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In Uncommon Knowledge All tea — black, green, white, and oolong — comes from the same plant. Camellia Sinensis. Tea category is determined by oxidation, which begins the moment it's picked. The more oxidation, the darker the tea.

No. 55

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THE BOOK OF UNCOMMON TEA

An Introduction to STEVEN SMITH TEAMAKER with (ABRIDGED) CATALOG of TEAS and BOTANICAL INFUSIONS The lexicon of tea is full of exotic terms. Oolong. Pu-erh. Matcha. Mao Feng. To these, we humbly add Smith. Handcrafted in wonderfully small batches at the Smith Teaworks in Portland, Oregon, these teas offer a drinking experience like nothing else in the world. Cheers. Smith is the most uncommon name in tea. Next most uncommon: Buffy.

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2019

Published by Steven Smith Teamaker, Portland, Oregon usa


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Steven Smith picked up his favorite tasting spoon at a stall in Tinsukia, Assam. Nice big belly, good weight in the hand, slender lip to let slip more tea with each slurp. He used it to perfect each personal batch of his signature line at Smith.

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STEVE SMITH demonstrating “cupping” in the tea lab with his favorite tasting spoon.

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THE MOST UNCOMMON NAME IN TEA

Meet Steven Smith, Our founder wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. But he used one every day to change the way Americans drink tea forever. Quietly humorous and charismatic, Steve got his first taste of the world’s second-most-consumed beverage (after water) at his grandmother’s house in Portland, Oregon. After high school and Vietnam, he got into natural foods and co-founded Stash, the world’s first specialty tea company. From Stash, he conjured Tazo — “the reincarnation of tea” — a mind-blowing mix of Merlin the Magician meets Marco Polo. Finally selling Tazo to Starbucks, Steve retired temporarily and moved his young family to France. But it wasn't long before he had another a-ha moment.

Paperboy, Vietnam veteran, natural foods and herbs merchant, running partner, style king, visionary, entrepreneur, risk-taker, raconteur, great boss, philanthropist, son, brother, loving father and grandfather, beloved husband, loyal friend.

NEXT TIME YOU’RE IN DARJEELING Take a spin down Steve Smith Route. It’s 3 kilometers of switchback through the legendary Sington Tea Estate, handcrafted in memory of a certain teamaker who blessed this region with his beautiful smile, his passion for tea, and his compassion for others.

HAUTE TEA COUTURE.

Enchanted by the friendships he enjoyed with his neighborhood chocolatier, baker and perfumier in Avignon, Steve emailed his creative team back home: “I have an idea for another tea company. But this time, we’re going to do it small, buy only the best tea on the market and blend it with total transparency.” And so, after a year of scarves and two-hour lunches, he moved back to Portland and once again picked up his favorite tasting spoon. With characteristic humility, he rejected the title of tea master, and chose to be simply “teamaker”. Which is how, in 2009, the signature blends of Steven Smith Teamaker were born in a Northwest Portland blacksmith’s shop.

Teamaker

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Origin Craft Creativity

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OUR MOST UNCOMMON APPROACH

Our Most INSIDE THE SMITH SACHET (right) The shape is not unusual, but the artistry inside is unique. Our roomy, relaxed fit sachet encourages greater full leaf expansion to give you better flavor and richer aromas. This makes it a sachet with serious cachet.

Uncommon Approach

Every Smith blend begins with a moment of inspiration— maybe a nicely aged cask of merlot, or a simple scoop of ice cream—transformed by three essential ingredients: ORIGIN, CRAFT and CREATIVITY. As a Smith teamaker, you know — in the cup it’s all or nothing. So you start by sourcing the finest teas and botanicals directly from origin. To protect every delicate leaf and blossom, you craft each small batch by hand, under one roof. And you constantly ask yourself: what could make this better? Trying fresh culinary ideas, you make the most of every chance to re-create tea time, each and every day.

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UNCOMMON ORIGIN

How We Buy Tea 8


A view over our tea estates in Darjeeling, India Captured by our Tea Buyer Sara Kaufman in 2018

We buy tea the same way everyone should — from friends we’ve grown to trust over many seasons. We go directly to origin at the right time of year. Walk the gardens with people who understand everything about their plants. Deepen our roots with farmers who believe in clean ingredients and enriching the lives of their workers. We cup at the source — to be sure of the best taste — then cup again at home in Portland, with Portland water, for absolute consistency. All year round, samples arrive daily at the Teaworks from tea gardens, traders and brokers. Some are purchased directly, others from auctions in the tea trading centers of Calcutta, Colombo, Mombasa and Jakarta.

