Celebrating 5 Years

A Christmas Gift of Tea

Karen Hartwick is a cer­ti­fied tea
som­me­lier, accred­ited by the Spe­cialty Tea Insti­tute in New York.

Just as a wine som­me­lier can amplify people’s enjoy­ment of a restau­rant by select­ing the ideal wine, Karen explores people’s per­sonal tastes and intro­duces them to indi­vid­u­ally selected teas.

The cer­ti­fied tea som­me­lier des­ig­na­tion is like a wine som­me­lier, but much more rare.


Karen also stud­ies the his­toric health and well­ness prop­er­ties of tea. Some of Karen‘s tea blends have health ben­e­fits that can assist peo­ple with every­thing from Dia­betes to hangovers.

Trav­el­ing the world in search of teas, Karen con­cocts unique blends of teas from the farms she visits.

You can browse her online cat­a­logue and then call to place an order.

Or you can sim­ply call to dis­cuss your per­sonal needs and Karen will help you select the per­fect tea. You might have to leave a mes­sage, but you will receive a return call.

Call Karen directly at 1–800-733‑0376.

Tea for the Christ­mas Season

Karen’s most pop­u­lar
hol­i­day tea is Hot Cin­na­mon Spice a sweet and savoury tea she makes with black tea, chunks of orange peel, and cin­na­mon from three coun­tries: Sri Lanka, India and China.

The orange and cin­na­mon add nat­ural sweet­ness. There are no sweet­en­ers, mak­ing it a great tea for peo­ple try­ing to cut back on added sweeteners.

Strat­ford Fes­ti­val Actors Drop In

Dur­ing the past Strat­ford sea­son Aaron Krohn, who played the lead in Henry V, stopped by. Krohn, a tea drinker and world trav­eler, ranked Hartwick’s Earl Grey Supreme blend as the best he’d ever tasted, stock­ing up at Karen’s Strat­ford tea bou­tique before head­ing home to New York.

Local Herbs

Geraint Wyn Davies, best known for his work on the TV show For­ever Knight, is a fan of Karen’s herbal teas. Many of the herbs Karen uses are sourced from local farms.

Avail­abil­ity varies, depend­ing on the har­vest, so call to inquire about the herbal teas.

A Vari­ety of Infu­sions Are Also Avaialble

For exam­ple this Bel­gian Choco­late Rooi­bos is a smooth and relax­ing treat. It has cocoa bean and
cal­en­dula petals which give you the essence of choco­late and the calm­ing effects of the petals. It is a def­i­nite calorie-free replace­ment for dessert.

Dr. Oz Rec­om­mends Pu-Erh Tea

One tea that’s in the news these days is Pu-Erh.
It’s a fer­mented tea, and much like other fer­mented foods, includ­ing sauer­kraut, miso or Kim­chee, it’s loaded with goodness.

Pu-Erh tea was recently fea­tured on the Dr. Oz Show. It’s known to help peo­ple lose weight. Drink­ing the tea can increase your energy and metab­o­lism. On the show Dr. Oz dis­cusses how the tea “lit­er­ally shrinks your fat cells.”

Karen has a vari­ety of Pu-Erh teas from China and Vietnam.

See more from Dr. OZ on this The Power of Tea Video.

Tea Tast­ings

If you plan to be in Strat­ford this sum­mer con­sider a gift cer­tifi­cate for a per­sonal tea tasting.

Karen will guide you through a tea and choco­late tast­ing or tea and honey tast­ing. The tast­ings are edu­ca­tional and great fun!

Call Karen directly at 1–800-733‑0376.

Strat­ford Cyber Christ­mas Shop­ping
The Top 5 Strat­ford Cyber Shop­ping Sites

1 — A Christ­mas Gift of Tea
2 — Fresh Christ­mas Can­dies
3 — Strat­ford Fes­ti­val Christ­mas Gifts
4 — Hol­i­day Dog Treats
5 — Organic Gar­lic & Berries for Christmas