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Luxury loose leaf teas, handcrafted tea blends and fine tea ware. ArtfulTea: where the ordinary experience of drinking tea becomes extraordinary.

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Mint Teas

Karen Gardiner

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Rich in antioxidants, mint is a flavorful and aromatic herb that has been used for centuries. While peppermint and spearmint are the most well known varieties, other types include apple mint, lemon mint, chocolate mint and even licorice mint.

In the world of tea, mint can be brewed on its own, blended with tea leaves, or combined with flowers, fruit or other herbs. Mint is a tisane rather than a tea, meaning that it is not derived from the camellia sinensis plant, but comes instead from a different family of herbs.

Our Mint Teas

At ArtfulTea, we carry many blends containing mint, from herbal infusions to black and green flavored teas. Whether you’re looking for a soothing after dinner drink or an invigorating morning brew, we’re sure to have a tea that will strike your fancy!

Morrocan Mint

In Morocco, mint flavored green tea isn't just a tradition, it's a sign of hospitality and friendship. Our blend is the finest Chinese gunpowder tea combined with exceptional quality spearmint. A lively and refreshing tea!

Lemon Mint Menage

This Lemon Mint tea is a smooth organic black tea blend with bright minty notes and the refreshing taste of lemongrass. Nicely balanced flavor is both uplifting and soothing. Excellent hot or iced.

Lavender Mint

We've combined two aromatic and soothing herbs for a refreshing blend that's quickly becoming one of our most popular herbals. Calming lavender blossoms complement organic peppermint, which is known for its digestive benefits and cooling properties. A fresh, lightly floral cup!

Sing Your Song

This handcrafted herbal infusion helps soothe the throat, clear congestion and promote wellness. Best of all, it tastes delicious! One of Santa Fe's local opera singers began drinking this tea to help keep her voice in perfect condition, so we've named the blend "Sing Your Song" in her honor.

Chocolate Mint Rooibos

Rooibos blended with chocolate and peppermint! It’s like indulging in dessert without the calories. If you like the minty chocolate flavor of “Andes” or “After-Eight” mints, you’ll love this uplifting, yet caffeine-free, beverage.


This top quality organic peppermint leaf is aromatic and exceptionally minty, producing a refreshing infusion that is satisfying both hot and cold.

Alice’s Peppermint Party

In honor of Alice at the Mad Hatter's tea party, this herbal blend tastes like a party of many bold flavors. Peppermint and ginger take the lead roles and are beautifully supported by the taste of apples, almonds, hibiscus and rose.

Premium Teas

Margaret Wack


Here at ArtfulTea, we carry a wide range of teas, from affordable everyday blends to teas that are rare, unique, or otherwise noteworthy. While all of our loose leaf teas are made from the highest quality ingredients available, our premium teas stand out for their exceptional quality, and are perfect for tea connoisseurs, gifts, and special occasions.

Nepalese Gold

Grown in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, this award-winning black tea is rich and mellow, with notes of honey and stone fruit. It brews into a reddish-golden color that provides a flavorful and well balanced cup.


From Shizuoka on the Fujiyama mountain slopes, this organic Japanese sencha is carefully processed and slightly steamed before rolling and drying. A distinct, strong green tea with a rich, grassy aroma, these leaves brew into a bright greenish-yellow liquor with a taste reminiscent of the sea.

Bashan Silver Tip

From the Chongqing Province of China, this very rare tea is the top grade of white tea available. It has a delicate, clean taste faintly reminiscent of fresh apples, with a refreshing lingering flavor.

Jasmine Silver Needle

Organic Bai Hao Silver Needle tea leaves are scented with fresh jasmine blossoms to create a well-balanced tea with the tantalizing floral taste of jasmine. This superb quality tea offers one of the most sublime tea drinking experiences available.

Amber Autumn Oolong

An “Autumn Flush” tea from Nepal, this double roasted oolong is full-bodied, with subtle notes of apricot, malt and caramel in a deep amber-red brew. Many infusions are possible with these leaves.

Kenyan Purple

Purple tea is an entirely new category of tea! A purple leaved varietal of the camellia sinensis plant, it was first discovered growing wild in the Assam region of India, and is now grown commercially in Kenya, Africa. Ours is from the Tumoi Tea Garden in the Nandi Hills of Kenya. This purple leaf tea has a similar flavor profile to oolong, and is also very high in anthocyanins and antioxidents.

At ArtfulTea we’re very proud of our premium tea selection, and are always excited to introduce our customers to these unique and wonderful teas. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for the tea lover in your life, or are just looking to indulge in something a little extra special, our premium teas have something to offer everyone!

