Best White Teas of 2014

White Teas

White teas are unprocessed tea leaves picked from the youngest, most tender shoots. The unwithered leaves are steamed and undergo even less processing than green tea leaves. White teas are delicate and slightly sweet, and can be infused multiple times. Proponents claim that the high antioxidant content of white tea boosts the immune system to fight cancer, viruses, and bacteria, while its fluoride-rich properties help prevent dental plaque. It is also said to impede the breakdown of collagen and elastin, which may reduce the visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles and sagging skin.

#5 Harney & Sons Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding Tea is a light, well-blended combination of white tea, flower petals, coconut, almond and vanilla. The quality of Harney and Sons does not disappoint. The light scent and flavor of vanilla and almond come through with every sip and the aroma freshly floral. The 30 individual sachets make the brewing process convenient and may be infused multiple times. Also, the reusable tin has a pretty appearance and looks great as a gift.

#4 Teavana Youthberry Acai

For true tea aficionados, this soft white tea is blend of red currants, hibiscus, apple, mango, pineapple, rose petals, rosehips and acai berry. Teavana Acai White is a loose leaf product, and while expensive, is one of the top white teas of 2014, mainly due to its dedicated fanbase. This white tea blend is a fruity, full-flavored white tea with an amazing aroma. Some prefer to add a touch of sugar or honey during the brewing process to enhance the flavors. Sample Teavana Acai blend with a purchase of the 2oz. and sit back, relax and enjoy a truly unique tea experience.

#3 Numi’s Organic White Rose

Another top white tea of 2014 is Numi’s Organic White Rose tea. Using 100% organic white tea leaves and rosebuds, it is very low in caffeine, and is the tea of choice for many who choose relaxation over stimulation. This is a top quality tea worth the expense. The flavor is subtle and sweet and needs little or no added sweetener. The light, smooth taste draws customers over and over again, and every cup is satisfying without a single note of bitterness. Remember, white tea may be infused three to four times for a consistently flavored and aromatic cup, every time.

#2  Organic White Coconut

The Art of Tea Organic White Coconut Crème has excellent reviews and many satisfied customers. It is a creamy tea blended with the perfect amount of coconut and a bottom note of delicate white tea. Prepared in a tea infuser, this loose leaf tea is a sweet and soothing treat, especially late in the day or evening. The tin provides approximately 29 cups of low-caffeinated tea so the price is reasonable, given the award-winning quality.

#1 Choice Organic White Peony

Choice Organic White Peony tea has a subtle flavor, with fresh floral notes and lingering sweetness. Many fans adore the delicate flavor of this tea, enjoying White Peony on a daily basis. The purchase includes six boxes of 16-count tea bags, (92 tea bags in all) which make this organic choice an incredible deal when brewed multiple times. And remember, this tea has amazing cancer-fighting qualities in every aromatic cup.

Best Tea Gifts of 2014

Tea Gifts

#5 Tea Forte Large Tin Sampler Collection – Fifteen Silken Pyramid Infuser

This sampler collection excels for all your small but thoughtful gift-giving needs, including birthdays, holidays and hostess gifts. The beautiful packaging and variety of interesting flavors are sure to please even the most discerning tea drinker. The individual, pyramid-shaped tea bag hangs from the cup from a tiny leaf to keep it from falling in.

#4 Numi Organic World of Tea Collection

Give the gift of travel with each sip! The Numi World Collection provides 45 bags of 100% organic tea, 5 bags of each flavor; Breakfast blend (Italy), earl grey (England), golden chai (India), mate lemon green (Brazil), jasmine green (China), gunpowder green (Taiwan), rooibos (South Africa), Moroccan mint (Morocco), and chamomile lemon (Egypt). This organic tea gift comes highly recommended and the handcrafted bamboo chest adds a nice touch.

#3 Teavana PerfecTea Maker

This tea maker is a number one bestseller for two reasons: high quality design and ease of use. The 16 oz. polycarbonate carafe is sturdy, and the four-piece construction makes it easy to remove the filter and clean. Simply add the tea and water at the correct temperature, then place the maker over your favorite mug. The method works flawlessly for loose leaf teas, without leakage, and brews a perfect cup of tea, every time.

#2 Wissotsky Magic Tea Box

Looking for one of the most popular tea gifts for all occasions? Look no further because Wissotzky’s Magic Tea Box is suitable for loved ones, friends, business associates, and even as a personal treat. The Magic Tea Box contains 8 kosher flavors of black, green, fruit and herbal infusions in one unique assortment. World-renowned since 1845, each Wissotzky tea blend has withstood the test of time and has been passed down from generation to generation. The wooden box presentation is beautiful and each selection is full-flavored and balanced, made from high quality teas that are individually packaged in its own colorful tea bag. Each tea has a description on the inside of the lid.  Wissotzky has made gift-giving even easier by offering three additional assortments to choose from, including Green Tea, Mahogany Tea Chest or Tea Lover’s Journey Collection.

