Budding Products: Tea Infused Maple Syrup and Iced Tea for Foodservice

Runamok Maple Adds Tea to Maple Syrup

Runamok Jasmine Tea Infused Maple Syrup; photo credit: Runamok

Fairfax, Vermont-based Runamok Maple introduced Jasmine Tea Infused maple syrup with hints of jasmine flowers and sweet honeysuckle. This is the company’s 13th product in its maple syrup collection.

The maple syrup’s delicate floral sweetness can enhance many dishes, such as crepes, pancakes, oatmeal and yogurt, as well as beverages like smoothies and iced teas.

The certified organic maple syrup is harvested from maple trees on Mount Mansfield’s northwestern slope.

“It’s been almost a year since we’ve introduced a new flavor to our growing collection of infused, smoked, and barrel-aged maple syrups and during that time, we have been hard at work taste-testing and experimenting with a diverse array of ingredients to create an exciting new product for our customers,” said co-founder Eric Sorkin via a press release. “We’re thrilled to introduce our new Jasmine Tea Infused maple syrup, which offers a spectacular floral flavor that imparts just the right amount of sweetness. Our family loves to use this syrup to top everything from breakfast staples to vanilla ice cream. It’s quickly becoming a household favorite.”

Founded by Eric and Laura Sorkin about two years ago, Runamok Maple’s business has grown steadily as it redefines maple syrup with its 13 infused, smoked and barrel-aged maple syrups. A few of the company’s other unique maple syrup flavors are: Cinnamon + Vanilla Infused Bourbon Barrel-Aged, and Smoked with Pecan Wood.

Purchases can be made online at runamokmaple.com and shipped nationwide. The maple syrups can also be found at select specialty food stores across the United States.

Rishi Tea & Botanicals Launches Golden Triangle Black

Rishi Tea Golden Triangle Black iced tea; photo credit: Rishi Tea

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Rishi Tea & Botanicals debuted its Golden Triangle Black iced tea for food service. It is available in 3-gallon and 1-gallon formats.

The tea is a blend of Yunnan Dianhong, Burmese black tea and sun-dried and roasted Thai tea, resulting in flavor that the company describes as “Scotch-like,” only accentuated by melting ice in a glass.

The tea was inspired by the Kingdom of Thailand’s effort to create sustainable income for the inhabitants of the country’s poverty and drug ridden Golden Triangle region, according to a company press release. The region also has wild tea forests that are hybridizing with decades-old tea plants imported from Assam, India. Rishi worked with Golden Triangle residents on specialized plucking and processing techniques.

The tea’s distinctive flavor is attributable to its multi-staged processing. The tea leaves are harvested and then naturally ferment through sun-drying and several months of aging. Then, it is cut, graded and roasted to achieve a “rich body and smooth toasted sweetness.”

Golden Triangle Black iced tea is now Rishi’s new flagship all black iced tea designated for foodservice.