12 August 2010

North American Tea Championship hands out the hardware

Recently UFC 117 took place—so I hear— NFL preseason football has kicked off and the baseball season is starting to enter the homestretch, but none of those competitions compare to the throw down that occurred in Las Vegas, NV at the end of July. Break out the crumpets because we are going to recap the 2010 North American Tea Championship.

More than 200 teas within 15 spring leaf categories entered the Championship, the only independent and professionally judged tea competition in North America, to determine the highest quality and best tasting teas commercially available in the marketplace. The teas hailed from a variety of exotic locales including China, India, Japan, South Korea and Sri Lanka.

And without further ado here are your 2010 North American Tea Champions:

First place "Signature Famous Teas" include:
• Ceylon category – Qtrade Teas & Herbs, New Vithanakande Supreme, Sri Lanka
• Dragonwell category – Ecrossland, Inc., Dayang Dragon Well, Zhejiang Province, China
• Sencha category – ITO EN, Okumidori Sencha, Japan
• Darjeeling category – Qtrade Teas & Herbs, Jungpana 2nd Flush, India
• Matcha category – Rishi Tea, Rishi Matcha, Japan

First place "General Category Teas" include:
• Blended Green Tea – Rishi Tea, Super Green
• Blended White Tea – Qtrade Teas & Herbs, Organic & Fair Trade Silver Serenity
• Flavored Green Tea – La Creme Coffee & Tea, Peach Ginger Detox Tea
• Flavored White Tea – Teas Etc., Pear Spice White
• Puer Tea – Rishi Tea, Shu Pu-erh Classic, China
• Unflavored Herbal Blends – Dilmah Tea/Unity Brands Group LLC, Dilmah Pure Chamomile Flowers
• Blended Green Tea / Genmaicha – Rishi Tea, Genmai Matcha
• Flavored Fruit Blends – TeaGschwendner Inc., #1452 Rose Mundi
• Flavored Herbal Blends – TEAMOTIONS, Tea Restfully
• Pan-Fired Green Tea – Qtrade Teas & Herbs, Tunxi Green Tea, China
• Steamed Green Tea – Rishi Tea, Gyokuro Secret Garden, Japan
• White Tea – Qtrade Teas & Herbs, Organic & Fair Trade Silver Needle Supreme

"This is the first year we separated the competition from the World Tea Expo and opened it up to all companies in North America that sell tea, said Kim Jage, executive vice president of World Tea Media, producers of the North American Tea Championship. As a result, while there were many well-known and respected tea companies that took first place, there were also many pleasant surprises. We saw less familiar and up-and-coming tea retailers stand out with premium teas, winning first, second and third place honors."

A special congratulations goes out to Rishi Tea who sponsored a giveaway on TDIV just one week ago. Great job taking home the golden leaf—I actually made that up, was a trophy involved because all great tournaments need a trophy.

For a complete list, including second place finishers, click here.

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