SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Silk Road Teas (SRT) (www.silkroadteas.com), San Rafael, Ca., an importer of rare and artisan teas, announced its Tieguanyin Oolong tea was awarded 1st Place at the North American Tea Championship for the third consecutive year. The company’s single-service sachet was awarded first place for the Packaged Single Service Tea Class over a field of the U.S.’s leading tea brands. The company will feature its Oolong tea and premium organic line at the San Francisco Fancy Food Show (January 11-13, 2015, Booth # 4940).
“We believe that consumers want higher grade teas, to move beyond blends and lower grades that dominate the market. Our teas are unadulterated varietals that are organic, tasty and healthy,” said Ned Heagerty, President of SRT. “Our line brings fresh, artisan teas from the farm to the consumer.”
A panel of judges drawn from the U.S. tea industry rated SRT’s Tieguanyin Oolong as “a tea with superior characteristics.” The judges tasting comments included: “floral, nice balance, nice cup, and nice green tea notes.” SRT’s Tieguanyin is one of 11 varieties offered in its line of premium organic teas including 2 new teas and one tisane to be introduced at the Fancy Food Show. New varieties include Genmaicha, Imperial Keemun and Rooibos, each presented in a biodegradable, pyramid-shaped sachet. Heagerty noted the sachet line offers higher grades of leaf than is standard in the U.S. market and that the leaves are only partially milled resulting in an unusually strong flavor and depth of taste.
“Our line offers flavors that are unusual in the U.S. market. The result is a remarkably good tasting cup of tea,” said Heagerty.
The tea box line is being packaged locally by adults with disabilities through the company’s “hand in hand” program, an initiative to create jobs in the community. Silk Road Teas’ “hand in hand” program also donates a percentage of its sales to Ceres’ Community Project (http://marin.ceresproject.org/), a Marin County organization working to create a healthy community around nourishing food for families struggling with the challenges of life-threatening illness.
For further information, call Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas, 415 458 8624. Visit S.F. Fancy Food Show, Booth #4940.