Red Elephant delivers a rich, full-bodied tea. The first sip reveals malt, toffee, and creme brûlée. A raw, baked finish gives this black tea a heavier mouthfeel. These large, whole leaves include the tippy buds, and can withstand multiple steeps.
We named this tea for the approximately 300 elephants in southern Yunnan Province, China. Recently, 14 of these elephants migrated north to Kunming. They gradually circled back to the reserve located in southern Yunnan.
This exquisite tea comes from Jingmai Mountain in Yunnan. The Dai people have handpicked this tea from the ancient tea trees for millennia. Red Elephant comes from a region in southern Yunnan where the 700 to 1,000 year old ancient tea trees grow. Because the ancient tea trees grow in a natural, rainforest environment, the leaf provides a unique combination of rich antioxidants and nutrients.
In addition, this farm is located along the ancient tea horse trade route. Tea was traded for horses with neighboring countries. Given the rich tea history of this region, the tea is layered with complexity and flavor.
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.