Wight Tea Co.

When a company chooses to feature a few teas instead of many they can really hone in to make those teas amazing. Wight Tea Co, located in Baltimore, features sixteen different teas, each featuring a unique personality. They have a flavor that everyone will enjoy.


Website: www.wighttea.com

Location: Baltimore, MD. Online and in their retail store.

Company Focus: 

  • A favorite mug snug in your hands, a singing kettle, the aroma and colors of the leaves unfurling—making and drinking tea is a total experience. At Wight Tea Co, we honor that experience with our commitment to high quality loose leaf tea and adventurous flavor blends like Sage Rose White tea, Blueberry Basil Rooibos, and Fireside Fig. Baltimore-based and family-owned, siblings Brittany and Joey Wight have carefully sourced high-quality tea leaves from suppliers around the globe.
    They call upon their expert palates and mixology experience to create unique handcrafted blends and seasonal tea drinks, now made to order at their stall in Whitehall Market.

Most popular company tea(s)

  • One of our bestsellers is Lavender Earl Gray, a ceylon black tea with lavender bergamot and cornflower petals. A new favorite is Cinnamon Walnut Yaupon, a wild-harvested dark roast yaupon from Texas, with cinnamon chips, walnuts, cloves, black peppercorn, and apples.

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • It’s our last name!

Do you participate in any charities?

  • We regularly contribute to local charities and are always looking to lift up other women and minority-owned small businesses. One of our longstanding partners is CreativeMornings Baltimore.

What is your (or any of your other co-workers) favorite tea?

  • It’s impossible to pick just one! Our to-go tea cocktails have been a recent favorite. We have one named after Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek which uses our Sage Rose White Tea.

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • The industry needs to be more transparent at all levels of the tea business. While we are working towards buying direct from tea gardens, we are also taking steps like working with smaller buyers that have the interest and capacity to work directly with growers. This virtuous cycle influences price and directly impacts quality of life for estate workers.

What role does tea play in our lives?

  • 2020 taught a lot of us to prioritize our health, both physical and mental. Tea is many things to many people, but it’s power as a ritual and sensory experience can’t be overstated.

Anything else you’d like to add? 

  • The tea industry has taught me patience. Tea is a plant and sometimes there are good harvests and sometimes there are not so good harvests. It’s worth waiting for the good stuff. Even if that means not having a tea in stock for a year or two.

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TeaTiff Picks: Sage Rose White Tea – First my apologies to Brittney. I think she nearly had an anxiety attack thinking there wasn’t any sage in my sample. But that was my bad in an improper reading of ingredients. Sage Rose White is a harmonious blend. The sage is light on the palate but strong enough to help balance the other flavors.


Marquess Grey Black Tea & Tropical Green Tea

Simpson & Vail

Elegance, tradition, acclaim. Not many companies can survive for over 100 years. Though if one was to be technical, the true 100 year anniversary won’t be till 2029 but I am sure that Augustus M. Walbridge would appreciate the remembrance of the original company. Afterall building a brand isn’t easy, especially one with refinement and flair like Simpson & Vail. They have a huge assortment of teas and tisanes and I am sure you will find something you will enjoy!

Website:  https://www.svtea.com/

Location

  • Our warehouse location is in Brookfield, CT and we ship worldwide. (Our retail location remains closed until further notice). Online Only

Company Focus: 

  • By way of introduction, Simpson & Vail is the 2nd oldest tea company in the US. We are family owned and blend small batches, in house, to ensure freshness. Currently we offer over 380 teas, a large assortment of tea accessories, a line of 100+ herbal tisanes, over 80 types of coffee, and a plethora of specialty gourmet food products. Our philosophy is to supply, inform, and satisfy the consumer with the best and most environmentally conscious products available. 

Most popular company tea(s)?

  • I’m going to stick to our custom blends, but we do have a variety of “plain” black, green, white, oolong, and herbal teas. Victorian Earl Grey, Jane Austen’s Black Tea Blend, Almond Sugar Cookie, Great Smoky Mountains Tea, Blueberry Cinnamon Crumble Rooibos, and Winter Wonderland Rooibos. 

Does the company name have a meaning? 

  • Simpson & Vail was originally founded as a green coffee merchant in 1904 by Augustus M. Walbridge and named after him. In 1929, Mr. Walbridge sold the business to Mr. Simpson, the accountant, and Mr. Lester Vail, the tea taster. They incorporated the business in their name. In the late 1970s, the Harron family (the current family that owns it), purchased the business and considered re-naming. They ultimately decided against it because they wanted to keep the legacy of Simpson & Vail alive. 

Do you participate in any charities?

