Shane McCardle brings Rocky Mountain Herbal Tea to the Tri-Cities in time for New Years Resolutions for a Healthier Lifestyle.
Shane McCardle has taken a lifestyle journey to get healthier and fitter.
Now the entrepreneur from Port Moody has a product for others who are making similar choices to enjoy a drink that tastes great without all of the added sugars and chemicals.
And for those looking to cut down on their alcohol intake but still crave wine-style tasting notes, Rocky Mountain Herbal Tea can fill the bill with cold-brewed sparkling teas that contain flavors such as hibiscus, cinnamon, grapefruit, ginger, fennel and lemongrass.
“I wanted to give people an option, we wanted to have the healthiest option on the shelf to give people a choice,” McCardle said in an interview with the News from the three cities.
Rocky Mountain Herbal Tea is a cold infused sparkling drink in small batches with herbal teas to provide a flavorful beverage that will appeal to all discerning palates.
Sold in select natural foods, craft breweries and coffee shops in the Tri-Cities, flavors include:
- Hibiscus and cinnamon
- Lemon Ginger
- Fruit infusion
- Yerba maté mountain cellar
McCardle said the flavors were developed with the advice of a Surrey-based tea sommelier, with teas sourced from all over the world, and the brew is cold brewed for 36 hours at a temperature of 2 ° C to get the most flavor.
The drinks are unsweetened and produced in a certified organic facility in small batches.
“It’s a water flavored Bentley. It’s like fine wine,” said McCardle, who described the production as similar to a craft brewery where a master brewer takes care to assemble only the best ingredients and puts his personal imprint on quality and taste.
With the enthusiasm of a connoisseur, McCardle describes drinking his product as a taster would judge the bouquet of a good wine.
“It’s like a dance, it sounds crazy but it’s true, things dance in your mouth, first the flavors, then Shazam – the bubbles, and an incredible aftertaste.”
Without naming names, McCardle says he wants to challenge all other soda drinks that claim to be natural and healthy but contain chemically similar flavors rather than natural.
McCardle said that Rocky Mountain Herbal Tea was developed with two other fathers as an alternative to pop.
“We’re just three fathers trying to make a difference,” says McCardle.
The idea arose out of a family crisis during a wine tasting when a child of one of the partners refused a glass of water.
She wanted to pop, but her dad said “no”.
It wasn’t until Ken Giffen, who lives in Abbotsford, began experimenting with infused tea drinks to appeal to his daughter that the idea for Rocky Mountain Herbal Tea surfaced.
When Giffen used a Soda Stream to add bubbles, he suddenly had something his daughter would enjoy.
Giffen, now a partner of Rocky Mountain Herbal Tea, had hit something big, according to McCardle, who realized there was nothing quite like it on the market.
They put their own money into the idea, found a partner, Scott Bennie, in Calgary, Alta., Where the product is made.
The source of the nickname “Rocky Mountain” reflects the fact that the water does indeed come from the Rocky Mountains. Tisane is French for herbal tea.
Launched in 2019, the product is slowly taking off in western Canada.
“The only thing we don’t need to start this huge business is money, we’re just fathers,” McCardle jokes.
Fortunately, Alberta has a buy local program that supports small businesses, and Rocky Mountain Tisane can now be found in many large grocery stores.
Here in British Columbia it takes longer to get the product to market.
“It costs money to walk into the grocery store,” McCardle said.
Nonetheless, he’s optimistic that Rocky Mountain Herbal Tea will take off, and he hopes it will inspire his own daughter Thaila, now 18, to consider going into the business or starting his own.
“My passion was to leave a legacy behind to inspire our daughters; to inspire them to “A” go for something, do it and “B” make a difference and have an impact.
“And I hope to take over the business.”
Rocky Point Herbal Tea is available at a number of outlets in Tri-City, including the Apple Natural Market in Port Coquitlam and the Kaffi Espresso Bar, Canteen Creamery and Parkside Brewery in Port Moody.
For more information you can visit the company website.