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Tea Gift Baskets

Tea Gift BasketsIt is December 1st! Do you have all your Holiday shopping done? I do not, so decided to do some exploring to see what kind of tea gift baskets that are available. I have several people on my list that either love tea or have expressed an interest in learning more about all the great loose tea selections available.

To help make your shopping easier, here are some of the great tea gift baskets that I have found:

  • American Tea Room's Bento Box Origin Collection. This hefty tea gift has eight teas packaged in a beautiful black lacquer bento box. It includes Organic Silver Needles, Honyama Sencha, Long Jing, Bao Zhong Royale, Qimen imperial, Ceylon, Maharajah and Pu Er imperial.
  • Teavana Tea Gift SetTeavana Tea Gift Set. This includes four of their most popular teas along with a perfect tea scoop ( I have one and love it!), a PerfecTea maker. The teas include My Morning Mate, Strawberry Lemonade, Fruta Bomba Green Tea, and Rooibos Chai. It is everything they will need to make a perfect cup of tea.
  • Dammann Freres Coffret 1925. This collection of four teas with an infuser is in a stylish metal box. It contains Goute Russe, Jardin Bleu, Paul and Virginie, and Melange Mysterieux. These tea blends were made in France.

  • One last one from American Tea Room. Their Signature Black Gift Set (also available in white) contains three of my favorite teas from them along with a beautiful tea pot and two tea cups. It also has some rock candy swizzlers and a tea prep guide. It is wrapped in white linen gift wrap and tied with a bow.

Loose Teas

loose teasWhile there are some tea bags in our tea cabinet, the majority is loose teas.  I find that they have a far superior flavor to tea made from a teabag.  We have everything from a gundpowder green tea flavored with almond slices to a rooibos with red currants and blue mallow blossoms.

Loose teas can be either single origin teas that are just purely tea leaves.  Other times they are blends of various teas, flowers, fruits, or berries.  Brewing tea loose in a tea pot or inside of an infuser is a great way to let the leaves expand and uncurl in the water.  You want to give the essential oils a chance to impart as much flavor to the water as possible.

While I have tried some poor quality loose teas, for the most part the teas that I sampled are all very good quality.  Most tea merchants choose the finest quality tea leaves.

What do you look for when choosing a tea?  What are some of your favorite loose teas?  It is definitely all based on personal preference.  My husband has not found a rooibos tea that he likes and while I like most teas, I do not like to drink chai tea iced.  We would love to know what you like and dislike.