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I Visited High Garden Tea and Here’s What I Discovered

The High Garden Woodland Tea House and Sipping Apothecary is located in Nashville, Tennessee. I discovered them while googling for a local foraging group to enhance my herbal studies. Their delightful logo and website is woodsy and folksy – so I just had to go and check them out.

The World of High Garden Tea

With a quaint shopfront situated on the aptly named Woodland Street, I noticed the clientele coming and going, looking very much like a group of discerning tea sippers and lovers of all things organic and wholesome.

There is a long, elevated herb garden in front of the door with a few lovely specimens growing. Down the side of the building are tables and chairs for those who prefer to sip their teas al fresco and once you walk through the front door you realize that you’ve walked into an herbal paradise.

Complete with floor to ceiling shelves loaded with organic, wild-crafted and hand-blended teas, herbs, spices, infusions, tinctures and everything in between, it would take hours to feast your senses on their mindfully produced and packaged wares.

The various aromas that hint at quality botanicals morph as you pass by each section. The rows of black teas are impressive, sold by weight in simple brown bags, stamped with their artful logo. Varieties include:

  • Yunnan Black Gold
  • Lapsang Souchong
  • Earl Grey
  • Linden Flower
  • Golden Monkey
  • Ruby Black
  • Russian Caravan
  • Bonfire Black Chai

A stroll around their store makes you feel like you’ve wandered into a secret forest, as there’s many herbs and trinkets hanging from the beams along with branches, trees and woodwork that decorate this wonderful space and throughout the various rooms, which include many lovely spots to sit and enjoy your tea.

A Great Place for Tea in Nashville

This company prides itself on offering simple organic teas, herbs and spices that are naturally grown and/or responsibly wild-crafted. All the infusions they provide are created with knowledge gained from years of studying and love for the craft.

They are also serious about conservation and have a deep respect for nature. With varieties such as Oolong, Pu-erh and White teas that include Jasmine Silver Needle and Bai Mudan (White Peony from China) they also have a great selection of green teas and blends like:

  • Gyokuro Super Premium
  • Matcha Premium Organic (Ceremonial Grade)
  • Sencha of the Wind
  • Hojicha Gold
  • Gunpowder, Top Grade
  • Classic Moroccan {in house blend}
  • Jasmine Downy Pearls

They have a wide range of loose-leaf teas and herbal blends in tea bags. I bought loose-leaf Lapsang Souchong and Russian Caravan, as well as three herbal blends – Cleanse, Dreams and Sinus Soothe, which are profiled further down.

The High Garden Woodland Teahouse and Potion Parlor

This company has a lovely motto: “Two hands prepare this tea for two hands to hold this tea” and what’s unique about this teahouse is that they offer so much more than tea.

There are tinctures, potions and elixirs as well as a Kombucha bar serving tasty and quality beverages on tap that are good for your body and soul.

I tried the Raven’s Sun Kombucha blend which is made with carrot, lemon and orange juice, bell pepper and lemongrass. It was refreshing, delicious and had my stomach gurgling all the way home – which is what it’s supposed to do. Suffice it to say, I was cleansed in the most delightful way.

Along with hand-made Kefir, botanical brews and oxymel potions (made from herbal-infused honeys that have been blended with vinegars to create a syrup) High Garden Tea offer so many ways to get healthy while enjoying tasty beverages crafted from high-quality ingredients.

You can get a cup or pot of tea to go or to stay, while you check out many more products to take home with you. There are also special nooks and crannies stuffed with playful decorations and unique motifs where you can explore their wares.

What Makes High Garden Tea Special?

Owners Leah and Joel have created a wonderful space for those who appreciate both the simple and fanciful things in life, while maintaining a focus on the natural world and wildlife preservation. There are crystals, figurines, tea wares, beautiful pottery and smudge sticks, but that’s just for starters.

There is no wifi available in this store, as these folks prefer their customers to leave their laptops and tablets at home. Harking back to the good old days, they provide a wide selection of board games and books – striving to create a space where people can disconnect from technology and reconnect with others.

While no food is usually offered, they do have some treats to go with your tea, such as shortbread cookies, chocolates, Miso soup and fermented krauts.

They also sell Strictly Medicinal Seeds, which is one of the best companies for sourcing rare and organic seeds if you want to start your own natural garden.

High Garden Tea like to source some of their botanicals from local growers, although it is a process as they need to make sure that all ingredients stand up to their strict guidelines regarding organic and sustainably-grown produce.

Also offering spices ranging from Anise star to Saigon Cinnamon and Peppercorns to Vanilla beans, this company has so many herbs and ingredients to create your own herbal blends that it’s sure to make your head spin. Here’s just a sampling:

  • Angelica
  • Bee Pollen
  • Damiana
  • Horny Goat Weed
  • Panax Ginseng
  • Sarsaparilla
  • White Ceremonial Sage

If you’re a budding herbalist like me, you can also attend one of their Herbal Intensives at their Joelton farm, where you can learn about foraging and wildcrafting from the experts on a 2 day program.

From making your own tinctures to learning about Appalachian folk herbalism, you can get in touch with your wild side.

High Garden Tea Varieties to Taste

As mentioned previously, there’s so much tea to choose from, so I will definitely be going back for more and will stay longer the next time around. Even though they sell their teas online, it’s a wonderful experience to visit if ever you get the chance. Like me, you won’t want to leave!

Cleanse – Herbal Infusion

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The ingredients include Pau De Arco Bark, Wormwood, Cleavers, Elecampagne, Clove, Ginger and Senna Leaf and it comes in tea bags. I was glad to have it as I was feeling under the weather and this tea actually did lift me up. Gentle and enhanced nicely with honey, it’s a great tea for those who are trying herbal tea for the first time.

Dreams – Herbal Infusion

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This is a strong blend that promotes sleep and it did not disappoint. I was happy that the peppermint was not overpowering like some bedtime blends. Made with Valerian Root, California Poppy, Passionflower, Motherwort, Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, Wild Lettuce and Skullcap, this tea is tasty and relaxing.

Sinus Soothe – Herbal Infusion

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As stated earlier, I was feeling a little poorly and this tea dealt with my stuffy head. Gently minty and flavorful without the need for honey, it includes Marshmallow Root, Yerba Santa, Yarrow, Barberry, Peppermint, Mullein and Olive Leaf. This will definitely be a go-to tea for when I feel stuffy again and I bet it’s great iced.

Lapsang Souchong

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This is an organic black tea from the Fujian Province in China. Famous for its smoky aroma and flavor, it’s not for the faint-hearted. I couldn’t stop sniffing the pack on the way home and found the tea to be intoxicating. The quality was obvious and the leaves swelled up nicely.

I was able to get a 2nd cup out of it, so I can extend what I have, which is good because I only bought an ounce. Next time I’ll make a point of buying a larger bag – it was that delicious.

High Garden Tea has been in operation since 2012 and is a wonderful place to visit if you’re an avid tea lover like me, especially if you appreciate the natural world, organic products and sustainability.

Also offering herbalist kits and gift certificates, you’re sure to find your next favorite cuppa at this conderful shop.

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