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MEMBER NEWS: Global Tea Championship Names the Winners of Its 2018 Fall Hot Loose Leaf Tea Competition

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The Global Tea Championship (GTC) named 42 medalists during its 2018 Fall Hot Loose Leaf Competition, which took place in Boulder, Colo. on March 24. Entrants from seven countries submitted 147 teas in 27 categories, and three GTC judges tasted and evaluated the teas to declare winners. The Global Tea Championship is an independent competition that evaluates and distinguishes the highest quality and best tasting specialty teas.

All Global Tea Championship winners will be featured in an upcoming Global Tea Buyers Guide. In addition, all winners will have the opportunity to showcase their winning teas at World Tea Expo 2018 in the GTC Winners' Tasting Circle (if they are exhibiting or attending the show). They'll also have a chance to win a People's Tea Choice Award, as voted upon by World Tea Expo attendees. World Tea Expo takes place June 12 - 14, 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (with a pre-conference program June 10 - 11). See

To learn more about the Global Tea Championship, upcoming evaluations and how to enter, visit or e-mail

Winners of the Global Tea Championship 2018 Fall Hot Loose Leaf Tea Evaluation Include:
Bronze: Vahdam Teas Private Limited, Assam Gold Second Flush Black Tea
Black Tea (Machine, CTC)
Bronze: Kai Organic Tea, Texas Iced Tea
Black Tea (Orthodox)
Silver: Glenworth Tea Estate, Orange Twist
Bronze: Garden to Cup Organics, Anhui Imperial Private Reserve
Blended Black
Silver: The Milana Company, The Queen's Royal Blend
Blended Oolong
Bronze: Old Village Puer Pte. Ltd., Woken Dragon
Blended Puerh/Dark
Bronze: Old Village Puer Pte. Ltd., Imperial Treasure
Dark Tea
Bronze: Garden to Cup Organics, Lu'an Private Reserve
Earl Grey Black
Gold: Florapharm Tea USA, Bergamot
Silver: Garden to Cup Organics, Majestic Earl Grey
Bronze: Firsd Tea North America, Earl Grey
Flavored Black
Silver: CitizenTea-Smores
Bronze: Florapharm Tea USA, Mango Moringa Natural
Flavored Decaf
Silver: Dethlefsen & Balk Inc., Lemon/Pineapple
Bronze: Florapharm Tea USA, Decaffeinated Earl Grey Natural
Flavored Oolong
Bronze: Garden to Cup Organics, Spring Garden Oolong
Flavored Puerh/Dark
Bronze: Teas Etc. Inc., Butter Pecan Pu-erh
Ginseng Oolong
Bronze: Dethlefsen & Balk Inc., Lan Gui Ren - Ginseng Oolong

Jasmine Green (Open Leaf)
Silver: Meimei Fine Teas, King Jasmine Green Tea
Bronze: Garden to Cup Organics, Moonlight Jasmine
Moroccan Mint
Gold: Newby Teas, Moroccan Mint Heritage Collection
Silver: Florapharm Tea USA, Organic Pu-Erh China "Palace Pu-Erh"
Bronze: Wild Yunnan Tea, Wild Ancient Shu Puerh
Unique Open Class
Gold: Garden to Cup Organics, Lapsang Souchong Bespoke
Gold: Glenburn Tea Direct, Khongea Assam Silver Needles
Silver: Newby Teas, White Jasmine Special
Silver: Lumbini Tea Valley, Manjary
Silver: Lumbini Tea Valley, Tipsy Eve
Silver: Florapharm Tea USA, Organic Black Japan Wakoucha
Silver: Lumbini Tea Valley, Sinharaja Wiry Tips
Silver: Garden to Cup Organics, Cameron Valley Private Reserve
Bronze: Lumbini Tea Valley, Silver Needles
Bronze: TEKO ehf, Birki Blend
Bronze: Bitaco Unique Colombian Tea, Colombian Black Tea
Bronze: Walters Bay, Golden Rings
Bronze: TeaGschwender, New Zealong Black Tea
Bronze: Old Village Puer Pte. Ltd., Fresh Fusion
Bronze: Vahdam Teas Private Limited, Smoky Assam Souchong Black Tea

Silver: TeaVivre, Yu Nan Dian Hong Black Tea-Golden Tip
Bronze: Garden to Cup Organics, Yunnan Golden Monkey
Judge's Choice
Vahdam Teas Private Limited, Earl Grey Masala Chai Tea
The Milana Company, The Royal Emperor's Chai

Scott Svihula, founder of Orlando, Fla.-based Hula Consulting, an independent tea consultancy, and one of the GTC evaluators, said, "Congrats to all of the medal winners. Your teas were well deserving of the medal and you should be proud."

Other GTC judges for this evaluation included: Suzette Hammond, tea trainer, teacher and program consultant, Being Tea, and Aaron Vick, senior tea buyer at The G.S. Haly Co.  Also, Wilbur Curtis was the water boiler sponsor.

The next Global Tea Championship will take place in May for the Iced Tea Competition. To learn more about the Global Tea Championship, visit

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