|"In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is. I hope you will not have a building of any kind, not a summer cottage, a hotel or anything else, to mar the wonderful grandeur, the sublimity, the great loneliness and beauty of the canyon. Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it." -Theodore Roosevelt on the Grand Canyon|
Like many of the other lands designated as a national park, the Grand Canyon was in danger of becoming stripped of its resources by human settlers, miners, and businessmen eager to exploit its beauty. President Harrison named the land a Forest Preserve, but this still allowed mining and lumbering with a permit. When Theodore Roosevelt visited the Grand Canyon in the early 1900s, he expressed his wish to keep it pristine for future generations. Under the Antiquities Act, President Roosevelt declared the land a National Monument in 1908. It was not until 1919; that the Grand Canyon was officially named the 17th national park. In 1929, the same year Simpson & Vail was incorporated, Polly Mead Patraw became the first female Park ranger in Grand Canyon and the second female ranger-naturalist in the whole US Park Service (the first being Claire Hodges at Yosemite). She even wore the same uniform as the male rangers. While paving the way for future female rangers, Patraw made countless contributions to the research and literature on plant and flower life in the Southwest.
Desert heat and the canyons elevation create a harsh environment for anything to grow, but over 1700 forms of flora still call the Grand Canyon home. Cacti, of course, being the most common. Prickly pear cacti, which served as the inspiration for this blend, can be seen scattered throughout the canyon and on the rim. This blend has a sweet taste, from the prickly pear flavoring, in addition to an earthy, desert accent from the eleuthero root and pau d'arco. The resulting blend is perfectly representative of the majesty and splendor of the Canyon.
Ingredients: Black teas, prickly pear flavor, eleuthero root, pau d'arco, and red cornflower petals.
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
4 Ounces of loose tea makes approximately 50 cups of tea.
Please note that the photo is shown for our 4oz tin. We are also offering this in a 4oz pkg size, which will come in one of our double lined bags labeled with the name of the tea.
We DONATE 10% of all tea sales in this line to help preserve our beautiful National Parks. The percentage from the Grand Canyon Tea sales goes to the Grand Canyon Conservancy the official non-profit of the park. The non-profit raises private funds, operates retail shops within the park, and provides premier guided educational programs about the natural and cultural history of the region. Supporters fund projects including trails and historic building preservation, educational programs for the public, and the protection of wildlife and their natural habitat.
In 2016 I started, while in college, working here at Simpson & Vail. I've enjoyed exploring the world of teas and decided in 2019 to combine my love of tea with my passion for the great outdoors. My goal with this line is to do my part in preserving the beautiful lands designated as national parks and to raise awareness for why the parks are so important. I've seen only a small portion of the unique lands we call National Parks, however, I'll continue exploring until I've seen them all.
||A Wonderful Tea Experience
|This was my first experience with prickly pear flavor and the combination of the flavors and black tea make this a truly enjoyable tea. It definitely reminds me of Arizona's beautiful Grand Canyon and is the perfect summer drink. I will drink this tea with or without milk, although I usually prefer black teas with milk.|
|- CHRISTINE, NC|
||This tea tastes like sunshine with an end note of prickly pear
|First off, I can't believe this is a black tea. It tastes like a well blended and smooth herbal tea. But it has a sweet/slightly sour end note that is the prickly pear.
If you don't like black teas because they taste bad, this is the tea for you. Seriously, this is some tea mixing wizardry. It really captures the essence of my experiences out west. It tastes like sunshine and prickly pear.
Originally, I only made a cup of this because I had to go grocery shopping, and the ingredients made me a bit nervous. But it was so good when I got back home I made another cup and thermos-ful.
This tea wants you to wake up to see dawn in the desert, in the long shadow of cacti and the mountains.|
|- Chandler, GA|