  • Yes, we pride ourselves on giving back to our community. This year alone we have been able to make donations to Feeding America, World Central Kitchen, local hospitals, and many more. We are heavily involved with certain national park non-profits and donate 10% from our National Park Tea Collection back to the parks. Here’s a more in depth list of our donations: https://www.svtea.com/donations.asp

What is your (or any of your other co-workers) favorite tea? 

  • Oh my goodness there are too many to decide! Currently, I have been drinking our Special Blend Coffee in the morning, switching between our Mary Shelley Green Tea and Yellowstone Tea during the day, and ending the night with the caffeine free Zion Tea. I know a few crowd favorites among the S&V team are Colombia Andean Princess Black Tea, Citrus Paradisi, Caramel Walnut Shortbread Rooibos, Maya Angelou’s Blend, and a variety of our Assam teas. 

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry? 

  • Like most tea companies, we try to offer as much transparency as possible and will always answer honestly to any questions our customers have about products. Before we purchase teas we try to gather as much information as possible on the estate, growing practices, picking times, etc. so we can pass that information on to our customers. 

What role does tea play in our lives? 

  • Tea plays a huge role in our daily lives, not only in the US, but across the world. I’ve heard so many stories from customers about why tea is important to them and they are all so very unique. Ultimately, I think tea is so comforting because it connects us to others. Whether it is a family member or someone across the world, tea provides that feeling of connection to others. This was a crucial role during quarantine and the current Covid-19 pandemic. The amount of tea gifts being sent increased and I was so thrilled to see all the “virtual” tea parties or tea events our customers we’re apart of. 

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This is a summer and autumn picked tea. Though most highly prized teas are picked in the spring those picked at other times are not to be overlooked!

TeaTiff Picks: Vietnam Red Oolong – Kim Tuyen. I love black tea with wet wood notes. It also has unique honey tones in the aftertaste as mineral notes that get stronger as you brew more sessions. This is perfect for people who like to get the most bang for their buck because you can get at least seven sessions if using the gong fu method.

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The Republic of Tea

When I first started buying tea it was off grocery store shelves. Some were good. Some definitely not. Of those companies that were good I found a common theme in unbleached tea bags. While I prefer loose tea to tea bags, if I had to buy a tin of tea bags it would be from a company like this that pays attention to what their bags are made of and has a good sense of ethical responsibility.

Website: https://the.republicoftea.com/

Location: Larkspur, California. Online and in many stores.

Company Focus:  

  • Our mission was—and is—to see these teas steaming in the cups of men, women and children everywhere, and to emphasize a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.

Most popular company tea(s)?

  • Best Selling teas can be found here.

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • Though I wasn’t able to find an exact answer on this, my guess is that it is a play on words. Basically saying that they are a government of tea held by the people and for the people.

Do you participate in any charities?

  • Yes. They participate with many. Find out more here.

What is your (or any of your other co-workers) favorite tea?

  • If any Republic of Tea reps read this and happen to know what the most popular teas are within the company please let me know.

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • In 1992 The Republic of Tea sparked a Tea Revolution and has since grown to become the leading purveyor of premium teas. With that growth comes the responsibility to contribute positively to society on a global scale. Learn more here.

What role does tea play in our lives?

  • Tea and its cultural significance can not be overstated. Discover how to honor the beverage, where it comes from and its many benefits. Tea Culture

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Trying to lose weight? Avoid the pie and have this instead!
Drink in the morning after your workout!

TeaTiff Picks: get gorgeous. My first tin from the Republic of Tea was get gorgeous. It wasn’t one of my favorites but is 100% better than drinking soda. A bit later in my tea journey, I then tried Banana Chocolate. It reminds me of banana foster.


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52 Teas

Are you a tea adventurer? If you like to try out new tea and get excited by tasty tea made with great ingredients then you need to check out this company. I love them not only for their ingenuity but also because I can rely on them for being vegan and allergy-friendly. This is the only company I know of that does a new tea every week. They feature truly unique blends that you may only taste once in your life. If you are looking to support a small women-owned and operated business, start here! 

Websitehttps://www.52teas.com/

Location: Vancouver, WA. Online Only.

Company Focus:

  • We specialize in custom-made, limited edition, small batch teas – uniquely flavored by hand – a new tea every week.

Most popular company tea(s)?

  • Our D’s Teas line: Pancake Breakfast, Graveyard Mist, Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha and our Vanilla and/or Marshmallow Black teas

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • 52Teas = a new tea every week/52 weeks in a year/52Teas new teas per year!

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What is your (or any of your other co-workers) favorite tea?

  •  I generally have a new favorite every month with the new teas that are introduced for the month. Since we do make so many new teas every month, we aren’t able to keep all teas in stock all the time (we’d need a warehouse roughly the size of California to do that!) so I often have to say goodbye to a favorite until it’s reblended. Some of my past “forever” favorites include Chocolate Eclair, Lime Jello & Banana Peach Green Tea.

