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Seven Perfect Teas to Sample From Oregon Tea Traders

Andrea loves tea. She has a giant chest of tea in her home. She often spends her mornings & afternoons reading about tea and its benefits.

Sampling teas from Oregon Tea Traders. The teas are a mix of black, green, chai, floral, and herbal. Some of the teas are caffeinated others aren't.

Sampling teas from Oregon Tea Traders. The teas are a mix of black, green, chai, floral, and herbal. Some of the teas are caffeinated others aren't.

Sampling Loose Leaf Teas

Oregon Tea Traders has a huge selection of high-quality teas and artisanal blends. The teas are perfect for relaxing or for a hike into nature. I have sampled several of the company's teas, and I wanted to tell you about some of my favorites.

Oregon Tea Traders is based in Eugene, Oregon. They connect with tea traders from all around the world including Kenya, China, Nepal, and Thailand, as well as within the United States. The company works hard to bring attention to unique tea flavors. The company also promotes ethical trading and loose leaf tea production in the United States.

Several of the teas have a North American twist to them. From magnolia to birch, there are some flavors that might make you feel like you're traveling into the wilderness.

Sustainability

By sipping a cup of tea, you're supporting good wages for farmers, sustainable agriculture, and a small family-based business. Oregon Tea Traders connects with farmers that do their work in harmony with the surrounding environment. They avoid chemical additives in their farming practices. They also respect animals by not disturbing their habitats.

The farmers take steps to nurture the soil and conserve water. The tea blends are made from organic ingredients.

The teas featured in this article are Crater Lake Blue, Birch Chai, Black Magnolia American Grown, Rose Chai, Daydreamer's, Oregon Rain, and Blackberry Basil Green Tea.

The teas featured in this article are Crater Lake Blue, Birch Chai, Black Magnolia American Grown, Rose Chai, Daydreamer's, Oregon Rain, and Blackberry Basil Green Tea.

Sample Teas

TeasLoose Leaf TypeBrewing TemperatureTime

Crater Lake Blue

Herbal

212°F

3 Minutes

Birch Chai

Herbal

212°F

5 Minutes

Black Magnolia American Grown

Black

200°F

5 Minutes

Rose Chai

Black

212°F

3-4 Minutes

Daydreamer's

Black

212°F

3 Minutes

Oregon Rain

Herbal

212°F

3 Minutes

Blackberry Basil

Green

170°F

3 Minutes

1. Crater Lake Blue

I've never had a tea quite like this one. Believe it or not, when it is brewed it actually has a dark teal color. I've never seen another tea with this hue. It also has a flavor profile that's unmatched. This is the first tea I recommend to others.

The blend is a mixture of Oregon herbs and butterfly pea flowers. My friends and I suspect it has hints of oregano. I would also bet that rosemary is in the mix. Its flavor is unexpected and subtle; its incredible color is bright and bold. Crater Lake Blue is calming; it puts you in a euphoric mood for the day. It also transports you to the West Coast.

The blend is grown and processed in Oregon. The brewed tea is meant to capture the gorgeous vista at Crater Lake National Park, which is home to the deepest lake in the United States. It is famous for its captivating blue color and water clarity. The lake is fed solely by rain and snow.

Pairing Ideas

  • Hearty breakfast with eggs and sausage
  • Salt-encrusted prime rib with onion rings
  • Chicken salad sandwich with chips
  • Toasted mozzarella and sundried tomatoes on brioche with kalamata olives
  • Spring vegetable medley mixed into a risotto

I would argue this tea is best served with a savory or salty meal. There is something young about the tea's flavor that lends itself to spring or summer. It's not a dessert tea. Anything with herbs will pair well with it.

Time of Day

This is an herbal tea, so I doubt it has any caffeine in it. I would recommend drinking a hot cup of it in the morning or early afternoon. It's a soothing tea, and it whisks you off to nature. It has a certain freshness that reminds me of sunrise, light fog, or gentle rain. It's the perfect tea for a hike. It's what Oregon would taste like if the state was compressed down into a thimble.

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2. Birch Chai

If you love root beer and chai, this blend is perfect for you. It's sweet, spicy, and has a slight kick to it. Birch chai is a herbal tea. It has a flavorful combination of spices with wildcrafted birch bark as its base.

Sassafras and sasparilla are traditionally used in root beers. Birch is often added or is the main ingredient to create birch beer. Root beverages have been around for a long time. Native Americans were cultivating them well before the arrival of Europeans in North America.

My friends and I think there might be a hint of cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper in the tea—that's what we can distinguish as the chai. I would describe the drink as peppery, warm, and soothing. It's a blend that I think is appropriate for fall or winter. It works beautifully as a Christmas beverage.

Make a Chai Latte

It's easy to turn this blend into a chai latte. All you have to do is brew up a strong cup of tea then add a teaspoon of sugar. Next, foam milk on the stove. Either whisk vigorously or use a milk frother. Pour the steamed milk into your cup, and you're done!

Pairing Ideas

  • Mulligatawny soup with a side of sliced apples
  • Roasted chicken and baked potatoes
  • Coffee cake and spiced pears
  • Pumpkin spiced muffins and maple bacon
  • Roasted apples wrapped in prosciutto

Birch chai pairs well with comfort foods and spicy dessert treats. The beverage's warm flavors make it more suited for fall or winter foods such as figs, pumpkins, apples, cranberries, and maple.

Time of Day

I recommend drinking this tea in the afternoon with a spicy treat or at lunch or dinner. It's appropriate for dinner parties or cozy gatherings by a bonfire. Instead of hot chocolate or apple cider try birch chai. It's perfect to sip while eating snacks and socializing with friends.

3. Black Magnolia American Grown

This is a distinctive loose leaf tea grown and processed at the Great Mississippi Tea Company. The magnolia tea has long, twisted black leaves. It has a medium body, and a sweet molasses finish.

It is a slightly bitter tea, but in a good way. It's not fierce or pungent, although the flavor does linger in your mouth after swallowing. (It lingers on the back of your tongue.) One of my friends recommends adding a teaspoon of sugar and/or cream.

It reminds me of English breakfast tea. It's not as robust as that, but it is in the same flavor department. You can taste the molasses when you swallow, which adds a touch of sweetness. It has a dark reddish-brown color and a subtle sweet scent.

FYI: The tea is grown in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Magnolias are Mississippi's state tree and flower. It's also called "The Magnolia State"; so magnolias are a big part of Mississippi's DNA.

Pairing Ideas

  • Fried chicken, fried okra, biscuits and gravy
  • Catfish and cornbread
  • Fried mozzarella sticks and fried green tomatoes
  • Fried eggs and hushpuppies
  • Crab cakes and mashed potatoes

This tea screams Mississippi—it is certified Southern. It pairs well with soul foods and comfort foods. It's perfect with fried treats. The tea would also complement Cajun-style food. I don't think this is the best tea for dessert unless it is a more bitter-tasting dessert or full to the brim with nuts.

Time of Day

Afternoon with lunch would be my recommendation. A hot cup of it might be nice in the morning to help wake you up, but it's not as strong as coffee. The tea is perfect to sip while sitting on a porch and watching the goings-on of your neighborhood. A rocking chair isn't required, but it's highly recommended to get the right mise-en-scène.

4. Rose Chai

Rose chai is sweet and spicy blend with a red hue. It's aromatic with a hint of rose. It has a more peppery taste than the birch chai.

It is a mix of Indian spices with a fine Assam black tea. I believe there is a hint of cardamom in it. It's a floral tea that isn't overbearing (some floral teas are pungent or soapy). The spices are the loudest part of the tea at the beginning and then you can taste the Assam and then the rose.