Holy Cranberry Tea made with Lincolnville cranberries is off, in the mail, to Las Vegas, waiting to be judged in the North American Tea Championship Spring Tea Evaluation.

Maine-based tea company Tempest in a Teapot of Stonington uses Maine cranberries from Moody’s Bog in Lincolnville to create the unique herbal tea blend.

Per the North American Tea Championship website, the competition is judged by professional cuppers to distinguish the highest-quality and best-tasting teas commercially available in the North American marketplace.

There are 16 tea categories that will be judged Sept. 15 and16. Holy Cranberry Tea has been entered into the Unflavored Herbal Blend category.

“We are so excited to highlight a Maine fruit in the national tea competition," said Tammy Smith of Cushing, co-president of Tempest in a Teapot. "The aromas in this particular tea blend come from the local cranberries, ginger, cinnamon and holy basil. We are proud to use numerous Maine products from our local farmers to create high-quality-tasting teas. In addition to the Maine cranberries, we use elderberries from Frith Farm in Scarborough, lavender from Mount Apatite Farm in Auburn, peaches from Maine Garlic in Deer Isle and apples from all our local orchards.”

The teas will be judged on brewed color, brewed aroma, brewed flavor, brewed mouth-feel, and brewed harmony.

An overall numerical value on a 100-point scale is then calculated based on the ratings of each characteristic above.

Co-President Rebecca Emerson of Deer Isle, Smith's sister, said, “We knew the minute we saw these precious Maine cranberries that they would match our mission of using only the highest quality of tea and ingredients to create our blends. The cranberries were beautifully round, red and juicy, and all the way through the drying process the cranberries remained flavorful and bright red in color producing a light and fragrant tea.”

Smith and Emerson will be notified Sept. 26 about the outcome of the competition.

Teas by Tempest in a Teapot are sold around the state. Midcoast locations include, according to the company's website: State of Maine Cheese in Rockport, Main Street Markets in Rockland, Bonnie’s Place in Rockport, Camden Farmers Market, Good Tern Co-op in Rockland, Belfast Co-op, The Art Loft in Rockland, Blue Yonder Gift Store at Owls Head Airport, Owl and Turtle Book Store in Camden, and Thomaston Market.

For more information, visit tempestinateapot.me or look for Tempest in a Teapot on Facebook.