Updated: 6/13/2023 | Best Teas and Where to Buy Them
We are obsessed with tea. If you’re just beginning your tea journey or are an avid tea drinker, we believe this article is perfect for you!
This is a guide to help you find your best tea. We also included which brands and tea shops we think you should buy from.
Below are teas that we recommend trying.
- Black Tea – Produced from the camellia sinensis plant that is highly oxidized, resulting in a dark reddish-gold hue. It gives a slightly astringent flavor and a moderate amount of caffeine.
- Green Tea – A type of tea that is also harvested from the camellia sinensis plant but the buds have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process which is used to make oolong teas and black teas. Green tea originated in China. It has a light and refreshing taste.
- Earl Grey – One of the most recognized flavored teas in the world. This British tea is typically a black tea base flavored with oil from the rind of bergamot orange, a citrus fruit with the appearance and flavor somewhere between an orange and a lemon with a little grapefruit and lime thrown in. It smells and tastes like lavender.
- Matcha – Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves from the camellia sinensis plant. It’s traditionally consumed in East Asian countries such as Japan and Korea. The green tea plants used for matcha are shade-grown for three to four weeks before being harvested with the stems and veins removed during processing.
- Genmaicha – Also known as brown rice tea, is a Japanese tea consisting of green tea mixed with roasted popped brown rice. It has a very comforting and nutty flavor.
- Fruit Tea – Teas made from cut-up fruit or a blend of fruit and plants. The blend can be dry or wet. And if you’re like me, anything can become iced tea.
- Chai Tea – A tea that is popular in India and often consumed from little chai drink stands along the streets. Masala chai is made with tea, milk, and water and then sweetened with sugar. Masala means spice and is often what makes up the spices in chai tea.
Where to Buy Teas
#1 Sips By
Sips By is a tea retailer that also offers a personalized subscription box that fits your tea profile. You simply take a survey and they send tea directly to your door. It makes a great gift for tea lovers or for someone who is just exploring tea.
#2 Magic Hour
Magic Hour offers tea kits that coordinate with your Zodiac sign. They also sell glamorous teaware that is Instagram-worthy!
MarketSpice has an amazing cinnamon orange tea that they often offer samples of as soon as you enter the store. We love making this flavor into an iced tea during warmer months. It’s the perfect thirst quencher!
MarketSpice also has a huge collection of teas and spices that can be purchased online or in their physical location at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
#4 Mantra Matcha
We get our matcha from Mantra Matcha. They make different flavors of matcha tea.
Traditionally you use a bamboo whisk to prepare your green tea, but we’ve started using a rechargeable whisk and it’s been such a game changer!
We add our favorite type of milk to our matcha tea blend and enjoy it on our sunkissed patio.
Use code SCHIMIGGY at Mantra Matcha for 25% off all your orders.
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#5 Pinky Up Tea
So put on a pretty princess dress and get ready for tea time!
#6 Mosi Tea
We LOVE Mosi’s tea and coffee infusers. The design is so attractive and we love being able to steep tea or cold brew in our cup. It’s also super easy to wash.
Be sure to check out their loose leaf teas. They have flavors that will definitely pique your interest.
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#7 Mighty Leaf
Tea Brands to AVOID
We typically do not recommend these brands as they are mass-produced and the quality of tea is not remarkable and may contain lead or pesticides. (Source)
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