If you happen to know me in real life, you probably know this already: I love tea. I am obsessed with tea, teapots, mugs and everything that goes with it. I have a tea cupboard in my kitchen. Literally, an entire shelf dedicated to tea. And I have three tea pots – including a mermaid and a christmas one – because why not? In case you are wondering: yes, I am slightly mental. Also, I don’t like coffee so tea is to me what a pumpkin spice latte is to a basic bitch – no offence!
I am not going to make this post about why tea is amazing and how, if you don’t drink it regularly, you are missing out. I’m going to present you my favourite tea brands and types of teas as well as what they’re good for – from a sore throat to a way of pulling an all nighter. This post is very light-hearted and supposed to be fun. If you love tea, it’ll be a way for you to maybe discover new kinds. I would love to know if you try any of these teas out and, if you do, let me know what you think!
And just a small side note. Many people throw their used tea bags in the compost or food waste bin. However, most of them contain plastic fibres, used to seal the bag by applying heat to it, which are not biodegradable. Many brands are now making efforts to go plastic free and some have succeeded! All new Clipper tea bags are 100% biodegradable. So before getting rid of used tea bags, read the packaging or do a quick google search to find out whether or not it’s compostable.
If you are Irish, this needs no explaining. Barry’s tea is a staple in any family’s home in Ireland. Although my uncle and my dad still fight about whether or not the Classic Blend is better than the Gold Blend, we can all agree that it has got to be Barry’s. Although my flatmate lived in Ireland for most of her life, her household was only introduced to Barry’s tea when I first visited her hometown. I am proud to announce that her mum now drinks Barry’s tea too.
To prove to you how good this tea is, I literally import it from Ireland. I either order it online or get my flatmate to stuff her suitcase with a few boxes when she goes home. Many Irish people living abroad to that too, it’s that good – I write while taking a sip of my cup of Barry’s Gold Blend.
Wherever you live, I am sure you have heard of this English tea company. They make many kinds of tea and I really enjoy their new range of Superblends – you can see the ones I have in the picture above. Twinings tea is a staple product in many households and their range is huge – from classics to superblends and cold infusions, you’re bound to find something you enjoy.
As mentioned previously, Clipper tea bags are now biodegradable. This brand is organic, sustainable and ethical. If you want to live a more sustainable life, check them out! They are a little more pricey but definitely worth it. Their Sleep Easy Tea is phenomenal and Clipper is also one of the only brands to sell white tea in tea bags! Also, their packaging is beyond cute.
Another brand that you will find in my tea cupboard is Pukka. This brand is similar to Clipper in the sense that they are both sustainable and ethical. I’m not going to lie, one of the reasons I first bought their tea was because of their lovely, colourful packaging. I do really enjoy their chamomille tea.
Breakfast tea – Black
As it says it in the name, this tea blend is for the morning. It’s usually quite strong and gives you that caffeine kick you need – yes, there is caffeine in tea. And fun fact, caffeine in tea is released slowly, giving you a longer energy boost compared to coffee. The three most common types of breakfast tea are English, Irish and Scottish. The difference lies in their blends and in their strength. Scottish is the most robust, followed by Irish and finally English breakfast tea. These teas are usually drank with a dash of milk and some also add sugar to their cup.
Although it’s a breakfast tea, I drink it all day long, and I used to make a tea pot of this blend at 2 or 3am when pulling all nighters! It’s great for helping you stay awake. And just so you know, most teas (all the ones that contain caffeine) don’t hydrate you, the same way coffee doesn’t. So it’s important that you still drink loads of water throughout the day.
I am not going to lie, I’m not a fan of green tea. I find it quite bitter. However, I recently discovered a jasmine green tea by Twinings which I absolutely love. Green teas have so many health benefits that many people swear by. So if you’re like me and don’t like green tea or if you’re not feeling too adventurous, give this delicate-flavoured blend a try!
Ginger and lemon tea – Herbal
This is a great drink for when you’re feeling slightly under the weather. That is why Twinings Superblends made with lemon and ginger is called “Defence”. They also add Vitamin C to it to make it even more effective. Ginger has many health benefits and is well known for having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This tea tastes and smells great while also being a great pick-me-up on those cold, rainy days.
Growing up, before my obsession with black tea – and more specifically, Barry’s tea – white tea was my go-to. Which was a shame because most places don’t sell it. White tea is the purest and most highly prized of all teas. The leaves are collected from the same plants as black tea is. The difference is that white tea is collected very early on and barely processed. This means that this blend is very soft and delicate. I love white tea with honey and it is genuinely the best way to deal with a sore throat.
Peppermint tea – Herbal
Peppermint tea is great for any stomach-related issues, especially nausea. If I’m ever feeling nauseas or ill, peppermint tea is what you’ll find me drinking. Unpopular opinion: I don’t like mint – whether it’s in toothpaste or gum, it genuinely pains me to taste it. But trust me when I say it is one of the best things you could drink to fight nausea. Some people also just like the taste of it so why not make yourself a refreshing cup?
Sleep-easy tea – Herbal
This includes all kinds of teas that are supposed to better your sleep. They are always herbal teas (naturally caffeine-free) and are made by blending soothing plants. Chamomille tea is renowned for it’s calming properties and the same goes for lavender. The best way to go about this is to find a tea that you enjoy and have a cup or two close to your bedtime. You can include this in your nighttime routine to signal to your body that it’s time to switch off for the day.
So there you have it, a list of my favourite teas. Let me know what your favourite kind of tea is and how you drink it! I have linked the brands’ websites so you can have a browse, however, if you live in the UK, you will find all of them in your local supermarket – expect for Barry’s Tea that’s only sold in Ireland. If you are a tea company reading this, please sponsor me. If you are working for Barry’s tea, please let me be an ambassador for your brand! Anyway, thank you for reading this far, I hope you enjoyed it. Have a lovely week and I will see you next Sunday!