Conveniently located in The Village Shop on Central Avenue in Whitefish, Steeps Tea is a locally owned gourmet tea shop supplying a perfect cup for every Montana moment. We offer over 70
different organic loose leaf options that include black, pu-erh, white, green, oolong and herbal blends. Our wide selection supports fair trade, traditional harvesting methods and exceptional flavor and health benefits that will last for multiple infusions. Looking for a morning pick-me-up or an evening wind down? Steeps Tea has you covered with a variety of caffeinated brews such as Matcha and Yerba Mate or calming sleepy-time remedies like our Chamomile Melody and Serene Dream. We also offer fresh-brewed hot or iced tea to accompany you while shopping in The Village Shop or wandering around downtown Whitefish. Our collection of locally made honey, bags, jewelry, cards and art decals makes gift shopping easy. We have a wide variety of teaware and infusers from Libre and FORLIFE for all of your on-the-go travels. Come stop by Steeps Tea to enjoy the perfect cup or grab a gift or two for friends (and you)!
Little More about Tea
While all tea comes from the same plant, the Camellia sinensis, there exist hundreds of kinds of teas, with their own individual appearance, taste, and aroma. Like wine or coffee, every harvest of tea will vary year to year due to changes in climate, rainfall, and other seasonal conditions. Thus, tea from the same plantation or garden may taste very different from one year to the next. Moreover, a particular tea gains much of its individual character from how the leaves are cultivated and processed.
To make sense of all the varieties possible, teas can be placed in several categories. The most common categories used today are green, white, oolong, black, and pu-erh. These categories refer to how much a tea is oxidized or, in tea terminology, fermented. Before modern science, Europeans thought teas were the result of the fermentation process similar to that of wine or cheese. In actuality, it is oxygen that is responsible for altering the tea leaves. By selectively exposing the tea leaves to the air, tea farmers and artisans can bring out certain flavors and aromas from the leaves.
White Tea undergoes the least processing of all teas. Traditionally cultivated in China, white tea was picked only a few days out of the year, when a white down, known as bai hao, appeared on the tender shoots. The tea shoots are allowed to wither then dry to prevent oxidization. This process is a delicate one, requiring strict attention from the tea makers. Nowadays, other tea growing regions as Darjeeling and Sri Lanka have begun to cultivate white tea, in an effort to capitalize off white tea’s growing popularity. White tea tends to have the most delicate flavors and aromas. The nuances are gentle, even elusive, evoking fresh flavors like bamboo or asparagus or earthier elements like almonds. Aromas tend towards subtle floral bouquets.
Green Tea Because they are unoxidized, green teas keep their vital color. To prevent oxidization, the leaves are heat processed to eliminate the enzyme responsible for oxidization. In China, this
is generally done by roasting or pan-firing the leaves, while the Japanese generally accomplish this by steaming the leaves at a high temperature. Each process tends to bring out a more particular flavor from the tea leaves. The Chinese style of processing tends to bring out a mouthwatering range of flavors from citrus-like to smoky with a lighter body. The color of the liquor is usually not a true “green”, but a pale yellow or straw color. The steaming process yields a deep vegetal or herbaceous quality-a characteristic prized in Japanese teas. Japanese green teas range in color of liqour from the pale green of a light sencha, to the deep grassy green of a gyokuro. Green teas that have been steamed contain more moisture and are therefore more delicate. Such teas should be stored at cooler temperatures and consumed sooner after picking than pan-fired teas.
Pu-Erh Tea Despite the common misnomer, there is a variety of tea that is actually fermented. Named for a town in China’s Yunnan province, Pu’erh teas consist of larger leaves that can be aged for several years. Often, the most highly prized Pu’erh teas will actually have a light dusting of mold. Pu’erh leaves are usually compressed into various shapes before being aged. During the aging process, Pu’er teas are exposed to microflora and bacteria that ferment the tea, in a way similar to wine or yogurt. The process takes longer though, and the tea’s flavor profile can change drastically and increase in depth over many years. Like fine wines, many connoisseurs become collectors of very old and well-aged Pu’ers. Some of the most highly regarded and expensive teas of this type are well over 30 years old.
