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The Best Teas to Sip in Springtime

By Liz Petoniak / Photograph by Michael Fornataro

For us, tea is a year-round necessity, and our tins rotate with the seasons. We’re reaching for lighter varieties right about now, marked by floral notes reminiscent of the budding blooms around us. Fortunately, Gryphon’s Tea — our go-to purveyor and blender of tea, herbs, and spices — has our fix. We stopped in to the shop, nestled in Lawrenceville’s bustling Butler Street, to chat with owner Gryphon Saldin, who offered his top tea suggestions for sipping as the weather warms up.

Gryphon’s Tea, 4127 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.877.4223.

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  • Gryphon recently reformulated his Lemon Tisane, $2.70/oz, with green rooibos. “Flavor wise, it has a lemony, aromatic taste, not tart like citrus can be,” he says. We think it’s the perfect sip to the start of a bright day.
  • The organic Cherry Rose Sencha, $2.50/oz, is one of Gryphon’s newest blends, combining sencha-style green tea, schisandra berries, rose petals, and natural flavors for a “beautiful balance of fruity and floral, that’s not overwhelmingly powerful.”
  • Gryphon refers to the Imperial Ti Kwon Yin, $3.60/oz, as a “very nice, straight forward oolong.” We enjoy this traditional Chinese tea for its balance of green, woodsy, and sweet flavors.
  • A blend of chamomile, lemongrass, lavender, rose petals, spearmint, peppermint, and stevia makes up the entirely organic Quiet Shire, $2.25/oz. The refreshing (and pretty!) floral tea possesses calming and relaxing qualities, making it an ideal refreshment for winding down at the end of a long day.

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