Whether you're looking to try more teas or check out a brand, or you're looking for a gift for a tea lover, there's probably a great tea sampler out there for you. Below, you'll find ten of the best tea sample sets on the market, including premium loose-leaf tea from In Pursuit of Tea and Samovar Tea Lounge, as well as tea sachet samplers from Mighty Leaf and Revolution Tea.
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In Pursuit of Tea offers a range of tea samplers, including an iced tea sampler, a "Red and Gold" sampler, a European herbal infusion sampler and a connoisseur oolong tea sampler. Each sample set includes three teas, and most samples are one-quarter pound (four ounces) each.
Samovar Tea Lounge offers a yerba mate sampler set, a rooibos sampler set, an herbal infusion sampler set and more. Each sample is enough to make one infusion of each tea. The number of teas in each set varies widely.
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Imperial Tea Court sells over 10 samplers, including an organic tea sampler, a rose tea sampler, a "Best-Selling Variety Sampler" and their famous pu-erh sampler. Imperial Tea Court's sample sets usually include a one-ounce sample of each tea, but the number of teas in each sample set varies.
American Tea Room sells sample sets of some of their most popular teas in a range of gift packaging. Some gift sets include loose-leaf tea and teaware. Their bento box gift sets include tea in sachets, while their kimono silk sets include flowering teas. Sample sizes vary.
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Art of Tea carries loose-leaf and teabag samplers. Loose-leaf tea samplers include selections focused on award-winning teas, "dessert teas" and iced teas. Teabag samplers include a teabag sampler gift set that comes with two double-walled glass teacups, and three sets of two tea sachets (which are a good option for wedding favors or just an easy way to try two new teas).
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Adagio Tea offers a large range of tea samplers. Each sampler includes four to six sample pouches of tea, and each sample includes enough loose-leaf tea to brew eight to ten cups of tea. Beginners may find that their flavored tea samplers are a good fit, while connoisseurs will likely prefer their "savant" tea sample sets, Masters Collection One and Masters Collection Two.
For those who prefer teabags and tea sachets over loose-leaf tea, Mighty Leaf Tea has a number of themed tea pouch samplers, such as "Sangria Tea Collection," "Iced Tea Collection" and "Garden of Herbals Gift Sampler." Packaging options include tins, abaca gift boxes and more.
Revolution Tea offers variety packs of their teabags with themes like "Best of the Best" (most popular), "Holiday Cheer" and "Green and White Celebration." They suggest using them for bridal showers and weddings, or adding them to gift baskets, but they would also work well for business meetings or offices.
Numi Tea sells samplers intended for personal use and for tea gifts. Packaging ranges from basic chipboard boxes to elaborate bamboo gift boxes. Most of Numi's sampler sets feature tea sachets, but flowering tea samplers are also available.
A great sampler if you want 150 different herbal tea bags all in one go. (Note: There are no non-herbal blends in this sampler.)