Calling all the tea connoisseurs out there, here’s a par-tea that you we know you’re dying to be a part of. Of all the small joys in life, sipping on a cup of freshly brewed tea is a close second after a fuzzy weekend rerun of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. of course.
Speaking of tea, it’s amazing how, with time, a humble ‘chai ka kulhad’ has evolved into a serving of the ultra-fancy Phoenix Oolong. However, there’s no denying that this rather welcome evolution has also led to a considerable amount of confusion regarding which brew might be the best for you. Well, thank us later because we’ve simplified the tea market. Go, find your match(a).
1. Green Tea
We’re starting with this beacuse you’re probably sipping on some right now. While this drink began as a medicinal potion in China, green tea is now arguably the world’s most popular beverage. From lowering blood pressure levels to increasing the rate of metabolism and even preventing cancer, we’ll honestly take a while to exhaust the list of green tea benefits. And then of course, you can let a used tea bag cool down before patting it on your cleansed face as a quick pick-me-up.
The Budget Pick: Lipton Pure & Light Green Tea (100gm)
The Luxe Pick: KimiNo Japanese Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder With Free Recipe Ebook - 200gm
2. Herbal Tea
Think of this as a tea library, a blend of various leaves, fruits, bark, roots, or flowers belonging to almost any edible, non-tea plant. So, while Chamomile means happy sleep, Ginger clears chest congestion, and Lavender calms an upset stomach (and mind). Oh, we’re not done. Then we also got Hibiscus which fortifies the body’s immunity system, Holy Basil (Tulsi) that fights respiratory disorders, and Peppermint that relieves menstrual cramps. Oh, we’re still not done but never mind, you get the gist.
The Budget Pick: Organic India Original Tulsi
The Luxe Pick: Blue Tea Egyptian Hibiscus Ginger Flush Red Loose Tea
3. Black Tea
Easily the strongest member of the tea garden, this (quite literally) isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. This, most likely, won’t please your taste buds but it’s a boon for the body. Originally from East Asia, black tea leaves derive their color and bitterness from their intense production process since they are fully oxidized, unlike most of its counterparts. Apart from boosting cardiovascular health, this bitter beverage is also believed to eliminate bad cholesterol and improve gut health.
The Budget Pick: Tea Treasure Lopchu Golden Orange Pekoe Darjeeling Black Tea 18 Pyramid Tea Bags
The Luxe Pick: Tea Trunk Apple Spice Black Tea
4. Milk Tea
Well, we’re still looking for a life problem that kadak chai can’t fix. If a cup of steaming hot milk tea is your constant drug, hi-five ‘cause we’re self-proclaimed desis too. Feeding into the cult-like chai culture of India, we have Darjeeling tea that’s prized for its floral aroma and spicy flavour. Then there’s Assam tea that’s known for its darker brew and robust flavour. Too add to that, there’s no denying the fact that a cup of hot milk tea strengthens bones and reduces stress.
The Budget Pick: Golden Tips assam Tea Tin Can
The Luxe Pick: Goodwyn Darjeeling First Flush Tea
5. Slimming Tea
Blame it on the weight loss fad that has taken the world by storm, we have an entire assortment of slimming teas at our disposal now. Popularly known as ‘teatox’ on digital media, weight loss teas claim to enhance fat burning, suppress your appetite, and increase your metabolism rate. Though their effectiveness has consistently been a hot topic of debate, there’s no harm in giving this premium beverage a shot. You got lots to lose, isn’t it?
The Budget Pick: Tea Treasure Slim Life
The Luxe Pick: fitTOX - 30 Day Teatox (45 Tea Bags)
6. Fruit Tea
Well, fruit tea is technically not tea, it’s basically an infusion of fruity flavors, achieved by steeping fruit juices in hot water. To think of it, dried fruit stewed in water has been considered as a refreshing drink for centuries now. Powered by vitamins and antioxidants, the best thing about a fruity kettle is that unlike processed fruit juices, freshly brewed fruit tea retains the nutritional benefits of the raw fruit.
The Budget Pick: Tea Treasure Berry Blast Fruit Tea 18 Pyramid Tea Bags
The Luxe Pick: Radhikas Rejuvenating Lanka Orange Tea