Floral Teas

Karen Gardiner

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For centuries, flower blossoms have been blended with tea and other herbs to create soothing and medicinal brews. At ArtfulTea, we carry a variety of floral teas, blending ingredients such as jasmine, rose petals, lavender, and other flowers with our teas to add a lovely floral note. Whether you’re dreaming of spring flowers, looking for an iced tea to enjoy in the summer heat, or simply interested in teas with a flowery note, our floral teas are sure to hit the spot!

Jasmine Yin Cloud

An exceptionally high-quality tea with white downy tips, Jasmine Yin Cloud is a Chinese green tea scented with fresh jasmine blossoms. It achieves a perfect balance between being intoxicatingly aromatic and sweetly flavorful, and is delicious hot or iced.

Jasmine Silver Needle

Organic Bai Hao Silver Needle tea leaves are scented with fresh jasmine blossoms to create a well-balanced tea with the tantalizing floral taste of jasmine. Very low in caffeine and extremely high in antioxidants, Jasmine Silver Needle is one of our premium teas, representing the very best that the tea world has to offer.

Rose & Chrysanthemum

Delicate white tea from the Fujian province of China mingles with aromatic rose petals and chrysanthemum blossoms, creating a delicious, healthy brew. This beautiful blend of 100% organic ingredients is a soft embrace!

Midnight Rose

Midnight rose blends organic Chinese black tea with just the right amount of red rose petals - creating an aromatic, flavorful cup with a sweet, floral character. With moderate caffeine, this lovely mellow tea is perfect for an afternoon cup.

Earl Grey Lavender

Bergamot flavored black tea is blended with lavender blossoms from Provence to create a soothing floral twist on the classic Earl Grey. Exceedingly aromatic and with a perfectly balanced lavender note, Earl Grey Lavender is one of our most popular floral teas.

Lavender Lullaby

Need a little help relaxing and falling asleep? Lavender Lullaby was created after repeated requests from customers looking for a natural blend to help them sleep. We blend chamomile, lavender, roses, sweet orange peel and calendula petals to create a handcrafted organic herbal infusion that helps to sooth away the day and encourage peaceful rest.

Egyptian Chamomile

The highest quality chamomile available, this Egyptian Chamomile consists only of the flower heads of the chamomile plant, producing a deep golden infusion that is calming, soothing, and naturally sweet. Brew up a cup for relief from tension and stress, or enjoy it with a dollop of honey for a decadent dessert drink.

Tuscan Sun

This colorful blend of flowers, fruit, and herbs reminds us of a sunny meadow in Tuscany. The floral aromas of lavender and orange blossoms combine beautifully with the sweetness of apple, linden, and melissa leaves for a relaxing, smooth herbal blend with soothing therapeutic properties.

Green Rooibos with Blossoms

Green rooibos, an unoxidized version of the popular South African herb, has all the benefits of regular rooibos with a somewhat lighter taste. This flavorful floral blend contains rose, sunflower, and cornflower petals along with freeze-dried blueberries, and makes an excellent iced tea as well as a great hot cup.

Whatever floral flavors are your favorites, there's bound to be a tea to tickle your fancy and nurture both mind and body. Happy sipping!

Fruity Teas

Margaret Wack


Whether you’re dreaming of the fresh fruit of summer or are simply interested in a sweet, fruit-forward cup, here at ArtfulTea we carry an expansive selection of flavored teas with fruity notes. From Orange Peel to Lychee Purple and everything in between, we’re sure to have a tea that will satisfy your sweet tooth and remind you of the bounty of summer. And if you’re luxuriating in the long days of the warmer months, these teas are also lovely served iced!

Apricot Brandy

Organic apricot pieces and natural brandy flavor give this black tea blend a delicious full flavor and luscious sweetness. An aromatic and visually appealing blend, it’s also our best selling flavored tea. Delicious hot and excellent iced!

Orange Peel

Tangy and sweet with a little bite, Orange Peel blends organic black tea with organic orange peels for a delicious drink that's loaded with citrusy flavor. Aromatic and naturally sweet, this tea is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Pomegranate Lemon

This enlivening blend of pomegranate and lemon is equal parts sweet and tart, and it's naturally loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. A crisp, tasty black tea with tons of flavor!

Summer Romance

Sweet papaya and strawberries blend with black and green teas for an intoxicating, exotic flavor reminiscent of fresh fruit and long summer afternoons. Sit back and enjoy over ice in the warmer months!


Mango Pear

White peony tea is blended with organic mango cubes, apple, and pear to create a beautifully delicate, fruity, floral tea with a light body and sweet, uplifting flavor. Low in caffeine, this tea will give you a modest boost and is perfect for a relaxing, rejuvenating afternoon cup.

