We all deserve a good brew to keep us going or at the end of a hard day at work. And if you're vegan we have your back covered because here are the best on the market right now.
Clearspring Japanese Organic Matcha Shot
Kick-start your day with all-new Clearspring Japanese Organic Matcha Shot – the naturally concentrated, 100% Matcha hit in a handy sachet format, perfect for popping in your bag and enjoying on-the-go.
Clearspring Organic Japanese Matcha is a finely ground powder made from the finest green tea leaves that have been shade-grown in a tea garden high in the hills of Uji in Kyoto, Japan. Matcha’s vivid green colour and slightly sweet, rich and smooth flavour make it the most prized among Japanese teas. A staple in Japanese culture for 900 years, it has formed a central part of the tea ceremony, as well as having been enjoyed by Buddhist monks during long days of meditation.
How Matcha is made:
The tea bushes are shade-grown for the final few months to allow the leaves to fill with chlorophyll. The finest young tea buds are then picked, dried and ground in a granite mortar for many hours. This creates a unique light smoothness that is perfect for drinking.
Health benefits of Matcha:
Nutritionist Cassandra Barns says: “Compared to standard green teas, Matcha is higher in flavanols, the natural compounds associated with green tea’s antioxidant benefits. Flavanols are thought to have a protective effect for the immune system and brain, as well as anti-ageing benefits for our skin. Matcha can also be higher in theanine, an amino acid that can have a relaxing and calming effect on the mind and help with focus and concentration. All this makes Matcha a fantastic natural pick-me-up without the over-stimulating effects of coffee, and with more health benefits!”
Enjoy as a classic shot on its own with hot water; whisked into a vanilla Matcha latte, or sprinkled into a green smoothie. For a special ‘on-the-go’ boost, simply add the contents of a sachet to a bottle of water or your favourite fruit juice; shake and enjoy. It really is as easy as that!
- Available from Health Food Wholesales, Independent Retailers and online
- RRP: £6.25 (8 individually wrapped 1g sachets 8 x 1g).
Tetley Indulgence Flavour Blends
Teatime has had an indulgent makeover with Tetley’s brand new range of Indulgence Flavour Blends.
Using over 1,000 years combined tea experience, the master blenders at Tetley have created a mouth-watering range of four black teas with indulgent flavour twists inspired by the nation’s favourite teatime treats: Chocolate Mint, Cookies and Cream, Spiced Apple and Gingerbread.
- Chocolate Mint: this black tea with tempting mint and dark chocolate flavours makes for the perfect luxury after-dinner blend.
- Cookies and Cream: a black tea with delicious biscuit flavours inspired by the tastes and smells of the cookie jar.
- Spiced Apple: this black tea with sweet spiced apple flavours provides a warming kick reminiscent of nights curled up in front of fire.
- Gingerbread: a black tea with warming ginger biscuit flavours and spicier notes that create a delicious flavour and texture worthy of an indulgent teatime.
Each flavour is vegetarian and vegan friendly, and at just 2 calories per cup makes for the perfect guilt-free treat at any time of day.
Heath and Heather Organic Super Teas
Struggling to get out of bed in the mornings? Need a little support with your New Year’s resolution health kick? Or want help to fight off January colds with natural alternatives to medicines? This January, Heath & Heather is on hand with five new innovative Organic Super Teas, providing herbal remedies for everyday health needs.
Created by a team of expert herbalists, each tea serves a unique health purpose. The teas have been individually blended with the finest botanicals, herbs and plants, specifically chosen for certain functional benefits and to help support a natural and healthy lifestyle.
For those wanting a natural energy push first thing, try a cup of Organic Energising Morning Time tea. The fruity infusion promotes morning vitality with ginseng root and Amazonian guarana, both natural energy boosters.
The Organic Relaxing Night Time tea is the perfect aid for sleepless nights. A calming chamomile and spearmint infusion empowered with valerian root and hops, traditional herbal remedies used to ease insomnia, anxiety and restlessness.
Keep colds and flu at bay with the help of Organic Supportive Root Remedy. A fiery infusion to support health and wellbeing from the inside, using turmeric, ginger, galangal and ginseng roots.
