute favorite among the staff here at Saratoga Tea & Honey - not least because it holds up well to multiple steeps during shifts at the bar! You may notice that one Oolong might have lower oxidation and be light and floral like a Green Tea while another might have a deeper, more honeyed character, leaning towards Black Tea.

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    Ali Shan

    $ 18.00

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    Ali Shan

    $ 18.00

    Tasting Notes: Round, light gold-colored liquor with notes of white flowers and spice.

    This Spring 2021 harvest high mountain oolong (1200m) comes from one of Taiwan's most famous tea mountains: Ali Shan and this particular year is a stand out! Ali Shan hand picked and produced in a small batch in Ruili, Taiwan. The tightly rolled mature leaves unfurl over multiple infusions yielding a profoundly aromatic cup with the delicate complexity of green vegetation, white flowers, and spice.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Ali Shan Oolong

    Don't throw away your leaves after the first steep! Many of our employees prefer Ali Shan on the second steep! We recommend this oolong experienced through many steeps in the gaiwan or re-steeped several times in a western teapot.

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    Da Hong Pao

    $ 16.00

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    Da Hong Pao

    $ 16.00

    Tasting Notes: Rich and full ochre liquor with complex notes of dried fruit and spice.

    One of several Rock Oolongs in our collection, Da Hong Pao has a tradition of production on the Wuyi mountains in Fujian Province, China stretching over 800 years. Rock oolongs like Da Hong Pao get their name honestly from the rocky terrain of the Wuyi mountains where they're grown.

    Composed of dark, olive-colored whole leaves that are lightly twisted and baked, our April 2019 Premium lot yields a complex cup with sweet overtones of dried fruit and spice and a certain rustic cozy charm we think you'll enjoy - particularly in the cooler months or early summer mornings.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Da Hong Pao "Rock" Oolong

    Da Hong Pao is one of our more heavily oxidized oolongs with a flavor profile that tends towards a well-balanced black tea in taste. Like most oolongs, Da Hong Pao benefits from traditional steeping methods using a gaiwan and may be enjoyed most fully over multiple steeps (generally up to 6). Tea lovers brewing this gorgeous and popular oolong in the Western style can anticipate 3-4 beautiful steeps from each portion of tea.

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    Dong Ding - Roasted

    $ 16.00

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    Dong Ding - Roasted

    $ 16.00

    Tasting Notes: Full and balanced deep yellow liquor gives way to notes of toasty honey and wood.

    From Lagu Township in Nantou County, Taiwan, comes this classic and highly prized style of oolong, Dong Ding. Also referred to as Tung Ting, this oolong is charcoal fired and deeply kissed by the roasting process. You'll find it wonderfully balanced with a unique sweetness reminiscent of honey and toast, accented by a dry woodiness that calls you back for more.

    Produced with the expertise of Mr. Nen Yu, this is a tea showcases a combination of forces to simultaneously energize and ground. Sit with this tea steep after steep and experience the unfurling of the secrets within its leaves.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Oolong

    This lovely roasted oolong is best enjoyed over multiple steeps. Brewing in the traditional method with a gaiwan, you can anticipate the flavors unfurling over a full 6-7 steeps. Western brewing will yield closer to 3-4 cups. Remember to rinse your leaves first and brew for slightly longer intervals on each subsequent steep!

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    Gabacha

    $ 20.00

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    Gabacha

    $ 20.00

    Tasting Notes: Rich and smooth amber liquor with sweet notes of summer squash and spice.

    One of the most unique teas in our collection, this Northern Taiwanese oolong is the product of a process created in Japan's National Institute for Tea Experimentation in the late 1980's. Through the use of the modern culinary technique sous-vide, an anaerobic reaction creates the natural stress reducing amino acid GABA. This leaves you with a perfectly balanced cup engineered for energy and focus.

    The lightly rolled leaves give this oolong a deep amber cup with notes of dried fruit and sweet spice. Delicious, relaxing, and complex, feel uplifted and calm with this very re-steepable oolong. For added sweetness and comfort, pair with Cinnamon Honey.

    Find out more about the production, effects, and benefits of Gabacha oolong, here!

    Get The Most Out Of Your Oolong

    Gabacha is the hands-down staff-favorite oolong at our Saratoga Springs Tea Bar. Rich but balanced, this oolong steeps wonderfully using either the traditional or western brewing techniques. Steeping using the traditional gaiwan, you should anticipate up to 12 beautiful steeps. Western-style brewers can comfortably enjoy 5-6 steeps of this lovely, stress-relieving brew.

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    Guei Fei

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    Tasting Notes: Smooth amber liquor with notes of floral honey and warm cinnamon.

    2019 was not a great year for the production of Guei Fei, or Concubine Tea, which is why we feel particularly fortunate to receive this special low quantity lot produced and gently roasted by our new source, Mrs. Lin.

    This bug bitten oolong hails from the production area for the famous Taiwanese oolong Dong Ding; the variation in color of the leaves shows the moderate level of oxidation. A beautiful amber color in the cup, this tea is wonderfully fragrant with aromas of flowers, warm honey and cinnamon. It is well balanced, full and silky smooth, with a soft, sweet finish that will satisfy anyone who enjoys the honeyed character of bug bitten teas.

    Read more about the story of Guei Fei on our blog, here.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Oolong

    Like most oolongs, Guei Fei re-steeps well, especially when brewed in the traditional manner using a gaiwan. Traditional brewing will generally yield up to 8 steeps and tea drinkers using Western-style brewing can anticipate 4-6 steeps. Remember to rinse your leaves first and steep for increasing time intervals on each subsequent steep!

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    Jin Xuan 'Milk' Oolong

    $ 14.00

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    Jin Xuan 'Milk' Oolong

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Creamy, pale liquor with aromatic floral notes.

