Charleston Tea Plantation Bottled Teas
What is it?
CharlestonTeaPlantation has launched a line of bottled, chilled “RTD” (ready-to-drink) teas.
Charleston Tea Plantation teas are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides.
The five tea flavors are: Sweet Tea, Green Tea, Green Tea with Mango, Lemon Tea, Peach Tea.
What’s the story?
CharlestonTeaPlantation is located on historic Wadmalaw Island, whose history dates back to 1666.
Its climate, rainfall and soil make it an ideal spot to grow Camellia Sinensis, the tea plant. Charleston Tea Plantation tea is the only brand of tea in the world that is made from 100 percent American-grown tea.
The plantation was established with plants grown by Dr. Charles Shepard (1888) and transplanted from his farm, Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville and cultivated at the Charleston Tea Plantation in 1963.
The plantation was purchased by the Bigelow Tea Company in 2003. Eunice and David Bigelow and local partner William Barclay Hall continue to cultivate tea plants there.
What’s the price?
$2 for 16-ounce bottle
Who’s selling it?
Charleston Tea Plantation, Wadmalaw Island 843-559-0383
Antiques and Artisans – Summerville
Bert’s Market – Folly Beach
Boone Hall Market – Mount Pleasant
Whole Foods – Mount Pleasant
Harris Teeter – multiple locations
Five and Dime – Charleston
Lowcountry Olive Oil – Charleston
Muddy Waters – Charleston
Historic Charleston Foundation
Kudzu – downtown
Mozzo – Mount Pleasant
Seewee Outpost – Awendaw
Call first if you are looking for a particular flavor.
What’s the flavor?
The bottled teas are all made from plantation-harvested long-leaf tea leaves, bringing new meaning to farm-to-fresh flavor in a bottle.
The rich flavor of the tea predominates due to the size of the leaves and whole-leaf brewing process.
Tannin levels are low and the sweetened teas are not overly sweet.
— Deidre Schipani