Pu’erh teas yield a dark, hearty brew that is low in caffeine. The taste is usually earthy and mellow, lacking much of the astringency of other types of tea. Chinese tradition says that Pu’er aids the body with digestion, while new studies indicate that Pu’er may help in reducing cholesterol.
Black Tea is the most well-known variety of tea in the West. Known as “red tea” in China, black tea leaves are fully oxidized. In the case of most black teas, younger leaves are picked before being withered, rolled, fully oxidized, and fired. While created originally in China, black teas are now cultivated worldwide. Some of the most famous black teas come from the Indian regions of Assam, Darjeeling, and Nilgiri as well as Sri Lanka. The use of machines is becoming more common, but the best black teas are those entirely done by hand. Machine-processed teas tend to be of lower quality and are generally used in tea bags.
The long-standing trend in black tea, taken from the British, has been to create “blends”. For centuries, tea companies take various kinds of tea to create a particular flavor or character-for example, a strong breakfast tea or a delicate afternoon tea. And just like a perfume house, several older tea companies are known for their signature blends. But as the quality and character of tea
harvests can vary greatly year to year, tea companies rely on the skills of tea blenders to take different teas from the year’s harvest to create the same taste again and again.
However, another trend in black teas has recently taken off. The new vogue, imported from continental Europe, is estate teas, meaning teas that come from a single tea garden or estate from a
particular year. Like a good wine, estate teas can capture the particular character of region and the year’s weather. Because of their unique character, estate Darjeelings have gained global popularity in particular and can often be auctioned for thousands of dollars per pound. Of course, because estate teas are at the mercy of the elements, quality can vary dramatically year to year.
With both blends and estate teas, it is frequent to see black teas divided into broken leaf and full leaf categories. A broken-leaf tea consists of leaves that have purposely broken into small pieces during processing. The smaller size allows the water to extract more of the tea leaves’ components in a short period of time. For this reason, broken leaf teas tend to be more brisk and higher in caffeine, making them an excellent morning teas to be paired with milk and sugar. Full leaf teas, on the other hand, tend to be more refined and gentler on the palate. While there are exceptions, like many of Assam’s full leaf teas, these teas are traditionally taken later in the day without anything added.
Oolong Tea, also spelled Wu Long, teas are semi-oxidized. The term in Chinese actually means “Black Dragon”. Oolong teas have long been cultivated in both mainland China and Taiwan. In general, larger, mature leaves are picked, withered, rolled, oxidized, and then fired. The leaves can be allowed to oxidize between 10% to 80%. Often, different tea estates have their preferred ways of making oolong tea. It is because of the intricacy of this process that oolong teas can have the widest array of flavors and aromas. Furthermore, oolongs can be steeped several time, with each successive infusion having its own distinctive taste and fragrance.
Tisanes – Herbal and Floral Infusions Technically, a tea comes only from the Camellia sinensis plant. However, the term tea commonly refers to a whole range of plant and floral infusions that offer an enticing tastes and aromas. The advantage of tisanes is that they are generally caffeine-free and gentle on the body, making them an excellent choice for children in particular. Often, tisanes have their own particular benefits, as is the case South African Rooibos, which is naturally high in vitamin C and antioxidants..
As with any other food product or beverage, it is important to be aware of the effects a particular tisane may have. For instance, ginseng or South American mate have stimulant properties like caffeine, while chamomile can cause a reaction for those who have an allergy to ragweed.
Blooming White $2.65 per blossom
White tea hand tied with amaranth and jasmine flowers and infused with blueberry and white peach blooms into an unforgettable tea.
Ingredients: White tea, amaranth flowers, jasmine flowers, natutal flavors Origin: China
Peach Blossom $3.90 per ounce
White tea infused with juicy peach, tangerine and aromatic blossoms
Ingredients: Organic white tea, organic quince, natural peach flavor, organic peaches, essential orange and tangerine oils.
White Butterscotch $4.35 per ounce
A delicious seasonal favorite!
Ingredients: Organic white tea, organic cinnamon, organic pink peppercorn, organic marigolds, natural flavors.
White Chai $4.85 per ounce
A white tea infusion of chai spices.
Ingredients: white tea, organic black peppercorns, organic cinnamon, organic fennel, organic cloves, organic cardamom, star anise, natural flavors.