    Often called "milk tea", this particular tea cultivar - jin xuan - is well known for its naturally creamy quality on the palate.

    This tea is grown and processed (Spring 2020) in Songbolin, Ali Shan Mountain, Taiwan. This batch of tea was sourced from an artisan who has repeatedly won first prize in the Nantou County Tea Trade Association’s Jin Xuan Dong Ding Oolong Tea Competitions.

    We feel very lucky to have received some of this special tea , that truly holds the desired character of Jin Xuan, a floral aroma and sweet, buttery flavor with characteristic creamy mouth-feel. This aromatic, light-bodied tea stands up to multiple steepings.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Milk Oolong

    Though light in body, our Jin Xuan milk oolong stands up well to multiple steeps - both when brewed in the traditional manner or Western-style. Traditional brewing in a gaiwan will yield up to 8 steeps. Western-style brewers can anticipate 3-4 beautiful steeps.

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    Nantou Four Seasons

    $ 14.00

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    Nantou Four Seasons

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Honey-colored liquor with sweet notes of fresh lilacs and spring greens.

    This popular tea is made from a cultivar that can be harvested year-round and gets its name from its region and cultivar - si ji chun - which means four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter.

    Nantou Four Seasons is grown in mountainous Nantou County, Taiwan, which is in the central part of the island. The hand-picked leaves are lightly oxidized and rolled into ball shapes. When infused, a lush lilac aroma is immediately released; as the leaves open through multiple infusions, a prominent honey-sweet flavor and fresh green notes linger.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Oolong

    One of our lightly oxidized oolongs, Nantou Four Seasons re-steeps especially well brewed in the traditional gaiwan, yielding up to 8 gorgeous steeps. Brewed in the Western-style, anticipate 3-4 increasingly honeyed and fresh steeps.

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    Qi Lan Wuyi

    $ 14.00

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    Qi Lan Wuyi

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Rich sienna liquor with notes of autumnal florals, wood, and spiced nuts.

    Oolongs are known for their balance of flavors, but the Qi Lan Wuyi is particularly notable in its combination of bright fruits with woody and floral notes and even elements of grilled nuts and spices. Not just a mouthful of a description, this fine large-leaf tea is ideal for exploring your palate.

    Qi Lan Wuyi, or rare orchid oolong, comes from a 500m garden in the magnificent Wuyi Mountains. Named for the rocky soil in which they grow in the lower elevations of the Wuyi Mountains, rock oolongs like our Qi Lan Wuyi (Rare Orchid Oolong) are as hardy and hearty as they sound. Qi Lan Wuyi is a wonderful oolong for black tea drinkers who are looking for a tea with less astringency and a more balanced palate. As a rock oolong kin to Da Hong Pao and Shui Xian Lao Cong, the Rare Orchid Oolong will also appeal to lovers of darker oolongs who enjoy woody flavors and - true to its name! - floral notes. Wonderfully smooth and slightly sweet and nutty in a sense, this tea will be sure to make you tip your head in approval.

    Getting the Most Out Of Your Rock Oolong

    As the appellation rock oolong suggests, Qi Lan Wuyi is a hardy (and hearty) oolong that holds up well to multiple steeps. Enjoy 8-10 steeps using traditional brewing methods in a gaiwan or 5-6 steeps in a Western-style teapot.

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    Shan Lin Xi

    $ 20.00

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    Shan Lin Xi

    $ 20.00

    Tasting Notes: Subtle but round pale gold liquor gives verdant notes of fruits, florals, and greens.

    Our tea aficionados love this profusely aromatic oolong from high in the Taiwanese mountains. Produced this past fall by Mr. Chen and his team, this harvest of our favorite high mountain oolong is composed of mature leaves that have been tightly rolled in the characteristic style of Taiwan.

    Over multiple infusions this tea gives a profusely aromatic cup with aromas of heady white flowers, ground cherry, wheat-grass and vanilla. Absolutely intoxicating.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your High Mountain Oolong

    Though reminiscent of green teas in their flavor profiles and coloring, semi-oxidized oolongs like our Shan Lin Xi are just as re-steepable as their darker, more oxidized cousins in the oolong family. We recommend unfurling the potential in every portion of Shan Lin Xi over 8-10 steeps using a traditional gaiwan or yixing or 4-5 steeps in a Western-style teapot. 

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    Shui Xian Lao Cong

    $ 16.00

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    Shui Xian Lao Cong

    $ 16.00

    Tasting Notes: Rich and clear amber liquor with complex notes of berries, florals and honeyed, toasted nuts.

    Shui Xian Lao Cong is yet another velvety and wonderful 'yan cha' or rock oolong from the Wuyi Mountains. From deeply rooted tea bushes, this carefully harvested old bush narcissus, Shui Xian, offers us much potential in its twisted leaves.

    Its beautiful amber colored infusion offers aromas of caramelized vegetables and nuts. The clear liquor offers notes of bright berries with a nuances of flowers. This Lao Cong is a generous tea in its sweet persistence evocative of dark honey.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Dark Oolong

    Shui Xian Lao Cong is a highly oxidized oolong and acts, in some ways, much like an extremely re-steepable black tea. Play around with water temperature and steep times to find the best combination for your palate and teaware. Anticipate 10-12 steeps in a traditional gaiwan and 5-7 steeps using a Western brewing method. Don't forget to brew your tea for increasing time intervals with each steep to experience all the flavors your tea leaves have to reveal!

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    Tea of the Month: Bai Hao Jingmai

    $ 12.00

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    Tea of the Month: Bai Hao Jingmai

    $ 12.00

    Tasting Notes: Rich amber liquor reveals notes of toasty pear, cinnamon and citrus.

    Following the aesthetic of the Taiwanese favorite leaf hopper bitten oolong Bai Hao, or "Oriental Beauty", our Bai Hao Jingmai is produced in a similar fashion, but from a very different area.

