by Bryon White November 13, 2018 1 min read

LONDON - Yaupon Brothers is excited to announce that Yaupon Brothers American Tea is available on store shelves at Revital UK stores. The Yaupon Brothers brand is represented in the United Kingdom by Wiley's Finest UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wiley's Finest, which is based in Coshocton, Ohio. Wiley's Finest has its offices at Blackpool, Lancashire. Yaupon Brothers will be available through approximately forty retailers throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. This is the first time American Yaupon has been offered in Europe in recent history.


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While we market our organic Yaupon Holly as a tea, it is not actually tea. The tea plant, (Camellia sinensis), is a separate plant species that originated in China. Tea is now grown all over the world, but it is difficult or impossible to grow in most parts of the United States. 

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