Tis the season for steeping and sipping by the fire. As the hectic holiday mode sets in you might be seeking gifts for tea lovers (or even a treat for yourself). While you may have your tried-and-true pure teas and tasty blends, we suggest that you surprise your taste buds or give the gift that keeps on giving with a tea subscription. We’ve rounded up a varied list of 8 Tea Subscriptions to make your holiday season a bit brighter (plus scroll down to download our free Wellness & Tea e-book, our gift to you).
If you are seeking something for tea newcomers, then opt for Teance’s Introduction to Tea or Mini Introduction to tea that can be sent throughout 3 months, 6 months or 9 months. Although if you know a connoisseur that only opts for the very best, the One Year of Tea subscription is a premium gift that features fresh, farm direct, artisanal teas (2 teas per month). Oolong Lovers will appreciate this hyper-focussed subscription that gifts them a new oolong each month from Teance’s collection of over 30 oolong teas from China and Taiwan. If you prefer to steep in the season, the Seasonal Tea Subscription is the best option. Mirroring the idea of a CSA, each month a new box features new teas brought “from the farm to your home at peak freshness.”
Just like goldilocks, you get to select from a 3, 6 or 12-month option to find a fit that’s just right. Then simply choose a category that suits your steeped needs: Caffeine Free, Classic, Single Origin, Explore, Wellness, or Pyramid Tea Bags. Step outside of your comfort zone with the Explore option, or treat yourself to the Single-Origin package that will contain premium, rare teas for the ultimate purist. Expect approximately 30 servings (2-4oz) of tea per month that will feature details about each tea, recipes, fun facts and more.
If you have found that your matcha love is turning into a daily ritual, you can look to Panatea for a monthly delivery of their ceremonial grade. Although if you’d rather bake this green tea powder into a treat or buzz it into a smoothie, then opt for their bi-montly culinary grade plan. And if you prefer your matcha to-go, the Instant Matcha packet plan is your best bet with a monthly delivery of 30 packets that you can add to hot or cold water for a quick matcha pick-me-up.
If you or a loved one can’t seem to get enough oolong steeps in one day, then Dachi’s trio of Oolong oriented subscription plans were made for you. Premium grade, single-origin, direct trade oolong tea are curated into The Intrepid Collector collection, The Taiwan Devotee collection (75 grams month to month, 6 month or 12month) or The Discerning Connoisseur collection (75 grams every 3 months with 1 quarter or 4 quarter prepay options). Share your experiences in a monthly survey to ensure that all future packages are customized to offer the best experience for you. Within each box of tea you will find a travelogue on the region and a long-form piece of journalism on the culture.
If you’re willing to make more of commitment or are seeking a premium gift, you can take yourself on 6 month journey with American Tea Room’s 6 month subscription. The 6 options include: Artisan Tea, Black Tea, Caffeine-Free, Green Tea, White Tea and Seasonal Tea. The first month of the subscription will include a stainless measuring spoon and tea strainer to set the foundation for the upcoming packages that will include two 2oz teas.
Just add water and you’re set with this subscription series. Teabook includes a glass tea tumbler in your first set to make steeping on-the-go simple. Pre-portioned whole loose leaf tea packets make it easy to steep a series of premium teas even if you are in a hurry. Keep in mind that Teabox tea leaves are pure with “no additives, flavors, fillers or leftovers.” Choose from a month-to-month plan, 3 month plan or 6 month supply that will feature 15-17 pre-portioned teas each month. If you prefer to isolate a particular tea category, Teabook can work with you to ensure that you only receive that particular tea type each month (but isn’t variety the spice of life?).
If choosing a tea type makes your anxious, pop over to Teabox and take their tea subscription quiz so that they can evaluate your taste buds. Based on the results of that quiz, the Texbox team will select teas that will excite your palate and then ship you a box within 24 hours (and then once a month after that). The quiz has been developed to scan through hundreds of data points to seek out the perfect steeps. You can continue to refine your upcoming tea deliveries by rating the teas that you receive each month. Although, if the test seemed to experience a few glitches and you receive a tea that doesn’t meet your standards the Teabox team will ship you a replacement (at no extra cost) with your box the following month. Consider purchasing a plan for just one (one box) or order enough for the whole gang (12 boxes) each month. You can even choose a tea gram weight that ranges from 2.8oz – 10.5oz.
From 3 months to a flexible month-to-month plan, Teavana’s subscription service features a trio of teas that are curated based on the season along with brewing tips, tasting notes and a mixology recipe to reveal the range of each steep. Place your order by 12/26 to ensure that you will receive their wellness trio just in time for New Year resolution reset. And if you prefer a tried-and-true over a surprise, you can create a custom subscription for a favorite tea (select how often you receive it, free shipping and a 5% discount).
Please note that this is not a sponsored post, but rather a curated list that offers varied options for a range of tea taste buds.