Berry Bold

This organic blend of sencha green tea with dried goji berries, sweet strawberry pieces and acai berry powder is not only packed with antioxidants, but also tastes delicious! The sweet and vegetal flavors mingle to create a lovely cup of berry green tea with numerous health benefits.

Lychee Purple

This purple leaf tea is blended with lychee, apple, and pineapple for a rich, fruit-forward tropical taste. With a medium body similar to that of an oolong, Lychee Purple is also very high in anthocyanins, the beneficial compounds found in blueberries, eggplant, purple grapes and other blue, purple or dark red foods.

Strawberry Mango

South African rooibos that's oh-so-fruit-forward! Juicy organic mango combines with sweet organic strawberry to create a delicious, refreshing and flavor-filled tea with no calories and no caffeine.

Peach Rooibos

Our Peach Rooibos blends green and red rooibos with peach bits, blackberry leaves, and calendula petals for a sweet, fruity cup. Like biting into a ripe peach on a warm summer’s day!


Carmen Miranda Rooibos

Remember the 1940’s Brazilian singer whose signature headdresses were made of tropical fruit? The amazing Carmen Miranda is the inspiration for our tasty rooibos blend of pineapple, coconut, banana and apple. This combination of Caribbean fruit makes a delicious hot tea, but truly shines when served iced.

Apples to Oranges

Apples to Oranges is a sweet, tart blend of apple, orange, rose hips and hibiscus. All organic ingredients, lots of vitamin C, and no caffeine make this tasty treat hard to beat!

Blueberry Pomegranate

Blueberry Pomegranate is delicious fruit tea packed with flavor and beneficial properties. Pomegranate and blueberries add sweetness to tart, healthful hibiscus in this lovely, fruit-forward blend. One of our most popular herbal teas, Blueberry Pomegranate is delicious both hot and iced, perfect to sate a sweet tooth.

Earl Grey Tea

Nick Rose

Earl Grey Tea

Citrusy and with a hint of sweetness and spice, Earl Grey is a tea flavored with bergamot essential oil. While the history of Earl Grey tea is unclear, it most likely acquired its name from Earl Charles Grey, a 19th-century British Prime Minister who helped to popularize the tea. Today, Earl Grey is a well-loved classic.

Tea and Bergamot

Bergamot is a small, pear-shaped citrus fruit cultivated primarily in the Mediterranean. The aromatic essential oil pressed from the rind of bergamot has a slightly spicy, citrusy taste that, when added to tea, lends Earl Grey its distinctive flavor.

While bergamot is typically added to black tea to make a classic Earl Grey, the essential oil can be added to any type of tea to create a similar flavor. Whether enjoyed on its own or with a splash of milk and sugar, Earl Grey makes a lovely cup of tea no matter the variety.

Our Earl Greys

At ArtfulTea, we offer five versions of Earl Grey: three black teas, one green tea, and even an herbal infusion made with rooibos!

Our Organic Earl Grey is a true classic, blending Yunnan black tea with bergamot essential oil from Italy to create a rich tea with a smooth, citrusy flavor. Earl Grey Français is made with bergamot from France, and is an exceptionally aromatic and flavorful blend with a touch of spice. Earl Grey Lavender blends Earl Grey tea with lavender blossoms from Provence to create a wonderfully relaxing tea with a soothing floral note.

Interested in Earl Grey with a twist? Our Green Tea Citrus is a delicious variation on a timeless favorite, blending sencha green tea with bergamot, lemon peel, and orange blossoms. This version is a bit lighter than a traditional Earl Grey, with the vegetal sweetness of sencha acting as a perfect complement to bergamot’s citrusy spice.

Earl Grey Rooibos is a wonderful option for those looking to cut down on caffeine or for a soothing bedtime cup. Rooibos, a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea, is blended with bergamot to create a flavorful and aromatic cup that warms and soothes.

Whether you’re looking for a classic Earl Grey, or to explore the rich variety of bergamot flavored teas, we’re sure to have something that strikes your fancy!

Hibiscus Teas

Margaret Wack


Hibiscus tea is an herbal tea made from the dried petals of the hibiscus plant (hibiscus sabdariffa) and is also sometimes known as roselle. It has a pleasantly tart, sweet flavor reminiscent of cranberry, and brews up a vibrant magenta color. Hibiscus is also used to add color and flavor to many other varieties of herbal tea. This tea is enjoyed worldwide, and is often sweetened and spiced depending on regional culture and cuisine. While hibiscus tea can be served hot, it also makes a delicious iced tea!

Health Benefits

Hibiscus is extremely high in vitamin C and full of antioxidants. Studies have shown that hibiscus may have a variety of other benefits as well, including lowering blood pressure and helping to maintain a healthy weight. Hibiscus is naturally caffeine-free, making it a great alternative for those trying to steer clear of caffeinated drinks.

