Verdant Tea

AT VERDANT TEA, we're privileged & proud to work directly with farmers and innovators all across China, sourcing our tea directly from small family farms, and working to eliminate the distance between tea farmer and tea lover.

We partner with six family farms in China for artisan-crafted, ethically-sourced tea. From the He Family farm in Shandong to Master Han's 1000-year-old Yunnan trees, our tea comes from real people who set fair prices and take pride in their craft.

Today’s featured cocktail is the Corn Maze.

Rich, frothy & slightly sweet - this Minnesota original evokes roasted sweet corn & getting lost in the labyrinth of a late Summer corn field maze.  

Corn Field:


Curiouser and curiouser…

The first Labyrinth on our cocktail menu is inspired by garden parties & English hedge mazes, gin martini’s and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


Special thanks to Lewis Carroll for his inspiration.

Alice taking “Drink Me” bottle

It was all very well to say `Drink me,’ but the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry. `No, I’ll look first,’ she said, `and see whether it’s marked “poison” or not’… 

… she had never forgotten that, if you drink much from a bottle marked `poison,’ it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.

However, this bottle was not marked `poison,’ so Alice ventured to taste it, and finding it very nice, (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast,) she very soon finished it off.

`What a curious feeling!’ said Alice; `I must be shutting up like a telescope.’

Today’s featured Online Happy Hour Tea originally premiered as part of our Tea Blend of the Month  Club: Yu Lu Yan Chai.

Darker, richer and spicier than our classic Laoshan Village Chai, the Yu Lu Yan Chai is thick and creamy, even brewed up without milk or honey. Since it’s debut, Yu Lu Yan Chai has become one of our favorite spiced tea blends.  

Today (right now!) from 3-4pm CST, you can save 10% on Yu Lu Yan Chai during our online Happy Hour!

Tasting Notes: sweet potato, chocolate, ginger, cardamom, vanilla, chicory

Made with Yu Lu Yan Cha black tea, organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic cardamom, organic coriander, organic burdock, organic elderberry, organic goji berry, organic tulsi (holy basil), organic peppercorn, organic fennel, organic galangal, organic vanilla bean, organic saffron

Our full cocktail bar is officially OPEN here at Verdant in Minneapolis.

Every evening, we’re serving up craft cocktails inspired by small producers’ fine spirits and our friends’ equally fine tea – with tenacious sourcing and a dedication to high quality ingredients, our mixed drinks invite exploration with unique additions of aromatic woods, resins and unusual botanicals.

Today, we’re focusing on a cocktail from the Tiger section of the menu, Tyger Tyger - inspired by William Blake and a classic Manhattan.

Tyger, Tyger 

special thanks to William Blake for his inspiration:

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye, 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

It’s another beautiful day for taking tea outside - this afternoon, we’re spending some quality time with Mr. He’s Spring 2014 1st Picking Laoshan Black Tea.

Rich and full with notes of cacao, hazelnut and a hint of cherry, this is the absolute finest black tea that the He Family makes each year.  

Today (right now!) from 3-4pm CST, you can save 20% on 1st Picking Laoshan Black during our online Happy Hour!

Tasting Notes: chocolate, malt, cherry, almond, hazelnut, sarsaparilla

This afternoon, we’re relaxing on the patio with Summer Garden Citrus Mint.

Crisp, sweet and tangy, we created this refreshing blend to celebrate the summer season. Hot or iced, indoors or out in the garden, we think this is the perfect time to enjoy this seasonal green tea blend.

Today (right now!) from 3-4pm CST, save 15% on Summer Garden Citrus Mint during our online Happy Hour!

Tasting Notes: mint, citrus, creamy, crisp, tangy, lavender

Made with Sun Dried Jingshan Green, Wenshan Baozhong Oolong, organic orange peel, organic spearmint, organic licorice root, organic dandelion root, organic lemongrass, organic lavender, organic bergamot oil

This afternoon, we’re brewing up the He Family’s innovative Laoshan Roasted Oolong out on the patio.  

Today (right now!) you can save 10% on Laoshan Roasted Oolong during today’s Online Happy Hour - 3pm to 4pm CST!

Sipping this one out in the breeze, watching tiny bees and butterflies in our summer flowers - it’s amazing to think about how lucky we are to have this tea at all. From the He’s small farm in Laoshan, all the way to a patio in Minnesota; opening a bag of Roasted Oolong to pack up for a customer, you think about how the last time this bag was opened, it was in the hands of QingQing or Mrs. He in the family’s workshop.  

Tasting Notes: chocolate, vanilla, citrus, sandalwood, floral, barley