Take a look at the tea brands buyers’ guide after the list to see exactly what you should pay attention to before purchasing the tea. We also wrote a few short descriptions of the key terms you need to know when shopping for tea.
Mighty Leaf Tea
Art of Tea
Numi Organic Tea
Fortnum & Mason
Lipton is a British brand of tea, owned by Ekaterra. Lipton was also a supermarket chain in the United Kingdom, later sold to Argyll Foods, after which the company sold only tea. The company is named after its founder, Sir Thomas Lipton, who founded it in 1890. The Lipton ready-to-drink beverages are sold by “Pepsi Lipton International”, a company jointly owned by Unilever and PepsiCo. They also make soup, but this is not as widespread.
Harney & Sons is an American tea company founded in 1983 in Salisbury, Connecticut, and now located in Millerton, New York. It specializes in high-quality loose teas and herbal teas, and offers several products that are organic and certified kosher. In addition to loose teas, the company offers selected blends packaged in tetrahedral “silken sachet” tea bags, and other teas in standard tea bags.
Twinings is a British marketer of tea and other beverages, including coffee, hot chocolate and malt drinks, based in Andover, Hampshire. The brand is owned by Associated British Foods. It holds the world’s oldest continually used company logo, and is London’s longest-standing ratepayer, having occupied the same premises on the Strand since 1706. Twinings tea varieties include black tea, green tea and herbal teas, along with fruit-based cold infusions.
Tetley is an English beverage manufacturer founded in 1837 in Yorkshire. It is the largest tea company in the United Kingdom and Canada, and the second largest in the United States by volume. Since 2000, Tetley has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Consumer Products, making it the second largest manufacturer of teas in the world, after Unilever.
5. Tea Forté
Tea Forté Inc. is an American tea company based in Maynard, Massachusetts. The company was founded in 2003 by Peter Hewitt, an American product designer and graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design. The company produces a highly stylized product line inspired by the Japanese tea ceremony, intended to “elevate a cup of tea into an extraordinary experience for all of your senses”.
The Republic of Tea is a privately owned American tea company based in Larkspur, California that makes and sells more than 350 varieties of teas throughout North America. The Republic of Tea is known for packaging its loose teas and tea bags in tall, cylindrical tins. It was one of the first companies to offer varieties such as rooibos red tea, white tea, and tea seed oil to American consumers.
7. Yogi Tea
Yogi Tea is an American brand offering organic herbal, green and black tea blends. The company is privately held and operated in North America by East West Tea Company, LLC and YOGI TEA GmbH for Europe.
Tazo Tea Company is a tea and herbal tea blender and distributor founded in Portland, Oregon. It is now a division of Ekaterra and is based in Kent, Washington.
Yorkshire Tea is a black tea blend produced by the Bettys & Taylors Group since 1977. It is the most popular traditional black tea brand sold in the UK. In 1886 Charles Edward Taylor Founded CE Taylor & Co., later shortened to “Taylors”, the company was purchased by ‘Betty’s Tea Rooms’ which today forms Bettys & Taylors Group. Taylors of Harrogate is still based in Harrogate, Yorkshire, in the first ‘Betty’s’ tea room.