Our Hibiscus Teas

At Artful Tea, we carry a variety of teas containing hibiscus, from pure hibiscus tea to other flavored herbal infusions. Whether you’re looking to try hibiscus for its medicinal properties or are simply looking for a unique, refreshing drink, we’re sure to have a tea that will strike your fancy!

Organic Hibiscus

These organic hibiscus petals create a deep red infusion that is tangy-sweet and full of natural vitamin C. Our hibiscus tea consists of large parts of the dried flower, not a lot of broken bits. It is a delightful stand-alone tea as well as a nice addition to other teas (try it with lemonade for a thirst-quenching treat in summer!) 

Rose Petal Raspberry

An herbal blend containing rose petals, hibiscus, lemon peel, rose hips, and apple pieces, our Rose Petal Raspberry is sweet, tart, and aromatic! While this herbal infusion is excellent hot, it truly shines when served as an iced tea.

Mulled Wine Fruit Blend

Looking for the flavor of a mulled wine, minus the alcohol? Our Mulled Wine Fruit Blend is sure to hit the spot. This tea contains apple pieces, hibiscus, elderberries, rose hip peels, mistletoe, cinnamon rods, celery seed oil, orange slices and cloves, and is spicy, sweet, and tart all at once. Curl up with a hot cup and enjoy.

Blueberry Pomegranate

Dreaming of fresh fruit and summer? Pomegranate and blueberries bring out the best of each other in this nutritious, fruit-forward blend, one of our most popular herbals. Striking a perfect balance between sweetness and tartness, this refreshing tea is one of a kind.

Apples to Oranges 

This tea is a lovely, fruity concoction full of apple, orange, rose hips and hibiscus. With all organic ingredients, lots of vitamin C, and no caffeine, this tea is a true crowd-pleaser. It’s excellent hot or iced, and even makes a great iced tea popsicle!

Turmeric Teas

Karen Gardiner


A member of the ginger family, turmeric is becoming popular for its unique taste and many beneficial properties. The root of the turmeric plant is dried and ground to create a vibrant orange spice, which is used for cooking, teas and tisanes, herbal remedies, and more.

Health Benefits

Used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is full of health benefits. It is especially known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used to help manage joint pain and arthritic. Turmeric also contains antioxidants, and makes a healthy addition to teas and tisanes.

Our Turmeric Teas

At Artful Tea, we carry two varieties of tea packed with all the goodness that turmeric has to offer:

Turmeric Mango

With a base of Gunpowder green tea, this tea adds turmeric, ginger, and tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, yuzu, and lime to create a tangy, naturally sweet cup. With a mild amount of caffeine, Turmeric Mango can be a great way to start the day or to power through the afternoon. And with all the health benefits of both green tea and turmeric, it’s sure to keep you in good spirits!

Atomic Gold

Spicy and sweet, warm and soothing, our Atomic Gold herbal tea is a perennial favorite. This remarkable blend of turmeric, ginger, licorice, lemongrass and orange has a deep and satisfying flavor while also providing outstanding health benefits. It brews up a beautifully bright golden color, and has a lingering sweetness that’s sure to warm you from the inside out. With no caffeine, Atomic Gold can be enjoyed at any time of day, and makes a wonderfully soothing before-bed cup.

Teas for Winter

Margaret Wack

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While tea is delicious no matter the time of year, there’s a special savor to a warm cup of tea enjoyed on a cold winter day. For the winter months, here are a few teas that are sure to keep you cozy no matter the temperature!

Solstice Spice

A spicy blend of black tea with apple, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, orange slices and pink pepper, Solstice Spice is a wonderful tea with a taste reminiscent of the holidays. It’s a classic spiced tea with a naturally sweet, comforting flavor.

Lapsang Souchong

A campfire in a cup! With its distinctive smoky characteristics, this organically grown Lapsang Souchong tea is deeply aromatic with a smooth, crisp character. Reminiscent of woodsmoke and even expensive cigars, this classic, rich tea fills the mouth with an unexpectedly sweet pine flavor. Lapsang also pairs well with milk and honey.

Caramel Pu-erh

With their rich, robust flavor and hearty body, pu-erh teas are a natural fit for winter. Our caramel pu-erh combines the sweet decadence of caramel with the earthiness of an aged pu-erh to create something akin to dessert in a teacup. Smooth with a naturally sweet finish, this tea is warming and thick, and is excellent with a splash of milk.

Dandy Cinnamon Purifying Pu-erh

Dandelion root, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon peel combine perfectly with pu-erh and oolong teas to create a purifying blend that also warms and restores you. This balanced blend has a delicious, rich flavor, and it offers benefits from ingredients traditionally thought to aid digestion and support health! A perfect pick-me-up if the cold weather has you feeling run-down.