    Quite excitingly, our organic "Oriental Beauty" oolong comes to us from gardens located on the flanks of the Jingmai mountain in Yunnan, China.

    Bai Hao Jingmai's long leaves with hues of ochre and khaki reveal, upon immersion in water, rich fragrances of bark and cooked pears. Its attractive amber liquor boasts sweet and tart flavors evoking cinnamon and citrus zest.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Oriental Beauty Oolong

    Steeped in the traditional manner using a gaiwan, this gorgeous bug-bitten oolong will reveal its depth of character through 6-7 steeps, with each subsequent steep immersing the leaves for longer intervals. Steeped in the Western style with more water, you can expect this medium-oxidation oolong to hold up to 3-4 steeps.

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    Wood Dragon

    $ 10.00

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    Wood Dragon

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Medium-bodied topaz liquor with toasty notes of wood and sweet sap.

    Just as its name would imply, the Wood Dragon oolong is a fierce but gentle tea and perfect for sipping after yoga. Made primarily from the stems of the tea plant, Wood Dragon is a standout in the oolong category. It is lower in caffeine - due to the low volume of leaf - but with a similarly warm, sweet maple sap flavor. It is one of the most popular teas in Taiwan, enjoyed in many restaurants and homes.

    The roasted flavor is a result of an extra firing after the twigs and stems have been hand-sorted away from the leaves. An accessible and enjoyable alternative to a more heavily caffeinated, dark-roast oolong, Wood Dragon is satisfying on its own or served with food.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Low-Caffeine Oolong

    Though not as re-steepable as some of its large-leaf oolong cousins, your Wood Dragon will still be an enjoyable meal or work companion after 3-4 steeps! 

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Black Tea

Our fine loose-leaf Black Teas (or more correctly called Red Teas, as per the countries of origin) come from India, China, Sri Lanka, Rwanda and Kenya and represent fully oxidized camellia sinensis leaves that have been carefully processed by a dance of withering, rolling, oxidizing and drying.

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    English Breakfast Assam Banaspaty

    $ 10.00

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    English Breakfast Assam Banaspaty

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Robust sienna-colored liquor with balanced tannins and notes of tobacco and sweet malt.

    Coming from Assam, one of India's largest growing regions, our organic English Breakfast tea is not only certified-organic, but also Fairtrade!

    Our English Breakfast Assam comes from the single garden and is made with a nice proportion of tippy golden buds that help to balance the natural tannins in traditionally produced Indian black teas.

    This English Breakfast tea is full-bodied with flavors of tobacco, sweet malt, and dried fruit. Naturally very sweet and generous with perfectly balanced tannins, every cup of our Assam is ready to be enjoyed however you prepare your tea. For those who enjoy a dollop of milk and honey, this English Breakfast takes milk especially well!

    If you prefer a sweetened breakfast tea, we recommend our English Breakfast Assam Banaspaty paired with Saratoga Wildflower, Cinnamon Infused or Palmetto Honey.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Black Tea

    We recommend our English Breakfast tea enjoyed after brewing in the Western-style that made this style of tea so popular in Great Britain all those centuries ago. You can expect 2-3 steeps from each portion of English Breakfast tea, sometimes more depending on your brewing habits! We recommend steeping your tea leaves for increasing intervals with each subsequent steep. 

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    Ceylon Orange Pekoe

    $ 10.00

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    Ceylon Orange Pekoe

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Medium-bodied amber liquor with well-structured tannin and notes of fruit.

    Coming from Sri Lanka, our Ceylon Orange Pekoe black tea is a classic, full-leafed example of one of the most famous of the English colonial teas. Orange Pekoe is a specific grade of black tea coming from India, Sri Lanka, and other parts of Asia - though Chinese teas are not typically classified this way. While it is not clear where the name for this grade originated, we do know that Orange Pekoe or OP tea has been used to indicate a high grade, full-leaf tea since Dutch and British colonial trading in tea originated.

    Medium bodied and fruity with a good, firm structure, our Ceylon Orange Pekoe is good with a splash of milk or by itself. We particularly love this tea with a little cinnamon honey.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Black Tea

    We recommend brewing this black tea Western-style and enjoying with or without a splash of milk and honey! Ceylon Orange Pekoe iced tea is also one of our favorite cold brewed teas to serve in the summer, so be sure to try this delicious tea every way possible!

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    Russian Caravan

    $ 10.00

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    Russian Caravan

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Deep and full-bodied umber liquor with notes of tobacco, smoke, and spiced fruit.

    This popular, lightly smoked black tea blend originated in the 18th century as something of an accident. As traders carried sacks of tea on a 6,000 mile journey across Russia on their way to bring tea from China to Europe, it is speculated that the campfires added a smokey quality to the original black teas that has become so much a part of the character of Russian Caravan teas. Now, master tea blenders blend Chinese black tea with smokey Lapsang Souchong to create a robust black tea with just a whiff of smoke to ward off the chill on winter mornings. 

    Our Russian Caravan is blended from top Chinese teas in the assertive and slightly smoky style favored by the Russians for centuries. Full bodied and strong with flavors of dried fruits, tobacco and spice, Russian Caravan is excellent hot or iced and stands up very well to a bit of milk and honey. 

    We recommend Russian Caravan to lovers of Irish Breakfast tea, for its similar lightly smoked flavor profile. For tea drinkers who enjoy an even smokier tea, don't miss our gorgeous Cedar-smoked Lapsang Souchong!

    Getting the Most Out of Your Black Tea

    Black teas like the Russian Caravan are more traditionally prepared in the Western-style, as they are the result of the tea trade. Your Russian Caravan leaves will steep a delightful 2-3 times in a Western-style teapot. Or enjoy this blended Chinese black tea 4-5 times in a Gaiwan or Yixing. 

