Tea Blog

Gift Directly Sourced Tea!

Lake Missoula Tea Company sources our true teas directly, and the majority of our sources come from small farms. Directly sourced tea gets the leaf to costumers faster and fresher! Direct sourcing fosters trust and supports the communities from where the tea is grown. We know that the tea we source is organically grown and premium quality.

Quality, premium tea hosts a myriad of health benefits.  These can include weight loss and heart health. In addition, drinking tea daily has been shown to provide the human body with vitality and longevity boosting properties.  High amounts of antioxidants and increased bone density are some of these health other properties.

We strive to source tea from farms that have the health of their community, the planet, and all its inhabitants in mind. These tea plant photos were taken at Bitaco Tea in Cali, Colombia.  The organically grown tea thrives and biodiversity initiatives are implemented.

Intentional gifts such as directly sourced, organic tea provides the recipient with benefits in the physical, mental, and global realms.  Health, vitality and joy – tea makes a truly well rounded gift!

Written by Boo Curry and Uriah Kreilick

Puerh Tea and the Ancient Tea Horse Trade Route

Long ago, a trade routes existed between China and other Asian cultures called the ancient tea horse trade route.  Tibet was one of China’s primary trade partners.  The ancient tea horse road was a network of caravan trails and roads that spread across Tibet and southwestern China, mostly in the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan.  In fact, sections of these ancient trails persist today.

The main commodity being transported was Tibetan horses and Chinese puerh dark tea. The people of Tibet needed the tea for certain nutrients that they couldn’t otherwise get through their regular diets.  China was growing its army and needed the Tibetan horses to continue their military campaigns. Puerh tea was almost exclusively developed for transportation to far away destinations.  The puerh would often arrive in bricks of compressed tea leaves.

There are different methods to make puerh but the standard are Sheng and Shou and they go through a pan firing and drying process.  The tea is fermented (quickly is called Shou, over a long period of time is Sheng) and then compressed or left loose.  Sheng/raw Shou/ripe, bingcha, toucha and brick (Zhuancha) are some of the most common shapes and styles of compressed puerh.

To be called puerh, the tea must be grown in Yunnan.  Most sought after puerh comes from wild tea trees. The unique makeup of the wild tea trees gives the tea a deeper and more complex flavors, often with camphor notes from the camphor trees that grow in the same environment.  Puerh is perfect to be served Gongfu style as the taste evolves with each steep.

Written by Uriah Kreilick and Gunilla Gillette

Nuxalbari Tea Estate: A Haven for Elephants

This is from Sonia Jabbar, owner of Nuxalbari Tea Estate in Darjeeling District, India:

“Yesterday the Forest Dept. staff drove this herd of around 32 elephants out of Tukriajhar Forest. Chased by villagers, they ran into Nuxalbari and visibly relaxed once they entered. Our security was ready and safe passage ensured. But the elephants did not run further. They stayed in Section LB5E near the stream, bathing, foraging and relaxing until 10 PM. We watched from afar, delighting in the antics of the babies under the moonlight. Then they moved out to our eastern boundary into UCC Forest.”

Lake Missoula Tea Company is a proud purchaser of Nuxalbari Teas. In fact, when you buy any of our Earl Grey teas, including Earl Grey Blue, and our other flavored black blends, you support Nuxalbari’s efforts to create a safe haven for elephants. We encourage you to use this consumer power to forward the work Nuxalbari Tea Estate does for elephants.

Looking for more tea that directly supports elephants in India? Try our Shanti Hathi Peaceful Elephant black tea, which is a single origin tea from this tea estate!

For more information on teas from this estate, visit: https://lakemissoulateacompany.com/nu… This video is the property of Nuxalbari Tea Estate and Lake Missoula Tea Company was given permission to use this video.

Stress Less and Adaptogenic Herbs

Looking for a tea to help you deal with stress? We are here to help!

Adaptogens are particular herbs that help build your immunity while at the same time work to strengthen your stamina and endurance. Several tea blends we offer have these adaptogenic herbs in them and are blended to strengthen your body for its interacts with stress.

Listen to Lindsey Tucker as she talks about adaptogens and how we use them in some of our most popular botanical blends.

Thank you to Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) for making this video!

Tea Makes You Smarter!

A new study examines the connection between drinking tea daily and overall brain health. Ever wanted to improve your mental game? Drinking tea may just be the place to start.

A study published in Aging states that “habitual tea drinking has positive effects on brain organization and gives rise to greater efficiency in functional and structural connectivity”.  All you tea drinkers already knew this!  The study further states that tea helps with cognitive function, mood and circulation.  This doesn’t happen over night.  Many of the study participants drank tea for 25 years or more.

One of the authors of the study compared the positive effects of drinking tea to that of driving on a road.  You can take a clear route or one that twists and turns.  Tea helps the brain build clear paths.  The cranial cocktail of L-theanine, caffeine and antioxidants work together for the effect of a more efficient, happy and healthy, smarter you.

As if you needed another reason to drink more tea.  Hats off to camelia sinensis and all of the tea we love to drink.  From this formidable plant comes so many tea choices- green tea, white tea, oolong tea, dark tea, yellow tea and black tea!  Drink tea daily and drink quality tea.  You just might find your step a little lighter and arrive earlier than everyone else with a smile on your face.

Read more about this at:

Scientists have found a new benefit of drinking tea for the brain

And a lot more about it in Aging at:

Habitual tea drinking modulates brain efficiency: evidence from brain connectivity evaluation