Genmaicha Matcha

We've blended two traditional Japanese green teas together here, with the result being a tasty hybrid cup of tea! Genmaicha is a Japanese tea containing roasted brown rice, while matcha is a powdered green tea traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. These two teas combine together beautifully, creating a rich, toasty, earthy flavor that is creamy and slightly sweet.

Winter Forest

This green tea is a festive blend of almond and orange with a surprising pine-like flavor. Chinese sencha and Japanese bancha are combined with refreshing orange and nutty almonds for a lovely cup that will keep you warm from the outside in.

Atomic Gold

Atomic Gold is spicy and sweet, warm and soothing, while also incredibly healthful and tasty! This remarkable blend of turmeric, ginger, licorice, lemongrass and orange has a deep and satisfying flavor while also providing outstanding health benefits. It brews up a beautifully bright golden yellow, and is sure to cure your wintertime blues.

Tuscan Sun

Dreaming of summer? Our Tuscan Sun is a colorful blend of flowers, fruit and herbs reminiscent of a sunny meadow in Tuscany. The floral aromas of lavender and orange blossoms combine with the sweetness of apple, linden and melissa leaves for a relaxing, smooth herbal blend with soothing therapeutic properties.

Vanilla Rooibos

Superior quality vanilla is the secret to the smooth, rich, creamy taste of this popular flavor of rooibos. Packed with antioxidants and caffeine free, Vanilla Rooibos is satisfyingly sweet with an infectious warmth, perfect as a cup before bed. This tea is calling out for you to curl up by the fire with a good book and enjoy!

Teas for Coffee Drinkers

Margaret Wack

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Whether you’re a coffee lover trying to kick the habit, or simply interested in switching up your daily routine, tea can be a wonderful alternative for a morning pick-me-up. More and more people are turning to tea as a soothing but stimulating way to start their day off on the right foot. Packed with antioxidants and rich in other vitamins and minerals, tea is full of health benefits, too. But with so many teas to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start! Here are just a few of the teas we recommend for coffee drinkers interested in branching out:

Indian Black Tea

Indian black teas make a great alternative to coffee, as they brew up dark and strong, have a full body, and are high in caffeine. While Chinese blacks tend to be mellower and more delicate, Indian blacks have a little bite to them, and with about half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, they still pack a punch in terms of morning energy. They are delicious taken black, or with added milk and sugar.

Our Irish Breakfast, a blend of Assam and Tanzanian teas, is a robust breakfast tea that’s sure to please those who are looking for the strength and richness of a cup of coffee, with the added benefits of tea. Irish Breakfast tea leaves are especially fine, and they brew up a strong, dark cup. Our Assam, a rich black tea grown in the Assam region of India and traditionally used in many breakfast blends, is another great option.

Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh teas, like black teas, have about half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, making them another excellent candidate for a morning cup. Unlike black teas, however, pu-erh is lightly fermented, giving it a deep black color and luxurious, earthy taste and texture that’s sure to appeal to those fond of the depth and richness of good coffee. Pu-erh is sourced from the Yunnan province of China, and has a fascinating history stretching back hundreds of years.

At Artful Tea, we carry three different varieties of pu-erh. Our organic Leaf Pu-erh has a rich, mellow, earthy flavor, while our Caramel Pu-erh adds a depth of malty, nutty sweetness to its pu-erh base, and is perfect with a splash of milk. Our Dandy Cinnamon Pu-erh includes dandelion root, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon peel, and has a pleasantly tart, uplifting flavor that warms you from the inside out!

Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate is a type of tea made from the leaves and stems of the holly plant ilex paraguariensis and popular throughout South America, particularly in Brazil and Argentina. Mate is high in caffeine, containing almost as much as coffee per cup. Mate is said to contribute to focus, clarity, and alertness, without the jitters that come from drinking too much coffee, making it a great alternative for those looking for a stimulant without adverse side effects. It is traditionally drunk out of a hollow gourd through a straw known as a bombilla, but can also be prepared in the same way as other teas and tisanes.

Our traditional Yerba Mate is a great option for those looking to try mate on its own, with no added ingredients. Our Nutty Mocha Mate is a rich, delicious blend of mate with chocolate and hazelnut, sure to appeal to those with a sweet tooth, while our Lively Lemony Mate is an uplifting, citrus-forward brew that’s sure to start the day off on a great note!

With these options and more to choose from, tea can be a wonderful alternative even for committed coffee drinkers, whether they’re looking to decrease their caffeine intake or simply reap the many benefits that tea has to offer!