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    Jin Die

    $ 14.00

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    Jin Die

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Amber-colored liquor with mellow tannins and notes of sweet brioche and salted caramel.

    Jin Die (Golden Butterfly) organic black tea is comprised entirely of hand-rolled golden buds (hence its name). Jin Die is one of our favorite and most-recommended black teas in our Saratoga Springs flagship store.

    Golden bud teas like Jin Die or our Yunnan Da Ye black tea are unique among black teas because they are made not from the mature leaves of the tea tree, but the buds. Usually in tea picking and processing, we associate bud teas with white teas, which are comprised of the unoxidized buds or buds and first few leaves of the camellia sinensis tea plant. In the early twentieth century, tea cultivators began experimenting with oxidizing the buds, creating Golden Bud black tea. Golden Bud black teas like Jin Die (Golden Butterfly) are characterized by smooth liquors with mellow tannins but satisfying body and a naturally sweet flavor profile with notes of malt and caramel.

    Jin Die is silky smooth and mouth filling with flavors of sweet brioche and salted caramel. Though this organic black tea has a mellow tannin profile, it still holds up extremely well to a little milk and honey. You will enjoy these hand-rolled buds unfurling as if a golden butterfly from its chrysalis as you steep your morning cup. 

    Getting the Most Out of Your Black Tea

    Jin Die black tea may be enjoyed brewed in either a Western-style teapot or a traditional gaiwan or yixing. Learn more about how to brew teas here

     

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    Lapsang Souchong

    $ 10.00

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    Lapsang Souchong

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Dark amber liquor with bold notes of wood smoke and cedar.

    The classic pine-smoked Chinese black tea, Lapsang Souchong has a bold woody flavor, with sweet-smokey cedar undertones. Lapsang Souchong is a black tea for lovers of cigars, campfires and bacon.

    Sometimes referred to as the first black tea, the origin of Lapsang Souchong is up for a bit of debate, so we will leave it up to you to decide which story you find more plausible. One origin story credits the resourceful villagers of Tong Mu in the Wuyi province with rescuing their tea crop through creativity. In this legend, picking and processing in the Wuyi region that traditionally produces full-leaf oolongs was interrupted by an invading army. As the army arrived, villagers abandoned their crop and came back to find their leaves turning brown (oxidizing), so they quickly dried them over pine fires, creating the first black tea: Laspang Souchong. Another story for the origin of this tea is much more banal: the traditional green (unoxidized) teas that the Chinese had been trading with Europeans were losing quality over the long trade routes. So, tea makers devised a new way of drying leaves over pine fires that preserved their quality and imparted a distinctly smokey flavor. 

    Whichever origin story you believe, we are certainly glad that an enterprising tea maker developed the process to oxidize and smoke tea, creating Lapsang Souchong! 

    Getting the Most Out of Your Lapsang Souchong Smoked Black Tea

    Lapsang Souchong has a distinctive, smokey taste that makes for an excellent and bracing morning cup - especially when camping. Add a little Ghost Pepper honey for a cup of tea that'll warm you up like no coffee can!

    We also highly recommend using Lapsang Souchong to make hot toddies or cocktail syrups. Lapsang Souchong also makes a great addition to vegan cupboards, as it will impart a smokey, bacony flavor to meat substitutes and vegetables when used in broths and marinades. 

    You can brew your Lapsang using Western-style or traditional methods. Learn more about how to brew black tea using a traditional gaiwan or yixing teapot here!

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    Yunnan Da Ye

    $ 14.00

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    Yunnan Da Ye

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Rich sienna-colored liquor with notes of sweet malt, citrus and spice.

    The goldilocks of black tea, Yunnan Da Ye is just right, with a rich and full-bodied liquor but mellow tannins. Made from the indigenous large leafed varietal known in Yunnan as "Da Ye," this organic black tea is lightly hand rolled and contains a generous amount of golden twisted bud contributing to its balanced sweetness.

    A gorgeous combination of finesse, rustic malty sweetness, and citrus fruit briskness, this tea is an example of the huge potential of the Yunnan. A staff favorite, Yunnan Da Ye is often highlighted when introducing our black tea.

    Black tea lovers might enjoy comparing Yunnan Da Ye with our other golden bud tea, Jin Die

    Getting the Most Out of Your Organic Black Tea

    Yunnan Da Ye may be enjoyed brewed in either the Western-style or using traditional Chinese teaware. If brewing using a Western-style teapot, you may anticipate 2-3 lovely steeps from each portion of Yunnan Da Ye. Traditional brewing techniques using a gaiwan or yixing will yield 4-6 steeps. 

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    Kenya Kangaita

    $ 10.00

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    Tasting Notes: Robust, burnt-siennna liquor with notes of spice, fruit, and honeyed toast. 

    Arriving to us from Africa's Rift Valley and grown from the same varietal as India's famous black teas of Nilgiri, Kenya Kangaita black tea tea is produced with uncharacteristic care using traditional Orthodox methods from an area where many teas are industrial, CTC grade (CTC or Cut, Tear, Curl is a grade of tea generally made for mass production in tea bags).

    Spicy, and fruity with a sweetness something like toast, Kenya Kangaita is tannic but balanced. This full leaf African black tea is sure to be a favorite with lovers of strong, smooth tea.

    Getting the Most Out of Your Black Tea

    Kenya Kangaita steeps well using both Western and traditional methods. Brewing in a Western-style teapot you may anticipate 2-3 steeps. Traditional brewing in a gaiwan or yixing pot will yield 4-6 steeps. 

    Kenya Kangaita also makes an excellent iced tea that stands up well to sweeteners like honey or sugar.

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    Keemun Mao Feng

    $ 10.00

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    Keemun Mao Feng

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Rich, amber liquor with notes of dark chocolate and sweet potato.

    This elegant Chinese black tea comes from Anhui, a province usually more famous for its green tea. Nevertheless, Keemun Mao Feng is one of our favorite and most popular black teas, often featuring as our iced tea of the week! 