Some of our longtime suppliers know us so well, they can read our minds. Remembering Steve Smith’s preference for malty Assams, Mohan Chirimar marks “ST” on a sample that has the profile we like.

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UNCOMMON ORIGIN

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UNCOMMON CRAFT

How We Make Tea

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Much like a modern French restaurant, we exist to give classics new life. Everything is handcrafted. By us. In house. Every ingredient is single-origin. We don’t buy anything pre-blended. And we never rely on recipe. Because tea is agricultural, its character changes from year to year, and re-formulating a blend is a high art. So we keep encyclopedic notes, and taste multiple test batches in our tea lab as many as ten times. In fact — in the spirit of total transparency — you’re free to watch your tea being made any time you’re here. Just look through the big picture windows in our Tasting Rooms that see directly into production.


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UNCOMMON CREATIVITY

How We Sell Tea

Come for a tea flight in one of our Tasting Rooms. Unwrap a String-Tie box. Enjoy your own Matcha kit moment of zen. In every case you’ll discover that re-creating tea time is a full-time thing with us. We design personalized tours, tea training and tastings, compelling merchandising and serveware, even custom menus. All to make better teamakers out of everyone. To see more creative touches, immerse yourself in our culture at #thisisteatime.

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HOW TO STEEP

We believe a single cup of tea is the ultimate small batch experience. Therefore, we formulate each blend to deliver the same rich experience in loose leaf form, or relaxed-fit sachets. You’ll find comprehensive brewing guides to all of our black, green, white and oolong teas — including gaiwan service — at smithtea.com. To wet your whistle, here’s how to enjoy a perfect cup of Bungalow, a blend of 1st and 2nd flush Darjeeling.

How To Steep BLACK TEA Loose Leaf BREW GUIDE 1. Bring spring or freshly drawn filtered water to a boil (212º F). 2. Preheat your vessels with boiling water, then discard the water. 3. Measure 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea for every 8-10 ounces of water. 4. Place the appropriate amount of leaves in the teapot and pour water directly over the leaves. 5. Allow the leaves to steep five minutes. 6. Place a basket strainer over your cup and pour so that any stray leaves will be caught. 7. Serve your tea and enjoy. Note: Don’t leave the leaves in your pot too long. If you want to sip at your leisure, use a removable strainer.

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UNCOMMON ATTRACTIONS

Our Uncommon Offerings

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STEVEN SMITH SIGNATURE COLLECTION Our carefully curated Signature Teas include the thirteen blends originally concocted by Steven Smith, along with two more recent creations deemed worthy of signature status. These are the teas that will never go out of style. The teas that are uniquely and classically Smith. SMITH SINGLE ORIGIN VARIETY TEAS Every Single Origin Variety Tea we sell is sourced to exemplify the quintessential flavor and drinking experience expected of its kind. To be sure, we taste each lot at least four times before it reaches the customer. That’s a lot of little lots.

The life story of every leaf in your cup — including its origin, cultivar, harvest date, tasting notes, and more — is an open book when you click on Batch Lookup at smithtea.com.

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Matcha–

No. 7 VARIETY:

White & Green


WHITE AND GREEN TEAS

ABOUT OUR WHITE and GREEN TEA OFFERINGS A selection to please even the most jaded palate. Through long-standing friendships in Asia, we have access to some of the best Jasmine Silver Tip, Mao Feng and Bai Mu Dan loose leaf teas in the world. Each is chosen with great sensitivity to season and picked for the way it blends with the present moment. See if you can guess which particular cup our Head Teamaker found to be life-changing.

This tasting spoon designates a Smith signature tea

No. 88

BAI MU DAN White Tea – Variety

Bai Mu Dan, or White Peony, is often considered the second highest grade of white tea (after Silver Needle) and was traditionally produced in the northern Fujian Province of China. It comes from the top two leaves and bud of the tea bush, which can be shade dried and/or lightly fired. This gives it a pale cup color YELLOW and delicate, CHINA SEA Fujian nutty aroma. Province EAST CHINA SEA The complex flavor is toasty, slightly sweet and SOUTH CHINA SEA creamy, with a clean aftertaste.

