Pu-Erh Poetry, Jade Oolong, Green Rooibos Bonita. Ancient manuscripts? Exotic locales? Nope…these are the names of but a few of the 100 or so varieties of tea available at Tupelo Tea in Sycamore Crossing in the heart of downtown. If you’re as overwhelmed as I was by the selection at first glance, you can’t go wrong with one of their best sellers: Apple Kiwi Blend; Blue Ridge Vanilla; Ginger Peach; or Irish Cream Black. Or let the hospitable and knowledgeable tea server, Carla, suggest something for you depending on the kind of mood you’re in. You can relax and sip a cup of freshly brewed tea in the warm ambience of the shop, or, if you prefer, the tea is sold loose by the ounce and you can take your tea to be enjoyed at home. The shop carries tea accessories like elegant mugs and teapots with infusers, along with tea makers so you can brew your own teas.
Tupelo Tea also specializes in regional honeys, which come from Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. With names like Arbol Pepper Infused Honey and Mangrove Honey, they are almost as exotic sounding as the teas. And, yes, they also carry Tupelo Honey. There is an impressive honey and tea tasting bar for those who would like to explore teas from around the world and and see how the flavors blend with the artesinal honey.
Owners Tom and Donna Harper’s mission is to “bring premium tea blends and quality honey to tea lovers who are always exploring new flavors.” If your looking for a gift for the discerning tea lover, the company ships throughout the continental U.S. Tom and Donna also bring the same sensibility to their shop next door — the Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company. Look for news about that great store in an upcoming blog!
Tupelo Tea Inc
531 East Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-946-TEAS (8327) www.tupelotea.com
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