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Tea at This House of Books

Tea is available from This House of Books, your member-owned, independent bookstore & tea shop in downtown Billings, Montana

 

In addition to books and games, tea has been part of our business plan from the beginning. Why tea? Look around: there are coffee shops on every corner but there are few dedicated tea shops in town. For us, tea is sold strictly as a luxury beverage. Of the luxuries in life, tea is among the most affordable. How many other world-class food or beverage items can you purchase in satisfying quantities for just a few dollars?

Currently, we are unable to sell tea online, but we are happy to take your order via telephone (406-534-1133) or email. We will prepare your order so it is ready for you to pick up using our convenient curb-side pick up. If you live within Billings, we will even drop it off to your front door.

Our tea blender is Gustavo Belotta, who has a genius for coming up with beverages people like. Some blends are custom made for special events, some are available only for a season or for a month, and a few enter the menu as year-round favorites. The menu changes constantly. Currently, we feature approximately 100 different teas, tea blends, and tisanes. We sell straight tea and we sell flavored tea.

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Tea Selection

As mentioned above, we aren't set up yet to sell bulk tea online, but we can take your order over the phone!

Note: Although we endeavor to have all of these in stock, availability is sometimes subject to the vagaries of weather and tariff policies!

 

Popular Blends

Jane Austen          15¢/g

A luxurious chamomile for the social elite, this blend features rose petals and hips, accompanied by honey bee pollen. Decadent! (caffeine-free)

Lizzy Bennet          15¢/g

Like its namesake, this blend of lavender, vanilla, and Earl Grey is sophisticated but unpretentious, both delicate and strong. The pride of your cabinet!

Raspberry Cordial       16¢/g

“I love bright red drinks, don’t you? They taste twice as good as any other color,” said Anne of Green Gables. This green tea turns bright red as it brews and will delight you with the flavor of wild raspberries and hibiscus.

Mad Apples      10¢/g

“We’re all quite mad here.” This blend of black tea, apple pieces and caramel rooibos was inspired by the Mad Hatter and has fit in so well we’ve kept making it. Try it and discover how impossibly good it is!

Root Beer Float         10¢/g

A creamy root beer float flavored tea? Hard to believe, impossible to put down. Red rooibos, sassafras and vanilla make this a soda fountain treat any time, day or night. (caffeine-free)

Gaucho Chai      11¢/g

South America meets India in this best of both worlds blend of roasted mate, vanilla, and masala spices. Unexpected but just right!

 

Chai Blends

Cider House Chai        10¢/g

Perfect for warming the heart in any weather, this masala chai is loaded with the flavors of spiced apple cider. Smooth, rich, & delicious.

House Masala Chai      10¢/g

A very traditional masala chai, this house blend with Khongea Assam is spiced but not spicy, smooth & rich.

Star of India      13¢/g

A lovely blend of English and Indian flavors, this Earl Grey masala chai will pleasantly surprise your senses!

Zarathustra       14¢/g

A unique blend of peppermint, cinnamon, pu-erh, and vanilla bridging masala spices, marrying them into a warm and hearty brew.

Gaucho Chai      11¢/g

South America meets India in this best of both worlds blend of roasted mate, vanilla, and masala spices. Unexpected but just right!

 

Early Grey Blends

House Greyjoy       15¢/g

A regal tea for sipping from your Seastone Chair, or any other throne you may be conquering today. This traditional and simple black tea is scented with bergamot and strong citrus notes.

Mr Darcy        10¢/g

A traditional cream Earl Grey, this vanilla-infused blend would satisfy the most demanding of suitors without prejudice.

Lizzy Bennet          15¢/g

Like its namesake, this blend of lavender, vanilla, and Earl Grey is sophisticated but unpretentious, both delicate and strong. The pride of your cabinet!

Zane Grey           13¢/g

Sage, peppermint, bergamot, and Earl Grey make this blend the most adventurous tea you’re likely to experience. Excellent iced, too!

Blackadder           11¢/g

This smoked Earl Grey may seem villainous at first, but you’ll soon notice the creamy vanilla undertones and realize it’s just the right amount of dark. A tea to enjoy for many generations!