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No. 88: A symbol for “double happiness” where this tea comes from.

No. 39 FEZ

Green Tea – Blend

Fujian Province

EAST CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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CHINA

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Rare green teas from China combined with aromatic spearmint grown in the Pacific Northwest and a hint of lemon myrtle from Australia. Fez artfully evokes old Morocco, and tastes best when shared with friends while lounging on pillows.

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No. 39: Steve Smith’s age when he got his first fez.

No. 99

JASMINE PEARLS Green Tea – Variety

Made from just the bud of the tea bush, this lovely green tea is pan-fired to neutralize the oxidizing enzyme, then hand rolled into tiny pearls and placed amidst just-picked jasmine blossoms for scenting, no less than five times. A transcendent experience.

CHINA

Fujian Province

YELLOW SEA EAST CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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No. 99: Ultimate perfection and double good luck.

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WHITE AND GREEN TEAS

No. 96

JASMINE SILVER TIP Green Tea – Variety

Delicate, tender green tea leaves from China’s Fujian Province are harvested each May and steam-fired to maintain their flavor - then placed amid justpicked jasmine buds, which open slowly to share their fragrance. Many call it the perfect marriage.

YELLOW SEA

CHINA

Fujian Province

EAST CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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No. 96: The flip side of “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians.

No. 86

LONG JING (DRAGONWELL) Green Tea – Variety

Pan-fired in a hot wok and flattened by hand, Dragonwell, also known as “Long Jing” is for many the most famous green tea. The best comes from Hangzhou, near the spring where a dragon was said to dwell. We prize its pale emerald color and slightly sweet, chestnut-like taste.

CHINA Zhejiang Province

YELLOW SEA EAST CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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No. 86: Exactly one-half the age you may reach if you drink Long Jing every day.

No. 7

MATCHA

Green Tea – Variety

The traditional tea of the Japanese tea ceremony. Matcha is made from finely powdered tender green tea leaves known as Tencha in the Aichi Prefecture in Japan. Matcha has a clean, slightly sweet vegetal flavor and aroma and brilliant green color.

SEA OF JAPAN

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No. 7: Honoring the “Seven Lucky Gods” of Japan, so named for drinking lots of Matcha.

No. 8

MAO FENG SHUI Green Tea – Variety

This spring harvested Mao Feng green tea from Zhejiang China has a slightly sweet, vegetative taste and aroma with a lingering fresh aftertaste. Carefully picked at high elevation, it is exceptionally rich in antioxidants for greater feng shui enhancement.

CHINA Zhejiang Province

YELLOW SEA EAST CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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No. 8: The perfect alignment of two circles, symbolizing the harmonious balance of green tea and whimsy.


WHITE AND GREEN TEAS

No. 1912

ROSE CITY GENMAICHA Green Tea – Blend

Fujian Province

EAST CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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CHINA

YELLOW SEA

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A delicious Oregon twist on Japanese Genmaicha. Combines the light, nutty flavor of roasted rice with a grassy green tea character and rose petal finish—all softened by a kiss of sweet manuka honey.

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No. 1912: 1912, the year Peninsula Park, one of Portland’s most beautiful Rose gardens, was built.

No. 51 SENCHA

Green Tea – Variety

Slender needle-like leaves produce a deeply vegetal taste and aroma, ripe with notes of toasted rice and nori. Harvested in the spring to early summer in the up-and-coming Kagoshima region, the leaves are steamed to perfection to stop oxidation of the leaf, as well as to lock in their deep jade J A PA N SEA OF color and flavor. JAPAN PACIFIC OCEAN

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No. 51: Area where spaceships first sampled earth’s tea. Classified.

No. 26

YUNNAN SILVER NEEDLE Green Tea – Variety

Harvested in early spring, this white tea is produced in the Yunnan Province of China, the birthplace of tea, and is made from only the bud of the tea bush. With delicate sweetness and melon-like flavor, it has subtle floral notes and a lingering complexity telling of the terroir of Yunnan.

CHINA Yunnan

YELLOW SEA EAST CHINA SEA

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No. 26: Digits add up to 8. Good fung shui in Yunnan.