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • I think that anything – concerning consumers – should be as transparent as possible – so consumers can make informed choices. I don’t try to get involved in a lot of the controversy among tea companies and such. I just like to create teas that are gonna bring joy into people’s lives.

What role does tea play in our lives?

  • JOY! For me, Tea plays a very important role – it’s not just a ‘job’ – I have a tremendous passion for tea – I drink it daily. I don’t drink it for health reasons (although it is a healthy beverage) and I don’t drink it for trendy reasons, I drink it because I love it.

Anything else you’d like to add? 

  • We are a small business, Mom & Daughter business, women owned and operated. We love tea and we love offering the tea we love to others to enjoy.

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Marshmallow Root is a unique herb.

TeaTiff Picks: Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha – Sometimes the teas that Anne creates are so popular she makes them a staple (known as D’s Teas on the website).

Tasting notes: Dry Aroma. Sweet brown rice. Caramel corn. Tapioca pudding. Flavor: Toasty notes and brown rice notes as it enters your mouth. Changes to a marshmallow-infused flavor with a grassy hint at the end. There is a slight astringency, as to be expected, but it helps give the tea a better body.


What the Fluff & Tropical Genmai-CHAI

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teakruthi

Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean. Known for its cinnamon, rubber, and tea. Tea is the biggest export. Our second blog post belongs to a company I have recently become acquainted with based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. They truly take pride in their tea and you can tell with every sip that they adore what they do. I’m incredibly impressed with their customer service and how responsive and kind they are.

Website: https://teakruthi.com/

Location:

  • Based in Colombo, Sri Lanka; also incorporated in Ontario, Canada and Delaware, USA. Online Only.

Company Focus: Artisan Ceylon tea

Most popular company tea(s)?

  • Our Ceylon Ivory is one that we are most proud of. It’s probably one of the best examples of a Ceylon Silver Tip (in our humble opinion), reminiscent of the days of ‘Ceylon Fever’ in 1891 at the Mincing Lane auctions in London. We were surely reassured when this tea was recently (December 2020) awarded the Gold Medal for Single Origin White Tea, over 300+ other teas, at the prestigious Australian Tea Masters Gold Leaf Awards.


Does the company name have a meaning?

  • Our name teakruthi, pronounced /tiːkṛuuthi/, comes from a blend of the English word tea (for the beverage we love so much) with the Sinhala wordසංස්කෘතිය. At teakruthi, we are not just #TeaLovers. As Sri Lankans, we have tea rooted deep within our cultural heritage and hope to share the very best of this with #TeaLovers across the world. More on our website: https://teakruthi.com/pages/about-teakruthi


Do you participate in any charities?

  • Yes. In 2020 our focus was fighting child poverty and exploitation and donated 4% of every purchase towards four causes: 1. Free a Girl; 2. Street Child; 3. Save the Children; 4. The Rainbow Centre Sri Lanka. More details on our here. In 2021 and moving forward, based on customer feedback and preferences, we decided to shift our charity focus to environmental protection causes and will support the “Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation” for 2021. We’ve also partnered with the organization “1% for the Planet” to ensure transparency and traceability to all our donations.

What is your (or any of your other co-workers) favorite tea?

  • Currently, Ahimsa Veda, is my go-to cuppa tea. I love it as a refreshing minty drink in my afternoons and it’s great that it has detoxifying wellness properties as well. We are particularly proud of this tea as it was also awarded a Gold Medal (December 2020) for Flavoured Blend of Green tea at the prestigious Australian Tea Masters Gold Leaf Awards.


What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • The tea industry as a whole can do a lot lot more to bring transparency with regards to the sourcing of teas and fairness to employees. The crux of the problem is a complex value-chain that involves various intermediary brokers combined with the practice of mass-market brands blending teas from various origins. The result is most consumers are served a cup of tea that’s almost impossible to trace back to its origins and source tea garden and lacking transparency on how it was grown. We hope to change this at teakruthi– all our teas are single-origin, ie. not blended, and sourced from speciality gardens that adhere to ethical and sustainable standards.


What role does tea play in our lives?

  • A huge role. Tea is intertwined with Sri Lanka’s history. It was one of the country’s first major commercial crops since introduced to the country by the British colonialists in 1867. Since then it’s been woven into the fabric of daily like in Sri Lanka with most Sri Lankans consuming a minimum of two cups a day.

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Sampler Pack – A great way to sample teas without adding to your already overflowing stash

TeaTiff Picks: Varietea sample pack Do you enjoy sampling tea? Are you a tea adventurer? If you’re like me and you want to try whatever you can get your hands on, then teakruthi sampler packs are the way to go. They give you enough for a few cups that way you can experiment with different steeping styles. It was a wonderful way to explore the different terroirs of Ceylon.


Ceylon Ivory (White Tea) & Organic Gold (Black Tea)

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