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Green tea, black tea, herbal tea. Matcha, pu-erh, masala chai. There are countless tea varieties in the world—experts typically put the number in the thousands—and sampler sets are the best way to experiment, expand your palette, and learn your preferences. They also make wonderful gift ideas, as they’re suitable for everyone from new tea drinkers to seasoned vets looking to shake things up.
We’ve rounded up our favorite samplers below, an array of products that range in price, packaging style (i.e. bags, sachets, or loose leaf), and of course tea variety. Take your taste buds on a trip around the globe, one cup at a time. Here are the best tea samplers to buy.
This 48-count tea sampler from Taylors of Harrogate—an English company that's been crafting tea since 1886—is backed by thousands of glowing online reviews. Praise for this eclectic and affordably priced set ranges from how giftable it is to the delicious taste of each blend.
Inside the elegant black-and-gold accented box are eight different tea varieties, with six tea bags per variety. The sampler includes: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Decaffeinated Breakfast, Lemon & Orange, Pure Assam, Green Tea with Jasmine, Organic Peppermint, and Organic Chamomile.
Some of the top customer comments say how enjoyable it was trying teas different from what they usually drink. Many also mention that they either gave or received the set as a gift, giving five stars for the results. And if this isn't enough tea, you can purchase the same set in a count of 120 and 220 tea bags.
Art of Tea carries loose-leaf and teabag samplers and this is a tea company that is considered one of the best. They blend their teas by hand and use sustainable practices like biodegradable tea bags.
Loose-leaf tea samplers include selections focused on award-winning teas, "dessert teas," iced teas, and more. A package of filter bags (sachets for loose leaf tea) is included.
Adagio Tea offers a large range of tea samplers. Each includes four to six sample pouches of tea, and each sample includes enough loose-leaf tea to brew 8-10 cups.
It is easy to get lost in this selection of tea samplers because there are so many. They're also very specialized, so they're great for both beginners and connoisseurs. If you're interested in exploring 'Teas of Japan,' there's a sampler for that. Have you heard about the various Earl Grey teas available? There's a sampler for that.
From florals to fruits and chais to sweet teas, even teas that make the perfect iced tea, you will not be bored by Adagio's selection.
For those who prefer teabags and tea sachets over loose-leaf tea, Mighty Leaf Tea has a number of themed tea pouch samplers. Most impressive of these are the 'Master' samplers.
Whether you're interested in comparing black teas or want an introduction to either white teas and green teas or herbal teas, there is a sampler for you. Each specializes in a different type of tea and includes 108 tea bags, between 12 and 18 of each tea. This will give you plenty of cups to enjoy and discover.
Revolution Tea offers variety packs of their teabags with themes like "Best of the Best" (most popular), "Holiday Cheer," and "Green and White Celebration." The full selection is available on their website, but a nice introduction is this six tea gift box set that includes black teas and green teas along with fruit and spice tea blends to try.
What we enjoy most about Revolution is that they've packaged loose leaf tea in tea bags (what the company call 'full-leaf tea bags'). This gives you convenience and great tea in one package.
Arbor Teas specializes in organic tea with sustainable packaging and delivery. The Michigan-based company is GMO free, Fair Trade Certified, and sends all their products in 100 percent backyard compostable packaging. From the moment the tea is planted to when it arrives at your door, sustainability is at the forefront.
They offer more than a dozen delicious tea samplers, all of which come in loose leaf form. One potential drawback is that most sampler sets are sorted by tea variety, meaning you won't find black tea in the same set as rooibos tea, for example, but this can also benefit customers who have a sense of what tea they already like. You can explore all the types in your favorite tea family. Herbal tea lovers will enjoy a sampler of Chamomile, Orange Spice Lemongrass Tisane, Peppermint, and Rooibos. Arbor Teas also offers region-specific samplers, native to India, Japan, and China.
If you're new to tea and really want to sample the widest variety, Solstice Tea Traders has the perfect sampler. These loose leaf teas are sold in reusable metal tins and it is a budget-friendly option for the widest sampling of teas.
In this sampler, you will receive enough tea for 10 servings each of 12 different teas that range from Gunpowder Green Tea to Masala Chai Black Tea and much more.
Golden Moon is a tea company you will want to get to know. They offer a variety of loose leaf teas that are USDA Certified Organic, GMO-free, and not sprayed with additional flavors.
This particular tea sampler offers 48 servings of Golden Moon's top four teas: Masala Chai, English Breakfast, Mint Medley, and Rooibos. It's a nice little collection that showcases the best of the greater world of tea.