Vegan Gift Guide: Juniper Ridge Teas
Today I’m kicking off my 2012 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide and we’re starting with one of my personal obsessions: Tea! Some of you well know that I am positively in love with tea – I’ve even been to the World Tea Expo! Not only is tea tasty, but it is also a great way to take a few moments out of your day to simply relax and sip.
With all of its relaxing qualities, tea makes the perfect gift for the holidays for both those who love tea as well as those who just need a reminder to a few minutes each day to clear their minds and relax.
Though I normally drink loose leaf tea, I do enjoy having a tea bag every once in a while because it’s convenient and perfect if you just want to have one or two cups of tea. When I do drink bagged teas, I have very high standards for taste and quality – and these Juniper Ridge teas meet both of those requirements.
Several months ago I came across Juniper Ridge and I was immediately struck by their dedication to sustainable practices as well as protecting the western wilderness in which they work and cultivate their products. I was first introduced to their company via their essential oils, but when I saw they had teas I knew I had to try them.
Juniper Ridge has two varieties of tea: White Sage & Wild Mint and Douglas Fir Spring Tip. Each container is beautifully packaged with 20 tea bags in a tea tin with a gorgeous, rugged label. Both blends are wild harvested from sustainable crops locally in the western wilderness.
I have to admit; when I first opened the White Sage & Wild Mint the scent was very powerful, almost overwhelming. But once I brewed myself a cup I was completely infatuated with the blend. The mint provides a sweet after note and the sage gives you the earthiness you’d expect from just looking at the label. The brew is also potent enough that you can use the tea bag 2-3 times while still getting a delicious cup of tea bursting with flavor.
The Douglas Fir Spring Tip is a much mellower tea, but is no less interesting. This tea smells heavenly and unlike some teas that smell great but lack flavor, this tea has a bold flavor that’s not overpowering. Both teas are caffeine-free and though they aren’t exactly teas in the traditional sense, they still provide that quiet moment of reflection that all good teas provide at no extra charge.
Juniper Ridge is also a company who is doing their part to do good: they give 10% of their profits to organizations that work to defend and protect the wilderness where they live and work. So, if you’ve got a tea lover on your gift list this holiday season consider giving them a tin (or two!) of the delightful Juniper Ridge teas – they’ll fall in love with the earthy flavors and you can feel good knowing that part of your purchase went to protect the environment from which the tea came.
The full 2012 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide will be available for download next Monday morning – so be sure to check back to get your very own copy! I’ll continue to give you a more thorough introduction to some of the products in the gift guide throughout the month as well recipes for your holiday dinners and gatherings!