Lapsang Souchong

Nick Rose

The name Souchong refers to the fourth and fifth leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, farther removed from the prized flowery pekoe bud at the tip (which is followed by orange pekoe and then pekoe leaves). These lower leaves are considered inferior in quality, so it is perhaps not surprising that they were used by the Chinese growers in the Wuyi mountains of the Fujian province of China to create an intensely smoky tea.

Lapsang Souchong

The true story of how and when the Chinese began smoking these Souchong leaves is unclear. A popular legend has it that it was created by accident during the 17th century when the leaves were burned during a raid, or that war caused tea growers to abandon the usual drying process and later use smoke to speedily up dry the tea for market. Whatever the true origins of this pine smoked tea, by the mid-1800s it had become popular in European tea rooms.

And yet, for all its popularity in the West, the Chinese do not drink smoked tea. In New Tea Lovers Treasury: The Classic True Story of Tea, James Norwood Pratt eschews the controversy surrounding the history of Lapsang, and offers instead that “disbelieving Chinese friends have sworn to me that a barbarity like smoking tea could never be practiced in China, where Lapsang Souchong is apparently all but unheard of.” It is said that Winston Churchill liked Lapsang Souchong, unsurprising since this great statesman also loved a good cigar and strong whisky.

Lapsang Souchong is not for the faint of heart; tea drinkers either love it or can’t imagine drinking it. A cup of a well-balanced Lapsang, with its earthy aroma, intense smoky flavor and hint of sweetness, is as comforting as curling up by a warm campfire on a chilly evening. Enjoy our deliciously balanced Organic Lapsang Souchong with or without milk any time of day.

Irish Breakfast

Karen Gardiner

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ArtfulTea customers often ask about the various breakfast tea blends they've encountered, from the well-known English Breakfast to the less familiar Canadian Breakfast. The origins of breakfast blends are a bit of a controversy in the tea world. Some tea historians attribute the start of what we now called "breakfast tea" to Queen Anne, who made it fashionable to drink tea instead of ale with breakfast. Others date the breakfast tea phenomenon to about a hundred years ago when a Scottish tea merchant in Edinburgh created a very stout blend to go with the traditionally heavy morning meal. Queen Victoria is said to have loved a Scottish blend of tea and English tea companies quickly began creating their own blends, dubbing them "English Breakfast" tea. Referring to blends as "breakfast tea" from a specific country caught on, particularly in the U.S.

In his well-researched book New Tea Lover's Treasury: The Classic True Story of Tea, James Norwood Pratt tells us "Tradition is on a firmer footing with blends sold in the US and UK as 'Irish Breakfast' which always contains a high proportion of malty Assam, though nobody seems sure just when the Irish acquired this preference." Assam, known for it's strong malty flavor and bright orange-brown color, is a black tea grown near sea level in the state of Assam, India.

One reason given for the different kinds of breakfast blends is that tea masters consider many factors in blending tea, including the quality of water in a given place. In Ireland, where the water was traditionally considered to be hard, using Assam as a base tea was found to work well. The Irish, however, don't call what they drink "Irish Breakfast" tea – it is simply "tea" and is consumed throughout the day. On average the Irish consume 4–6 cups of tea daily, placing them among the top tea consumers in the world.

There are nearly as many different blends of Irish and English Breakfast tea as there are tea purveyors, so you may want to try several to find the blend that suits you. The Irish Breakfast at ArtfulTea is a blend of organic Assam and Tanzanian black teas rolled into tiny granules creating a very robust and hearty tea with a deep auburn hue. Irish breakfast is traditionally enjoyed with milk and/or sweetener and will certainly deliver a boost any time of day.

Iced Tea Popsicles

Karen Gardiner

It's Summer! Let's make popsicles!

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Any tea you enjoy as an iced tea will also make tasty popsicles. For even more fun, add in a few extras like fruit or yogurt when making them. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for iced tea popsicles:

Blueberry Pomegranate Popsicles: Start with iced Blueberry Pomegranate herbal tea. Place a few fresh blueberries in each popsicle mold, then slowly add the iced tea. You can add a dollop of vanilla ice cream if desired. Freeze and enjoy!

Apples to Oranges Popsicles: Start with iced Apples to Oranges organic herbal tea. Cut a fresh apple into very thin wedges. Cut a fresh orange into very thin slices. Add one of each fruit slice to the popsicle molds, then slowly add the iced tea. Again, you can top it off with a dollop of vanilla ice cream if you'd like a creamsicle taste.

Watermelon Matcha Popsicles: This one has a few more steps and ingredients, so we've made a recipe card for you below. We used our Culinary Grade Organic Matcha for these.

Whichever tea you choose to use, iced tea popsicles are a delicious, fun and healthy way to celebrate summer. Enjoy!

