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USA – From Assam to Oolong, North American Tea Championship names the 16 best hot teas

LAS VEGAS – The North American Tea Championship (NATC) – the only independent and professionally-judged tea competition in North America – named the 16 best, premium hot teas from the fall 2014 harvest.

The evaluation was held Feb. 26-27 in Las Vegas, Nev., and all of the high-quality winning teas are commercially available in the marketplace. Visit teachampionship.com.

Companies that took home an esteemed first-place award include: The Tea Kings; Glenburn Tea Direct; Mountain Tea Company; Garden to Cup Organics; Nepali Tea Traders; Chico Chai; Florapharm Tea-USA LP; and La Creme Coffee & Tea.

A complete list of first, second and third-place winners of the North American Tea Championship is available at teachampionship.com.

North American Tea Championship first-place winners include:

(Company/Website, Name of the Winning Tea, Category)

  • The Tea Kings (theteakings.com) Traditional Coal Fired Tieguanyin Wulong, Aged/Baked Oolong
  • Glenburn Tea Direct (GlenburnTeaDirect.com), Khongea Assam Goldent Tips GFBOP, Assam
  • Mountain Tea Company (mountaintea.com), Oriental Beauty Limited Edition, Bai Hao/Oriental Beauty
  • Garden to Cup Organics (gardentocup.com), Quatrain Breakfast Blend, Breakfast Blend
  • Garden to Cup Organics (gardentocup.com), Black Rose Garden, Blended Black Tea with Other Botanicals
  • Nepali Tea Traders (NepaliTeaTraders.com), Himalayan Golden, Black Tea
  • Chico Chai (chicochaitea.com), Original Chico Chai, Chai
  • Glenburn Tea Direct (GlenburnTeaDirect.com), Khongea Assam CTC, Black Tea-CTC
  • Florapharm Tea-USA LP (florapharmteausa.com), Organic Junpana Wonder Muscatel, Darjeeling
  • Garden to Cup Organics (gardentocup.com), Wenshan Baozhong, Dark Oolong Tea
  • Garden to Cup Organics (gardentocup.com), Majestic Earl Grey, Earl Grey
  • Florapharm Tea-USA LP (florapharmteausa.com), Spring Fragrance, Flavored Black Tea
  • La Creme Coffee & Tea (lacremecoffeeandtea.com), Peach Oolong Tea, Flavored Oolong Tea
  • Florapharm Tea-USA LP (florapharmteausa.com), Desert Blossom, Flavored Rooibos Tea
  • Garden to Cup Organics (gardentocup.com), Moonlight Jasmine, Green Jasmine Open Leaf
  • Garden to Cup Organics (gardentocup.com), Orchid Oolong, Green Oolong Tea

Honorees will be featured at the North American Tea Championship Winners Tasting Circle at World Tea Expo (WorldTeaExpo.com), May 6 – 8, 2015 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif.

The next North American Tea Championship will be held in June 2015 for an evaluation of iced teas.