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.

Autumn Laoshan Harvests and fresh pickings from Fujian and Yunnan are on their way now!  Estimated ship date: 10/03/14

Pre-order your favorite seasonal tea for the freshest tea, shipped straight to you as soon as it arrives, and reserve your tea before these limited harvests sell out!  Pre-order now to lock in our lowest prices ever on these popular favorites.

Pre-Orders now open for:

thevintagepostbox:

Illustration: Tea Cats
This piece is available as a print!!

We love this piece by thevintagepostbox - in fact, we love ALL of her work, but this one in particular is close to our hearts.  It features our two little black cats, Rothko and Loki the Tea Cats, enjoying a civil cup of tea together.
The boys may not always see eye to eye, but there’s one thing they really agree on: they love tea time and tea ceremony!  This print is hanging right above our tea board at home so that every time we make tea, the cats can enjoy it with us.
Check out even more of Francesca Buchko’s wonderful work on her website, francescabuchko.com

thevintagepostbox:

Illustration: Tea Cats

This piece is available as a print!!

We love this piece by thevintagepostbox - in fact, we love ALL of her work, but this one in particular is close to our hearts.  It features our two little black cats, Rothko and Loki the Tea Cats, enjoying a civil cup of tea together.

The boys may not always see eye to eye, but there’s one thing they really agree on: they love tea time and tea ceremony!  This print is hanging right above our tea board at home so that every time we make tea, the cats can enjoy it with us.

Check out even more of Francesca Buchko’s wonderful work on her website, francescabuchko.com

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:

#OnlyinMN

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.

Alice 

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