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Tasting: Smith Tea

  • Providore Fine Foods 2340 Northeast Sandy Boulevard Portland, OR, 97232 United States (map)
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The story begins with Steven Smith, a natural born teamaker from Portland, Oregon “since 1949.” First as co-founder of Stash, then as tea shaman of Tazo, Steve made a worldwide name for himself through his deep understanding of tea—culminating in this, his signature brand, concocted in 2009. Working closely with his wife, Kim, and a trusted team, Steve succeeded in making Smith the most uncommon name in tea with a curated line of flavors like nothing else in the world. Today, Steve’s spirit lives on in everything Steven Smith Teamaker does.

As an American tea company devoted to uncommon good taste in your cup, they source the finest teas and botanicals from friends in India, China, Sri Lanka and Africa. In most cases, these are growers, exporters and tea brokers they’ve worked with for over 15 years. Every blend begins with a moment of inspiration—maybe a nicely aged cask of merlot, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream—that is then perfected with decades of experience and a fine feeling for flavors and fragrance. The real goal is simply to make tea that they like to drink. Because, at bottom, Smith is about the tea maker you become, when you brew a cup yourself.

Earlier Event: December 20
Tasting: Marshall's Haute Sauce
Later Event: December 21
Tasting: Oregon Bark