White Coconut $4.85 per ounce
A beautiful tropical blend of white tea and coconut. Sweet, light and smooth.
Ingredients: Organic white tea, organic safflower, organic cornflower, organic coconut, natural flavors
White Peony $4.10 per ounce
White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) is the most common style of traditional white tea and consists of two tea leaves and a silvery bud. Gentle processing and a unique withering process result in an amber-orange infusion with low astringency.
Ingredients: Organic white tea Origin: Fujian, China
White Tea Rose Melange $5.00 per ounce
A blend of jasmine and wild rose scented white teas infused with rejuvenating peppermint and calming lavender. Floral with a fresh minty finish.
Ingredients: Organic roses, organic and Fair Trade Certified™ green tea with jasmine, organic white tea, organic peppermint, organic lavender flowers
Blueberry Jasmine $3.35 per ounce
Jasmine and blueberries infuse an organic white tip green tea to produce an incredible floral fruity combination.
Ingredients: Organic green tea, organic jasmine flowers, organic blueberries, natural flavors
Dragonwell $5.35 per ounce
One of the many classic Chinese styles of green tea. Recognized for its unique flat sword shaped leaves. Clean, fresh, mellow and light.
Ingredients: Organic green tea Origin: China
Energize $4.10 per blossom
Energizing guayusa and jasmine green tea blend perfectly with sweet raspberries and hibiscus to create an uplifting tea to brighten and energize your day.
Ingredients: organic guayusa, organic raspberries, organic apple bits, organic jasmine green tea, organic hibiscus, organic rosehips, natural flavors
Fukamushi Sencha $5.85 per ounce
Japanese sencha shade grown in the foothills of an active volcano in Kirishima,Kagoshima. Can be brewed several times.
Ingredients: Japanese green tea
Genmaicha $5.35 per ounce
A golden infusion with a toasty aroma and nutty flavor.
Ingredients: Organic green tea and organic roasted sticky rice. Origin: Japan
Green Chai Mint $3.00 per ounce
An exotic peppermint green tea blend with a full body sweetness, bold mint flavor and zesty notes of cardamom, ginger and spices.
Ingredients: Organic green tea, organic ginger root, organic cardamom, organic peppermint, organic licorice root, organic fennel, organic cloves, organic black pepper
Gunpowder $2.98 per ounce
Rolled organic green tea leaves brew a slightly smoky, grassy infusion.
Ingredients: Organic Green Tea Origin: China
Pure Jade $3.40 per ounce
A lively delicious everyday green tea. This bright, fresh green tea is grown in a pristine high-mountain climate in Hubei China. A classical Chinese green tea known as Wulu or “Jade Cloud” hand harvested according to “two leaves and a bud” plucking standard during the spring season from a single origin.
Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade green tea Origin: Hubei, China
Jasmine $3.40 per ounce
Fresh and soothing green tea scented with floral jasmine blossoms.
Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade green tea with jasmine. Origin: Hubei, China
Jasmine Pearls $7.10 per ounce
Organic green tea leaves and buds are deeply infused with fresh jasmine flowers and hand rolled into premium jasmine pearls.
Ingredients: Organic jasmine scented green tea Origin: China
Lemon Verde $3.35 per ounce
A refreshing citrusy green tea great hot or iced.
Ingredients : Organic Green Tea, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Lemon Verbena
Matcha $5.35 per ounce
Ingredients: Organic stone ground tencha green tea
Orange Blossom $3.40 per ounce
Delicately fragranced jasmine green tea is hand-blended with citrusy tropical herbs like lemongrass and lemon myrtle. Orange, lime and tangerine add a bright touch to this blend, and hints of rose complement the floral character of jasmine green tea.
Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade green tea with jasmine, organic lemongrass, organic lemon myrtle, natural rose flavor, essential orange, lime and tangerine oils
Pomegranate Green $3.35 per ounce
Select organic green tea is carefully blended with organic raspberries and essence of pomegranate
Ingredients: Organic Green Tea, Organic Rosehips, Organic Raspberries, Natural Flavors
*This tea contains senna, which may have a slight laxative effect.
Purify $3.85 per ounce
An Ayurvedic inspired combination of cleansing herbs and organic green tea combine to gently balance the body and enhance clarity.
