The Best Teas for Every Occasion
I rarely go a day without a cup (or three) of tea. Regardless of whether it’s hot or cold, sunny or rainy, early in the morning or late in the evening, there is a tea out there for every occasion. With so many brewable options, finding the perfect tea can be overwhelming.
These teas are carefully curated to help you sip through every event that may come your way.
Sneezing, coughing, and sore throats, oh my!
A good herbal tea can soothe the throat and make going about your day a little less taxing when you’re under the weather. Mountain Rose Herbs’ 5th Chakra tea has strong licorice and marshmallow notes, a tasty way to feel a bit better when you need it.
Mountain Rose Herbs 5th Chakra Tea
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A lot of black and green teas have a very robust taste, but what about hot drink aficionados who want something a little less in their face?
Song Tea’s Arbor Yinzhen is high-grade white tea handpicked from a grove of semi-wild trees and has notes of tarragon, rice candy, and rose. The clear, bright taste of this tea really shines when brewed at a lower temperature.
Song Tea Arbor Yinzhen
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If you don’t like carrot cake, this tea is not for you. However, if, like me, you love the delightful flavors in this delectable vegetable-based dessert, read on!
Tea Guys’ Carrot Walnut Raisin tea is an organic rooibos that includes bits of carrot, cinnamon, and walnuts, making it ideal to sip with the real thing or to act as a substitute when you decide you need to give cake a break.
Tea Guys Carrot Cake
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According to aromatherapy experts, the scent of lavender can reduce stress and have an overall calming effect.
If you’re having a particularly rough day, brew up a cup of Buddha Teas’ Lavender Tea for its aromatic qualities and delicious herbal taste. It even has antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, and iron!
This is my favorite tea to drink in the evening.
Palais Des Thés’ Thé Des Songes—in English, “Tea of Daydreams”—is an oolong tea that’s naturally low in caffeine, which means you can enjoy one (or several) cups even as you’re winding down in the evening. The tea smells beautiful, as it’s mixed with flowers and exotic fruits, and is light and easy-to-drink.
It’s no secret that green tea is really, really good for you. It’s loaded with nutrients and anti-oxidants, and research shows that it has positive effects on heart health and metabolism.
So if you want to start your day with a green tea, Republic of Tea’s Biodynamic Breakfast Green Tea is a good one. A mix of green tea leaves from Sri Lanka and some black Darjeeling, it has a fresh, light taste with floral notes.
Everyone needs a good night’s sleep. But after a long and crazy day, relaxing enough to drift off can be a challenge. No more!
Teavana’s Tranquil Dream Herbal Tea mixes chamomile, lemongrass, and hibiscus for a delicious citrus and floral tea that helps you slow down and stop thinking about all those emails you have to answer before you tuck yourself in.
Most teas come from China, India, or Kenya, but it’s good to sometimes think outside of the box and try something from a lesser-known tea region.
Yaupon is the only caffeinated plant native to North America, and it is delicious when brewed! CatSpring Yaupon Lost Maple is farmed in Texas and has notes of caramel in its mild flavor.
Cat Spring Yaupon Lost Maples
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How cool are these?
Teabloom’s Fruit Flower Tea Blossoms unfurl into gorgeous flowers once you add hot water. Not just delicious, they make for the perfect Insta-opportunity. Twelve different tea balls are sealed in foil to preserve freshness, so whenever you choose to steep, each tea ball will be fresh as a daisy. Pair with a clear glass teapot for lots and lots of “Likes.”
Some people are traditionalists. If you insist on sticking to drinking black tea at breakfast time, at least try to move beyond what you’re picking up at the grocery store.
Dean & Deluca English Breakfast Tea has a full-bodied honey flavor and is perfect for first thing in the a.m.
Dean and Deluca English Breakfast Tea
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There are a lot of green teas out there, and some of the high quality ones can get to be pretty pricey.
Hibiki-An’s Organic Sencha Superior is more modestly priced, making it a perfect everyday option for people who crave the taste of traditional green tea, as well as the health benefits that come with every cup. And, Organic Sencha Superior is grown without agricultural chemicals or pesticides, so people who keep an eye on that sort of thing can rest easy as they sip away.
Hibiki-An Organic Sencha Superior
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While some people may be hesitant to jump right in, others are all about taking the plunge.
If you’re new to matcha but want the full experience, check out Panatea’s Ceremonial Matcha Starter Set. It includes everything you need for a matcha ceremony, including ceremonial-grade matcha, a bamboo whisk, a glass bowl, and a measuring scoop.
Pantea Ceremonial Matcha Starter Set
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