SOUTH CHINA SEA

No. 72

WHITE PETAL White Tea – Blend

These delicate, shade-dried leaves from China’s Fujian Province are naturally high in antioxidants. Egyptian chamomile petals and osmanthus flowers from China’s Zhejiang Province add a fragrant, toasty, creamy and slightly sweet bloom of flavor. HUNG ARY CROATIA ROMANIA BOSNIA BULG ARIA

CHINA Zhejiang Fujian SOUTH CHINA SEA

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No. 72: The number of chamomile petals in each ounce of this tea.

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Gaiwan Serving Set–

Oolong OOLONG TEAS

ABOUT OUR OOLONG and PU-ERH TEA OFFERINGS A sophisticated flight of bold and complex teas for the connoisseur, sourced directly from friends in Fujian and Yunnan, China and Taiwan. Each, in its own way, offers delightfully subtle variations of flavor over as many as ten steepings.


No. 5

PHOENIX OOLONG Oolong Tea – Variety

Crafted by a family who has been making Phoenix Oolong for over 60 years, this tea is made using the Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid Fragrance) cultivar which is one of the most well-known and for good reason. It makes for an exceptional tea with balanced fruit and YELLOW CHINA SEA floral notes. Guangdong EAST

CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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No. 5: 5 steepings in a gaiwan for good luck.

No. 20

BAI HAO OOLONG Oolong Tea – Variety

Although this style of oolong tea originates from Taiwan, we currently source our Bai Hao from Fujian Province in China and it is one of our favorites. Oolong teas fall into a class between fully oxidized (black) tea and non-oxidized (green) tea. As one of the more oxidized oolongs, Bai Hao has large, tightlytwisted blackish YELLOW CHINA SEA Fujian leaves with an Province EAST CHINA abundance of silver SEA tips and a complex SOUTH CHINA SEA flavor profile and aroma.

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No. 20: Billed as Andrew Jackson’s favorite tea. Right on the money.

No. 80

ALI SHAN OOLONG Oolong Tea – Variety

This lightly oxidized oolong comes from Li Jia village in the Ali Shan range of Taiwan and is produced by the Fang sisters, 3rd generation tea farmers made with the Si Ji Chun (Four Seasons Spring) tea cultivar. Sitting at 1600M, Taipei this tea garden is surrounded by a forest of fir, and bamboo. The Ali Shan nutrient rich soil produces a rich and TA I WA N full bodied oolong Lanyu with notes of orchid, peach and sugarcane. Penghu Islands

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No. 80: 1980, the beginning of a fantastic decade for music.

No. 3

SHU CHA PU-ERH Fermented Tea – Variety

A highly prized Chinese tea, this Pu-erh is fermented and aged for three years. Grown at around 5000 ft elevation in Feng Cheng, Yunnan, China, this tea produces a dark liquor with smooth and complex earthy flavor and sweet lingering finish.

CHINA

Yunnan

YELLOW SEA EAST CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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No. 3: The number of years the tea is aged in Yunnan and, if Bob Dorough is to be believed, the magic number.

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Black


No. 33 BLEND:

Masala Chai–


BLACK TEAS

ABOUT OUR BLACK TEA OFFERINGS In the world of full leaf teas, Smith remains the new black. Signature teas include classic spoonbenders like Portland Breakfast. Our Lord Bergamot looks gently down its nose at prosaic Earl Greys, thanks to superior bergamot oils. And our single origin teas from Assam, Darjeeling, Sri Lanka, and Yunnan reflect the full spectrum of black strengths and astringencies with a depth of nuance that is unsurpassed.

This tasting spoon designates a Smith signature tea

No. 49 ASSAM

Black Tea – Variety The legendary breakfast tea from the upper Assam valley of India. Full-flavored, rich and chewy with notes of caramel and malt, this tea is bright and coppery in the cup and makes a great Assam wake-up any time of day.

INDIA BAY OF BENGAL SRI

SRI L A N KA

LANKA

INDIAN OCEAN

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No. 49: Steve Smith’s birth year and number of times he spent per day looking for his glasses.

No. 18

BRITISH BRUNCH Black Tea – Blend

CHINA Anhui Province

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The perfect breakfast tea. But sophisticated and delicious any time of day as well. A rich blend of full-bodied Indian Assam teas paired with succulent Ceylon Dimbula, intense and floral Ceylon Uva and a touch of smoky China Keemun from Anhui. Assam

INDIA BAY OF BENGAL

EAST CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

SRI LANKA

S RI L A N KA

Uva & Dimbulla

INDIAN OCEAN

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No. 18: Number of tea gardens visited in Assam. Also a good age to begin voting for tea over coffee.

