For thousands of years, tea has brought people inner peace and wellness. From the sacred tea ceremony of Japan, to the sophisticated British high tea (pinkies up!), to the casual and soul satisfying street chai of Delhi, each culture has shaped its own way of making this incredible drink.
Right now in the US, the closest thing we have to a tea ritual is the tea bag. This invention was popularized by a New York merchant in the early 1900s and went on to redefine how tea was drunk around the world. However the convenience of the bag also trapped the leaf and with it, the expansion of an American tea aesthetic.
Today, we’re at an exciting moment, as loose-leaf teas from all over the world become available here in the US for the first time. And with these new teas comes new ways to appreciate them. Following marathon tea sessions, research, and many vigorous (read: over-caffeinated) conversations, we arrived with these gift sets.
Along the way, we realized that each of us at Young Mountain Tea has their own favorite! Madelaine loves the flexibility of the in-cup infuser, while Lucas enjoys the minimal sleekness of a professional cupping set. Mitra favors the comfort of her sturdy ceramic stump teapot while Raj won’t leave home without his tea tumbler, whether going to the office or on a hike in the woods.
Whatever your fancy, we wish you and your loved ones the best in venturing deeper into the loose-leaf world. Steep on!