With the hundreds of options available in the market, sometimes it can be overwhelming to find what you really need. So, we got together with the tea connoisseurs at Basilur to list the essentials you must have in your tea collection!
White Tea to treat yourself
This tea is made from the youngest buds of the Camellia sinensis plant, which are covered in fine silver hairs which gives the tea a fuzzy, white look. As a result, it naturally carries some natural sweetness along with its milky taste notes. This mild taste can also be linked to the fact that white tea leaves are minimally processed. Therefore, if you aren’t a big fan of the strong flavours of black and green teas, white tea is the perfect fit for you.
White tea is not only a must-have tea because of its unique taste. It is also valuable because of its health benefits. Since white tea is processed in a manner that prevents the oxidation of the tea leaves, it ensures almost all of the nutritional value in the tea leaf is preserved. As a result, white tea is high in a compound called catechins that are helpful in preventing diabetes, fighting bacterial infections, and even offset the effects of ageing.
Our favourite white tea pick: Silver Tips & Tippy Tea
Black Tea for your everyday cup of tea
We won’t be wrong to claim that black tea is one of, if not the most popular teas in the world. The thorough oxidation process that gives black tea its deep colour also helps to bring out the deep, rich flavour profiles trapped in the leaf. Depending on the oxidization process and where the tea leaves come from, it can even carry smokey, malty or even fruity notes. The best thing about black tea is that there are so many varieties for you to choose from! Here are some of our favourites;
Pure Ceylon Tea: The Island of Tea Special
Mild Black Tea: Darjeeling Tea
Fruit-infused Black Tea: Mango & Pineapple Black Tea
Spice-infused Black Tea: Masala Chai
Similar to other types of tea, black tea also carries a profile of its own health benefits. The high content of antioxidants in black is responsible for most of these health benefits that include boosting heart health, lowering bad LDL cholesterol, improving gut health and lowering blood sugar levels.
Green Tea for refreshment
Green tea has definitely gained more and more popularity among tea lovers over recent years. Green tea retains its colour since it is minimally processed. This also helps to retain much of the nutritional value of the tea leaf. Similar to black tea, green tea is also available in many forms and flavours which helps you to find the perfect green tea that suits your palette.
Ceylon Green Tea : Radella
Fruit-infused Green Tea : Summer Tea
Sencha : Sencha Tea
Oolong: White Moon
It also has so many health benefits that green tea is often identified as the “Healthiest tea on the planet”. This is mainly because green tea contains a high volume of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which carries a plethora of health benefits. Some of these health benefits include improving brain function, aiding fat loss, lowering the risk of heart disease, helping to manage type 2 diabetes, reducing bad breath and much more!
Hibiscus Tea for when you need a palette cleanser
Hibiscus tea is more different than your conventional cup of tea. Along with its deep red hues, hibiscus tea carries its own unique sweet and tangy flavour notes. Made from the petals of the hibiscus flower, this tea is perfect to be served either hot or cold. So, this is the perfect choice if you want to step away from your everyday choice of tea and try something new! In addition to its unique flavours, hibiscus tea also boasts many health benefits such as helping to lower blood pressure, helping with stress and anxiety, lowering body fat levels and boosting liver health.
Our favourite Hibiscus Tea pick : Indian Summer
Chamomile Tea for relaxation
We all need a nice, mild tea that we can fall back on when we are having a tough day. That’s why Chamomile tea makes the cut as a must-have in your tea collection. This tea is made out of the dried, daisy-like Chamomile flower. It is one of the most popular herbal teas in the world both due to its mild refreshing taste and the abundance of health benefits it hoards. It has been used mainly for its calming and soothing properties in many cultures over the years. Some of the well-known health benefits of Chamomile tea include improving sleep quality, promoting digestive health, benefiting blood sugar control, improving heart health and helping with stress and anxiety. Also, Chamomile tea is caffeine-free. So, it’s the best pick for you if you want to avoid the caffeine content of black or green tea.
Our favourite Chamomile Tea pick : Chamomile Herbal Infusions
We hope that this guide helped you to build a tea collection with an option for every occasion and mood. If you are still having trouble finding the perfect tea picks for you, get in touch with us on social media or our live chat and we’d love to help you build your ideal tea collection with our collection of over 200 teas!