No. 47

BUNGALOW Black Tea – Blend

Grown in the foothills of the Himalayas, this blend of first and second flush organic Darjeeling teas produces a light, yet complex tea with the aroma and flavor of fruits, nuts and flowers Darjeeling complemented by rich, toasty, INDIA buttery notes. BAY OF BENGAL

SRI L A NKA INDIAN OCEAN

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No. 47: Steve’s age when he married Kim on the Makaibari Tea Estate.


BLACK TEAS

No. 64

CEYLON DIMBULA Black Tea – Variety

INDIA BAY OF BENGAL

INDIAN OCEAN

SR I L AN KA

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Ceylon Dimbula has a reddish amber color in the cup, with a medium to full body, slightly fruity flavor with mineral notes. Often used in Earl Grey and other blends, the best pure Dimbulas like this one are magnificent on their own. BAY OF BENGAL

SRI L A NKA Nuwara Eliya

Uva

Dimbulla INDIAN OCEAN

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No. 64: Stands for flavor as smooth as the ride of the ‘64 Impala.

No. 12

CEYLON UVA Black Tea – Variety

INDIA BAY OF BENGAL

INDIAN OCEAN

SR I L ANKA

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Grown at 3500 feet above sea level on the eastern slope of Sri Lanka’s central mountains, this tea is intensely floral and slightly sharp, with a golden cup color. In the Ceylonese grading system, OP1 means a well twisted, large leaf. BAY OF BENGAL

SR I L ANKA

Nuwara Eliya

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No. 12: The union of A and B in the alphabet (1+2), standing for teamaker Amy Bourne.

No. 71

DARJEELING FIRST FLUSH Black Tea – Variety

In Northern India, near the border of Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan is the tea growing region known as Darjeeling. During the first flush which lasts about 45 days beginning in mid-March, each bush is plucked of its new growth every seven days. Teas Darjeeling produced during this period are light in INDIA body, have nuances of pistachios, BAY OF BENGAL nectarines and SR I freshly cut flowers. L AN KA INDIAN OCEAN

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No. 71: For a stimulating perspective, make a cup and search “Powers of Ten” on YouTube.

No. 17

DARJEELING SECOND FLUSH Black Tea – Variety The second flush of Darjeeling tea begins high in the Himalayan foothills in late May and lasts about 45 days. Around this time, tea gardens produce teas of wonderfully complex flavors of butter, nuts, flowers and fruits with balanced Darjeeling astringency and a sweet toasty finish. INDIA Teas produced BAY OF during this period BENGAL have a fuller flavor SR I L AN KA than teas from INDIAN OCEAN first flush.

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No. 17: First love, anybody?

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BLACK TEAS

No. 23 KANDY

Black Tea – Blend

INDIA BAY OF BENGAL INDIAN OCEAN

SRI L A N KA

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Named after one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka, Kandy brings together full and flavory Dimbula with highly aromatic and intense Uva and lightly scented high-grown Nuwara Eliya. A tea made for sipping with pleasure all day. BAY OF BENGAL

SRI L A N KA Nuwara Eliya Dimbulla Uva INDIAN OCEAN

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No. 23: Number of cashew merchants per kilometer on the road to Kandy in Sri Lanka.

No. 21

KEEMUN HAO YA Black Tea – Variety

Hao Ya is one of the finest grades of Keemun tea from the mountainous Anhui Province in China. It has a thin, wiry, tightly twisted leaf with a slightly smoky flavor and aroma. Excellent straight or with milk and sugar.

YELLOW SEA

CHINA Anhui Province

EAST CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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No. 21: Automatic winner in blackjack– and black tea.

No. 55

LORD BERGAMOT Black Tea – Blend

A flavor somewhat superior to traditional Earl Grey. Fragrant Ceylon Dimbula and Uva are artfully combined with select teas from India’s Assam valley, then scented with the flavor of bergamot from the realm of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

SRI L A N KA Nuwara Eliya Dimbulla Uva INDIAN OCEAN

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BAY OF BENGAL

ADRIATIC SEA

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No. 55: The number of fruits in a thimble of bergamot essence, as decreed by Lord B.

