While those name brand teas can be very tasty and reliable, the tea vendor’s own brand is often the much better deal. Not always… but often!
Our tea pantry is well stocked with several name brand teas. We have a boat load of Barry’s Tea Gold Blend, plenty of Pg Tips, an ample supply of Typhoo, and even some Yorkshire Gold in both loose and teabags. There also is a box of Taylors of Harrogate Pure Assam Tea in amongst them somewhere. We enjoy these on a daily basis, but they do not count among our most favorite “must have” teas. That status belongs to several tea vendor brand teas, including these:
- Borengajuli Estate Tea – We absolutely love love love this tea! An Assam tea that is everything you expect from this tea growing region of India. Great with milk and sweetener. Or you can use a bit of honey or even lemon.
- Scottish Breakfast Tea – We love this one just as much as the Borengajuli Estate Tea. Sometimes it’s a coin toss in the morning as to which of these we steep to drink with our breakfast. This is a blend of Assam and Keemun and steeps up a cuppa that would make the Scots proud.
- Keemun Panda China Black Tea – Another totally delish tea that gets us all excited just thinking about it. Slightly smoky but not overly so.
- Sylvakandy Estate Orange Pekoe Tea – Absolute diviniTEA! What can we say other than that it’s total deliciousness in a cup. We steep up a 6-cup potful and soon have it all gone.
That’s the black tea category, but hubby and I have some favorites in other tea categories, too:
- Gyokuro Japanese Green Tea – Our first choice for a nice cup of green tea in the afternoon (usually in-between lunch and that 4pm tea time).
- Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose Festival Green Tea – One of the few flavored teas we enjoy. That cherry flavor is irresistible!
- Dragon Pearls Green Tea – We love those little “pearls” (rolled up tea leaves). A couple in a cup can steep up some lovely liquid that is a great alternative to the Gyokuro. And you can re-infuse those little leaves at least twice more, often even 4 or 5 times more.
- Gunpowder Green Tea – Wonderful with those pork pot stickers hubby and I both love.
- Ti Kuan Yin Iron Goddess Oolong – A top-rated tea in a very affordable version. Nice in the evening to sip on.
- White Eagle Long Life White Tea – Very refreshing as a change of pace from any of the above.
The main point here is to show some of the many tea vendor brand teas that are as good as or even better than name brand teas and at a much better price. For example, here are some quick price comparisons as of the writing of this article:
- Barry’s Original Blend – 80 teabags – weighs 8.8 ounces (a little over half a pound) – list price is $14.99 (19 cents per bag or $1.70 per ounce).
- Borengajuli Estate – loose leaf – weighs a full pound (16 ounces) – $14.74 (92 cents per ounce).
- Borengajuli Estate – 50 teabags – weighs 5.5 ounces – $7.84 (16 cents per bag or $1.42 per ounce).
The tea vendor brand is more economical without any sacrifice in quality, both in the loose and bagged versions. My Scottish and Irish tea-drinking ancestors would highly approve!
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