Rift Valley Currant - Lake Missoula Tea Company
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Rift Valley Currant


Our premiere black currant blend. The tart flavor with sweet layers leave you craving this tea.


Rift Valley Currant

Rift Valley Currant is our premiere black currant tea blend. Black currants, sometimes spelled blackcurrant, are native to Europe. The taste of this tea, like a black currant, is tart and earthy, with sweet undertones.

The name Rift Valley Currant is a merger of healthy black currants and some of our Kenyan teas. The Great Rift Valley of Africa is a 3,700 mile long trench that passes through all of Kenya. The name of this tea honors the Kenyan teas we source from this region.

We took a purple color approach to this blend and paired the black currant Hand Rolled Purple.  Learn more about our Kenyan teas – And then we took the purple even further and added Butterfly Pea Flowers.

This purple blend also has a health angle. Black currants are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, while purple tea, with high amounts of anthocyanin, is antioxidant rich. Along with antioxidants from the butterfly pea flowers, this blend is an antioxidant super kicker.

Rift Valley Currant is delicious. Don’t expect it to be berry sweet, but rather complex and layered. The liquor’s various hues of purple are beautiful and full-bodied.

This tea is stupendous hot and fabulous cold!

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With Kenyan black & purple tea*, black currant*, hibiscus*, butterfly pea flower, lemon myrtle*, peppercorn*, elderflower*, natural flavor, *organic.

Caffeine. A made in Montana tea.


5 reviews for Rift Valley Currant

  1. Jenn (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful blend of tart and sweet. It is excellent over ice. The beautiful violet color is almost romantic. Wonderful spring and summer tea.

    • Heather Kreilick

      Hi Jenn, Yes! We love Rift Valley Currant and agree it’s stupendous cold! Thank you for the kind note, LMTC

  2. Michelle C

    This tea is really quite lovely. I just tried it chilled last week. So good! And the color is this gorgeous blue.

    • Heather Kreilick

      Hi Michelle,
      Thank you for the kind review! We agree that it is stupendous chilled! LMTC

  3. Tiffany Harding

    I love this blend. I was originally interested in the huckleberry blend but decided to go with this one instead. I’m glad I did! It is delicious!

    • Heather Kreilick

      Hi Tiffany,
      So glad you found Rift Valley Currant! We love it! LMTC

  4. Cydly (verified owner)

    This makes an AMAZING iced/chilled tea!!!! The flavor is fruity, but not overpowering, and it has a beautiful deep purple color. I prepare it by steeping the hot tea for 8 minutes in a lidded tea pitcher (that can handle boiling water), then removing the tea, adding ice cubes to the top and shaking the mixture for 30-45 seconds. Voila!!

    • Heather Kreilick

      Thanks, Cydly! We LOVE Rift Valley Currant, too. Thank you for sharing your chilled tea methods! LMTC

  5. Eric T.

    It Was a recommendation by the shopkeeper she pointed me to this tea … very nice. I wanted to try something different.
    Would recommend

    • Heather Kreilick

      Hi Eric,
      Glad you liked Rift Valley! Thank you for the tea recommendation, LMTC

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Brooke Blackler
I've been going to Lake Missoula Tea Company for years, and recently have had the privilege of putting some of their tea in my store. The quality of the tea is fantastic, and the blends are delightful. I have also attended one of their tasting / learning events and it was great. I highly recommend their downtown store for meeting with friends, family or even just for a nice place to go and have a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
Tim Specht
Amazing variety great prices and they'll brew top shelf teas you may be reluctant to buy before trying for a dollar more. Great selection for Missoula. Friendly knowledgeable staff and beautiful tea sets and accessories
Nathaniel Klein
Best store in Montana possibly in all of the United States. I don't know. This is the first Gong Fu tea shop I've ever been to. I came in for a matcha whisk because I donated mine to a museum. Before I left a random customer who was introduced to me as a regular bought me tea. I hugged him which isn't something I normally do. But I was incredibly thankful. Then the man behind the counter gave me a free sample. I went in looking for a simple tool and left with tea and a happy spirit. I am looking forward to making it back as soon as possible! I loved it. I think it will always hold a special place in my blood pumping organ.
Chiara Giovanni
We are major tea snobs and I was absolutely delighted by this store. There are the usual suspects as well as shelves of unique, hand-picked teas. Highly recommend the Golden Snail :) It was really special being able to try whatever tea I wanted before buying. I'm looking forward to subscribing to their tea club. I would love to come back: everything was delicious.
Andrea PNW
Amazing tea! Beyond my expectations and well worth the stop! Delightful service and amazing blends! If you are in the area I would highly recognize them. I will be ordering blends online-they are so good!