For those trying to shift some Christmas weight this January, the Organic Detoxing Slim Tea is a metabolism-boosting infusion of green yerba mate, guarana seeds, psyllium and rooibos. Organic psyllium husk is a soluble source of fibre which assists natural weight loss through natural bowel movements, detoxing the gut and curbing food cravings at the same time.
The Organic Digestive Super Seeds tea is an ideal after-dinner remedy for those wanting to avoid bloating or indigestion and maintain a healthy digestive cycle. This savoury-sweet functional blend combines coriander seeds, anise seeds, fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds, all of which are popular as traditional herbal aids to ease digestion. Fenugreek seeds are also believed to help control blood sugar levels.
Twinings has officially unveiled its new range of Selection packs, which include six variety packs made up of the UK's best loved flavours. Each Selection pack gives you 4 different types of tea in the same box, so it’s perfect for those who want to try new flavours – or just like variety!
Ranging from ‘Classics’ such as English Breakfast and Earl Grey, to flavour selections including ‘Fruits’, ‘Mints’, ‘Camomiles’ and ‘Gingers’, Twinings will offer Brits the most exciting infusions across their favourite ranges, giving them a pleasurable burst of scent and flavour with every cup.
And for those looking for the perfect detox in 2017, the innovative ‘Steamed Green Teas’ range will add whole new dimension to that morning brew, incorporating centuries-old blending techniques to provide the most delicate and purest of flavours. Each teabag in the selection pack range is individually foil-wrapped to lock in the flavour for extra freshness, with 20 bags contained in each box.
Twinings tea selection packs are available at major food retailers. The range is also available on the Twinings website, with prices starting at £2.69.
Balance can be hard to find in today's fast-paced world. At Positivitea we believe in the three Ps - being PRESENT, believing everything is POSSIBLE and remaining POSITIVE. We also believe in the chakras, the energy centres of the body. For thousands of years they have been used as spiritual guidelines for wellbeing and are said to be directly connected to the health of the physical body and mind. When they are balanced you feel positive, healthy and happy. By harnessing the healing power of herbs each tea within the Positivitea range has been specifically blended to help the smooth running of the organs associated with a particular chakra or counteract the ailments associated with its imbalance. The collection includes seven chakra teas and a very special three chi chai. Retail price is £5.50 and the tea is available on subscription for £10 a month. Positivitea can be purchased online and at many yoga and fitness studios, spas, health food shops and cafes across the UK and department stores including Fenwick and Urban Outfitters.
We Are Tea
Whether you're looking for body balance, skin radiance or a tummy tonic, the brand new range of teas from London-based, independent tea company, We Are Tea has the answer.
Svelte, Glow, and Soothe are packed full of 100% natural, healthy ingredients and are the first range of teas to be backed and developed by a nutritionist, offering you a helping hand to look and feel your best this summer season. Carefully crafted, with the help of Amanda Hamilton, these three beautiful blends go on sale this August and not only do they do good, but they taste good too.
SVELTE: featuring yerba mate and ginger, this tea is designed to invigorate your system. Natural seagreens help to balance the metabolism, Dandelion root to tone, nettle to eliminate and the Yerba Mate for focus.
GLOW: featuring red berries, Calendula and a traditional blend of herbs, this tea has been designed to bring sparkle back to skin. Supportive and delicious, it's packed with anti-oxidants and active ingredients to maintain skin health.
SOOTHE: with fennel and mint, this is a calming digestive tea and a perfect accompaniment to any meal. Warming and soothing, it aids digestion and eases bloating.
Nutritionist Amanda Hamilton says "It's often difficult to find really good quality teas that both taste great and are actually genuinely good for you. This new range, which we've been developing, trying and tasting for the last year, boast considerable health benefits which will lead to long lasting results, and they taste great too. I'm so proud of what we've created together and can't wait for you all to try it"
With an impressive range of artisan teas from producers across the world, the company follows a simple philosophy - to ethically source exceptional whole-leaf teas from artisan producers and hand-pack them here in the UK. They aim to make the often complex and daunting world of speciality tea more open and accessible.
They are available now from Sainsbury's.
