The Republic of Tea was founded in 1992 and then acquired two years later by Ron Rubin, an entrepreneur who worked in the beer, wine and liquor business before starting a bottled beverage company. It’s called the Republic of Tea because some of the original owners also created the Banana Republic clothing company. Mr. Rubin and members of his family run the company; his son, Todd Rubin is now the chief executive. Their focus is on issues like sustainability, green manufacturing, fair labor practices and the like. To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the company has introduced a new jasmine tea, Jasmine Pearls. It’s a green tea made by tightly hand-rolling buds and leaves that have been dried with jasmine buds into fragrant little orbs that gently unfurl in response to hot water and produce an amber-colored beverage of great depth and fragrance to serve hot or cold.
The Republic of Tea Jasmine Pearls, $25.25 for three ounces, republicoftea.com.