Today I refilled my chalkboard tea jars (DIY here) with new teas for the coming cooler months. I love hot tea, especially chai. In spite of growing up in the south I’ve never been a fan of iced sweet tea. People here think I’m weird!

Chalkboard Tea Storage Jars

I usually get Stash teas, but I thought I’d try DavidsTea for a change. I ended up with Saigon Chai, Honeybush Lemon Ginger, Jessie’s Tea, and Coco Chai Rooibos. How pretty are they?!

loose tea

So far I’ve tried and loved two rooibos-based teas—Jessie’s Tea (which smells so delicious that I wish I could get it in candle form) and the Coco Chai (the best chai I’ve ever had). I can’t wait to taste the others! I think rooibos teas are my favorite. They are caffeine free and don’t have the slightly bitter aftertaste that black and green teas can have.

loose tea

loose tea

Do you have a favorite tea?


  1. Amy

    I love Stash tea! My favorites are orange spice, peppermint, and peach black tea. So yummy! I am new to Virginia (from the PNW) and I don’t like sweet tea either.

  2. natalia

    I adore English breakfast, that’s what I drink everyday. But when I want something special, I try something more fruity. I always bring back tea with me whenever I travel so my favorite that I’m drinking now is the Royal Wedding tea I bought in NYC in July. It’s really good and I feel all fancy drinking it.

  3. Melissa

    If you have never tried tea from Harney & Sons, you must! I have never been a fan of black or green tea, but their black teas are amazing. (I’ve never tried their green, though.) Paris and Florence are just divine, and teas that I think most people would enjoy. Their rooibos chai is also wonderful.

    Stash is my favorite brand for simple teas like peppermint (I swear they make the best peppermint tea, and my Dutch friend agreed when I sent him a box – he’s a peppermint tea fanatic).

  4. Anke

    I know what you mean, I love a good herbal tea! Moroccan mint is probably my favourite, but here in England it can be quite hard to come by anything other than black tea… I usually stock up when im in Europe. Can’t wait for the cooler months and many pots of good tea!

  5. Rachel

    I love tea! I’m from the north, and love both iced tea and hot tea. I’ve recently become obsessed with this website called Adagio…it’s a tea website! You can buy all kinds of different teas there, even blends. It’s amazing…you should check it out!

  6. Melanie

    Mmmm…tea…I love it. I grew up with it thanks to my mom, and now my kids (age 5 & 7) enjoy it with me. We make a lot of differnt teas depending on our moods, and I can’t wait to try out some of the teas from DavidsTeas. Some of the descriptions were making my mouth water!

  7. sevda

    ohh, tea is my religion! that’s why i feel like superteagirl, coming to the rescue. if your green tea has bitter aftertaste, you’re either not preparing it right or it’s not of good quality. i prefer japanese to chinese and ALWAYS buy loose leaf tea. the magic for green tea is this: boil your water and than wait for it to cool down to ~160 F, than put your tea in for 2 minutes.
    green tea, when prepared properly, should have a veerrry delicate taste and is not bitter at all. : )


  8. Tara

    I love Aveda tea! It’s very different from anything else I’ve ever had, and people seem to either love it or hate it. It’s just peppermint, licorice, fennel, and basil but the combination is amazing!

  9. sally

    I love DavidsTea – Cream of Earl Grey is addictive and smells like blueberry muffins. :) Some of their novelty teas are so fun too (creme brulee, etc.)

  10. Anna

    For me, you can’t beat good old Yorkshire Tea (English Breakfast Tea), it’s the best tea here in the UK, however I also a BIG fan of Chai tea so I’d love to give this Coco Chai a go. Sounds delicious.

  11. Jeni

    I love Davids Tea! They have amazing fruity teas that are wonderful in the summer iced. Right now one of my favourites is Forever Nuts. It tastes like pie and turns an amazing pink colour from the beet root. Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble is a great white tea along with Gold Rush. Too many favourites to choose from.

  12. Cindy

    I live in Toronto and am very lucky to have numerous DavidsTea stores around the city. They are my favourite tea place. Rooibos teas, especially ones like Coco Chai, are great as a latte, which they make in the store. They’re great with soy milk/foam! Enjoy!

  13. Phoebe

    excellent taste! sweet tea hurts my teeth (but I am a Yankee/Californian so perhaps I have an excuse for not liking sweet tea) =)

    As for the bitter aftertaste, it helps if you brew the tea at the “right temperature” (hotter for black than for green). Also, don’t let your leaves steep for too long (5 min for black, 3 min for green), otherwise the bitter tannins come out and overpower the other flavors.

  14. Rachel A

    “Do you have a favorite tea?”

    YES! If you love Chai, you should try a blend from a tea house in Glasgow, Scotland. The tea is called Yogi Yogi Chai and you can buy it and have it shipped via their website. http://tchaiovna.com/

    Hands down the best chai I’ve ever had. Whenever I go visit the UK, I buy a bunch of tins and then hoard them in my apartment here in NY.

    I’m gonna have to take your suggestion and try that Coco Chai.

  15. OddNina

    Actually I don’t have one favourite tea. That is because I’m so in love with tea, that i can’t ever decide on which one i like best. I own around 50 different kinds and blends of tea. I truly am a tea maniac.

    Try Kusmi Tea. I fell in love with all of them and their tins are to die for!

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