No. 33

MASALA CHAI

Spiced Black Tea – Blend To Indians, chai means sweetly spiced tea served with foamed milk. Ours combines second flush Assam teas with pungent ginger root, cassia, black pepper, cloves and cardamom to create a rich and spicy brew. Assam

INDIA

SRI LANKA

BAY OF BENGAL

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SRI L A N KA

SMITH NUMEROLOGY

INDIAN OCEAN

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No. 33: The Calcutta phone code.


BLACK TEAS

No. 1851

PORTLAND BREAKFAST Black Tea – Blend

Big, strong and assertive, with notes of malt, leather, spice, and a touch of peat. Not quite as astringent as other breakfast teas. Just rich, dark and perfect for a rainy Portland Assam morning.

INDIA BAY OF BENGAL SRI

SRI L ANKA

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No. 1851: 1851, the year the city of Portland, Oregon was incorporated.

No. 9

YUNNAN

Black Tea – Variety The best teas from Yunnan (known as the birthplace of tea) are wiry and tightly twisted with distinct golden tips. This exquisite variety brews up rich amber-red in color, has a lightly sweet, floral flavor and aroma, and brings welcome notes of smoke, spice and leather.

CHINA

YELLOW SEA

Yunnan

EAST CHINA SEA

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No. 9: “Satisfaction” and “long-lasting” in Chinese, with a hint of the Beatles “Number 9.”

No. 92

ZHENG SHAN Black Tea – Variety

The grandfather of Lapsang Souchong - this style of tea is the most sought after smoked tea in all of China. Delicate and wiry black tea leaves are smoked with horsetail pine

CHINA

Yunnan

YELLOW SEA EAST CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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No. 92: G92 is an expressway in China that connects Shanghai to the Zhejiang province.

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Herbal

No. 67

BLEND:

Meadow Cocktail–


HERBAL INFUSIONS

ABOUT OUR HERBAL INFUSION OFFERINGS At least fifty-two different herbs and botanicals are currently on hand in our tea lab pantry for handcrafting herbal infusions. All are deeply flavorful, naturally caffeine free, and sourced in their prime from friends. It takes an uncommonly high number of ingredients to concoct our blends because we use certain things like osmanthus flower petals, not only for floral aroma, but the depth they add to the tea.

This tasting spoon designates a Smith signature tea

No. 24

BIG HIBISCUS

Herbal Infusion – Blend

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

EGYPT

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The cabernet of hibiscus teas. We join luscious red hibiscus with Indian sarsaparilla, ginger, pink rose petals, and elderflowers from Europe. Deep red, complex, nuanced and caffeine free, this tea almost needs a corkscrew.

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA

No. 24: Our color guidebook says you can see twenty-four shades of red in a cup of Big Hibiscus.

No. 97

CHAMOMILE FLOWERS Herbal Infusion – Variety

HUNG ARY CROATIA ROMANIA BOSNIA BULG ARIA

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Soothing and caffeine free, with a subtle taste and aroma that is applelike and toasty, Egyptian chamomile is an eternally pleasant infusion. These golden buds are harvested just for you from January to April. MEDITERRANEAN SEA

FAYOUM

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RED SEA

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SUDAN

No. 97: Number of pyramids in Egypt. Trust us.

No. 19

HIBISCUS FLOWERS Herbal Infusion – Variety

Hibiscus flower, or jamaica, as it is known in Central America, is cultivated as an herb for tea in China, Thailand and the Sudan. Our variety is exceptionally bright, fruity, tasty and high in vitamin C. It is also beautifully M E D I T E R R A N E A N SEA caffeine free.

EGYPT

RED SEA

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SUDAN

No. 19: “Hey 19” by Steely Dan. Perfect for packing hibiscus.

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HERBAL INFUSIONS

No. 16

HONEYBUSH

Herbal Infusion – Variety Honeybush grows in the western Cape of South Africa and has a distinctly honey-like aroma. Hand harvested in September and October, it is naturally caffeine free with a sweet, peachy flavor and a pinkish golden hue in b o t s w ana the cup. n amib ia

SOUTH AFRICA Western Cape

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No. 16: There’s no hidden meaning for No.16 Honeybush. But we’re open to suggestions.

INDIAN OCEAN

No. 67 MEADOW

Herbal Infusion – Blend

PACIFIC OCEAN

A caffeine free blend of golden Egyptian chamomile flowers and mildly stimulating fragrant hyssop, joined with smooth Cape rooibos, washington rose petals and linden flowers. You may need OREGON a sun hat.

