As much as I love loose leaf teas, it’s hard to pack and bring it while traveling. You can’t always count on having everything you need to brew that perfect cup of tea.
Instead, bagged teas come in handy. When I say bagged, I mean the next best alternative to loose leaf teas which are tea sachets. These are pyramid shaped bags filled with tea leaves that are bigger than regular tea bags. This allows the leaves to expand and infuse your hot water with more flavor.
There are several brands that I drink often and as the holiday season is approaching, here are a few to consider gifting to the tea and travel lovers in your life, or even yourself. They make a great stocking stuffer and are travel friendly!
1. Smith Teamaker
I was sent a box of tea by Smith Teamaker based in Portland, Oregon and have been a fan since. It was kind of them to send a variety box so I could find a new favorite! And I did. Though I always prefer a black tea, I really enjoy their No. 72 White Petal Blend, a white tea.
But it’s not just the tea that I like. Each sachet has a fun lengthy description and the box is one that I’ll be reusing!
Ah, my favorite. I was introduced to Tealeaves due to my love of the Four Seasons Hotel brand. Tealeaves works with Four Seasons to create exclusive blends for each individual hotel and provides tea in their rooms. I went out of the way while in Hong Kong to visit Four Seasons Hong Kong to try their blend that you can only get at the hotel.
I also really like their Jetlag Therapy Kit which comes with two sachets, one called Relax and the other, Energy- one for morning (caffeinated) and one for night (caffeine-free). It’s perfect for travelers!
3. Rishi Tea
I had Rishi Tea at the Four Seasons in Atlanta (this was an exception to the Tealeaves brand tea!) while having afternoon tea. They have their own specially knitted tea sachets to allow for the best possible infusion quality. If you can’t travel with their tea leaves, this is the next best alternative. Try their Organic Matcha Super Green or a classic Organic English Breakfast.
4. Harney & Sons
A tea company now based in New York (check out their shop in SoHo if you’re ever in the area!), Harney & Sons is a popular tea brand that even the Metropolitan Museum of Art serves at their afternoon tea at the Petrie Court Cafe. My favorite is their delicious Earl Grey Imperial.
5. TWG Tea
It was at Four Seasons Pudong that I tried TWG Tea for the first time. Curious to know what brand of darjeeling tea I was drinking, I asked the server and he brought out the box for me to see. I now associate this yellow boxed tea to mean a special tea.
My aunt had several TWG Tea sachets that she saved from several luxury hotels she stayed at. No one drank them at her house (or appreciated them) so she gave them to me. I’ve been raving about TWG Tea’s Singapore Breakfast Tea every since. This brand is based out of Singapore and their sachets are made of cotton.
Lastly, if you have a favorite brand of tea that doesn’t make bagged tea, you can just make your own bag to travel with! There are several you can find around the internet like this.
And if you really don’t do teabags, I guess you can take a steeper or a french press! But if you’re a light packer like me, I’m sure you can live without loose leaf tea for some time, and in all honestly these five tea brands above are great even in bags!