It’s warming up here in Santa Fe, and we’re ready to celebrate all things Spring. Whether you’re looking for a warm cup on a cool evening, or an iced tea to cool off with on a sunny afternoon, we’re sure to have a tea that will hit the spot. Here are our top picks for the best teas for Spring!
1. Floral teas
Whether the first spring shoots are peeping up after their winter hibernation, or you’re just dreaming of tulips and daffodils, floral teas are sure to get you in the spirit of spring. Light and aromatic with just a hint of natural sweetness, floral teas are delicate and dreamy.
Our floral tea pick: Rose Tea Trio
Our Rose Tea Trio features three of our most popular rose teas:
- Midnight Rose is a smooth, floral, aromatic blend featuring Chinese black tea and rose petals.
- Cherry Rose combines green tea, rose petals, and cherry flavor for a tea reminiscent of springtime cherry blossoms.
- Rose Petal Raspberry features rose petals, raspberry, hibiscus, lemon peel, rosehips, and apple for a silky, aromatic tea that's fruity, tart, and refreshing.
2. Fruity teas
While fresh fruit may be a few months away still, these fruity teas will remind you of the bounty of warmer seasons. Fruity teas can be light and aromatic or sweet and rich, and span a wide range of tea types, including black, green, oolong, white, and herbal. Some of our best-selling teas are fabulous fruit-forward concoctions that are sure to put a smile on your face even if there’s still snow on the ground!
Our fruity tea pick: Spring Fancy Green & White Tea
Spring Fancy is a light, fruity tea that’s perfect for spring and great year-round. This tea blends green and white tea leaves with papaya, pineapple, rose petals, strawberry pieces, and passion fruit for a mellow, tropical tea that’s bursting with flavor. Spring Fancy is delicious hot, and also makes an exceptional iced tea!
3. Oolong teas
Oolong teas are partially oxidized, meaning that only a portion of the leaves have been allowed to darken and turn black. Oolong teas fall somewhere in between black teas, which are fully oxidized, and green teas, which are heated soon after the leaves are harvested in order to halt oxidation completely. Oolong teas can range from delicate, orchid-like brews to rich, buttery varietals. Light and mellow but with a satisfying body and a crisp, clean finish, oolong teas are the perfect teas to welcome spring with.
Our oolong tea pick: Fine Ti Kuan Yin Oolong
One of the most famous Chinese oolongs, Fine Ti Kuan Yin has a distinctive and highly-prized orchid-like flavor. The tightly rolled olive green leaves brew up into a burnt gold liquor with a floral character and a hint of sweetness.
4. White teas
Among the most delicate and highly-sought-after types of tea, white teas undergo minimal processing after they are harvested from the tea plant. White teas are typically air-dried, and experience a small amount of oxidation through natural exposure to the air. Light, bright, and clean, white teas often have natural fruity and floral notes, with a finish like crisp apples and spring rain.
Our white tea pick: Himalayan Spring White Tea
The first leaves of the spring season are hand-plucked in the foothills of Nepal to produce this refreshing organic white tea. Himalayan Spring brews up into a pale, peachy straw color, and embodies the characteristic lightness and brightness of a spring harvest white tea. This tea is smooth and buttery, with no hint of bitterness.
5. Purple teas
Purple tea is actually a whole new type of tea! Found growing in the Assam region of India, the leaves of these tea plants were purple instead of green. Now primarily grown in the fertile volcanic soil of Kenya, purple teas are rich in antioxidants and anthocyanins, and packed full of powerful health benefits like those found in other purple and blue foods. Purple teas brew up a light, reddish-purple color, and have a mild taste similar to that of oolong teas. Purple teas are also extremely low in caffeine!
Our purple tea pick: Miss Violet Purple Tea
Miss Violet starts with a purple tea base, which is then blended by hand with butterfly pea flower, hibiscus, lemon peel, and lavender blossoms, for a mellow tea that brews into a vibrant violet color. This tea has a light body, with a subtle sweetness and floral and citrus notes.
Tea time in spring time
While many people associate a cozy cup of tea with the depths of winter, we like to think of tea as the perfect year-round beverage. Whether you’re enjoying a light, floral, or fruity cup of tea in the springtime, a glass of refreshing iced tea in the summer, or a warming, nourishing cup in the cooler months, tea can be a tasty and healthful habit in any season. No matter what kind of tea you enjoy drinking, a good cup of tea can be an oasis of calm and relaxation in the midst of a busy day. Happy spring and happy sipping!