All tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant.
There are 6 types of tea.
- Picking: Only in spring, often only buds
- Processing: Natural withering & drying
- Flavour Profile: Creates a delicate flavour with honey apricot notes
- From: Mainly from China, some in Sri Lanka and India
- Other Info: Closest to the natural state
- Picking: Picked throughout the year, best picking is 2 leaf to a bud
- Processing: Withering, shaping & drying
- Flavour Profile: Creates a vegetal flavour with sweet after taste
- From: Mainly from China & Japan, some in Sri Lanka and India
- Picking: Picked as young leaves and buds
- Processing: Natural withering & drying Additional “yellowing” by wrapping tea leaves with very light oxidation
- Flavour Profile: Creates a soft non-vegetal mellow flavour
- From: Grown & produced only in China
- Picking: Picked throughout the year, 3 leaves and a bud
- Processing: Withering, rolling, shapping, oxidizing, drying
There are many processing steps. This can be very artistic.
- Flavour Profile: Creates bright and refreshing flavour either with floral or toasty notes
- From: Grown & produced in China and Taiwan
- Picking: Picked throughout the year, best picking is 2 leaves and a bud
- Processing: Withering, rolling or cutting, oxidizing, drying, sorting
- Flavour Profile: Creates a mellow full flavour, often with malty or oaky notes
- From: Mainly from China, India, Sri Lanka & the African Continent
- Picking: Aged tea (improves over time)
- Processing: Similar to Green/Black then allowed to age and ferment
- Flavour Profile: Creates an earthy musky flavour
- From: Grown & produced only in Yunnan province of China
- Other: Can be left loose or be compressed into discs or bricks
Tea Girl Tea’s
Locally Flavoured and Blended:
Unlike other tea stores that purchase pre-flavoured and blended teas, at The Tea Girl we are are working towards 100% custom blended and flavoured teas. We source the best quality natural teas, and use our own flavours to create unique ‘tea girl’ blends as well as a few custom blends for our wholesale customers!
Our tea is available for sale by weight starting at 50 g up to 500 g. At 250 g we offer 10% savings and at 500 g we offer 25% savings. All of our tea can be re-infused with water a 2nd time in one sitting, which doubles the value of your loose tea. Some types of tea, such as oolong, re-infuse 4-5 times, so be sure to get the most of your tea.
Allergies or other sensitivities:
Tea: As we convert all our selection to our own house flavoured teas, we are able to keep our teas free from all major allergens and sensitivities (dairy, soy, wheat, nuts). In addition to our new flavours being allergen free, we also do not add in any sweeteners, nuts, wheat, soy or milk products to our house made tea products. We hope this allows more customers to enjoy all our new selections!
Some teas still do contain nuts, wheat and dairy, so do make sure to check before ordering. We do blend with numerous fruit, flowers and spices, with all ingredients listed online and on our labelling.
Online Tea Specialists!
We offer all of our teas that we used serve in store on our website here. We are continually working on our selection and e-commerce site to give you the selection and convenience you might need in your day. We offer $5 flat rate shipping to Edmonton, as well as free shipping over $75. We have great pictures of each tea a profiles for all our teas. You can also sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop of the latest online coupons or sales! Newsletter sign up
Follow these tips to enjoy a perfect hot cup of tea.
- Use 1 teaspoon of loose tea per cup
- Use fresh filtered water
If possible, use fresh spring water. When a spring source is not available an acceptable alternative is filtered water.
Stale or reboiled water has less oxygen to assist with infusing the tea. As well, heated chlorine can be quite strong and will alter the taste of your tea.
- Use appropriate temperature water
For green and white tea: 160°F/71°C
For all others: boiling
If water is too hot for green tea, the flavor becomes unbalanced—it tastes bitter or stringent.
Follow these steps to enjoy a refreshing cup of iced tea.
To make a cup of hot brewed iced tea:
Steep 1 teaspoon of loose tea in 4 oz of boiling water for 3 – 5 minutes
Sweeten to taste with sugar or liquid sugar
Pour over 8 oz of ice
To make a cup of cold-steeped “sun” tea:
Steep 1 teaspoon of loose tea in 8 oz of cold water
Let the cold tea sit overnight
Sweeten to taste with sugar or liquid sugar
Monthly Tea Sampler
We have begun offering a monthly tea sampler where you get 5 new tea samples mailed out to your door! Your monthly samples will be on rotation, and may include any of our tea or infusion selections. Please let us know if you have any special requests. Each sample contains enough for 2 cups of each flavour, or one small pot. Great for a gift or to try new teas yourself!
Subscription tea samplers will be shipped out the first week of each month.
Priced at $15 per month, includes free shipping in Canada, and only ships within Canada. Can be cancelled anytime. No refunds once samples are shipped for the month.