Ingredients: Organic green tea, organic orange peel, organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic senna, organic fennel, organic cacao, organic pomegranite, natural flavors.
*This tea contains senna, which may have a slight laxative effect.
Rejuvenate $3.60 per ounce
A cleansing and invigorating infusion of green tea and botanicals to help cleanse and defend against toxins.
Ingredients: Organic green tea, organic dandelion root, organic shizandra berries, organic lemongrass, organic orange peel, natural flavors.
Sencha $2.48 per ounce
A traditional steamed Japanese style organic green tea. Steeps a bright green infusion with refreshing energy.
Ingredients: Organic green tea. Origin: China
White Jade $3.48 per ounce
A unique blend of organic white and green teas with a slight hint of bergamot. Fresh, clean, citrusy
Ingredients: Organic white tea, organic green tea, organic oil of bergamot
Pu-erh Classic $3.60 per ounce
A special blend of multiple vintages containing matured and younger lots to achieve a bold full bodied profile. Deep and smooth with a slightly sweet aftertaste and a soothing aromatic finish.
Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade Pu-erh tea. Origin: Yunnan, China
Cacao Coconut Puerh $4.60 per ounce
A smooth blend of organic loose leaf Puerh, cocoa nibs and coconut.
Ingredients: Organic Pu-erh tea, organic cocoa nibs, organic coconut pieces, and natural flavors.
Dark Chocolate Candy Cane $3.85 per ounce
Refreshing green tea combined with stimulating botanicals of lemongrass and ginger. Brews an uplifting cup with a sweet citrus finish.
Ingredients: Organic green tea, lemongrass, organic ginger root, organic cardamom, organic licorice root, organic peppermint, organic black pepper.
Exotic Spice $4.23 per ounce
A spicy exotic blend of Pu-erh tea, cinnamon, chocolate and chili flakes. Earthy and warming.
Ingredients: Organic pu-erh tea, organic cinnamon, organic honeybush, organic cocoa nibs, organic safflower, organic chili flakes, ground chocolate (sugar, cocoa-processed w/ alkali, unsweetened chocolate, soy lecithin, vanilla), natural flavors.
Summit $4.35 per ounce
This blend will give you the endurance you need to make it to the summit. With adaptogenic herbs for increasing stamina, this stimulating blend was developed to promote circulation, condition the body, help oxygenate the blood and increase the body’s overall resilience for a quicker recovery.
Ingredients: Organic Pu-erh, organic cinnamon, organic eleuthro root, organic goji berries, organic schizandra berries, organic nettle leaf, organic oatstraw, organic ashwaganda root, natural flavors.
Velvet $3.85 per ounce
Decadent vanilla bean and sweet Saigon Cinnamon complement smooth, rich Pu-erh tea.
Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade Pu-erh tea, organic peppermint, organic cinnamon, organic vanilla bean, organic licorice root.
Black Beauty $2.73 per ounce
A lovely blend of whole leaf Nilgiri tea and yunnan golden buds, creates a classic black tea infusion. Ingredients: Organic black tea.
Darjeeling $5.48 per ounce
From one of the last family owned tea estates in Darjeeling India, this high alititude tea provides a bright brisk cup. This brews a lighter cup because of its high altitude origins. Origin: Darjeeling, India
Eden $3.23 per ounce
Flavors of fresh summer ripened mangoes and passionfruit blend with black tea to create a fruity citrusy tea enjoyed hot or iced. Ingredients: Organic Black Tea, Malva Flowers, Organic Cornflowers, Organic Safflowers, Natural Flavors
Earl Grey $3.23 per ounce
This Organic Earl Grey blends bold-flavored Yunnan Dian Hong harvested from antique tea trees with natural Bergamot citrus from Southern Italy.
Ingredients: Organic black tea, essential bergamot oil.
English Breakfast $3.04 per ounce
A traditional blend of organic black tea perfect for starting the day.
Ingredients: Organic black tea
French Vanilla $3.75 per ounce
Organic Assam combined with star shaped white tea, all infused with creamy vanilla.
Ingredients: Organic black tea, organic white tea, natural flavors
Golden Assam $4.35 per ounce
This single estate Golden Assam has an abundance of even grade leaves and golden buds. Robust and bright with hints of sweet raisin and an assertive malty finish. Origin: Assam region in Northeast India Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade Certified™ black tea.