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Jasmine Green Tea

Nick Rose

Jasmine Green Tea

Even if you couldn’t name it, you’re probably familiar with the scent of jasmine. One of the most popular flavors of tea in the world, jasmine green teas can vary wildly in quality and flavor. Our Jasmine Yin Cloud organic green tea is one of the most exceptional versions of jasmine tea you can find.

Truly exquisite jasmine teas begin with the use of high-quality Chinese tea leaves. Those tea leaves later become scented with the aroma and flavor of freshly picked jasmine flowers during the drying process. The most intensely aromatic jasmine flowers are plucked only at night during the month of May. Our Jasmine Yin Cloud acquires its distinctive, delicate flavor from these precious jasmine blossoms harvested over a short period in May. Freshly plucked flowers are placed on trays above and below the drying green tea leaves. As the tea leaves dry in proximity to the jasmine flowers, it absorbs the essence of the flowers. The trays of jasmine flowers are replaced with trays of freshly picked blossoms several times during the entire process of making this tea.

Lesser quality jasmine teas are sometimes made by simply adding dried jasmine flowers to the tea, or by drying the tea with flowers harvested at less optimal times than May. Give our Jasmine Yin Cloud green tea a few sips and you'll recognize the difference in quality immediately.


Chun Mee Green Tea

Nick Rose

Chun Mee green tea

For green tea lovers and those wanting to try green tea, this buttery, mild Chinese tea is the lightest green we carry at ArtfulTea. The Chinese name Chun Mee means "precious eyebrow," a perfect description for the long, curved and slightly dusty-looking leaves of this delicate tea.

Chinese green teas are more mellow than their Japanese counterparts known for their rich, grassy flavor. Our organic Chun Mee takes that mellow taste a step further with its pale yellow liquor and subtly sweet flavor that can be described as a bridge between white tea and more full bodied green teas such as Dragon Well.

As with many teas, the loose leaves of Chun Mee can be brewed at least twice, with each infusion offering a more nuanced experience of this beautifully light, low caffeine tea. Another reason to love Chun Mee Green Tea is the rich store of beneficial antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins in each cup.

Darjeeling Black Tea

Nick Rose

Darjeeling black tea

Darjeeling tea takes its name from the region in the Himalayan Mountains of India where the plants are cultivated. Unlike Assam, its tea growing neighbor to the east, the Darjeeling area is smaller, higher, colder and, importantly, the plant which produces this legendary tea was brought from China by the British in the 19th century. It is not surprising then that Darjeeling tea is markedly different from traditional Indian blacks grown at lower altitudes from native plants. Prized for its unique character, aroma and flavor, the finest Darjeeling tea is extremely expensive with demand consistently outpacing supply.  One reason for the high cost is the small leaves grow slowly and are hand-plucked in a labor intensive process. The Board of India places a certification mark and logo onto chests of Darjeeling so consumers will know the product they are purchasing is authentic, offering one explanation for the nickname “the Champagne of teas” due to the similarity with France’s strict labeling policy of its famous sparkling wine. 

Darjeeling teas will vary by year depending upon the weather, the garden or estate where it is grown, and the "flush" or harvesting season within a year. Darjeeling has three main flushes when fresh leaves are gathered. First Flush, also known as  Spring Flush, begins in early March and continues into early May, with the Second Flush following from May until the Monsoon rains come in June. In October, when the rains have ceased, the Autumnal Flush season lasts until the plants go dormant for the winter. Tea made from the leaves of each flush will vary considerably from a bright, noticeably astringent taste of delicate First Flush leaves which are infused like a green tea, to a Second Flush brew which offers richer fruit, less tangy astringency and hold up to fully boiling water without bitterness. Darjeeling tea is graded based on size and quality from “Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe” (SFTGFOP) at the top end, to “D” which indicates the dusty, fine powder that is often found in teabags.

At ArtfulTea, we offer a very affordable Second Flush called Daily Darjeeling (FTGFOP1). These organically grown leaves yield a bright coppery brew with a deliciously nutty flavor and mild astringency. For some tea lovers, the lighter color and flavor of Darjeeling more closely resembles oolong than black. We certainly appreciate how nicely the leaves hold up to a second infusion. Darjeeling makes a delightful organic iced tea in the summer months, and can be easily brewed in our Urban Tea Tumbler for a flavorful cup on the go. Hot or Cold, enjoy this Champagne of teas daily!

Himalayan Tea: Nepal

Nick Rose

The world’s tallest mountain range is home to some of the most famous tea growing regions including Assam and Darjeeling both located in India. A rocky landscape of varying altitudes, these mountains produce teas that are well known in many homes and the basis of favorite blends such as English Breakfast or our own Star of India. Today, the relatively small nation of Nepal is making a name for itself as a producer of premium Himalayan grown teas after over a century in the shadow of its much larger neighbor.


