The search for perfection suits them to a Tea

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The aromas of lemongrass, cinnamon and coconut wafted out of the glass jars as each was opened.

Bins filled with whole-leaf tea were marked with names such as Cherry Almond Diva and Mountain Dragon Green and filled with dark green, yellow, red and brown natural ingredients. The earthy odor of tea leaves gave off an exotic feel.

Dan Minear paused over each concoction, wafting each one to get a full whiff. The Greenwood resident is a master blender, and he has studied throughout the world to learn the art of mixing tea. Now, his mission is to expose central Indiana to the possibilities a cup of tea can hold.

“I look for inspiration everywhere I go, from fine restaurants and how they put flavors together in food, to bakers to florists. There’s no end to where you can get inspiration for great tasting tea,” he said.

For Minear and other tea lovers, blending has become a specialty niche in the beverage market. Local artisans work with whole-leaf teas, carefully mixing spices, herbs and fresh fruit to find the smoothest drink possible.

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