We recently traveled to Hunstville, Alabama and had the chance to visit Lowe Mill, a 1900s textile mill that has been converted to house over 200 makers, shops, restaurants and art galleries. One of the places we fell in love with was the family run tea company, Piper and Leaf. Although tea has been a part of southern history since the late 1800s, it’s normally thought of as a big grocery store brand tea bags and a day’s wages of sugar. Piper and Leaf go about things a little differently by sourcing as many of the ingredients as possible, “straight from the garden, farm, forest, and briar patch.”
“Our farm to cup process reinvents southern tea. [You can] taste the difference of hand processed local fruits and herbs in our teas.” -Piper and Leaf
You can find a wide variety of hot and iced teas to fit the occasion at their storefronts and online shop, both in loose and sachet forms. They also have subscription so you can always stay stocked up on your favorite blends. We tried the de facto “Front Porch Special” tea blended with local jasmine, spearmint and cornflower and instantly regretted not getting the largest size they sold. It was perfect for sitting out front of their store, overlooking Lowe Mill’s weekend farmer’s market. Another tea that seemed crazy but was mind blowing was their “Old Fashioned Birthday Cake” tea. Ceylon tea leaves blended with vanilla, bergamot, vanilla, cornflowers and lavender gives a subtle birthday cake sweetness while maintaining the classic iced tea flavor.
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Along with their unique tea flavors and gallon growler refills, Piper and Leaf also offer tea bars at weddings and other catered events. They offer consultations to customize the offerings to suit your personal taste, no pun intended. Check out their site to learn more about all of their teas, subscriptions and catering options.