 

Black Tea Blends

Blue Lady      10¢/g

A Tasty tropical melange combining passion fruit, grapefruit, orange and grenadine flavor. Simply exquisite as an iced tea.

June Rebellion     10¢/g

Smooth, silky black tea wraps around French raspberries and French vanilla, sure to leave an impression, 24601.

Crusader Cupcake         14¢/g

A bold blend of high elevation pure Ceylon black tea, Lemon Myrtle leaves from Australia, lemon peel and smooth vanilla, it’s like cake in a cup!

Mandorla Glow     12¢/g

Toasted almonds and black tea make for a perfectly enticing blend. Try it as a latte!

Cherry Caramel      10¢/g

A lovely desert tea, tart cherries and creamy caramel co-mingle decadently in a vanilla black tea base.

Mad Apples      10¢/g

“We’re all quite mad here.” This blend of black tea, apple pieces and caramel rooibos was inspired by the Mad Hatter and has fit in so well we’ve kept making it. Try it and discover how impossibly good it is!

Monkey Tail            10¢/g

Malty assam black tea, cocoa nibs, and banana pieces recreate that carnival snack, chocolate dipped bananas, as a delicious tea Excellent as a latte!

Calavera            10¢/g

Black tea, vanilla extract, and actual vanilla pieces make this one of the smoothest and most flavorful teas you’ll try all day!

Wildfire         11¢/g

It’s an Autumn forest fire in your mouth! Black tea, a touch of lapsang for smoke, orange, cloves, cocoa nibs and just a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for a hint of heat. Bracing and delicious!

Spiced Peach      10¢/g

Peach pieces, star anise, clove, cinnamon, ginger and orange peel make this a wonderfully complex and delicious black tea you’ll want to treat yourself to again and again.

Captain Jack    12¢/g

If the creamy coconut notes don’t remind you of the Caribbean Sea, the rich rum flavor certainly will! A strong breakfast tea with plenty of complexity. Drink up me hearties yo ho!

Ceylon Cinnamon     10¢/g

Highgrown Ceylon black tea is combined expertly and deftly with aromatic Ceylon cinnamon to create a tea that works equally well as a hot drink as it does as a cold one.

 

Yerba/Holly Blends (yerba is a caffeinated herb)

Green Yerba Mate       10¢/g

High in caffeine, this earthy tea is the beverage of choice for South and Central America. Excellent straight or as a latte, hot or cold. It’s a truly versatile concoction!

Roasted Yerba Mate         10¢/g

Full bodied and smooth, the roasted character imparts a coffee-like nutty flavor while greatly reducing the caffeine content. Perfect for a morning start or an evening finish.

Guayusa        14¢/g

Smooth, earthy, and sweet, this magical herb from Ecuador has as much caffeine as coffee and twice the antioxidants of green tea.

CreativiTea       11¢/g

Green yerba mate, guayusa, and ginkgo biloba combine with honeybush, orange, and ginger. Stimulate the artist and philosopher in you with this delicious brew!

Lime Zinger        10¢/g

Energizing and refreshing, this lime and hibiscus yerba mate blend will perk up your taste buds and your senses.

Gauchito Gil       11¢/g

An Argentine folk legend who was said to have healed the dying son of his executioner from beyond the grave, this spearmint yerba mate will energize and revitalize. No, it’s not a miracle, just a delicious beverage.

Shakespeare         10¢/g

If we shadows have offended, drink but this and all is mended. Rich, dark, and sweet, this tea is luscious caramel blended with roasted mate and black walnut for a nutty and robust coffee-like flavor.

Yerba Huckleberry         10¢/g

Made with roasted yerba mate out of Argentina and blended with Montana huckleberries and plenty of cinnamon, this bend is sure to satisfy.

Tart & Tangy Restorative Tonic       10¢/g

Green yerba mate is right at home with lemon and ginger to produce a refreshing and uplifting blend. Excellent iced!

Bounty Hunter        10¢/g

A seamless blend of green yerba mate and papaya, this boldly flavored thirst quencher can promise “no disintegrations.”

 

Rooibos and Herbal Blends (caffeine-free)

Montana Gold      10¢/g

Our best selling tisane, this Missoula blend features a red rooibos base with strong cinnamon and orange notes, and a hint of cloves. Excellent hot or iced.

