8 Teas You Need To Try Now Andrea Greb

So, winter’s still happening, as is cold and flu season. Fortunately, there’s something that can help you get through both of these things more easily, and that’s tea. Tea is a highly underrated beverage. It’s not just coffee’s less potent cousin.  With coffee, at the end of the day, you still get something that tastes like coffee.  Tea comes in a way wider variety of flavors, and can taste like tea, fruit or even like cookies.  Whether you’re already a tea aficionado or just starting to give it a try, here are eight teas you need to try now.

1. Earl Grey

When it comes to black tea, I’m usually an English Breakfast kind of girl, but sometimes you need to change it up.  Also, I am pretty sure this is the ideal tea for drinking with scones, and what is tea if not an excuse to eat scones?  A word to the wise: if you, like me, have a tendency to just leave your tea bag in your tea forever, do not do this with Earl Grey, as your tea will end up bitter and sad, which is not a quality you want in tea, or people.

2. Twining’s of London Green Jasmine

According to every health website, green tea is basically the healthiest beverage you can consume, what with the antioxidants and the metabolism boosting and all its other magical powers.  There are a ton of varieties of green tea out there, but this one is my favorite.  The jasmine has a soothing aroma that makes this the perfect tea for a simultaneously energizing and relaxing afternoon pick-me-up.

3. Tazo Rest

On nights when I have my act together, my favorite thing is to sit in bed with a book and sip a cup of Tazo Rest tea.  As the name suggests, it’s perfect for pre-bedtime drinking.  It’s got lavender and rose petals, so it’s basically like drifting off to sleep on a bed of flowers.

4. Pukka Love

Yes, this sounds moderately hippie and weird, and depending on your opinion of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, you may be totally put off by a tea that says it’s going to “warm your heart.”  I guess it’s worked, at least where tea is concerned. I’m usually not a fan of chamomile based tea, but I’m loving this one right now.

5. Celestial Seasoning Gingerbread Spice

Sure, the holidays are over, but I don’t believe that seasons should dictate flavor, and fortunately you can still buy this tea online. This tea magically manages to combine the spiciness of ginger tea with the sweetness of a sugar cookie.

6. Lemon Ginger

This is my absolute favorite tea for anytime I’m sick.  This combination of flavors just makes me feel like I’m clearing all the germs out of my system.  Pretty much any brand works, or you can be really fancy and make your own, which involves pouring hot water over some freshly grated ginger and adding a squeeze of lemon.  You’ll be feeling better in no time.

7. Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger

If you’re one of those people who thinks you’re not a tea person, give this one a shot.  It’s fruity and refreshing and is basically like drinking fruit punch, rather than tea.

8. Lipton

Sometimes, it’s best not to overthink it and go with a classic. Tea snobs may mock me for recommending this, but I think it’s a solid basic tea and you can do pretty much whatever you want with it.  Drink it plain, add a squeeze of lemon, or try it with milk, sugar, and a pinch of cardamom if you’re looking for something I think is better than any coffee store chai latte.

These are my recommendations, and I’d love to hear yours in the comments!

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  2. Honestly this is a sad selection of teas…. Twinnings is ok, but they did not invented the jasmine tea (and it’s not the best)What about the white tea, for its exquisite delicacy? what about Matcha, the tea ceremony tea, with its incredible emerald colour, and foamy like a hot chocolate?
    What about le Palais des Thes, Mariage Frere and Kusmi?
    What about Damman and its incredible Bali tea?
    How could you finish the article with “LIPTON”…Lipton is known to choose the poorest quality of tea leaves (they even reject the nice ones”too good for Lipton yellow). It’s not being a tea snob, but really , at least a basic yorkshire tea is better than this horror!
    Even in the most simple chinese or indian shop, you can find a better tea than what you have suggested.
    For a Chai Latte, try it like this: http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2012/03/how-to-make-chai-tea.html…sorry for that rant, but really!

  3. Love all the suggestions! I see a tea shopping spree in my near future…

    Andrea Greb | 2/04/2014 01:02 pm
  4. Also – if you can find a great “Lady Grey” blend – Bergamot/Spice/Orange(or citrus) it’s divine.

  5. I love making red zinger into iced tea. It tastes like Kool Aid.

  6. Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin is amazing.

  7. Pretty much any tea by Kusmi teas, especially from their wellness series. The BB detox tea is d-i-v-i-n-e! And Prince Vladimir is a lovely black tea blend…. :)

    • I agree wholeheartedly with Marianna – Prince Vladimir IS amazing! I also LOVELOVELOVE Rishi Coconut Oolong. Best tea I have ever had and I used to manage a Teavana. :)

  8. Republic of Tea Vanilla Almond is my favorite. :-) Any Republic of Tea teas are amazing!!

  9. If you want a tea that you need to add nothing to, Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice. Quite literally, fall in a cup.

  10. Love this! I have been cutting out milk lately so I’ve fallen in love with the Twining’s Peppermint tea but I also have a “Snore & Peace” tea from Clipper every night before bed!

  11. I am now an avid tea drinker. I used to drink coffee, but one very hot summer iced coffee was not cutting it so I switched to iced green tea and I have been hooked ever since. I have 5 favorites: Tazo Zen green tea, Celestial Seasonings Sleepy Time, and Candy Cane Lane, Republic of Tea Pear Green tea, and Black Bing Cherry. Now I want a cup of tea. :)

  12. If you’re a fan of ‘English Breakfast’ tea, try White Tea, Green Tea, Redbush (or Rooibos) tea. The latter takes some time to acquire a taste for, but the health benefits are fantastic. Go look. I’m also a big fan of lots of the Twinings teas…at the moment, I’m having trouble sleeping so going for Cammomile & Spearmint, Liquorice Tea (again, not everyone’s a fan of the taste of liquorice but its just a hint of a taste) and their Green Tea with Peach & Cherry Blossom is lovely. Not sure if its available in the US (I’m in Wales, UK) but the powdered Mulled Wine Instant Tea by Whittards of Chelsea is gorgeous!

  13. My favorite tea is Yorkshire Tea Gold! :)

  14. Earl Grey is great, but I also love Twinings’ Lady Grey.

  15. Love the Earl Grey! :D

  16. Loose leaf all that way! Way more variety, and the taste is so much better, really smooth and tastes more natural. Any type of white tea is great, so is rooibos, and tea with rose in it is always fun, usually ends up being a bright pink colour and tastes nice and sweet.

  17. Bigelow’s Constant Comment is amazing.

  18. What!? No Good Earth Original Sweet & Spicy? It is the only tea I have ever loved.

  19. Tazo Passion Tea is a great fruity tea with a hint of spice. Iced or hot it is a fantastic drink! (Starbucks mixes it with lemonade, and it is AWESOME!)