Proper loose leaf tea served in a heated pot with a tea strainer. We have an awesome selection of hand blended black, green, or herbal teas. See our full list below.
Tea brewed with milk, everyone knows the classic Chai but its good with any of our black teas. Particularly popular with Earl Grey or Vanilla Bourbon.
Our tea selections
Pure Ceylon tea is blended with Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans to create this aromatic blend. The sweet smell of vanilla beckons and the bold black leaves create an astringency that is accented by the natural sugars. This tea delivers a brisk pick-up throughout the day with an alluring accent. Especially great iced with fresh lemon. While there is no bourbon whisky in this blend, it makes a great base for a hot toddy!
The British discovered the wonderful tea-growing properties of the Darjeeling district in West Bengal in the nineteenth century. We have found an estate there that provides us with an organic and fair traded Darjeeling tea. The light body and floral accents of this tea create a wonderful delicacy and flexibility that is favored by tea drinkers worldwide. The musky aroma arises from the incomplete oxidation process and gives this softly flavored tea the elasticity to be appreciated from breakfast to dessert. During the day, Blue Willow Darjeeling provides a wonderful, light lift with a muscatel sweetness and clean finish. The full, fresh flavor and delicate floral hints create a truly pleasurable sipping experience on its own, with a sturdiness that can handle the addition of sugar and milk.
British diplomat and statesman Charles, Second Earl of Grey, is said to have received the original recipe for this scented tea in China in the Nineteenth Century. Despite its worldwide popularity, no one can say for certain what was in the original formula, or who the source was of this spectacular combination of black tea with oil of bergamot orange. We do know that the best ingredients produce the best blends. Blue Willow uses only fresh oil of bergamot, derived from the Mediterranean bergamot plant, a variety of citrus. We blend premium Chinese and Indian black teas, applying just the right amount of bergamot oil. Our method creates a perfect balance of the robust citrus aroma of the Mediterranean orange and the warm, oaky, fruity flavors of the tea leaves themselves. Blue Willow’s Earl Grey blend is accented with the addition of blue cornflowers and orange peels, which liven up the appearance of the tea and add an extra floral hint to the flavor. Taken black, with a twist of lemon, or with milk and sugar, Earl Grey has won the favor of many tea drinkers and provides an excellent cup at breakfast, teatime or with dessert.
Every tea merchant tends to create their own proprietary blend to reflect a certain flavor profile and represent a good “house” tea at a good value. While some companies try to hide inferior teas in a muddled blend, Blue Willow took an extra step to formulate our English Breakfast blend. We use our finest quality Estate teas from Darjeeling, Ceylon, and China’s Anhui and Yunnan provinces. Every component adds a unique note to this tea, creating a brisk, aromatic and very full-bodied blend, excellent with or without cream and superb iced.
The remote Chinese province of Yunnan, the birthplace of tea, offers exquisite flavor qualities of world renown. The nicely twisted leaves and plenty of gorgeous golden tips testify to the skill of the tea pickers and blenders of this region. Blue Willow Teahouse Blend has a round, soft flavor offset with light maltiness and finishing with a slight apricot-sweetness. The mild climate, high altitude and plentiful water help the tea develop its soothing aroma of cedar and earth. Never bitter, we recommend that drinkers experiment coupling this tea with a variety of foods. The progression of flavors makes this a terrific tea to enjoy on its own, while the full-body supports the additions of milk or sugar nicely.
This classic, wok-fired green tea has a delicate, decidedly sweet flavor and steeps to a lovely, yellow-green color with fresh scent. The taste is clean and has a silken, buttery characteristic which lingers on the taste buds for a pleasant sipping experience. The needle-shaped leaves are large and flattened and are not as grassy or astringent as other green teas. The overall cup is refreshing and soothing and is reputed to help keep the mind stimulated yet clear.
Kyoto Bancha “Temple Pine”
The green teas of Japan are unexcelled for vegetal freshness and sweetness. The dark green leaf of this tea yields a light-bodied, pleasing taste with clean and sweet aroma. An everyday “house tea” of the Japanese countryside, Blue Willow Bancha is appealing to those who are looking for a mellow pick-me-up that you can be enjoy with a variety of foods. 30% of leaf weight consists of polyphenols, a key component in Ayurvedic medicine.
Genmaicha “Snow on Bamboo”
One of the most popular teas in Japan, Genmaicha blends green tea and toasted brown rice, some of which is popped. This blend is visually exciting and produces a sweet, vegetal flavor with a brothy mouth-fee, complimented by the toasty addition of rice. This green tea already naturally lower in caffeine content than black teas, has even less due to the presence of the brown rice. Enjoy this tea at any time of day clear and pure without any additions.
Wu Wei is a complex blend of herbs and spices that creates a flavor best described as naturally sweet, tart and spicy with an orange twist. The name Wu Wei is from the Chinese, meaning “peaceable energy”. Spoken with a different inflection, it means “five flavors”. The overall effect of Wu Wei is relaxing and calming while treating your taste buds to an upbeat progression of flavors. The blend includes Stevia, a natural sweetener; lemon balm, which is said to calm nerves, aid digestion and promote sleep; clove, reputed to be a natural antiseptic and analgesic; relaxing lavender; and licorice root, legendary in Chinese herbal medicine and as an aid to promote digestion respiratory health. These herbs and spices are blended together skillfully with hibiscus and orange zest to create a unique mélange bursting with flavor. The liquor is a rich, amethyst infusion and makes a fantastic iced tea. Consider mixing it with juice for a special treat.
Chai “India Train”
In India, Russia, Turkey and a host of other places, chai means tea. In the US, we say “chai” when referring to masala chai, a traditional Indian spiced tea.
Blue Willow Chai comprises a complex blend of premium Estate teas and spices to recreate a classic Indian Masala Chai derived from a Himalayan recipe. The teas create a bold base that flourishes with the addition of spices. Cardamom, whole cloves, ginger root, cinnamon, whole star anise and allspice are freshly milled and blended in small, 60lb. batches at our plant. The exotic flavor combines a smooth taste of tea with invigorating spice. While the tea is Blue Willow Chai brings caffeine to the blend, the high proportion of spices dramatically lowers the caffeine content so the beverage has a soothing effect that is sure to warm the heart. Chai’s popularity, both iced and hot, has risen quickly and for good reason. Try these recipes for ideal preparation.
A wonderfully sweet and tart blend of dried berries, apples, rosehips and hibiscus. This tisane steeps to a beautiful deep red liquor and has just the right amount of apple sweetness to tone down the puckery tartness of the berries. You can’t steep this tea for too long, it only gets richer. Great hot and excellent iced, especially served with some fresh sliced strawberries! Added bonus: you can eat the dried fruit after you’re done steeping.
While it seems everyone has been familiar with the calming characteristics of chamomile since childhood, it is surprisingly difficult to find a quality chamomile with favorable flavor qualities. We are proud to offer a certified organic chamomile which has such a delicate sweetness and completely clean flavor which is sure to relax the mind and please the taste buds. Our chamomile is a whole-bud variety grown in Egypt.
Mint Herbal Organic
Blue Willow designed this blend of domestically-grown, certified organic mints to soothe the mind and body.The perfect combination of peppermint and spearmint creates an aroma which clears the mind and coats the belly with fresh sweetness. Allopathic and Ayurvedic health systems use mint to aid many health maladies, especially digestive ailments. Because this blend contains no caffeine, it is a great option any time of day and is quite calming as a bedtime treat.