    Keemun Mao Feng's sleek black leaves yield a dark amber infusion, and deep, earthy aroma. Its rich flavor with distinctly smokey notes of dark chocolate and sweet potato, holds up through a multiple infusions.

    How to Get the Most Out of Your Black Tea

    Keemun Mao Feng is one of our most versatile black teas, and a favorite iced tea in the summer months. Brew this black tea in a Western-style teapot for 2-3 steeps or using a traditional gaiwan or yixing teapot for 4-6 steeps.

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    Feng Huang Hong Cha

    $ 24.00

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    Feng Huang Hong Cha

    $ 24.00

    Tasting Notes: Tawny liquor with notes of chestnut and toasted barley sugar.

    Coming from Feng Huang, the Phoenix Mountain, in the Guandong Province of China, this incredible black tea shows many of the characteristics of the famous Oolongs of the region. With balanced tannins and a flavor profile that evolves on the palate, Feng Huang Hong Cha starts with a delicate bite of tart berry and finishes with honeyed notes of sweet malt. 

    Without doubt our most interesting black tea, the tightly twisted black leaves of Feng Huang Hong Cha (Phoenix Mountain Black Tea) yield a complex and satisfying cup. Once infused, you will notice aromas of flowers and warm honey with abundant flavors of chestnut and blackcurrant that give way to a long and comforting finish of sweet barley sugar. Rich and intricate, fans of Spanish Black Forest will enjoy Feng Huang Hong Cha's interesting and unique character.

    Getting the Most Out of Your Phoenix Mountain Black Tea

    Due to its unique processing, Feng Huang Hong Cha acts much like an oolong and you may expect many beautiful steeps from each portion of this lovely black tea. Brewed Western-style, each portion of Feng Huang Hong Cha may yield 4-5 steeps. Brewed in a traditional gaiwan or yixing, you may anticipate 8-10 steeps from this complex black tea.

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  • Lovely Little Whole Organic Assamica Leaves Surround A Delicious Cup of Black Rwanda Tea
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    Rwanda Rukeri

    $ 10.00

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    Rwanda Rukeri

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Golden amber liquor with notes of malt, tobacco, sweet spice and red berries.

    Another fantastic organic breakfast tea, our Rwanda Rukeri is a rare, organic black tea from Africa. Produced at 1600m by a cooperative of farmers in a mountainous, sunny and humid environment in central Africa, Rwanda Rukeri is from a less-traditional tea-growing region - but one that is nonetheless ideal for the cultivation of quality loose leaf teas!

    This African black tea's strong, full-bodied liquor boasts notes of malt, tobacco, and sweet pepper typical of the assamica cultivars. Fine nuances of cooked raspberries, cocoa and spices add to its interesting palate. Certainly an everyday black tea that will never get old.

    Getting the Most Out of Your Black Tea

    We recommend brewing your Rwanda Rukeri in a Western-style teapot and enjoying 2-3 steeps from each portion of leaves, remembering to brew for increasing intervals with each steep. 

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    Red Jade No. 18

    $ 14.00

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    Red Jade No. 18

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Auburn liquor with the slightest bite of tannin giving way to notes of cinnamon and clove.

    Red Jade Tea - also known as Taiwan Tea No. 18, brews a rich, full-bodied tea with subtle hints of clove, cinnamon and mint in its complex composition.

    The character of Red Jade is unique among black teas, and this organic black tea is sustainably produced by hand in the hills above Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County, Taiwan. Our producer takes great care in his low-impact farming methods, minimal processing and uses no chemicals whatsoever.

    #18 refers to the hybrid cultivar Tai Cha which is the marriage of the assamica tea plant with a wild tea tree that is naturally occurring in Taiwan.

    If you are a black tea lover, you deserve a sampling of this unique strain!

    Getting the Most Out of Your Black Tea

    We recommend our Red Jade No. 18 hot or cold brewed for a delicious iced tea! Expect 2-3 steeps using your Western-Style teapot.

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    Darjeeling

    $ 14.00

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    Darjeeling

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Rich and silky sienna liquor with notes of nuts, dried fruit, spice, and wood with just a hint of malt.

    About Darjeeling 3rd Flush Gopaldhara

    We are so happy at the return of one of our favorite gardens in Darjeeling, Gopaldhara. This 2020 third flush Darjeeling is harvested at the end of autumn and affectionately titled by the producer, "Red Thunder".

    Enjoy a cup filled with refinement that boasts subtle flavors of dried fruit, nuts, wood, and spices with a hint of malt. A perfect tea for any moment, quite frankly.

    A Brief History of Darjeeling Tea

    Darjeeling is a tea growing region in India with a relatively recent history of tea production (in comparison with some Chinese regions that have been cultivating tea for thousands of years). Though the tea tree camellia sinensis is native to parts of India, it wasn't until the British Colonial government began putting tea nurseries in the area that large tea estates were planted in the mid-1800s. 

    Darjeeling tea is unique in that most major estates harvest 4 different flushes each year, with the same tea bushes creating four teas distinct in character and flavor but all generally categorized as black teas. In contrast, while we do see some Chinese black teas being produced from buds and young leaves like the golden bud varietals: Jin Die and Yunnan Da Ye, it is typical for spring and summer harvests in China to be used for white and green teas. 

    It is understandable, then that a 1st Flush Darjeeling (harvested March-May 1) may bee much closer in character to green tea and tends to have a mild liquor with a floral aroma. 2nd Flush Darjeeling (harvested end of May - end of June) is a bit more mature in aroma and liquor, and it is this 2nd Flush that may yield the renowned, slightly sweet muscatel flavor in your Darjeeling. The 3rd Flush (harvested July-September 22) produces a darker Darjeeling and is made difficult to produce due to Monsoon season. The 4th Flush or Autumnal Flush (harvested end of September - early November) yields an even stronger liquor with a unique aroma full of autumn sunshine. 

