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 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!