Just in case you don’t read the Tea Escapade monthly newsletter, I thought I would share the results of the World Tea Expo: World Tea Championship. There were three major categories: Cold Tea, Hot Tea, and RTDS as well as multiple subcategories.
This years entrants and supporters of the World Tea Championship are viewed as shaping the tea industry, according to World Tea Expo Vice President Kim Jage. Here is the list of winners, announced Saturday, May 2, 2009:
Hot Tea Category
Assam – Assam Ditchu, Teas Etc. Black – Zhenghe Golden Monkey (Special), PeLi Teas Black (Blended/Flavored) – Pineapple Mango, TeaGschwendner USA Breakfast Blend – Organic/Fair Trade Lemongrass Black, Rishi Tea Ceylon – Ceylon OP1, Teas Etc. Chai – Organic/Fair Trade Masala Chai, Rishi Tea Darjeeling – Jungpana Choice, QTrade Teas & Herbs Dragonwell – Dragon Well Qingming, Rishi Tea Earl Grey – Earl Grey No 69, Tea Gschwendner USA Green (Blended/Flavored) – Sencha Yuzu, Rishi Tea Green (Dry, Fired) – Wuyang Chanyu, QTrade Teas & Herbs Green (Steamed) – Yame Hon-Gyokuro, QTrade Teas & Herbs Herbal – Tartary Buckwheat, Puripan Inc. Herbal (Blended/Flavored) – Organic Cinnamon Plum, Rishi Tea Jasmine – Organic/Fair Trade Jasmine Green Tea, Rishi Tea Keemun – Sechrna, QTrade Teas & Herbs Matcha – Matcha Rishi, Rishi Tea Oolong (Blended/Flavored) – Lychee Green Oolong, Naivetea Oolong (Dark) – Fenghuang Dancong (super), PeLi Teas Oolong (Green) – Jade Oolong (Golden Leaf Selections), Barnes & Watson Fine Teas Puer – Puer Tea (Special), PeLi Teas Sencha – Sencha Spirit, QTrade Teas & Herbs Flowering – L.T. Grade A Collection, Tea Beyond Silver Needle – Organic Silver Needle, Rishi Tea White (Blended/Flavored) – Organic Silver Needle Jasmine, Rishi Tea Yunnan – Dian Hong (Special), PeLi Teas
Iced Tea Category
Black (Flavored) – Organic Fair/Trade Summer Lemon, Rishi Tea Green (Flavored) – TIE: Organic Ambrosia Green Iced Tea, Shangri La Tea Co. and Organic Serene Green Citrus Iced Tea, Sungarden Specialty Tea Herbal (Flavored) – Organic/Fair Trade Tropical Crimson, Rishi Tea Black (Unflavored) – Natural Organic Black Iced Tea, Shangri La Tea Co. Green (Unflavored) – Natural Organic Green Iced Tea, Shangri La Tea Co. Best Value – Walters Bay Black Iced Tea, Walters Bay Freestyle Herbal – Tea in a Jar, Puripan Freestyle Tea – Iron Buddha and the Flower, Barnes & Watson Fine Teas Freestyle Best Presentation –Tea in a Jar, Puripan
Black (Flavored) – Signature Blend, MarketSpice Green (Flavored) – Jasmine Green Tea, ITO EN Green (Sweetened) – Organic Iced Green, Tazo Tea Black (Unflavored) – Anteadote Organic Black Tea, Adagio Tea Green (Unflavored) – Oi Ocha Dark, ITO EN Oolong (Unflavored) – Oolong Shot, ITO EN Best Packaging – Lemon-Raspberry Gourmet, KimBees
For more information you can check out the World Tea Expo website. Otherwise, if you have an opportunity to try one or more of these winning blends, please come back and share your experience – I certainly will!