Vanilla Bush       10¢/g

This rich French vanilla flavored South African rooibos is smooth and full of character.

Caramellow        10¢/g

Red rooibos is blended with caramel cubes for a sweet, rich embrace. The aroma is incredible and the taste will soothe your dessert cravings.

Winter Palace    10¢/g

The sweet and nutty flavor of marzipan compliments the richness of a red roobios in this decadent herbal blend. Brilliant as a latte.

Sassafras Bush    10¢/g

A taste of the old West. This tea fully captures the flavor of a traditional sarsaparrila with herbal rooibos.

Root Beer Float      10¢/g

A creamy root beer float flavored tea? Hard to believe, impossible to put down. Red rooibos, sassafras and vanilla make this a soda fountain treat any time, day or night.

Blueberry Hill        17¢/g

Rich red rooibos and bountiful blueberries blend to create a captivating concoction that will surprise your senses, just like Sal and the little bear!

Huckleberry Bush         10¢/g

Our herbal huckleberry rooibos blend is smooth, sweet, and bursting with huckleberry goodness.

Prufrock       12¢/g

Do you dare to eat a peach? How about drink a delicious herbal red rooibos peach blend? Don’t be a Prufrock, embrace life and enjoy this full-bodied fruity tisane.

Orange Crush      10¢/g

The sweet tartness of Florida oranges flavors this robust red rooibos, ready to roll hot or cold.

Skyfire        10¢/g

Rich in color and flavor, this blood orange red rooibos is the perfect blend of tart and sweet. Like an amazing sunrise or sunset on your taste buds, this blend can start your day out bright or wind it down.

Northern Lights           10¢/g

Speaking of brightly colored skies, this green rooibos with wintergreen is as beautiful as it is refreshing, and tastes exactly like green swirling lights on a starry night!

William Tell            10¢/g

Who can forget the legend of William Tell, ordered to shoot an apple off his own son’s head for failing to bow to a hat on a pole. Anyway, this tangy and tasty sour apple and hibiscus blend is right on target.

Charity Ames         10¢/g

Charity Ames (Cherry for short) is a job-hopping mystery-solving nurse who travels about fixing problems and capturing criminals. With 27 novels from 1948-63, she’s just the obscure literary reference we needed for a sweet, rich, cherry flavored tisane!

Madame Tallien         10¢/g

 Madame Tallien was one of the leaders of Parisian social life in the 1790s andwas said to bathe in strawberry juice to keep her youthful looks.  This blend of fruit and herbs is refreshing strawberry, tart and a little sweet, and could possibly keep you looking young. What’s not to love?

Sugarplum Battledrum             11¢/g

These visions have bite! Strong cinnamon is at the front of this fruity sensation that will dance on your tongue like a fresh baked pie.

Riptide         15¢/g

Intense and primordial in its power, this herbal blend is bursting with with citrus and hibiscus flavor. Surf’s up!

Death Valley     12¢/g

A flavor like this can only come from the last place you’d expect. This prickly pear, chamomile, and hibiscus blend is more than you knew you wanted, like a diamond in the rough.

Evening in Missoula        10¢/g

This popular herbal tisane blended in Missoula is a gently spiced chamomile with mints, herbs, and spices. It won’t put you to sleep, but it’ll certainly help you wind down.

Madame Bovary        10¢/g

This chamomile blend is perfect for soothing the soul and the digestion. It features peppermint, ginger, and orange in a rooibos base.

Jane Austen       15¢/g

A luxurious chamomile for the social elite, this blend features rose petals and hips, accompanied by honey bee pollen. Decadent!

Strawberry Sunset       10¢/g

A hearty blend of hibiscus, cinnamon, lemongrass and other tantalizing herbs and spices with a rich and enticing strawberry base. Most refreshing iced!

Spring Cleaning         12¢/g

A blend made entirely with ingredients known for their detoxifying properties, we’ve combined papaya leaf, citrus, mint, lemon grass, and various other herbs and spices to start your day out right!

Tropical 13         13¢/g

We took all the detoxifying herbs and spices from the Spring Cleaning and sent them on a tropical vacation with papaya and coconut. 13 ingredients make this a delightful and refreshing blend.

