There are plenty of tea fanatics out there, but many may be just starting out on their tea-drinking journey. And with so many varieties, it can be tough to know where to start—green tea, chamomile, earl grey, Oolong or something else entirely? That’s why a variety pack of teas is a great place for neophytes to start.
A tea variety pack typically include three to six packs of different teas. Most consist of tea bags rather than loose leaves, as these are easy to plop in a cup, pour water over and drink. The more variety here the better, as a wide-ranging box will allow you to explore many different flavors.
A variety pack of teas can also make for a great gift, as it has something for pretty much any tea drinker out there. Here, four of the best on Amazon.
1. Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea Variety Box
For those who want to buy from a tea brand that gives back, Taylors of Harrogate is just the ticket. This variety pack comes with 48 tea bags total—eight different teas with six of each—and promises that a portion of its profits will be reinvested into the community where it’s harvested as well as into the environment. Of course, there aren’t as many teas to choose from here, but six tea bags per is more than most other boxes.
2. Harney & Sons Tea Bag Sampler
If you or a friend isn’t sure where to start when it comes to tea, then Harney & Sons’ set is a great place to start. Not only does it come with 15 different teas, it also includes 10 honey sticks, which you can use to add a bit of the sweet stuff to your cup. There are 40 tea bags in total in the set—for the most part there are three of each kind of tea, but for some there’s only two.
3. Twinings Tea Bags Sampler Variety Pack
Variety means something different to every tea company. For some, it means six flavors. For Twinings, it means 48. That’s how many different teas come in its well-stocked sampler pack. Whether you like the classics (Earl Grey), herbal (Nightly Calm) or something a little different (Buttermint), this box has you covered, and then some.
4. Tea Forte Single Steeps Loose Leaf Tea Sampler
Many tea drinkers prefer simple tea bags because they’re easy to work with. But others lean toward loose leaf teas, as the method is believed to better activate the natural antioxidants and flavors in the leaves. For the this group, Tea Forte’s pack is an ideal choice, as it contains five different loose leaf teas—three of each—all wrapped up in pouches. Sure, these do take more time to prepare than tea bags, but the rich flavors—and all those health-promoting antioxidants—should make it worth the wait.