    Getting the Most Out of Your Darjeeling Black Tea

    A colonial tea, we recommend brewing your Darjeeling in a Western-style teapot. Depending on the flush, you may anticipate 2-4 beautiful steeps from each portion of leaves. We also highly recommend your Darjeeling cold brewed for a refreshing and bold iced tea!

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    Jin Guan Yin Hong

    $ 22.00

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    Jin Guan Yin Hong

    $ 22.00

    Tasting Notes: Silky, amber liquor with notes of sweet potato, dried fruit, and summer squash.

    This special, spring harvest organic black tea from Fujian Province is produced at 800m by Mr. He. He is a creative and innovative tea producer and this experiment yields delicious results. Using a cultivar, Jin Guan Yin, that is usually used in Wuyi Mountains for oolong production, Mr. He applies the traditional method of black tea production instead. The cup reveals an extraordinary silkiness and fruity profile.

    Low in tannins, but high in flavor, a cup of Jin Guan Yin Hong organic black tea has notes of sweet potato and dried fruits.  Pair this elegant tea with an afternoon treat and have a beautiful evening.

    Getting the Most Out of Your Organic Black Tea

    Depending on your preference, you can brew your Jin Guan Yin Hong Western-style or using a traditional Chinese teaware. Western-style brewers may anticipate 2-3 steeps from each portion of tea. Using a traditional gaiwan or yixing teapot, your Jin Guan Yin Hong may yield 6-8 gorgeous infusions. Remember to steep your leaves for increasing intervals with each brew. 

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Aged Tea

Our current selection of aged teas hail from China, the origin domain of all Pu Erh teas (sometimes spelled, pu'er). We feature both styles of Pu Erh in our collection, sheng and shou, in addition to hei cha (a precursor to shou-style fermentation). Like a finely aged wine or whiskey, you can taste the time in a perfectly fermented tea cake, with notes of chocolate, tobacco, and richly moist soil. Pu Erh is commonly sipped in China after meals and acts as a digestive aid. Ever-increasing in popularity among tea and coffee drinkers in the West, we recommend giving Pu Erh tea a try if you like dark chocolate, coffee, and getting multiple steeps out of your leaves (sometimes up to 10 steeps!).

Sheng vs. Shou Pu Erh Tea

In the shortest of possible explanations, sheng (raw, green) Pu Erh is allowed to develop and age naturally while shou (ripe, black) Pu Erh is exposed to an accelerated fermentation process. This is why you will often notice a price difference between the two styles of Pu Erh tea, but does not necessarily mean that one is "better" than the other - both are excellent examples of an ancient style of tea with different production lengths. Which style of Pu Erh you prefer will probably depend on your taste buds (and even the tea itself)!

Pu Erh teas are meant to be contemplated over, explored, and savored. We invite you to visit our blog for more health and cultural information about the different styles of Pu Erh tea.

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    2007 Yiwu Jing Long

    $ 38.00

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    2007 Yiwu Jing Long

    $ 38.00

    Tasting Notes: Rich amber liquor with notes of fruit and spice.

    A gorgeous example of a sheng-style Pu Erh, this young tea cake from Yiwu, China is ready to drink or continue aging gracefully in your cupboard. Count on 600+ steeps when brewing in the traditional manner.

    Bright and lively in fruit and spice, with just a bit of the edginess characteristic of a young fermented green tea, the 2007 Yiwu Jing Long Pu Erh is ideal for both aged tea novices and long-time Pu Erh tea drinkers. This delicate yet rich infusion yields flavor elements that remind us of moments hiking through pines with cascading rays of sun in the Adirondack Park.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Pu Erh

    The 250g bingcha of 2007 Yiwu Jing Long sheng-style Pu Erh offers up 100 portions of tea, resulting in 600+ steeps. When you steep Pu Erh in the traditional manner using a gaiwan or small pot (yixing), you can expect upwards of 6 steeps per portion, turning this tea cake into 600+ fantastic brew moments. Western-style steeping will result in ~4 steeps per portion, turning your Pu Erh tea cake into 400+ steeps.

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    2008 Jingmai

    $ 14.00

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    2008 Jingmai

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Silky rust-red liquor gives way to notes of a lakeside forest floor.

    This organic shou-style Pu Erh tea is produced at 1600m from medium sized leaves in the Lincang region of Yunnan, China.

    The 2008 Jingmai infuses to a crystal clear brick red liquor, complex with loamy notes of rich soil, cereal sweetness, and a certain marine quality that brings to mind undisturbed, forested mountain lakes. Silky smooth and very easy to drink, the 2008 a great first Pu Erh to try for aged tea initiates.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Pu Erh

    A 2oz bag of the 2008 Jingmai will yield approximately 20-25 portions of tea. Brewed in the traditional manner using a gaiwan or small clay pot (yixing), these portions may be steeped 6 or more times, resulting in up to 150+ delightful cups of Pu Erh.

    For more information on Pu Erh, how to brew, health benefits, and more, visit our blog here.

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    2012 Menghai

    $ 1.75

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    2012 Menghai

    $ 1.75

    Tasting Notes: Deep and rich coffee-like liquor with notes of earth, spice, and leather.

    This shou-style Pu Erh is our best seller in the category. Pressed into mini tou cha (bird's nests) in 2012, this aged tea is an excellent introduction to Pu Erh and the perfect tea for coffee drinkers looking to branch out.

    The 2012 Menghai produces a nearly opaque black infusion that is smooth, earthy and just a little spicy. Coffee and whiskey drinkers may notice aromas of peat and leather that remind them of their favorite brew or bottle. 

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Pu Erh

    Each tou cha of 2012 Menghai Pu Erh is its own portion of tea and may be steeped upwards of 6-8 times, depending on infusion method. For more information on Pu Erh and how to brew using traditional teaware, visit our blog here.