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TURKEY

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No. 67: The famous Summer of Love (also a great year for the Chevy Camaro).

No. 45

PEPPERMINT LEAVES Herbal Infusion – Variety

PACIFIC OCEAN

It’s no secret that the world’s best peppermint comes from the Pacific Northwest. Gently hand-screened for perfect leaf size, it infuses a full, creamy flavor with distinct chocolate notes and an intense finish. A great after wa sh i ngton dinner treat or midday breath freshener. Caffeine free.

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No. 45: The “Peppermint Twist” released on 45 vinyl in 1961.

No. 13

RED NECTAR

Herbal Infusion – Blend A delicious, caffeine free infusion of rooibos, also known as red bush, from Clanwilliam in South Africa, paired with succulent honeybush and a bit of natural orchard fruit flavor. Lightly sweet, medium-bodied and highly quaffable, hot or chilled. Holds up well to b o t swana milk or cream. n amib ia

SOUTH AFRICA Western Cape

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lesotho

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INDIAN OCEAN

No. 13: This tea defies the odds.


HERBAL INFUSIONS

No. 44 ROOIBOS

Herbal Infusion – Variety Caffeine free rooibos, aka red bush, grows near the South African town of Clanwilliam. In mid-January to April, the tender, topmost leaves are carefully hand picked and processed for a sweet, creamy, tea-like flavor. botswana nam ibia

SOUTH AFRICA clanwilliam

Western Cape

lesotho

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SMITH NUMEROLOGY

No. 44: A subtle toast to the 44th president.

No. 73

SPEARMINT LEAVES Herbal Infusion – Variety

Highly aromatic, spearmint leaves taste lighter and more piercing than peppermint, and have a sweet minty character. Naturally, ours come from the Pacific Northwest, home of the best mint leaves on earth. PACIFIC OCEAN

washington

Oregon california

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No. 73: The year Steve Smith began harvesting spearmint in Oregon.

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No. 24 BLEND:

Iced Tea

Big Hibiscus Iced Tea–


ICED TEAS

ABOUT OUR ICED TEA OFFERINGS Every time Steve Smith opened a refrigerator, a light bulb went on over his head. That’s why all Smith Iced Teas are concocted for maximum chilled refreshment using the same premium leaves you find in our hot teas. Our cartons contain ten full leaf sachets apiece, each making one quart of iced tea. Also available in three-gallon packets for restaurants, cafes, and the world’s coolest iced tea stands.

This tasting spoon designates a Smith signature tea

No. 24

BIG HIBISCUS ICED TEA Herbal Infusion – Blend

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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The cabernet of hibiscus teas. We join luscious red hibiscus with Indian sarsaparilla, ginger, pink rose petals, and elderflowers from Europe. Deep red, complex, nuanced and caffeine free, this tea almost needs a corkscrew. HUNGARY

CROATIA BOSNIA

AD

RI

RED SEA

EGYPT

SUDAN

AT

ROMANIA BULG ARIA

SERBIA

IC

BLACK SEA

GREECE

TURKEY

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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No. 24: Our color guidebook says you can see twenty-four shades of red in a cup of Big Hibiscus.

No. 46

EXCEPTIONAL ICED TEA Black Tea – Blend

A highly invigorating blend of full leaf Assam and Ceylon black teas chosen for their ability to create a more elevated iced tea experience. Tastes especially cool in dark glasses. Assam

INDIA BAY OF BENGAL

SRI L A N KA INDIAN OCEAN

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No. 46: It takes 46 sips to get to the bottom of the golden tea cup.

No. 39

FEZ ICED TEA Green Tea – Blend

Fujian Province

YELLOW SEA EAST CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

PACIFIC OCEAN

CHINA

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Rare Mao Feng green teas from China are combined with aromatic spearmint grown in the Pacific Northwest and a hint of lemon myrtle from Australia. Fez artfully evokes old Morocco, and tastes best when shared with friends while lounging on pillows. washington

Oregon california

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No. 39: Steve Smith’s age when he got his first fez.

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DRAFT TEA ON TAP

ABOUT OUR DRAFT TEA ON TAP OFFERINGS When small-batch tea meets microbrewing, things get tasty fast. Fueled by local cafe culture and pioneered in our Portland tasting rooms, these handcrafted blends are rolled out in small kegs year-round to a universally sparkling reception.