Galvanizer         11¢/g

A bizarre, experimental blend designed to shock and stir even the least lively among us, the ginseng and lemon will revive and energize you with the power of herbs!

Saint Philbert        10¢/g

This hazelnut honeybush combines the mellow, gently roasty flavor of honeybush herbal tea from South Africa with the cozy creaminess of hazelnuts. Nutty and aromatic!

Michelangelo         10¢/g

It doesn’t take a mutagen to combine rich orange and sweet honeybush together into a delicious combination of action-packed flavors! Cowabunga!

Duchess        10¢/g

Mouth-watering apricot combines with the sweet notes of South African honeybush to create a flavorful concoction fit for royalty.

 

White Tea

Shou Mei     10¢/g

A Traditional Shou Mei white tea out of China. A bit stronger than a traditional white, this is sure to satisfy white tea fans and newcomers alike.

White Peony     10¢/g

A light and elegant tea, this standard Chinese bai mu dan is a safe pick for those used to a traditional white.

Lemonberry Refresh     10¢/g

Our shou mei white tea is blended with strawberries, lemon peel,  lemon grass, and rose hips for a light but refreshing experience. Excellent iced!

Island Breeze     11¢/g

A delightful blend of white tea and coconut that will have your taste buds feeling like they’re on vacation on a yacht in the Bahamas, sipping a coconut white tea and dreaming about fluffy, creamy clouds.

Momofuku      20¢/g

This Lucky Peach of a tea blends traditional white peony with peach blossoms for the perfect combination of fruity and flowery.

 

Green Tea

Houjicha     12¢/g

More popular here than in Japan, this roasted green tea has a darker and nuttier flavor than its steamed counterparts.

Gunpowder Green     10¢/g

Gunpowder is noted for being rolled into tiny balls, requiring less leaf per cup as it unfurls while it steeps.

Bi Luo Chun     10¢/g

Light and earthy with a smooth, slightly nutty flavor. Its name means Green Snail Spring, but its flavor says Autumn.

Kukicha             13¢/g

This unusual tea contains no leaves, only twigs, that develop a nice chocolaty flavor.

Genmaicha     13¢/g

This former poor man’s tea is now a cult favorite. It takes a strong, steamed green tea and adds toasted rice for a unique and savory flavor.

Bancha        12¢/g

Slightly vegetal with straw notes, this tea is a staple of every Japanese home and is the most popular Japanese tea. Produced from late harvest leaves, bancha is considered an every day tea.

Green Darjeeling      12¢/g

A naturally sweet Green Tea with a bright green infusion. The cup is a light lemon yellow, smooth and buttery on the palate with fresh zesty undertones.

Jasmine Green       10¢/g

A modern take on a traditional jasmine tea using extracts of jasmine to scent the leaves.

Moroccan Mint         10¢/g

Our own variant take on a classic. Pure organic gunpowder green tea combined generously with spearmint and a touch of peppermint make this a refreshing treat.

Raspberry Cordial       16¢/g

“I love bright red drinks, don’t you? They taste twice as good as any other color,” said Anne of Green Gables. This bright red tea will delight you with the flavor of wild raspberries and hibiscus and is sure to leave you wanting more.

Havana     12¢/g

The classic mojito, lime and peppermint, with a fruity pomegranate twist. This green tea will make you go boom chicka boom, boom chicka boom, boom chicka boom!

Sakura     10¢/g

This premium green tea flavored with summer cherries and subtle rose notes will call to mind the aroma of cherry blossoms in a light breeze, fragrant and mouth-watering. Delectable both hot and cold.

San Juan Escape     10¢/g

Pan fired green tea, shredded coconut, and pineapple bits. If you like Piña Coladas, you have the city of San Juan to thank for the delicious concoction. If you want a tropical Escape, this tea is the perfect place to start.

Dragon Song     10¢/g

This tea mixes pomegranate, exotic dragonfruit, white tea, and green tea to bring you the perfect fruity blend.

Lime in da Coconut        10¢/g

A tropical blend that will make you feel better. Green tea blended with lime leaves and unsweetened organic shredded coconut. Ideal iced!

