If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I love coffee. I need to have my morning cup of coffee every day or else all hell breaks loose, which is why I can’t believe I’m now creating a post all about my favorite teas.
I am still a novice tea drinker, however I have narrowed down a few favorite blends. I drink about 2 cups of tea per day, and it’s mostly herbal teas in the afternoon and night. I keep at least 5 different types of teabags in my handbag at all times because I like to have options and select a blend depending on my mood. So without further ado, these are my top favorite teas ranging from good to best:
Black teas are honestly the simplest tea to me. When you think of tea, your mind most likely gravitates to Lipton Black Tea, which I do enjoy drinking for that quick pick-me-up. I also do love an English Breakfast Tea as well, especially if I’m at afternoon tea. My preferred way of drinking a black tea is with a splash of milk (preferably almond milk) with a packet of sugar or teaspoon of raw honey*.
I have a confession: although I enjoy chai lattes, I think I prefer drinking steeping it myself using a Tazo tea bag and adding a splash of almond milk and teaspoon of raw honey* to make my own version. The spices make me feel warm and cozy, and I especially love drinking chai in the fall. Sometimes, if I’m feeling extra bold, I’ll go to a coffee shop an order a dirty chai, which is chai with a shot of espresso. That gives me a jolt of energy for sure.
I am a bit picky with green tea and will only use tea bags from Yamamotoyama. Maybe it’s because I’m Asian, but I grew up drinking the Sencha Green Tea and Genmaicha Green Tea varieties, so it is a bit nostalgic for me. Another type of green tea I want to highlight is matcha. Although I don’t make matcha at home or buy the powder, I want to shout out Cha Cha Matcha and Takahachi Bakery in New York City for their matcha lattes, but also a special shout out goes out to Cup & Cup in Koreatown for their cute bear latte art.
My favorite brand of ginger tea is by Yogi, but I also enjoy variations such as ginger turmeric. I usually like to drink this after a heavy meal with a teaspoon of raw honey*, as ginger helps with digestion and bloating. But, I also drink ginger tea when I feel under the weather and will even just cut up some ginger root and add it to boiling water to make my own version at home.
I always associated with drinking chamomile with going to bed because it makes you sleepy, but I now drink this any time of the day when I feel like I want to calm down. Just like ginger tea, it supports digestion as well. One of my favorite varieties of chamomile tea is the Traditional Medicinals Chamomile Lavender because I love lavender, and this tea in particular is great before bed. I swear I sleep like a baby every time I drink it.
On the subject of lavender, I’d like to make an honorary mention of the lavender milk tea from By Grace Street in Koreatown. It feels like I’m wrapping my stomach in a plush blanket when I drink it.
The tea I did not expect to love as much as I do: peppermint tea. I’m not sure what it is, but I often find myself craving peppermint tea and constantly looking forward to drinking it any time of the day—even before I’ve had my morning coffee. Benefits of peppermint tea are said to include improvement in digestion, fresher breath, energy boost, clearer sinuses, headache relief, and easing menstrual cramps. Personally, it just makes me feel happier and I will probably brew a cup after writing this because it sounds good.
*My favorite raw honey for tea are the Nature Nate’s Honey Packets. They are the perfect size for a cup of tea and are great for on-the-go. Plus, sometimes raw honey jars or bottles can be hard to use because raw honey crystallizes, but I prefer raw honey over regular honey because it has more health benefits, which might be worth delving into in another post.