I’m sure it’s no secret by now that I’m obsessed with tea. I’ve always loved tea, but my love began to grow even more when I discovered there were different flavours of tea, and started experimenting with loose leaf tea. It really does taste so much better when you brew it from scratch.
Today, I want to share some of my favourite teas from a variety of different brands I’ve tried.
Tea Recommendations For T2…
T2 is something of a rarity for me. The nearest store is a 12-hour drive away, and one of my goals in life is to live close enough to a T2 store to become a member and be able to dine in at the store like a regular customer. That being said, I can still (thankfully) order the tea online. If you want to try T2 (and I strongly encourage you to), here are my tea recommendations to start with:
Strawberries and Cream
It’s very hard to narrow down tea flavours because T2 is by far by favourite tea retailer. But I think Strawberries and Cream is always going to be at the top of my list.
It’s a sweet, delicious tea, with a medium-strong blend and addictive fruity flavour. I remember trying this for the very first time in my favourite coffee shop with my boyfriend, and we both fell in love with it. Usually, I’m more of a black tea kind of girl, but this tea will always have a place in my heart (and in my cupboard).
Blue Mountain is such a delicious tea, and it’s incredibly pretty as well. It’s a black tea, with a vanilla scent, and has little blue cornflowers throughout it. The aroma is divine and the taste is delicious– it would be a perfect camping brew or a lazy afternoon drink.
T2 has a lot of rose flavoured teas, but Black Rose is definitely my favourite. It has papaya and mango in it, and looks seriously stunning with it’s cornflower petals mixed with orange and yellow bits. It’s sweet, soothing, and bold; and it’s just beautiful.
Tea Recommendations For Twinnings…
If you’re like me and don’t have the privilege of living near fantastic tea shops, the most convenient way to get tea is to shop at your nearest grocery store, where they stock a bunch of widespread brands. It’s no T2, but Twinnings have a great range of flavours to give variety to your tea collection. Here are my tea recommendations:
Ceylon Orange Pekoe
A sweet, bright, black tea that is so yum. I think any brand of this tea is delicious, but if your options are limited and your flavours are feeling flat, Twinnings does this tea just as well as any other tea retailer.
This tea was created by the ex-Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, who is a proclaimed tea lover himself. I had trouble choosing between this tea and Irish Breakfast, but ultimately went for this tea because it happens to be a mix of Irish Breakfast, Orange Pekoe, and Russian Caravan– all teas which I thoroughly enjoy. Mr. Rudd also used this opportunity to raise money for the RSPCA, which I think was quite admirable and I like that purchasing this tea once helped save animals in Australia, though unfortunately, Twinnings discontinued the donations.
This tea is basically just Earl Grey tea, but with an added hint of lemon and orange peel, and a touch of citrus. I think it gives a regal, feminine touch to an already delicious tea.
Tea Recommendations For Dilmah…
My family changed to the plain, black Dilmah tea label sometime when I reached my teen years, but I never knew they had an extensive range of flavours because they only have a select few at the grocery store. Dilmah was my first experience with loose leaf tea, when I stumbled upon a Christmas gift set in Myers one day, and decided to try them all. That is when my journey with loose leaf tea began, and since then, these two flavours, in particular, have really stuck with me:
Sencha Green Extra Special
This is such a nice green tea. It’s sweet, smooth, and herbal, and it certainly feels special when you drink it. I always felt really refreshed after drinking it.
Italian Almond Tea
This became my favourite tea for ages, and I was very sparing with how much of it I used because I wanted it to last as long as possible. Italian Almond Tea is simply amazing. It’s sweet, fragrant, mellow and nutty, and super addictive. I couldn’t recommend this tea enough (and it’s way better brewed in loose leaf compared to the teabags they sell).
Tea Recommendations For Various Countries…
I’m not too well travelled (having never left Australia) but I hope to add to this list one day. For now, I want to share two tea recommendations that I adore from different places in the world.
Bushells Tea (Blue Label)
Specifically, I’ve only tried the blue label, but Bushells have four variations of tea (including another variation of Australian Afternoon). I grew up with this tea throughout my entire childhood (before our household switched to Dilmah tea) which is why I think I like it so much. There’s nothing extraordinarily special about it– it’s just black tea, but it’s really nice, and personally, I much prefer it to Dilmah tea.
Mango Maui Tea
My friend from Hawaii, Spencer, sent me this tea and it’s sooo yum!! I love mango, but I haven’t found many mango teas that I really enjoy (apart from Black Rose). This tea, however, is soo good. It’s a tropical black tea made from Sinensis tea leaves and natural flavouring, and it has an amazing aftertaste.