Huckleberry $6.09 per ounce
A black tea bursting with huckleberry flavor.
Ingredients: black tea, natural flavor
Lemon Ginger $5.37 per ounce
Refreshing citrus and zesty ginger with tropical hints of juicy mango and turmeric.
Ingredients: Organic ginger root, organic black tea, organic lemon peel, organic mango, organic lemongrass organic green tea, organic turmeric root, organic
licorice root, essential lemon, lime, and ginger oils.
Masala Chai $3.00 per ounce
A robust and full-flavored black tea blended with traditional Indian Masala spices with full notes of cardamom, ginger, and clove that are zesty and stimulating.
Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade black tea, organic cinnamon, organic cardamom, organic ginger root, organic black pepper, organic cloves.
Spiced Pumpkin Chai $3.35 per ounce
Cozy up with this sweet spicy black tea blend. Ingredients: Organic black tea, organic cinnamon,organic ginger, organic cardamom, organic clove, natural and artificial flavor
Vanilla Bean $4.00 per ounce
This blend is decadent and creamy with the sweet flavor of real vanilla. Rich and malty with a smooth, sweet vanilla finish.
Ingredients: Organic black tea, organic vanilla beans, natural vanilla flavor.
Vanilla Earl Grey $3.60 per ounce
Bergamot and essence of vanilla hand blended with Organic high grown estate black tea combine to a rich creamy finish with notes of citrus.
Ingredients: Organic and Biodynamic black tea, organic cornflowers, organic oil of bergamot and natural flavors.
Orchid oolong $5.60 Per ounce
Hand picked and basket tossed leaves are rolled into kernels which open up into a smooth fresh floral tea with hints of lilac and orchid.
Ingredients: Oolong tea. Origin: Taiwan
Plum Oolong $4.10 per ounce
Bai Hao Oolong combined with the flavors of luscious plum, hibiscus and strawberry.
Ingredients: Oolong tea, organic currants, organic strawberries, organic rosehips, organic hibiscus flowers, natural plum and peach flavors.
Tropical Coconut Oolong $4.50 per ounce
A rejuvenating blend of Bao Zhong Oolong, creamy coconut, and juicy pineapple.
Ingredients: Organic Oolong tea, organic pineapple, organic coconut flakes, natural coconut flavor
Vanilla citrus oolong $5.35 Per ounce
A creamy rich blend of Oolong tea leaves, lemon myrtle, marigolds and vanilla.
Ingredients: Oolong tea, organic lemon myrtle, organic marigolds, natural flavors
Wuyi oolong $2.80 Per ounce
The Wuyi mountains are the birthplace of Oolong tea. This tea has a rich smooth flavor and is 60-80% oxidized.
Ingredients: Organic oolong tea Origin: China
Berry Blend $3.60 per ounce Caffeine Free
A deep red fruity infusion with a bit of tartness and notes of blueberry and cherry. Ingredients: Organic currents, organic rosehips, organic hibiscus flowers, organic rooibus, organic blueberries, organic cherries, organic orange peel, organic cranberries, natural blueberry, passion fruit and mango flavors
Blueberry Rooibus $3.50 per ounce Caffeine Free
A succulent rooibos blend with sweet blueberries and revitalizing schizandra berries.
Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade Certified™ rooibos, organic blueberries, organic schizandra berries, organic and Fair Trade hibiscus flowers, natural blueberry and strawberry flavors.
Chamomile Medley $3.25 per ounce Caffeine Free
A calming ensemble of chamomile with hints of refreshing citrus and mint. This blend is designed to relax and refresh.
Ingredients: Organic chamomile flowers, organic lemon myrtle, organic lemongrass, organic spearmint.
Chamomile Rose $2.98 per ounce Caffeine Free
A relaxing chamomile infused floral blend with a sweet and spicy character. Ingredients: Organic chamomile, organic lavender, organic roses, organic rosehips, organic pink peppercorn
Goddess $3.73 per ounce Caffeine Free
Designed to restore balance and support to every woman. Floral, subtly sweet and creamy.