Beginning in the mid-19th century, the British empire expanded to India and the British East India Company began full scale commercial tea production in that part of the world. Despite tea cultivation arriving in Nepal at about the same time as in Darjeeling to the east, commercial tea production in this small Asian country did not take off until later in the 20th century. Nepali tea, the term describing tea cultivated in Nepal, is currently grown in five primary regions with new areas being added to meet the demand for this much sought after export.  

At ArtfulTea we carry two Nepali teas: Himalayan Spring, a delicate green, and the award winning black aptly named Nepalese Gold. The latter is grown at high elevation and is intensely aromatic with striking golden leaves rendering a well balanced brew. We find it to be more subtle than Ceylon while offering a richer and more mellow flavor than Darjeeling. No surprise it is quickly becoming a favorite.  Moving down into the foothills, a refreshing green is created by hand plucking the first leaves of the spring season. Pale pink in hue with a delicate aroma, Himalayan Spring offers the subtlety of a white tea and the distinctive taste of a light, classic green. Both of these teas can be enjoyed hot or cold making them a perfect year round choice.

Masala Chai

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In Hindi, the word "chai" simply means "tea" while the term "masala" refers to a blend of spices. In the west, we've come to use the term "chai" for that special mixture of black tea and fragrant spices with milk and sugar (or honey) that creates an aromatic and warming tea drink.

Many Americans were first introduced to chai in a premixed carton. In India, making Masala Chai can take time and care, like a special family dish with a recipe passed down through generations. The spices most commonly used are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, anise, fennel, cloves, nutmeg and black pepper. I've had the chance to watch traditional chai being made by a friend from India. First he used a mortar and pestle to grind each spice by hand, then stirred them into a pan of milk which was slowly simmered (not boiled!) for several minutes before black tea leaves were added. Last, he stirred in some sugar until it dissolved, then poured the steaming brew into our glasses. It was a delight to watch and well worth the wait!

At ArtfulTea, we often tell customers there are as many ways to make chai as there are people who drink it. While chai can certainly be enjoyed milky and sweetened, it is equally delicious on its own as a spicy brew with no milk or sugar. We offer two types of Chai, each with its own balanced blend of spices. The first, a "traditional" Masala Chai, combines cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and cloves with a premium Ceylon black tea. For a caffeine-free option, our popular Rooibos Chai is organic and contains cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, cloves and black pepper along with South African rooibos.

Try making either of these with milk and/or sweetener, or create your own variation to discover the way you enjoy chai best. I've even heard of folks who add a splash of strong coffee to our Rooibos Chai to make a lower-caffeine version of "Dirty Chai." Masala Chai lends itself to creativity and experimentation. Enjoy!


Yunnan Black Tea

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Yunnan black tea, also called Dianhong tea, is a gourmet black tea grown in the Yunnan province of China. Yunnan is a bit lighter, sweet-smelling and less astringent than typical black teas, with a rich, malty flavor and a brassy orange color when it’s brewed.


Yunnan black tea is a relatively new innovation within the ancient tradition of Chinese tea-making, with its production beginning in the early 20th century.

Yunnan black is considered a high-end, gourmet tea in China. The main difference between Yunnan black tea leaves and other tea leaves are the high numbers of golden-tipped leaf buds in the dried tea. Yunnan black is made from large, high-quality tea leaves, and the finest varieties of Yunnan black are processed through partial oxidation but without chopping the leaves, to minimize bitterness.

Yunnan tea should be steeped in water cooked to just below the boiling point, between 195 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit. Like other black teas, it can be taken with milk and sugar, though its flavor is also soft enough to be enjoyed alone.

Ti Kuan Yin Tea

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Ti Kuan Yin -- also spelled “Tieguanyin” -- is a type of oolong tea from eastern China notable fo its orchid-like flavor and complex process of production. Fragrant and tasty, Ti Kuan Yin tea is said to be China’s most famous and beloved oolong.

Ti Kuan Yin Tea

Cultivated at high altitudes in the cool mountain air of China’s Fujian province, tea leaves that will be made into Ti Kuan Yin are processed using more than a dozen steps including oxidation, tossing, tight rolling and roasting.

When steeped, the dark, curly leaves of Ti Kuan Yin lighten and unfurl, unleashing their flowery aroma and taste. The brewed tea has a golden yellow color and a mild, slightly sweet flavor. Ti Kuan Yin Tea offers an excellent source of sustained energy, both for its moderate caffeine content and high levels of vitamins, amino acids and antioxidant-containing polyphenols.

The name Tieguanyin is a reference to the Chinese “Iron Goddess of Mercy,” Guanyin, who is the female embodiment of the bodhisattva.