Sweet Orange Rooibos
Ginger and Lemon Infusion
An independent, expert tea company based in London, the people at Bellevue bring thirty years' expertise and experience at the heart of the tea trade to deliver first class products and service to you and your customers. The company is recognized for their tea knowledge, expertise and quality offerings - producing classic blends as well as many herbal infusions for the perfect cup of tea every time. With Bellevue Tea, you can have premium brews in beautifully designed and packaged tag tea bags that provide pleasure from the moment the packets are spotted on the shelf to when the tea bag is picked out of the pot or mug.
Sweet Orange Rooibos (loose leaf) £3.00
Tea Bag Rooibos £2.00
Ginger & Lemon Infusion £2.50
Giraffe's Sunshine Coast Iced Tea
Ice cold chamomile & green tea with mango, lime & fresh mint is suitable for vegans and available in 64 restaurants across the country.
Ahmad Tea Fruit Black Teas
Ahmad Tea, a leading British and International tea brand, are proud to offer vegan friendly teas - including the fruit black teas range. The company specialise in bringing affordable, yet high quality tea to the world. With a range of 10 flavours to choose from, there is a flavour for everyone at Ahmad Tea:
Peach & Passion Fruit
- A wonderful combination of two delicious fruits can be experienced in this exquisite blend. Enjoy this tea hot or cold and experience the inspiring flavours this tea has to offer.
- The delicious taste of this classic summer fruit fused with black tea makes an unusually refreshing drink - the perfect complement to a hot summer's day.
- This invigorating tea is infused with a delicate fruit flavour to make a gentle cup of tea. A warm, refreshing drink made with black tea flavoured with the most English of fruits.
- The distinctive flavour of apricots has been enjoyed since ancient times and combines perfectly with Ahmad Tea black tea to create a satisfying and enjoyable beverage.
- An Ahmad Tea customer favourite, this tea is infused with the characterful flavour of blackcurrant - reminiscent of English hedgerows in summer.
Lemon & Lime Twist
- The zesty flavour of lemons lend this tea a warm aroma and generous flavour, which can be appreciated either warm or iced.
- This invigorating black tea is infused with a delicate mango flavour to make a gentle and refreshing drink. This exotic tea with fresh and sweet flavours, can be enjoyed iced on warm summer days, as well as brewed hot at any time.
- Infused with the mouth-watering flavour of raspberry. Enjoy this tea warm or even cold with a slice of fruit for the perfect summer refreshment.
Pukka Lemon Detox Tea
Pukka Detox with Lemon Tea is a zesty, refreshing tea containing Aniseed, Fennel, Cardamom, Lemon Peel, Lemon M and Lemongrass. This tea is 100% vegan and vegetarian so you can be kind to your body and nature.
Lemon acts as a natural cleanser for your colon and wakes up the body making this tea a great morning drink.
Pukka Wild Apple Tea
Pukka Wild Apple & Cinnamon Ginger Tea is a delicious warm fruit tea. Made with Cinnamon, Ginger Root, Clove, Chamomile and Orange. The tea is a unique organic blend that is free from soya and diary and is 100% vegan and vegetarian.
It is also naturally caffeine free so it kind on your body and the environment.
Dr Stuarts White Tea Strawberry & Chilli, RRP £6.95, www.drstuarts.com
Tasty and decadent, Dr Stuarts loose leaf White Tea Strawberry & Chilli is made of beautiful silver buds, an interesting combination of deliciously sweet strawberry and a kick of chilli to awaken your senses.
Dr Stuarts Pu-Erh Blackberry, RRP £6.95, www.drstuarts.com
Full and fruity, this complex tea is transformed with the fruity taste of blackberry into a smooth beneficial beverage.
Dr Stuarts Apple & Ginger, RRP £2.29, www.drstuarts.com
Spicy or icy? Dr Stuarts Apple & Ginger is one of Dr Stuarts oldest and most loved blends. A warming blend of apple, ginger and cinnamon and made with 100% natural flavours. What's more Dr Stuarts insist that all of their fruit infusions are of the highest quality to ensure tea lovers the world over get a 'taste sensation' every time they brew a cup. For this reason Dr Stuarts only use pure natural ingredients with no additives, no artificial or 'nature identical' flavourings or colourings. Packed in enveloped teabags guarantees freshness and ideal for enjoying on the go!