 

Oolong Tea

Jinxuan Jade      20¢/g

This deliciously smooth oolong is prepared in a style known as Jin Xuan, also called jade or milk oolong for its cream and butter notes.

Tieguanyin         12¢/g

Aka Iron Goddess, this tea is named after Guan Yin, Chinese Goddess of Mercy, and is the most popular and recognizable oolong.

Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe)       10¢/g

This dark, rich, and hearty oolong is roasted and over 50% oxidized. Legend has it that the mother of a Ming Dynasty emperor was cured of an illness by a certain tea, and that emperor sent great red robes to clothe the four bushes from which that batch of tea originated. This is that tea.

Kama’s Arrow           11¢/g

Kamadeva, Hindu God of love, is said to have a bow made of sugarcane with a cord of honeybees, and that his arrows are tipped with mango flowers, inflaming the passions of humans and gods alike. This mango oolong will show you what all the excitement is about!

Taj Mahal          10¢/g

Built as the final resting place for Mumtaz Mahal, Empress consort of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it was considered to be a monument of undying love. This luxurious blend of passion fruit, half-fermented oolong, aronia berries, mango cubes, and flower petals is certainly one of the Wonders of the World!

Secret Garden        11¢/g

Rich roasted oolong grows among the lavender and lemongrass in this hidden botanical sanctuary. Rejuvenate your spirits!

 

Pu-erh Tea (Pronounced like "poo" and then "air")

Shu Pu-Erh        18¢/g

This shu pu-erh is notable for its notes of earthy sweetness, hints of cocoa, and a woodsy, aromatic finish. The very best in everyday organic pu'er.

Ishtar          19¢/g

Goddess of war and lovemaking, we feel this blend of strong, fermented Shu Pu-Erh and rich, vibrant ginger complement each other and represent these ideals well. An energizing cup that warms the whole body.

 

Black Tea

Hong CA Java                     18¢/g

The Hong CA is cultivated and produced on the small, private tea plantation in Java. The cup is of a shining copper color and the flavor is expressive and fruity, with a slightly spicy and earthy note and even a hint of vanilla!

Satemwa       10¢/g

Satemway Estate Malawi black tea is perfect for keeping up your energy during the midmorning slump.

Rukeri

Cut, torn, and exquisitely dark, this tea has a full flavor and aroma with a medium body. It comes to us from the Rukeri Estate in Rwanda.

Assam       10¢/g

Assam is known for its smooth and light taste and malty textures. It’s popular in breakfast teas and one of the more famous varieties of tea.

House Black            10¢/g

Mild yet fully aromatic, this black tea from Viet Nam has a bit of spiciness. A perfect morning cup.

Russian Caravan         10¢/g

A strong, astringent, smoky black blend of lapsang souchong and straight black tea named for the long land route between China and Russia that left the tea smoky from many nights of campfire smoke.

Lapsang Souchong     10¢/g

This black tea is smoked over an open pine fire, giving it a thick, hearty smoky flavor.

Nilgiri              10¢/g

A surprisingly different profile from Darjeeling or Assam. Nilgiri is a native Indian leaf from the far west of the country.

Highgrown Ceylon     10¢/g

The bright, copper-colored cup offers up a strong and spicy aroma with a touch of malt. A real treat at any time of day!

Sumatra      10¢/g

This stout black tea is straight from the Gunong Dempo Estate. Hearty in body and full of pep. It’s sure to do the job.

Darjeeling Broken               7¢/g

A rich and astringent flavorful brew with floral notes, this Darjeeling TGBOP is delightful with a dollop of cream or a drizzle of lemon.

Monsoon         11¢/g

This Darjeeling Indian Black Tea is picked during the monsoon season. The amber cup is full-bodied and smooth, on the stronger side of the spectrum.

Golden Tips         18¢/g

Rich and golden like an autumn sunset, this golden assam with malty notes will call to mind the hue of crunchy, fallen leaves.

Mount Kenya       10¢/g

This nice and simple blend of Kenyan black teas from the base of Mount Kenya is perfect plain or with a splash of milk, and excellent iced!

 

(We will periodically update this list...if you don't see something you'd like, please call us!)