I'm not in favor of holiday creep, but this spiced-up Assam tea has such a delicious winter-appropriate aroma that I'm almost feeling ready to deck the halls. Cinnamon, ginger, anise, and cardamom come together with brisk, malty tea flavors for a spicy, eye-opening cup.
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I've always eyed the pricey Two Leaves and a Bud teas covetously and curiously—beautiful packaging does that to me. I sprung for it this week. Each sachet is filled with full-leaf organic Japanese green tea and organic orange peel (plus sunflower petals.)
Tulsi is a type of basil plant (also known as holy basil.) But you won't mistake this tea for pesto or Thai food; it's subtly earthy and fruity, with a bit of tartness from the hibiscus.
Mellow and warming, this tea is more ginger than green—but the sencha is there hiding and delicately grassy at the end of each sip. Made from organic Japanese green tea leaves and Tanzanian ginger, Eden's Sencha Ginger is rich and flavorful, but not bitter, after a 4 minute steep.
I rarely put a lemon wedge in my tea, perhaps because I rarely have one on hand. But you can save your citrus for cocktails if you're drinking Twinings new Lemon Twist black tea.
If scooping and measuring is just too much for you, or you want to carry tea with you on the road, you don't have to miss out on flavorful loose leaf teas. Tea Forte now offers loose leaf in easy single-serving packages—just dump one into an infusing spoon (or a single-brew cup) and you're ready to steep.
Good Earth Vanilla Chai is incredibly aromatic, immediately releasing a blend of creamy vanilla and peppery spices (listed as chicory root, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, black pepper, cloves, and star anise). The flavor of the brewed cup is remarkably balanced.
Of these two teas, we preferred the fragrant Lord Bergamot (Blend No. 55), a twist on traditional Earl Grey tea that marries bergamot with whole leaf Ceylon Dimbulla, Uva, and Assam teas. It's smooth and complex, with a rich roasted-orange flavor.
Yorkshire Gold from Taylors of Harrogate is a "luxury blend" of second flush Assam and peak-season East African teas. This is a robust black tea that works well with milk, though given its silky smoothness that's certainly not required.
What better way to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding than with a proper cup of tea? Harney and Sons has released Royal Wedding Tea, a special blend of Mutan white tea, almond, coconut, and vanilla. Since it's such a romantic occasion, the tea also gets a scattering of rose buds and petals.
The dark green leaves of the Republic of Tea's Milk Oolong tea are grown in the Fujian mountains of China. True to their name, the large, fragrant buds smell like condensed milk and even vanilla ice cream.
With their Winter White Earl Grey, Harney and Sons recasts an old favorite by changing the traditional base of Earl Grey from black tea to Chinese Mutan white.
The Serious Eats office is pretty well stocked with tea, but this is what we've been reaching for over and over; we're brewing up so many pots of Mariage Freres Thé de Paques that we're going to run out far too soon.
If you can't quite decide whether you feel like green tea or maté or mint, this blend of green Darjeeling and Mao Feng teas, green yerba maté, spearmint, and green (unoxidized) rooibos may be what you're looking for.
The packaging of Kusmi Tea's Prince Vladimir is exquisite. Each muslin tea pouch is sewn to the tag stating proper brewing temperature and time. The box is vivid turquoise and gold; it looks good on a shelf. But we're in it for the tea.