A large majority of my blends were inspired by my hometown and the surrounding wilderness — The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. Growing up in such a beautiful place is responsible for a large part of who I am. I am a biologist, naturalist, and wanderer. I have had interactions with nature in Michigan that most people would brush off as a lie. I have pet a wild fox, helped a bobcat up a tree, shared salmon with the river otters, and sat in silence, stunned by the ethereal cry of a wolf. These moments changed me and these moments inspired me. Whispering Pines Tea Company was originally founded as a way to share my inspiration and has grown to become so much more than that. My teas bring me home when I need to find peace and they give me energy when I need to move forward. In the first two years of the Whispering Pines journey, I have learned more about myself and more about nature than I could have ever imagined.
Whispering Pines spent the first many years of its journey based in Arizona, but in June of 2015, I made the journey home. I live in Traverse City, just 45 minutes from The Sleeping Bear Dunes — my home, the place that inspired the creation of Whispering Pines Tea Company. Here in this beautiful land, I indulge in nature daily, and am excited to continue growing my tea blending and sourcing skills as well as sharing my memories and inspiration with you.
To keep that purity, I vowed to use only pure ingredients. There are absolutely zero additives in my teas. There are no natural or artificial flavors other than the oils in my Essence Collection (Earl Grey's, etc). Because of this, I am able to guarantee that every tea I sell contains ingredients that are naturally vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and free of countless chemicals found in the added flavorings of most tea on the market.
My goal is to bring you one step closer to nature. Everything that can be done by hand is done by hand, from the careful process of slow-roasting and wildcrafting to hand blending and hand-stamping our packages.
With pure ingredients from all corners of the world, you can count on Whispering Pines to bring the purest form of tea to your cup.
From the Pines with Pride,
Owner and Tea Mixologist