There are over 419 national parks across the US and this number grows every year. The massive protection project covers over 84 million acres and is kept by the National Park Service, multiple non-profits, volunteers, etc. One could say we all have an influence on our nation’s National Parks. My journey with the National Parks began in Sept. 2017 during a spontaneous trip to Colorado. With a pair of hiking boots I bought two days prior, I decided to take on the Rockies. Beyond this, I travelled to the Great Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah, the Grand Canyon, Acadia, and many other National Parks not (yet) featured in this tea line. Over the years I found a lot of comparisons between the National Parks and tea; for instance, stress is often relieved while enjoying a warm cup of tea, just as it virtually disappears at the peak of a mountain.
Our National Park Tea Collection blends were formulated after conducting extensive research on the different flora found in each Park, the environment and general appearance, which helped make the decision as to what flavors, herbs, teas, and fruits we would put into each blend.
Our goal is to raise awareness for the National Parks and help people re-experience or newly experience the joy the parks provide. We also want to make sure we were doing our part in protecting the national parks by donating 10% of sales to the featured parks non-profit. For more information on donations please visit this link and click on each park to see where the proceeds will go.
While drinking the eight new teas below, you can travel the continental US in an afternoon:
Known as the Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast, Acadia is filled with a plethora of unique scenery.
Enjoy the taste of Maine in this delightful green tea blend with the aroma of delectable blueberries. When brewed, the golden cup imparts a light, delicate infusion with a full blueberry flavor and a light citrus finish.
Enjoy a tour from the comfort of your home: Acadia National Park Virtual Tour
The Smoky Mountains, on the Tennessee-North Carolina border, is the most visited park in the US with numbers like 11.4 million visits in 2018.
Experience the grandeur of the Smokies with this great combination of smoked teas and wild berries. The tea brews to a bold, amber cup with the taste of fresh picked blackberries and a faint smoky aftertaste.
The Rocky Mountains, as of 2018, is now the 3rd most visited park in the US, partly due to the breathtaking views the park provides.
Relive an exciting hiking adventure in the Rockies with the aroma and taste of this memorable tea. The amber colored cup has a light musky raspberry taste that perfectly complements the pine tree aroma of the sage.
“In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world.” –Theodore Roosevelt
This blend was created to capture the essence of the majesty and splendor of the Grand Canyon. The dark amber cup has a delicate desert taste with a smooth, sweet, fruity finish. The subtle flavor of prickly pear imparts a lovely light tart, crisp taste.
Enjoy the grandeur: Grand Canyon National Park Virtual Tour
The Blue Ridge Mountains are believed to be over 500 million years old, making this one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. They were named for the blue hue that is visible when viewed from afar. Shenandoah National Park is comprised of part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with the broad Shenandoah River and Valley on the west side, and the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont on the east.
The spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains and lush forests that comprise Shenandoah National Park served as the inspiration for this refreshing, misty green colored cup. The lively notes of lemon are accompanied by a hint of ginger and a delicate elderberry finish.
“However orderly your excursions or aimless, again and again amid the calmest, stillest scenery you will be brought to a standstill hushed and awe-stricken before phenomena wholly new to you” –John Muir on Yellowstone.
Inspiration for this tea blend came from the vibrant hues circling the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone. The fruity and flavorful blend brews to an amber cup with a sweet, creamy, prickly pear flavor and an underlying bergamot taste.
“But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its wall seems to glow with life.” John Muir, The Yosemite
Refreshing like the air in Yosemite, this black tea blend combines pineapple and spearmint to create an amber cup that is a perfect marriage of flavors. When brewed the heavenly mint aroma, with a hint of pineapple, will tantalize your senses.
“One hardly knows just how to think of it. Never before has such a naked mountain of rock entered into our minds! Without a shred of disguise its transcendent form rises preeminent. There is almost nothing to compare to it…this Great Temple, [has the beauty] of eternity” – Frederick S. Dellenbaugh on introducing Zion Canyon to the nation.
The abundance of red rock and the flora found in Zion, such as desert lavender, sage, and elderberry, inspired us to create this bold blend. The deep red colored cup has a tantalizing aroma and brews to a creamy fruit and floral taste.
Enjoy a tour: Angels Landing eHike
Perfect for nature lovers, this National Park Giftbox includes a packet of all 8 parks, each packet makes about 6-10 cups of tea. Each tea was inspired by the flora, colors, environment, and overall beautiful scenery of the parks.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees.” -John Muir