#1 Numi Organic Tea Flowering Gift Set

As one of the most popular tea gifts of 2014, this unique gift set elevates the tea experience to a breathtaking artistic display. The set includes a rustic bamboo chest and delicate, handblown16 oz. glass teapot complete with 6 flowering tea blossoms. Made with organic teas that, when steeped in hot water, slowly blossom into gorgeous shapes and flowers. Each tea blossom makes three very flavorful pots of tea that taste even better the longer it steeps.

Best Teas of 2014

There is a huge array of teas on the market today for every personal taste and budget, including black, white, green, chai, herbal and more. Finding the perfect cup of tea and tea gifts online can be a challenge. To simplify the process, we have created a summary of the best tea reviews. Here you will discover the most popular, affordable and highest ranking teas of 2014.

Best Green Teas of 2014

Green tea consists of leaves that haven’t been fermented and so contain the highest level of antioxidants. The many possible health benefits of drinking green teas may include reducing the risk of heart disease, helping in the fight against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and lowering the incidence of breast cancer. Drinking green tea regularly may also be conducive to weight loss.

#5 Numi’s Organic Jasmine Green

As the world’s oldest-known scented tea, jasmine tea is light and fragrant. Numi’s Organic Jasmine Green makes it into our top five best green teas of 2014. Numi’s is one of the few brands that is truly organic without additives or unhealthy tea bags. Jasmine Green is a high quality, full-leaf tea with 100% real jasmine flowers. The tea leaves a pleasant lingering taste that is smooth and refreshing and beneficial to drink on a daily basis.

#4 Numi’s Organic Gunpowder Green 

Immediately after being plucked, Organic Gunpowder Green tea is steamed and skillfully rolled into small pearls. When steeped, the tight pearls unfurl and create a full-bodied cup of tea with a smooth flavor and delicate aroma. Devoted Numi brand fans love this tea, claiming the Gunpowder Green is the best green tea they have ever tasted.

#3 Ito En Matcha Blend Green

Ito En is a well-known Japanese brand that Kirkland Signature has packaged. Both citizens and visitors to Japan consistently rave about the high quality and authentic flavor of this tea. The 100% Japanese green tea leaves are blended with a touch of matcha powder, creating a light, slightly sweet, slightly grassy flavor. The single-serving tea bags make brewing a cup of tea quick and convenient when you lack the time and patience for brewing a pot of looseleaf tea.

#2 Premium Green Tea 

Stash Premium Green Tea is made from leaves that are steam-processed in the typical Japanese Sencha style to protect color, fragrance and flavor of the leaf. The brewed cup has a nutty, grassy flavor and golden-green hue. Prepare a pitcher of cold-brewed green tea and store in the fridge to enjoy delicious, refreshing iced tea every day. It is grown in Brazilian tea gardens and blended in the United States. The bulk packaging of Premium Green tea provides fresh, foil-wrapped tea at an outstanding price.

#1 Matcha Green Tea Powder

Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder is one of the healthiest tea products out there, and extremely versatile. You need only a tiny bit to make an aromatic and strong cup of hot tea. A 50+ recipe e-guide is included with your purchase for creative cooking and baking with green tea powder. Some of the most mouthwatering ideas include green tea cupcakes, frappuccinos, lattes and smoothies. This potent powder contains 137 times the amount of antioxidants of brewed green tea, and takes the potential health benefits to a whole new level by boosting metabolism, energy and focus, and improving hair and skin. If amazing health and a strong immune system are important to you then Matcha Green Tea Powder is highly recommended.

Best Chai Teas of 2014

Chai Tea Recommendations

Spiced milk tea from India is known as chai. Rich black tea is blended with traditional Indian spices, heavy milk, and a sweetener to bring out the full flavor of the spices. The most common spices used include cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and pepper. Chai produces a warming effect, aids in digestion, focus and a general sense of well-being. Chai tea is available as a concentrate, powder mix, or in bulk loose leaf form.

Concentrates often have a strong, bold taste, while dry mixes are more convenient. Bulk and bagged tea must first be brewed then blended with milk and sweetener, so the process takes more time.

#5 Pacific Chai Vanilla

Many fans choose Pacific Chai vanilla as their favorite morning tea when time is short.

