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Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world—second only to water— so it makes sense that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of tea options to choose from. While it’s nice to have variety, sometimes you just want guidance on the best brands out there while you sit back and sip on, well, a cup of tea.
Here, the best teas for every palette.
Looking for a pure blend of green tea? Check out Vahdam Teas' Himalayan Green Tea, an antioxidant-rich tea with a medium amount of caffeine that'll give you a nice energy boost. Green tea is thought to be one of the healthiest drinks in the world, with possible benefits ranging from improved brain function and weight loss to lowering the risk of heart disease.
Even better? Vahdam Teas is a Climate Neutral and Plastic Neutral certified brand, and 1 percent of their revenue goes towards the education of their farmers’ children in India.
At the end of the day, all you want to do is relax and release, and that’s exactly what this blend from Brooklyn Tea helps you do. The star ingredient is chamomile, which is hailed for its anti-inflammatory and calming properties. Lemongrass, the other main ingredient in the blend, is said to improve digestion, boost your immune system, and fight off inflammation—all of which can help you feel better and less puffy and achy overall.
Trying to kick your coffee habit for good? This delicious blend from David's Tea might be able to help. Laced with real coffee beans but containing less caffeine and sugar, the Vanilla Cappuccino tea is a great alternative to expensive lattes. It contains both natural and artificial flavoring to create a sweet and creamy taste, and can be consumed hot or topped with ice to mimic a real iced latte.
Tea Forté's Blueberry Merlot Tea is an award-winning blend for a reason. Certified organic, it combines blueberries, hibiscus, sage, rosehip shells, and cornflower petals for a tart yet sweet, full-bodied flavor that’s fruity and filled with antioxidants. Completely caffeine-free, you can enjoy this tea at any time of day and in any way, as it’s delicious hot or cold over ice.
Looking for the perfect nightcap? The Buddha Teas Sleepy Temple Blend is the ideal pre-bedtime cup. It combines several calming herbs—lavender, chamomile, licorice root, skullcap, and spearmint—which are used to quiet your mind, diminish restlessness, soothe your nervous system, lower inflammation, and regulate your sleep cycle.
All of the herbs work synergistically, which means when they’re combined they have the greatest benefits—and the flavors are expertly balanced so there’s no single ingredient that stands out. Each sip is mellow, soothing, and mild.
Pique tea is unique because instead of being packed in tea bags, each pouch contains dissolvable tea crystals that are concentrated, nutrient-dense, and free of pesticides and heavy metals.
There are dozens of varieties to choose from, but the Electric Turmeric Blend is a fan favorite. It combines three different types of turmeric—fermented turmeric, spring turmeric (which has the highest concentration of curcumin), and turmeric juice extract—with ginger and Ceylon cinnamon to make a warming tea that combats inflammation while also supporting your immune system.
The Harvey & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea is another warming option, and the brand’s most popular product. Made with a blend of black teas and finished with three types of cinnamon, dried orange peel, and sweet cloves, the Hot Cinnamon Spice tea has a citrusy aroma while also giving you a hefty dose of caffeine.
There’s no sugar added, but the tea has a naturally sweet yet spicy finish, thanks to the cinnamon and cloves. It's the ideal autumnal tea, but you can definitely enjoy it all year long.
Fresh lemon is the ultimate tea companion, and Sencha Tea Bar combines both in their tangy yet mouth-puckeringly satisfying Lemonhead blend. Made with a base of black tea, each caffeinated cup contains ginger root, lemon peel, mango, lemongrass, turmeric root, licorice root, and lemon, lime, and ginger essential oils.
The overall notes are citrusy, but the ginger and turmeric give it some warmth and a little kick that'll give you a major energy boost.
Fortnum & Mason have been supplying tea to royals for more than 300 years, so you can feel like a queen (or a king) when you sip on a cup with your pinky up. This Earl Grey loose leaf tea is more straightforward than some of the other blends, but it’s anything but basic. The base is a high-quality black tea that’s finished off with bergamot essential oil to give a strong, yet balanced flavor.
The Tea Spot’s Meditative Mind is a blend of white tea leaves, rose buds, and jasmine pearls that were combined with relaxation in mind. In herbal medicine, jasmine has been used to uplift the spirit and boost mood, while rose eases tension and calms the mind.
Each aromatic sip will bring you back into balance, while the white tea base provides a low amount of caffeine that'll increase mental alertness without giving you the jitters.
There’s just something about a really great chai tea that warms the soul, and Newby's Masala Chai Black Tea is one of the best out there. Each silken tea bag is filled with a blend of cardamom, clove, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and high-quality Assam tea for a traditional Indian chai flavor that’s exotic and warming.
True to their mission to revive the world’s love for tea, Newby only uses the best tea leaves picked at their prime, so you can taste the quality with each sip.
If you can’t decide on one tea, this set from Tea Drops covers all the bases. It includes one box each of Tea Drops’ best-selling teas—Sweet Peppermint, Citrus Ginger, and Rose Earl Grey. All of the teas are USDA-certified organic and lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar with no additives or artificial flavorings.
But here’s the cutest part: Rather than tea bags, this tea comes in “drops,” which are cute shapes (like hearts, stars, or flowers) that are made from finely ground whole tea leafs. All you have to do is add a drop to boiling water and your tea is ready to go.