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    2013 Three Cranes Liu Bao Heicha

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    2013 Three Cranes Liu Bao Heicha

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    Tasting Notes: Smooth and round with notes of earth and florals.

    This style of post-fermented 'hei cha' tea may have inspired the development of 'shou' Pu Erh, as it is one of the oldest ways of fermenting black tea. The 2013 Three Cranes Liu Bao Heicha was grown near Liu Bao township, Guangxi and is a medium-light fermented tea that was aged for 2+ years and then pressed into 100g cakes in 2015.

    This fermented tea has a smooth, delicious, mouth-feel with a fresh florality. Enjoy an earthy sweetness with only light balancing astringency that enlivens the mind and body.

    Getting The Most From Your Aged Tea

    Each 100g tea cake yields approximately 20-25 portions of tea. Brewed traditionally in a gaiwan or small clay pot (yixing), you can expect up to 6 resteeps of this aged fermented tea from each portion, resulting in nearly 150 delightful cups of tea. 

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    Cigarillo Tea Needle

    $ 14.00

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    Cigarillo Tea Needle

    $ 14.00

    Our Cigarillo dark wood tea needle will help you carefully open up your pressed tea cakes of aged tea into beautiful individual leaves, ready for infusion. This pick is very beautifully made and is safely stored with a secure screw top.

    As with many tea accessories, the traditional tea needle is going to be the best way to carefully pick apart your Pu Erh tea cakes. A delicate process that our go-to brute-force instruments like knives just can't hack, picking apart a pressed tea cake of aged, fermented tea without pulverizing the leaves is best done with a tea needle. (While the brute force approach may be quicker, and therefore tempting, it is best to pick your tea cakes apart carefully so that leaves remain whole for rich, complex infusions.) Just as we may tell someone beginning to prepare matcha at home that their one must-have accessory is a bamboo matcha whisk (or, chasen), the must-have Pu Erh accessory is absolutely a tea needle.

    For best results, only pick out the leaves you need for your current infusion. 

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Scented Tea

Our scented White, Green, and Black Teas contain caffeine as they all have the tea leaf, camellia sinensis, present. From robust Chai to delicate rose-infused white teas like the Yaddo Rose Garden, we have delicious infusions that will tempt your senses, delight your palate and pair extremely well with honey!

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    Blueberry Bumble

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Pale gold liquor with natural, sweet blueberry flavor.

    The delicate and lightly floral liquor of white tea blends seamlessly with sweet licorice and ripe blueberry in our Blueberry Bumble to create a gorgeous organic blueberry flavored tea that will delight fans of this delicious early summer fruit. 

    Our all-organic Blueberry Bumble is a beautiful addition to our fruit-scented teas, and fans of this tea may also enjoy Strawberry Fields, The Apricot Queen, or The Canfield in Red. Our delightful blueberry tea is delicious hot or iced, and we recommend adding a little dash of Acacia Honey, for an extra special drink!

    Blueberry Bumble tea is also available in a mini tea tin!

    Organically Produced Ingredients: Organic White Tea, Organic Dried Blueberries, Organic Licorice Root, Organic Cornflowers, Organic Natural Flavors.

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    Coco Shou

    $ 14.00

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    Coco Shou

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Rich and silky dark amber liquor with creamy flavors of vanilla and chocolate.

    Coco Shou is a pleasurable and nostalgic blend of black tea, miniature chocolate chips, and vanilla. Every time we brew a cup of this gorgeously decadent chocolate tea, we swear it brings us straight back to the feeling of warming up with a cup of hot chocolate after busy childhood afternoons spent building forts and making angels in the snow.

    One of our shop's guilty pleasures, this chocolate tea is a guaranteed hit on chilly winter mornings for chocoholics of all ages. The earthy and woody aromas of the oxidized black tea pair perfectly with mouth filling chocolate and soothing vanilla. (Please note: this scented black tea contains caffeine.)

    This tea is also available in mini tea tin and is delicious with a bit of our Tupelo or Cinnamon Honey!

    Ingredients: Black Tea, Chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract) Natural & Artificial Flavors.

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    Fair Trade Earl Grey

    $ 10.00

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    Fair Trade Earl Grey

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Rich and smooth amber liquor with brisk and refreshing citrusy tannins.

    Arguably the world's most famous tea blend, our organic Earl Grey black tea comes to us from the base of the Himalayas in Dooars, Northern India. Coupled with organic Italian bergamot rind (a fragrant citrus fruit), this fairtrade and organic Earl Grey loose leaf tea is the perfect balance of slightly-malty black tea and lively, aromatic citrus.

    The origins of Earl Grey tea are a bit muddied and no one really knows for sure how this tea blend of black tea and bergamot came to bear its iconic name. What we do know is that references to Earl Grey tea began in the 1820s, making Charles, 2nd Earl Grey and Prime Minister of England from 1830-1834 the likely namesake.

    Some theories are easily debunked (like the idea that Charles Grey, who never travelled to China, saved a tea blender's son... in China). Other origin stories are more plausible. At some point Grey may have been gifted high quality Chinese tea (like Keemun) that he then asked London tea blenders to mimic, as such high quality tea was rare and very expensive at the time. To account for this, adding bergamot oil to lower quality teas was a common way to improve flavor in teas that had suffered for the long trade routes. Another theory is that Grey's tea blender added the bergamot at the Earl's request to counteract the lime in the water at his ancestral estate. Or, it could have just been an extremely forward-thinking and effective marketing tactic to put the politician's name on a blend of tea! 

    Whatever the reasons for the original naming, Earl Grey tea has stood the test of time because this bold and refreshing tea appeals to many palates, pairs well with food, and is delicious both hot and iced. (Plus drinking it makes us feel fancy - remember, when in doubt, pinky out!)