Dr Stuarts Cranberry & Raspberry, RRP £2.29, www.drstuarts.com
A delicious herbal infusion including Cranberries and Raspberries and 100% natural flavours.
Dr Stuarts Elderflower & Lemon, RRP £2.29, www.drstuarts.com
A delightfully refreshing blend of elderflower and zesty lemons.
Dr Stuarts Blueberry & Acai, RRP £2.29, www.drstuarts.com
Delicious Blueberries and Acai Berries
Dr Stuarts Licorice Fennel & Orange, RRP £2.29, www.drstuarts.com
Wonderfully sweet tea ayurvedic blend. Dr Stuarts creates his extraordinarily good teas using herbs of only the highest quality medicinal grade, from the most prized part of the plant, so that tea drinkers can benefit from the highest essential oil content possible in a packaged tea and the most aromatic, flavourful and beneficial tea possible.
Dr Stuarts Hibiscus Ginger & Goji Berry, RRP £2.29, www.drstuarts.com
Warming tea with prized Goji berries.
Kromland Farm Tea
Kromland Farm has been cultivating rooibos since 1902. But that's nothing - South Africa's indigenous Khoisan people have been enjoying its rich flavour for millennia. In fact, it was a Khoisan farmer that first shared with Kromland Farm the secrets of this uniquely sweet and soothing tea, and they've been making it to the same recipe ever since.
Low in tannin and high in antioxidants, rooibos (redbush) is a full-flavoured herbal tea only grown in South Africa and cultivated in its remote Cederberg Mountains. Gently hydrating, it has long been valued for its natural goodness and is thought to help with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.
Better still, it's the only naturally caffeine free herbal tea that can be enjoyed with milk, making it the perfect swap for your morning brew or cup of coffee.
To make the perfect rooibos, use one tea bag per person and always use freshly boiled water but avoid over-boiling. Infuse for two to five minutes, depending on how strong you like it, and sweeten if preferred. Serve with or without milk, it's up to you.
Here are their fruit blended organic rooibos teas:
Kromland Farm Rooibos Cinnamon & Orange, RRP £2.49, www.kromlandfarm.co.uk
Close your eyes, put on the kettle and take yourself on a journey to awaken your senses with a cup of Kromland Farm's Organic Rooibos Cinnamon & Orange tea. Blended with aromatic orange peel and spicy cinnamon, one of nature's most revitalising herbs, this enchanting rooibos brew will give you a sweet kick in the taste buds and a satisfying, thirst quenching cuppa!
Kromland Farm Rooibos Raspberry, RRP £2.49, www.kromlandfarm.co.uk
Afternoons don't need to be drab and dreary with a wonderfully colourful cup of Kromland Farm's Organic Raspberry Rooibos Tea. The blend of mild organic rooibos with tart raspberry makes this the perfect brew for those who love the health benefits of the original Kromland Farm tea but fancy something with a fruity and complex kick.
We Are Tea
Packed full of red berries, this infusion looks as good as it tastes. The infusion is bright and beautiful with a superb fruity flavour. It is naturally caffeine free and extremely refreshing. A very fruity little number.
Gold star award winner at the 2011 Great Taste Awards!
Ingredients: red berries, hibiscus, rosehip, apple pieces, orange peel
Available in both loose leaf and tea bag formats.
The perfect cup:Use one teaspoon per cup. Use freshly drawn boiled water and infuse 3 to 4 minutes according to personal taste.
The Berry Company
The Berry Company Special Tea Range that are packed with antioxidants and are free from artificial flavourings, colourings, preservatives, dairy, gluten, VEGAN, fat, lactose and sweeteners, offering a natural kick for both your skin and soul. They are great for busy people on-the-go and perfect to have after a morning run pick-me-up!
RRP £1.30, available from goodnessdirect.co.uk, with a selection of 1litre flavours available to purchase via Ocado and Whole Foods Stores.
Newby's Strawberry & Mango fruit tea
About: The succulent combination of ripe mango and sharp strawberry gives this tisane its sweet and sour character. This refreshing Newby blend is perfect iced at the height of summer or served hot as a comforting winter warmer. Uncompromisingly fruity, our Strawberry & Mango Silken Pyramids are locked in triple-layer sachets for the ultimate freshness.
