The North American Tea Championship (NATC) – the only independent and professionally-judged tea competition in North America – has named the 22 best, premium hot teas from the fall 2013 harvest.
The teas will be honored at the North American Tea Championship Winners Tasting Circle at the World Tea Expo, set for May 29 through 31, 2014, at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach, California.
The evaluation was held February 20 and 21, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and all of the winning teas are commercially available in the marketplace.
Companies that took home first-place awards include: Black Tusk Trading; Florapharm Tea; Garden to Cup Organics Ltd.; International Tea Importers, Mountain Tea; Naivetea; Octavia Tea; QTrade Teas & Herbs; Sipping Streams Tea Company; TeaSource, LLC; Tea Xotics, LLC, and Walters Bay.
Garden to Cup Organics led the Championship with the most wins, including four first-place honors, four second place wins and a third place recognition. This new player, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is a wholesale supplier of ethically sourced, loose-leaf organic teas.
All NATC tea submissions were evaluated blind and through organoleptic analysis of the following characteristics: dry leaf, brewed color, brewed aroma, brewed flavor, brewed mouth-feel and brewed harmony. An overall numerical value on a 100-point scale was then calculated based on the ratings of each characteristic. Winners were determined by rank.
The next North American Tea Championship will be held in April 2014 for an evaluation of iced teas.