    Getting the Most Out of Your Organic Earl Grey Tea

    Our organic, fairtrade Earl Grey loose leaf pairs beautifully with our Italian Acacia honey or play up the citrus with our Orange Blossom honey! We recommend brewing this tea Western-style and enjoying with a nice scone and dab of clotted cream.

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    Golden Dragon Chai

    $ 10.00

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    Golden Dragon Chai

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Bold, leonine liquor bursting with bracing notes of green tea paired with the warm and spicy flavors of turmeric, ginger, and cardamom.

    Our answer to requests for an organic green tea chai, our Golden Dragon Chai combines antioxidant-rich green tea with anti-inflammatory turmeric, ginger, and cardamom for the perfect one-two punch to boost energy and the immune system.

    While chai is traditionally made with black tea (as in our Masala Chai), we love this twist on the original recipe to incorporate another tradition in Indian food culture and medicine: Golden Milk. 

    Golden Milk as we know it now from lattes and juice bar offerings is a Westernized version of haldi doodh, literally milk infused with turmeric. Haldi doodh turmeric milk is part of India's ancient tradition of Ayurvedic medicine and is used to help with inflammation and gastric issues. Western adaptations are often infused with some ginger, cardamom, or cinnamon for taste. 

    Our Golden Dragon Chai adds green tea to this mix, and Golden Milk enthusiasts can enjoy our green tea chai with milk and honey for a golden milk "latte" with a touch of caffeine and bonus antioxidants!

    Getting the Most Out of Your Golden Dragon Green Tea Chai

    Brew this tea extra strong on the stove for an hour or more to make a concentrate to use with milk and honey or brew Western-style with 8 grams of tea per 16oz hot water for 5-8 minutes to extract maximum flavor and benefits from the turmeric and other spices. Try with our Cinnamon Honey for added spice or sweeten with Palmetto Honey for added depth and even more antioxidants

    Organically Produced Ingredients: Organic Green Tea, Organic Turmeric, Organic Cardamom, Organic Ginger, Organic Emerald Green Tea and Organic Black Peppercorns

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    Green Paddock Pom Pom

    $ 10.00

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    Green Paddock Pom Pom

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Golden liquor with notes of fresh summer greens enhanced by well-structured tannin from its blend of green and black teas, this raspberry and pomegranate green tea blend is flush with jammy flavors of red fruit.

    A hand tossed blend of green tea, black tea, rosehips, raspberries, and essence of pomegranate, this organic, fruity green tea blend is one of our best selling scented teas. Sweet and subtly jammy with bursts of tart red fruit on the palate leading to a smooth finish that is perfect for anytime of day, Green Paddock Pom Pom is our caffeinated answer to some of the passionfruit and dragronfruit favorites from Starbucks and Teavana. 

    The sweet-tart nature of raspberry and pomegranate pair beautifully with the green and black tea blend to satisfy your thirst, hot or iced.

    We love this tea with our Raspberry Blossom honey year round or Cinnamon for a cozy cup in cooler weather!

    This tea is also available as a mini tea tin!

    Organically Produced Ingredients: Organic Green Tea, Organic Black Tea, Organic Rosehips, Organic Raspberries, Organic Natural Flavors

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    Istanbul Apple

    $ 14.00

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    Istanbul Apple

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Rich sienna liquor with sweet cinnamon and apple flavors balanced by robust black tea tannin.

    Our version of traditional Turkish apple tea, Istanbul Apple is an organically produced cinnamon and apple black tea best brewed strong. Add a touch of honey to this tea to enhance the natural fruit flavor and mimic the strong, sweet, cinnamon flavor that has made the Turkish apple tea of Turkish Bazaars world-famous. 

    Istanbul Apple pairs particularly well with our Alfalfa or Cinnamon honey.

    All Organic Ingredients: Organic Black Tea, Organic Cinnamon & Organic Natural Flavor

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    Jasmine Pearls

    $ 14.00

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    Jasmine Pearls

    $ 14.00

    Tasting Notes: Delicate golden liquor with aromas of luscious jasmine and sweet spring shoots and blossoms.

    There's just something delightfully satisfying about a beautiful cup of jasmine tea. Our Jasmine Pearls scented green tea is lush with hand-rolled pearls of premium Chinese green tea infused with the luscious scent of jasmine petals. Exhilarating floral and sweet squash blossom aromas will delight your palate and complement most spring and summer meals.

    Our light and floral Acacia honey is the perfect complement to this beautiful tea!

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    Masala Chai

    $ 10.00

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    Masala Chai

    $ 10.00

    Tasting Notes: Deep, burnt-umber liquor with bold black tea tannins, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and peppercorn for a delightfully spicy and warming cup.

    Our offering of this classic-style chai is composed of the highest quality ingredients blended to achieve the traditional flavor of Masala Chai. Bold and spicy black tea is supported by ginger, cardamom, and peppercorns. Brew it strong with milk and honey for a traditional chai. (Hint: At our tea bar, our customers love this spicy chai with Cinnamon honey!)

    Masala Chai tea is also available as a mini tea tin

    A Brief Etymology of Masala Chai

    Masala Chai has a complicated socio-political history that continues to evolve even almost 80 years after colonial rule ended in India. Part of this complicated history is confusion around and appropriation of the word "chai" into English.

    In Indian languages, "chai" directly translates to "tea," so when we say "chai tea" we are all essentially saying "tea tea". (Tea drinkers familiar with Chinese and Japanese may note the similarity here to "cha" or "ocha".) The keyword in the name "Masala Chai," then, is not "chai," but rather "Masala" meaning "spiced". Masala can be any combination of spices with the most common being cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and black pepper (some family recipes are really spicy and even call for mace!). 

    Our collection of "chai" pull from many traditions and use descriptors like Masala, Pumpkin Pie Spice,