Ingredients: Organic shatavari, organic fennel, organic roses, organic green rooibos, organic lavender, organic chrysanthemum, organic osmanthus, organic hibiscus, natural flavors
Big Mountain Mint $3.45 per ounce Caffeine Free
A magical blend of soothing peppermint naturally sweet licorice root and green cardamom.
Ingredients: organic cardamom, organic peppermint, organic licorice root, essential basil and clove leaf oils.
Pure Mint $3.04 per ounce Caffeine Free
Ingredients: organic peppermint and organic spearmint
Omija Berry Blend $5.90 per ounce Caffeine Free
A refreshingly sweet, tart and fragrant beauty blend highlighting the remarkable omija berry.
Ingredients: organic shizandra (omija) berries, organic strawberries, organic rosehips, organic maqui berries, organic lavender flowers, organic red wine grape skins, organic hibiscus flowers, organic blackberry leaves, organic cornflowers
Rooibus Chai $3.10 per ounce Caffeine Free
Sweet soothing Rooibos combines with exotic Masala chai spices to create an anytime chai.
Ingredients: Organic rooibus, organic cinnamon, organic ginger root, organic cardamom, organic ramon nut, organic star anise, organic licorice root, organic fennel seed, organic black pepper, organic cloves, organic peppermint
Serene Dream $3.60 per ounce Caffeine Free
A relaxing blend of valerian root and lovely botanicals to help you sleep. Valerian root, the key herb of this blend, has been used for centuries as a relaxing bedtime tea.
Ingredients: Organic valerian root, organic cardamom, organic fennel, organic licorice root, organic strawberries, organic spearmint, natural rose extract, organic rose petals, essential orange oil. lemon verbena, organic lemon balm, organic chamomile flowers, organic lavender flowers, organic spearmint.
Tangerine Ginger $2.90 per ounce Caffeine Free
Tangerine Ginger combines roots, fruits and herbs to create an uplifting, bold-flavored vitality tonic. Ginger and licorice invigorate, while rosehips and tangerine refresh.
Ingredients: Organic ginger root, organic and Fair Trade hibiscus flowers, organic schizandra berries, organic licorice root, organic rosehips, organic orange peel, essential orange and tangerine oils.
Throat Soother $4.60 per ounce Caffeine Free
A combination of wellness promoting herbs combine to sooth the throat and boost immunity.
Ingredients: Organic ginger, organic peppermint, organic licorice, organic orange peel, organic fennel, organic marshmallow leaf, organic clove, organic Echinacea
Tumeric Ginger $2.90 per ounce Caffeine Free
The combination of turmeric, ginger, lemon and honey is an Ayurvedic recipe for longevity, strength and balance.
Ingredients: Organic ginger root, organic licorice root, organic orange peel, organic lemongrass, organic tumeric, essential lemon and orange oils.
Wellness Blend $4.35 per ounce Caffeine Free
Traditional Ayurvedic and Western herbs and botanicals are blended to help release stagnation and promote wellness.
Ingredients: Organic green rooibus, organic fennel, organic linden flower, organic orange peel, organic raspberries, organic licorice root, organic neem, organic cinnamon, elderberries, echinacea, chili pepper .
Whitefish Trail Tea $4.60 per ounce Caffeine Free
A refreshing herbal tea to hydrate and nourish you on or off the trail! A percentage of sales will be donated to the Whitefish Trails!
Ingredients: organic ginger, organic peppermint, organic licorice, organic orange peel, organic fennel, organic marshmallow leaf, organic clove, organic echinacea.
White Ginseng Detox $4.43 per ounce Caffeine Free
An invigorating blend of raspberry, burdock root and mint with revitalizing
ginseng. Burdock root adds a mildly sweet, nutty accent and is known in traditional Chinese herbology to have a cleansing, recharging energy.
Ingredients: Organic shizandra berries, organic white ginseng, organic white burdock root, organic rosehips, organic peppermint, organic raspberries, organic dandelion root, organic licorice root
Yerba Mate $1.50 per ounce Contains Caffeine
Bittersweet, toasty herby flavor with nuances of olive leaf and eucalyptus’ Yerba Mate is an indigenous herb of the Amazon and popular throughout Latin America for its robust flavor.
Ingredients: Organic shade grown yerba mate Origin: Argentina