Sangamon Sunset Red is an organic black tea from the ancient tea trees of Yunnan. This tea has beautiful long leaves, with sweet undertones of honey and sour apricot. Hold off on milk or sweetener: the flavor is divine without it. Additionally, this tea received the North American Tea Buyer’s Black Tea Award. We are proud to carry this award winning tea in Missoula, Montana.
Handpicked from the ancient tea trees by the Dai people for millennia, Sangamon Sunset Red comes from Jingmai Mountain in Yunnan. This particular tea is picked after cicada-like bugs feast on the edges of the leaf. The chemistry of the leaf changes due to a reaction to the cicadas agitating the tea leaf. Because the ancient tea trees grow in a natural, rainforest environment, the leaf provides a unique combination of rich antioxidants, nutrients, and minerals.
Sangamon refers to the last interglacial period when glaciers receded (approximately 80,000 years ago), and just before the development of glacial Lake Missoula. This was a period of relative calm, allowing mega-fauna to thrive, including the woolly mammoth and saber tooth cat.
Lake Missoula Tea Company commits to direct-sourcing teas and botanicals from sustainable farms. First we choose organic ingredients, and then we create our blends in small batches. In short, we love to drink this stuff, and we’re proud to share with you the tastiest, freshest tea possible. Store away from light and oxygen, and your teas will keep for a good long time.