Tea Blog

Holy Basil: A Helpful Herb

Holy basil, or tulsi, is often drank for its abundance of healthy properties. Thus it is often touted as a very helpful herb. Herbalist Greta de la Montagne sheds some light on the subject.

Holy Basil/Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum, and O. africanum), Lamiaceae (Mint) family 

According to plant expert Richo Cech of Strictly Medicinals, holy basil was first introduced into the US about 50 years ago. It was thought to have originated from India. Since, scientists using chrome spectrum genetic analysis, have found the introduced plant matched species originating from Africa, not India. Ayurveda (“the science of life” originating in India over 5,000 years ago) claims the herb as its own, however there are still lots of conflicting claims as to which continent the herb originated. The herb “holy basil” (also known as tulsi) (Occimum sanctum) and the culinary spice basil (Occimum basilicum) are indeed different plants with significant genetic differences, so don’t get confused! 

Four kinds of holy basil grown or imported in the US

Temperate Tulsi (Occimum africanum) is a self-seeding, short-season annual that matures quickly. This tulsi is a good one to cultivate in northern latitudes where it can grow at altitudes up to 6000ft and is harvestable at 40 days. Read More …

Keep it Cool with Chilled Tea!

As summer reaches it pinnacle, we all strive to get outside and make the most of the warm time remaining at the northern latitudes. One great way to simultaneously fuel your sunny, outdoor activities while cooling off, no matter where you are, is to reach for your favorite chilled tea! Chilled tea is a perfect for picnics, long bike rides, rafting and camping trips, and almost any of life’s adventures. Just as beer or wine pairs wonderfully with food, tea can be the perfect companion to your various endeavors. We share great pairings to jog your thinking about the versatility of chilled tea.

Enjoy strenuous activities like mountain biking, long hikes, climbs, or play on a sports team? We recommend chilling green tea to boost your endurance and energy levels. Our favorite enlivening green teas to chill include:

Moroccan Mint  | Sprinter’s Spritzer  | Jurasic Ginger Green  | Saber Tooth Green

All our greens are blended with premium green tea and contain plenty of antioxidants and caffeine to get you up and keep you moving! Along with refreshing botanicals to create revitalizing and harmoniously hydrating drinks, these green teas invigorate.

Lounging on a raft, at the beach, in your backyard, or strolling the farmer’s market? We prefer green blends with fruit tones:

Green Tea Colada with lemon, mango and coconut flavors! | Sakura Cherry | Apricot Green | Para-Sara Peach | Rainforest Fruit Green

Oolongs and Rooibos crowd favorites to include in your chilled tea arsenal:

Jasmine Orange Melange blend of green, white, and rooibos balanced with bright orange notes | Strawberries ‘n Cream OolongCitron Oolong

Admire and crave deep and bold black teas? Drinking chilled black tea can be a monumental part of your day and loved ritual. Try chilled black tea when waking up as a cold brew coffee alternative. Or drink it throughout the day while working from home or reading a good book. Black tea has a myriad of polyphenols, which may aide gut and heart health. It’s high in caffeine, keeping you focused and motivated. Chilled black teas make great Arnold Palmers (a mix of tea and lemonade) for afternoon get-togethers or a non-alcoholic beverage option at a BBQ! Our favorite chilled black teas are:

Birdsong BlackMammoth Red  Sunshine Daydream | Mango Love Not War | Creamsicle Crush

Last but certainly not least, take time for chilled herbal or botanical tea! Botanicals help us chill out (since they usually lack caffeine), and we can all use some down time once and a while. Bring a good botanical chilled tea to an outdoor movie, enjoy it on an evening walk, or offer it up at a backyard hangout as an alcohol alternative. A concentrated botanical infusion can also be a fun ingredient in cocktails or mocktails. The health benefits of drinking herbal infusions are vast (depending on the herb of course), so pick a tea that calls to you:

A few of my Favorite ThingsUplift both light, refreshing, and may help digest after dinner | Skin Glow, Sweet Rhapsody ‘n RoseWho Chic all wonderful stand-alone chilled teas, while Spicy Ginger SnapPleistocene Peach are fun to add to other drinks.

The possibilities are truly endless with chilled tea. Like most blogs, this is meant to get you thinking! For any tea novice OR enthusiast, chilled tea is a great way to enjoy teas you already like, or a good time to try something new. Really love a certain tea?  Try it cold and see how the flavor changes. Whether you want to cool down during your summer activities or amp up your afternoon relaxation, there is a chilled tea for every occasion!

Written by Boo Curry

Our Tea Just Keeps Getting Better and Better

As COVID19 swept the nation in early spring, everyone, including Lake Missoula Tea Company, battened down the hatches and turned inward. With inward focus often comes clarity and new found attention. One area we focused our energy on was improving some of our time-honored tea blend recipes. Our blending team was hard at work tasting, trying, trying and tasting until they discovered the tastes and feels we wanted our teas to exude. Our goal was to intensify some of our delicious flavors while remaining true to the original tea blend. This was much like amping up the contrast and vibrancy in your favorite photo. These improved blends suddenly had a pop to them and seemed to leap out of our cups and dance in our mouths!

We started with one of our favorites, Sunshine Daydream, by adding more true peach flavor to this blend.  Although it retains its sparkling ginger notes, it is warmer and fruiter. For thoes of you who do not know, this is our premeir ginger peach tea, and will remain so.

Another black blend we improved on is Berry Patch Black, formerly our Raspberry Black. This blend is now creamier, more berry-like and smooth (unlike a berry patch actually…). This tea will become a go-to for thoes berry black tea fans out there!

Mango Love Not War was the third tea blend on our list. We wanted this tea to feel like love, so we adjusted it to have more mango presence, which warms your mouth while creating that tinge of happiness. We also added an undertone of passionfruit for its fun aroma and tart taste. Make sure to try this blend if you at all LOVE mango!

Along with black blend improvements, we amped up Apricot Green and Para Sara Peach, two of our green tea blends. We changed the base green tea for more well-rounded flavor in these two and increased their flavors. Both blends now taste full-bodied and abound with flavor, while still reminding us of the blends we came to love and gravitate toward. Because they are so crisp and flavorful, these blends are great options for making chilled tea as well. Apricot Green and Para Sara Peach will make your summer a true delight!

The botanical tea we improved was Sassy Citrus & Hibiscus, a caffeine free blend with bold cinnamon, citrus and hibiscus notes. We wanted this blend to pop and added some “Sassy” to the blend. We think you’ll really enjoy this refreshing tongue tantalizer.

This period reminded us that while we improved these tea, the process is ongoing. We’ll keep revisiting all of our blends to ensure we are producing the best tasting tea for you. As our understanding and experiencdes of tea grows, so will our repertoire of flavors we offer you.

All of these blends are Made in Montana tea blends.

Healthy Tea Habits Start Young

Ever wonder if your child can make tea? Of course! Healthy tea habits start young and in this video, Aiden demonstrates how he makes loose leaf tea every day. He makes tea in the morning and in the evening after dinner. He shows how easy it easy to make loose leaf tea by using a gravity steeper.

Like many kids, Aiden was exposed to tea by his parents. Tea is a part of their every day life. Tea is a healthy habit and when kids get to experience it daily, tea becomes part of their life, too.

This video was made by Lake Missoula Tea Company. Aiden talked about Turmeric Twirl, Beat the Snot out of You and Spicy Ginger Snap. He used a gravity steeper in this video. Thank you for watching this video about tea! Please comment and like for more videos!