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Tumblewood Teas is the name of the tea company in Big Timber, Montana, founded and run by Riza Gilpin & Laurie Rennie. But what does the name mean? Channel John Wayne’s voice here — I reckon the gals wanted somethin’ western, like tumbleweed and Deadwood.
The reason for a western-sounding name is not solely because Tumblewood is based in a small agricultural town on the banks of the Yellowstone River, but because Gilpin and Rennie are in defense of tea, a product of the Far East, as a western drink. With their high-quality product, workshops, savvy branding and persistence the women are generating a tea revolution. It has nothing to do with the political movement; it is a transformation of our appetites and mindset.