OnTap No. 91

NITRO CHAI

Spiced Black Tea – Blend Second flush Assam teas with ginger root, cassia bark, black peppercorns, cloves and cardamom brewed with vanilla bean. The nitro lightens this creamy beverage making the spice notes pop. A ssam

INDIA BAY OF BENGAL SRI LANKA

SR I L AN KA

INDIAN OCEAN

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No. 91: Number of nitro bubbles on tap in one keg. Times a bazillion.

No. 92

STRAWBERRY HONEYBUSH

Herbal Infusion – Blend A light and refreshing blend of rooibos and honeybush, from South Africa, steeped in water that has been infused with whole fresh strawberries and Madagascar vanilla bean a process we call “fruitsmithing.” Lightly sweet and caffeine lesotho free. SOUTH AFRICA Western Cape

INDIAN OCEAN

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No. 92: Approximate number of times you’ll say “aaah” per keg.

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LIMITED-EDITION TEAS

ABOUT OUR LIMITED-EDITION TEA OFFERINGS We never let a good tea time get away. In addition to the perennial Smith favorites shown here, you can count on being pleasantly surprised all year long by our special Reserve Series releases and Maker’s Series collaborations — as well as impromptu inspirations that pop up on the spur of the tea moment.

Bouquet Blend–

Limited No. 2/14 LOVER’S LEAP Black Tea – Blend

INDIA BAY OF BENGAL INDIAN OCEAN

S RI L A NKA

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A delicate, fragrant marriage of high grown Ceylon tea from Lover’s Leap Tea Estate, coupled with pink rose petals, hand-sorted chamomile petals and subtle citrus flavors. Complicated and delicious – just like love. BAY OF BENGAL

SRI L A N KA Nuwara Eliya Dimbulla Uva

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INDIAN OCEAN

No. 2/14: There are approximately 214 pink rose petals in one pound of Lover’s Leap.

No. 320 BOUQUET

Herbal Infusion – Blend

PACIFIC OCEAN

A caffeine free gathering of fragrant hyssop, linden flowers, lemon myrtle, and chamomile petals. Fresh, light, and floral with hints of lemon.

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washington

HUNG ARY CROATIA ROMANIA BOSNIA BULG ARIA

AD

Oregon

RI

AT

SERBIA IC

GREECE

BLACK SEA

TURKEY

california

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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No. 320: A celebration of the first day of Spring.


LIMITED-EDITION TEAS

No. 95

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT PU-ERH Fermented Tea – Blend A decadent and complex offering blending Pacific Northwest peppermint leaves with rich cocoa nibs, aged pu-erh and orange peel. A perfect finale to any meal.

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No. 95: The year Chef Vitaly Paley, for which this blend was originally made, opened his first Portland restaurant–Paley’s Place.

No. 25

MORNING LIGHT Black Tea – Blend

Darjeeling

INDIA

Assam

BAY OF BENGAL

SRI L AN KA

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Awake to a festive gathering of delicious and highly sought-after teas, combining flavorful Ceylons, rich and caramelized North Indian Assams and high-grown Darjeeling teas with rosemary, black currant and a pinch of cassia. BAY OF BENGAL

SRI L A N KA Nuwara Eliya Dimbulla Uva INDIAN OCEAN

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No. 25: The number of dance steps it takes to perform the Steven Smith Snow-tusi.

No. 12

SILENT NIGHT

Herbal Infusion – Blend A caffeine free candy cane in a cup. Northwest-grown peppermint leaves waltzing in a winter wonderland of cinnamon, ginger, and sweet licorice. Tastes especially delightful when the weather outside is frightful. PACIFIC OCEAN

washington

Oregon

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No.12: December, the final month of the year and a time for warm wishes and a hot cup of tea.

california

No. 31

HO-HO-HOJI-CHAI Roasted Green Tea – Blend

SEA OF JAPAN

J A PA N PACIFIC OCEAN

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For a moment of true delight, we bring you this toasty blend of hojicha and traditional chai spices with a happy hint of chocolate. Very lightly caffeinated, it’s brimming with good cheer. Assam

INDIA BAY OF BENGAL

SRI L A N KA INDIAN OCEAN

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No.31: The number of days in December until ringing in the new year.

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