Stockists: Harrods, Waitrose, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and online at newbyteas.co.uk
Price: £5.85/box of 15 teabags
Taylors of Harrogate Rose Lemonade tea (suitable for vegans)
Taylors of Harrogate's range of Fruit and Herbal Infusions has been refreshed to include a brand new flavour variant Rose Lemonade, a quintessentially English blend that combines zingy lemongrass and tangy lemon peel with the floral notes of rose petals.
Created using all natural ingredients, the blend brings a new twist to the fruit and herbal tea range and is perfect for a refreshing drink to reinvigorate the day.
The Taylors of Harrogate Rose Lemonade Fruit and Herbal Infusion is available in Waitrose and Sainsbury's stores, RRP £2.99, for 20 tea bags.
Taylors of Harrogate Sweet Rhubarb (suitable for vegans)
This blend combines the natural sweetness of rhubarb with tangy apple pieces and a pinch of blackberry leaf to make a wonderfully vibrant infusion. With an explosion of sweet, fruity flavour, this is certain to be a hit.
The Taylors of Harrogate Sweet Rhubarb Fruit and Herbal Infusion is available in Waitrose and Sainsbury's stores, RRP £2.99, for 20 tea bags.
Need something to revive yourself during the chilly mornings and dark afternoons? It's time to put a twist on your conventional cuppa with Dorset Tea's eight refreshing fruit, herbal and green tea flavours.
Dorset Tea's new range of unique infusions is a combination of invigorating, fragrant and decadently indulgent flavours, giving you the real taste of Dorset at any time of day. The refreshing herbal additions include the Earl of Dorset, Cool Camomile and Wild About Mint, while the revitalising green teas feature Pure Green Tea and Green Tea with Sunshine Lemon, plus the new juicy fruit infusions boast Blackberry Syllabub, Strawberries and Cream and Foraged Fruits - all bursting with the finest ingredients.
Whether you're looking to welcome the day with an Earl of Dorset, relieve that afternoon slump with a Strawberries and Cream, unwind with a Cool Camomile or refresh yourself with a Pure Green Tea, there's a different taste of Dorset for everyday moments.
Inspired by the natural life, colour and vitality of Dorset - and using only natural flavours and colouring - these delicious teas encompass the feelings and aromas of the great outdoors, packaged into beautiful, easy-open boxes.
These inspiring infusions are available online at www.dorsettea.co.uk and from the hot drinks aisle in selected Tesco and Asda stores with an RRP of £2.25 for 20 tea sachets. Visit the Dorset Tea site to find out which stores near you will stock the delicious flavours.
Discover the taste of Dorset with eight brand new inspiring flavours:
- Earl of Dorset - This splendid earl grey tea herbal infusion is a celebration of all the great Dorset Earls - possibly best enjoyed in a china cup with your 'pinky' raised
- Strawberries & Cream - Deliciously indulgent strawberry and cream flavours, as tasty as Dorset's scrummy strawberry cream teas
- Blackberry Syllabub - Juicy blackberry and indulgent cream tea flavours, as deliciously decadent as this classic Dorset dessert
- Foraged Fruits - Juicy blackberry, sweet strawberry & soft raspberry flavours; a fruity natural tea delight inspired by Dorset's abundant hedgerows
- Wild About Mint - Peppermint, wild herbs & tingling nettle herbal tea infusion. As invigorating as Dorset's sea breezes
- Green Tea with Sunshine Lemon - Light & refreshing green tea with a boost of zingy lemon. Bright & bold like a summer's day in Dorset
- Pure Green Tea - Light & refreshing green tea inspired by the lush, green Dorset countryside
- Cool Camomile - Let go & enjoy the laid-back Dorset lifestyle with this delicious camomile herbal tea infusion.
The original taste of Dorset:
- Dorset Tea Gold Blend - We've carefully selected tea from Africa and India to create a golden blend tea that is deliciously smooth and full of flavour
- Dorset Tea Decaffeinated - Dorset Tea decaf, with nothing but the caffeine removed