Best Loose Leaf Teas for Beginners

Because there are so many options when it comes to tea, though, it can be difficult to know where to start. You may be struggling to decide (or even know the difference) between caffeinated and caffeine-free, flavored and unflavored, black and green, white and pu-erh. While it can seem overwhelming at first, there’s really no wrong way to begin drinking tea: any cup that you enjoy is a good cup! Here are our top recommendations for beginner-friendly teas that can help introduce you to the wonderful world of tea.

Best tasting green tea for beginners

  1. Japanese SenchaBeing one of the most popular types of green tea in the world, sencha is not only unavoidable, accounting for more than 70% of Japan’s total tea producing, it’s a definite must if you want to understand tea better. It’s refreshing, easy to brew and deliciously vegetal. Japanese sencha is one of those teas that can convert a non tea drinker into a passionate tea lover. Japanese and Chinese sencha are two different types, but both can offer a good introduction into the world of green tea.
  2. Dragon Well Green Tea- Trying a real pure Chinese green tea will help you understand the difference between steamed and pan fried green teas. The best one may be Dragon Well. This tea is one of the top ten most famous Chinese teas for a reason. Unlike sencha, it has a more delicate, lighter and a nuttier flavor, sometimes as light as you would expect from white teas. This tea can be brewed in a tall glass, and drank without straining.
  3. Jasmine Green TeaJasmine green tea has one of the most soothing tea flavors among green tea. It’s a great choice for beginners because it’s somewhere in between pure green tea and flavored blends, but without the strong and possibly bitter notes of both types.

 

Best tasting black tea for beginners

  1. Masala Chai teaThere is nothing more soothing than a warming cup of spicy milk tea in the cold afternoons. It’s impossible to understand the Indian tea culture without trying Masala Chai. What to expect? Think about that warming and satisfying feeling of drinking a hot cocoa drink. Amazingly, a blend of real tea and spices can give that same feeling.
  2. Earl GreyEarl Grey is a blend of different black teas scented with bergamot oil. What makes it special is light citrusy flavor, that goes well with milk. It’s one of the most popular tea blends in the world and without a doubt, a tea every tea drinker should try at least once in life.
  3. Lapsang SouchongWhen you first try Lapsang Souchong, you will be wowed by the world of real tea. Although Lapsang Souchong can be either smoked or unsmoked, the smoked type is what attracts even those who don’t necessarily love black tea. This tea has a very unusual flavor that might not appeal to everyone, but it will give you a great foundation for exploring the world of black tea further.

Best tasting oolong tea for beginners

  1.  White tipped oolong- A champagne tea among oolong teas, White Tipped Oolong or Oriental Beauty comes from Taiwan and has a unique, delicate, a muscatel and honey-like note. This tea owes its special aroma to bug-bitten leaves, and it’s only one of a very few bugs-bitten teas in the world.
  2. TieguanyinThere is no better introduction into the world of ball shaped oolong teas than Tieguanyin. This tea comes with a dozen of different flavor notes. The best one may be the modern green type that shares much more with green than black tea. This tea has a light floral notes and is very easy to brew.
  3. Red RobeRed Robe is a true delight for those who prefer stronger, more oxidized and heavily roasted oolong teas and would rather choose black tea over green tea. This full bodies oolong can have both fruity and floral notes, a hint of molasses and mineral notes.

Best tasting herbal tea for beginners

  1. Mint- Mint tea offers a refreshing flavor that is invigorating and cooling. These teas are popular among tea drinkers since peppermint is a common flavor in most people's palate. Mint can be found in everything from candy canes and toothpaste to mints and baked goods. Try a delicious peppermint tea or chocolate mint tea if you like bright flavors and enjoy the tingling sensation.
  2. Chamomile- Chamomile is one of the most popular traditional herbal tea in the world. It’s lightly sweet, delicious, soothing and caffeine free, and may even help with a good night sleep. Our favorite blends? Better Sleep: Chamomile Lavender.
  3. RooibosRooibos, a true wonder among herbal teas is one of rare teas that can compete with green tea. It’s full of antioxidants, caffeine free, very easy to brew and has no bitterness at all. There are two types of rooibos tea – red and green. Red is the most common one, with a stronger, slightly earthy and sweet flavor, and green with very light, a bit sweet and refreshing green flavor. You can brew both of them with hot water for even over 10 minutes, and they won’t become bitter at all.

 

TEA SAMPLERS

Not sure what kind of tea to try? Tea samplers can be a great way to explore a wide variety of different teas, and to introduce you to different tea types and blends. We often recommend sample packs to beginner tea drinkers to help them get a sense of what kinds of tea they might enjoy. Once you make your way through a sample pack, you can then purchase your favorites in a bigger size!