This brand of tea latte contains no trans fats or hydrogenated fats, and is both gluten free and kosher. The powder is easy to use and an economical way to enjoy chai at home at a moment’s notice. The vanilla flavor adds a nice touch to the perfectly balanced flavors of sweetness and spice. You can boost the satisfaction by blending it with steamed milk or half and half.

#4 Blue Lotus Traditional Masala Chai

This traditional chai mix has made our top five chai teas of 2014. Blue Lotus captures a balanced amount of spices to tea and uses no artificial flavorings or colorings, no sweeteners, and no milk powder. Fans love that they are able to use the type of sweetener they prefer, sugar, honey, agave or stevia, as well as their choice of milk. Some prefer condensed milk while others choose their favorite alternative milk product. There is no brewing or steeping, so this mix is convenient and portable. It is great for trips as a little goes a long way. Because you use only 1⁄4 teaspoon per cup, Blue Lotus Masala

Chai is a very affordable way to enjoy the robust flavor of chai–made your way, to your preferences, every time.

#3 Big Train Spiced Chai

Set free your inner barista because this may be the most decadent (and sweet) chai that you’ll make at home. This chai powder is a creamy blend of sugar, honey, vanilla, black tea and exotic spices. You can make it cold or hot, simply add water to this convenient powder, or make it even creamier with steamed milk or milk alternative, such as coconut milk. It is far more affordable than the corner coffeehouse or restaurant and just as mouthwatering.

#2 Stash Chai Double Spice Black

One of the best chai teas of 2014, Stash Double Spice Chai uses twice the amount of clove, cinnamon, and cardamom for a zesty cup of chai. The bulk packaging provides an amazingly low price of around 15 cents per cup. The flavor is strong without being sharp, the aroma full-bodied. The foil-wrapped teabags keep the tea fresh and convenient for travel, and easy to brew to your preferences. For a chai latte, simply add your choice of steamed milk and sugar and top with cinnamon or nutmeg. Delicious!

#1 Lipton Spiced Cinnamon Chai

One of the most popular teas of 2014, Lipton Spiced Cinnamon Chai is also one of the lowest cost. The pyramid-shaped tea bags brew a consistently sweet and tasty cup but the flavor is not as strong as other chai beverages. Drink black for a low calorie beverage, or add your choice of sweetener or milk to enhance the flavor. The overall cinnamon spice may be more appealing to some tea drinkers who shy away from the zestier spices like pepper and ginger traditionally used in Chai blends.

Best Black Teas

Black tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, second to water. Generally stronger and more zesty than other teas, black tea has a long shelf life. Regular intake of black tea may help reduce cardiovascular problems and contains an abundance of polyphenols, which are health-enhancing antioxidants.

#5 Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

This tea is very popular, as it is considered one of Harney and Sons most flavorful teas. It is a blend of black teas paired with zesty orange, cinnamon and cloves. Hot Cinnamon Spice is excellent on cool afternoons and winter evenings by the fire. Based on consistently positive reviews by well-satisfied customers, we rank Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice as one of the best black teas of 2014.

#4 Yorkshire Decaf Black Tea

When you crave an affordable black tea—without the caffeine—this Taylors of Harrogate tea is an excellent choice. Many people are pleasantly surprised that this tea is so flavorful and rich. The deep, full-bodied tea is smooth, with or without lemon, milk or sugar, and possesses an excellent fragrance. This is a decaf tea lover’s tea that provides a tasty, full-flavored cup without the buzz. Yorkshire Decaf Black brews an affordable cup of tea without compromising on flavor.

#3 Lipton Iced Tea Gallon Size Tea Bags

If consistently good iced tea is what you’re after, at the most economical price, then Lipton Iced Tea is your best choice. The gallon-sized bags of real tea leaves are convenient for making large servings of iced tea, without the higher cost and mess of using standard-sized tea bags. This tea contains no additives, preservatives or colorings.

#2 PG Tips Black Tea

This black tea is considered to be number one in England and consistently arrives well-sealed and fresh, without added shipping costs from Europe. PG Tips is recommended as a very good everyday tea, especially as a robust breakfast drink. It is also highly recommended as a refreshing and flavorful iced tea. The flow-through bags serve as a mini teapot, which means that leaves have more room to move around as it brews. If you like quality and convenience in one cup, then order this excellently priced black tea today.

#1 Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Gold

Our number one recommended black tea is Yorkshire Gold, a rich and smooth English black tea with a malty flavor. If you want a complex, full-flavored cup, then you will want to buy this product. Holding up to milk, sugar or black, Yorkshire Gold has a dedicated, worldwide fan base for good reason. It is a consistently flavorful, high quality English breakfast tea at a highly affordable price. Each satisfying cup costs mere pennies!