Learn About The Teas We Source

Learn About The Teas We Source

We collaborated with tea merchants from around the globe to select the finest and most luxurious teas. Below are the the teas we sourced for each recipe.

APHRODISIAC

Organic African Red Rooibos Tea- 100% Organic Rooibos
African Red Teas: Cedarberg Mountains, Cape Province, South Africa

Rooibos is a member of the legume family of plants, and is commonly used to make a tisane (herbal tea). more

It belongs to the Aspalathus plant group, which consists of more than 200 species originating in the Cedarberg mountains of South Africa (Rooibos grows exclusively in the Cedarberg Mountain region and around Clanwilliam and Citrusdal, due to the specific climatic and geological conditions of the region).

It grows erect up to 1.5 m (about 5 feet) in height. It has a single basal stem that divides just above the ground surface into multiple thin branches that carry bright green, needle-like leaves of about 10-40 mm (0.4-1.6 inches) in length. The plant produces small yellow flowers in spring through early summer, and each flower generates a one-seeded leguminous fruit. Rooibos has adapted to coarse, nutrient-poor, acidic soil and hot, dry summers.

During summer and early autumn the branches are hand-harvested and cut into smaller pieces. The raw Rooibos is then moistened with water, thoroughly bruised then placed in heaps and allowed to oxidize for 8 to 24 hours. After oxidation, the herb is spread out in a special yard to dry naturally in the sun.

We bring our Rooibos directly from one of the pioneers of Organic Rooibos processing in South Africa. Made of Superfine Grade, the leaf is fine and thin like needles. Our grower recently received the Best Product Award from the Indigenous Plant User Forum (IPUF) in Clanwilliam. The IPUF aims to promote the cultural, socio-economical and scientific advantages of the sustainable use of indigenous plants. The IPUF’s annual symposium is a unique, multicultural and multidisciplinary event that brings together academics, businessmen and women, resource managers, anthologists, conservationists, natural healers and other parties who are interested in the sustainable use of South African plants. 

Laboratory studies have found that Rooibos tea contains polyphenol antioxidants, including flavonoids and phenolic acids that are potent free radical scavengers.

 Caffeine-free.

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BLISS

Osmanthus Oolong
Hunan, China

Flavor Profile: Light, bright sweet flavor and a fruity, floral aroma with hints of apples and apricots.
Ingredients: Oolong Tea Leaves, Osmanthus Flowers.

Gui Hua (pronounced “gway hwah”) is the Chinese name for the fragrant osmanthus flower, which blossoms in the Phoenix Mountain area during tea season and is used in scenting this oolong.

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Chaozhou Tea Culture
Chaozhou is the birthplace for the art of Gongfu Cha, the method used for brewing oolong tea throughout southeast China and Taiwan. Large amounts of leaf are skillfully brewed in a small teapot and the fragrant liquor sipped from tiny, thimble-sized cups.

Osmanthus Scenting
In the final stages of processing, the leaves are baked with fresh osmanthus blossoms “heat-infusing” the tea with the flower’s fragrant essential oils.

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CHI

Organic Vert Du Vietnam Green Tea, Thai Nguyen, Vietnam

ALTAR CHI - Tea

Flavor Profile: A golden, buttery infusion with a pleasant, bitter-sweet aftertaste. Very fragrant with aromas of toasted grain, fennel and passionfruit.
Ingredients: Green Tea Leaves.

Tea has been growing in northern Vietnam for over 2000 years. The hilly terrain and ideal tea-growing climate are home to some of the oldest varietals in existence. more

Teas made from these plants have a character all their own. They are as distinctive and elegant as Vietnamese culture itself.

Thai Nguyen Tea
For the purist, unscented green tea from the mountains of Thai Nguyen is considered the best choice for savoring the intricacies of Vietnamese tea. The soil and climate of this region are ideal for producing a flavorful, aromatic brew. 

Ancient Traditions
Similar to China and Japan, Vietnam has a long developed tea aesthetic with social and spiritual connotations. The occasion, the guests and the setting determine which tea is prepared and how it is served. Gardens, poetry and ornamental tea pots are also an important part of Vietnam’s tea tradition.

Distinctive Leaf
Vert du Vietnam green tea has been carefully crafted using a particular combination of pan-firing, rolling and oven roasting to maintain a rich, jade-green color and a distinctive, slender, beautifully twisted leaf.

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CHILL

Organic Jasmine
Flower Scented and Blended Green Teas
Guangxi, China

ALTAR Chi Tea

Flavor Profile: Very pleasant, sweet, fragrant and strong green tea.
Ingredients: 100% Organic Green Tea Leaves, Organic Jasmine Flowers.

Jasmine green tea's popularity in Asia rivals that of Earl Grey in the West. 

Jasmine (Jasminum) is a genus of shrubs and vines with about 200 species, native to tropical and warm temperate regions. The flowers are strongly and sweetly scented, and blossom in spring and summer in most species. This is a blend of 100% organic Chinese green tea and the fragrant flower petals of jasmine.

Organic Old Growth Black Tea
Flower Scented and Blended Green Teas
Guangxi, China

ALTAR Chi Tea

Flavor Profile: Very pleasant, sweet, fragrant and strong green tea.
Ingredients: 100% Organic Green Tea Leaves, Organic Jasmine Flowers.

Jasmine green tea's popularity in Asia rivals that of Earl Grey in the West. 

Jasmine (Jasminum) is a genus of shrubs and vines with about 200 species, native to tropical and warm temperate regions. The flowers are strongly and sweetly scented, and blossom in spring and summer in most species. This is a blend of 100% organic Chinese green tea and the fragrant flower petals of jasmine.

RESTORE

Organic White Peony Tea
Zhenghe, Nanping county, Fujian Province, China

Flavor Profile: Delicate, herbaceous, autumnal aroma with a very smooth, sweet and nutty flavor.
Ingredients: 100% Organic White Tea Leaves.

Also known as Bai Mudan, White Peony is an organic, popular white tea. 

White Tea
Known as "Bai Cha" in Chinese, white teas are made ony from the newly sprouted buds of the tea plant that provide a honey texture to the brew. more

The buds are heat braised in covered pans or dried in direct sun with minimal or no oxidation. There are several grades of White Peony made and are distinguished by the age of the plants, season and quality of leaves.

Varietal & Technique
Original White teas are native to areas of China’s Fujian province. In particular, one bud and leaf sets from the Da Bai tea plant varietals of Zhenghe and Fuding counties are recognized as traditional white Peony teas. Nowadays White Peony style of teas are also made in other areas of China but the flavors are quite unique due to the differences in varietals, climate and soil. 

Fujian 
Fujian Province, known as Min, is situated along China's southeastern coast. Fujian's mild, humid, subtropical and marine climate is especially conducive to tea cultivation. Fujian tea has a 1600 year history. The earliest written record of tea production in Fujian is kept on a stone tablet at the Lian Hua Feng (Lotus Peak)in Nan'an County.

Season
Classic style White Peony is made in April, the young bud and one leaf are most flavorful at this time. The buds have distinct white hair that makes the brew texture smooth and refined.

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