The Santa Ynez Inn is now offering guests custom-blended teas in silk pyramid bags to complete the Santa Ynez Inn guest experience. Imported from Canada, choices include Earl Grey with Lavender, Breakfast Tea, Monsoon Chai, Long Life Green, Chamomile Blossoms, and Peppermint—all organic world class teas. Think all teas are created equally? The Santa Ynez Inn prides itself in luxury and will not compromise when it comes to its guests’ amenities and comfort.
The Tea Masters over at TeaLeaves are arguably the best in their field and take the art and science of tea very seriously. Below is their story.
About Tea Leaves
To the tea masters, blending is passion in its purest form, strong and intense yet natural and relentless. To blend tea, one must start from basic principles – to have a deep sense of purpose through the connection with the raw ingredients of tea. Blenders have a deep understanding and appreciation of the origin, culture, intricacies and nuances of each varietal. This is not unlike a conductor of a symphony who understands how the different instruments play in harmony to create one enchanting piece. The essence of tea is found in the studied and deliberate moments found in the entirety of the blending process. Born in the early 1900′s, the tea business was an inherent part of our first tea master’s family and cultural traditions. As a young boy, his family moved from one corner of the world to the other. The intrinsic meaning of life that tea held in different cultures fascinated the tea master. Thus began his passion for the tea arts.
His passions were enduring and drove him to find inspirations from around the world for his blends. His pursuit of perfection led him to avoid consistency and reach for creating the finest tea varietals of each year. He looks for complexity, depth and balance in each cup, appreciating the nuances and delights each harvest has to offer.
Today, our team of tea masters create unique blends that instantly stand out from traditional blends – centuries old. Some describe our blenders as eccentric; others describe them as uncompromising visionaries. Their blending philosophy is simple – allow the radiance and purity of each element to shine and intertwine in anarchic harmony. The philosophy of tea is slow and intentional: do not seek but be open to inspiration from art and beauty in everyday life.