Ek Chai, Please: Online Stores We Discovered For The Best Tea In 2021

    Be it in the cool mornings or the breezy evenings (with spme drizzle outside), the weather just takes our love for tea up a notch. After all, what could be better than curling up on your favourite, cosy chair with a book and a cup of hot tea, on a lovely day? With the number of online tea stores that popped, you don’t need to worry about running out of your stock either. Plus, plenty of options — from regular black tea to fruity or herbal ones, to try out! So, stock up and get brewing with our pick of the best online stores to order tea from for the coming year. 

    Folklore Tea

    Folklore Tea

    Available on LBB

    Produced in small batches, Folktore Tea ensures that you receive unbroken tea leaves which ticks off the quality mark. Not just that, even when it comes to flavour profile, they have a really good variety; for example, Vanilla Coconut Oolong Tea, Rajgarh Classic Green Tea, Mango Passion Fruit Black Tea, Ginger Kaffir Lime Green Tea (our favourite), and other exciting flavours that we feel that you should surely give a try.

    Price: Starting at INR 200.

    Teabox

    Teabox

    Available Online

    Bored of the same old tea and hoping to revamp your morning cuppa? Browse through Teabox’s selection, and you’re bound to find something exciting enough to add to your daily routine. If the hearty Anglo-Indian blend, Earl Grey Chai doesn’t quite appeal to you, there’s the English Breakfast Tea and the Cinnamon Pop (described as “Christmas in a cup”). True blue tea lovers, pick their Darjeeling Classic Spring Chinary Black (with prime flush Darjeeling teas) or the Goomtee Special Spring Darjeeling Black. They even have subscription boxes and plenty of accessories, from cups and teapots to electric kettles.

    Price: Starting at INR 244

    Infinitea

    Infinitea

    Available on LBB

    Touted to be the country’s first online tea store, Infinitea is known for their Darjeeling teas, brought in from their own estates, in fact. While the well-balanced Vintage Black Tea (manufactured during the second flush) makes for a great choice, you can even take your tea-drinking ritual up a notch with their boutique teas from around the world, that includes Egyptian Peppermint and Dan Gui Bai He, a Chinese specialty.  Of course, they also stock black, green, oolong and herbal teas.

    Price: Starting at INR 300

    PS: Their website is currently under renovation. We suggest you to hit them up on Instagram for details.

    Vahdam

    Vahdam Teas

    Available on LBB

    Whether it is single-estate teas, signature blends or organic options that you’re looking for, Vahdam will have you sorted. While regulars vouch for their Darjeeling teas, the Rose Herbal Green Tea and India’s Original Masala Chai Tea are among the bestsellers, we hear. Exquisite tea sets and sampler packs are also on offer. We love their subscription service which picks out five surprise teas for you, every month.

    Chai Safari

    Chai Safari

    Available Online

    Offering over 23 kinds of teas, Chai Safari brings fresh leaves from the estates in Darjeeling and Assam. The best part? They let you shop according to your mood — fresh, romantic, excited, relaxed and even mysterious! Or preferred attributes like taste, aroma and strength. While they do have options like Spiced Tulsi Black, Lemon Mint Green and Classic Masala Chai (for the chai lovers among you), we also spotted ones like Strawberry Blast Iced Tea.  

    QTrove

    Qtrove

    Available Online

    Don’t have time to go through the choices on different websites to fill up your stock of tea? Head to QTrove aka Curated Trove, an online platform which brings together products from handpicked vendors. Check out their Tea Time section to choose from some of the popular brews offered by Teaneer, Tea Brew and Tea Trunk, all in once place.

    Price: Starting at INR 150

    Jugmug Thela

    Jugmug Thela

    Available on LBB

    Jugmug Thela started off as an artisan chai and coffee vendor and, over the years, has become an online store for a curated selection of quality teas (among other products), all sourced directly from estates. Their Chamomile and Vanilla Fine Darjeeling Full Leaf Tea and the Langlai High Elevation Assam Orthodox Tea are brews that can bowl you over right on the first sip.

    Price: Starting at INR 280

    Goodwyn Tea

    Goodwyn Tea

    Available Online

    Assam teas have your heart? Then check out Goodwyn teas that grow and produce their teas on a 60,00-acre tea estate in Assam. They have a wide range to choose from, over 50 unique blends. We recommend their Oolong Rose Teas, their bestseller, smooth inside-out Saintly White Tea and the classic Masala Chai. This brand also undertakes corporate tea gifting, curating blends that will help deal with stress!

    Price: Starting at INR 250

    Udyan Tea

    Udyan Tea

    Available on LBB

    With quality tea directly sourced from the gardens of Darjeeling, Assam, Nepal, and Nilgiri, Udyan Tea has some of the fresh flavours available that you might not just find everywhere. They have flavours that stars Nutmeg, Basil, Rose Petals, Cloves, Moringa, among others flavours that you might just want to keep sipping them. 

    Price: Starting at INR 349

    Anandini Himalaya Tea

    Sourced from a single estate located in the Northern Indian Himalayan area of Himachal, Anandini's tea leaves are pure and come in variety of flavours. You can choose breakfast tea, pine-wood smoked tea, lavender and lemon-grass tea, mint and rose petals tea (sounds yum, right?)

    Price: Starting at INR 300

    Octavius

    Octavius

    Available on LBB

    Octavius is a 120-year-old brand that has everything available for a chai-lover. They have white tea, green tea, black tea, flavoured teas, and the classic masala tea as well. The tea that they source is grown in Assam, Darjeeling, the Nilgiris, the Duars, and you could either choose their autumn flush or their second flush tea to order from. Oh, and currently they have some exciting gifting options available to choose from on LBB so, order yours now.

    Price: Starting at INR 950 (for gift packs)

    Chaika

    Chaika

    Available on LBB

    With instant tea premixes, we love Chaika for the amazing flavours that it has.They have cardamom-flavoured Kolkata Kadak, ginger and cardamon Dhaba chai (well, yes), and they even have Bombay cutting chai that we are sure will brighten up your day. So, how excited are you to try them all?

    Price: Starting at INR 140

    Teamonk

    Teamonk

    Available on LBB

    Offering green tea, black tea, and white tea in a variety of flavours, you might just thank us for this discovery. What we love about this brand is their range of options when it comes to green tea. You can choose cinnamon green tea, Darjeeling Avana green tea, jasmine green tea, orange green tea, hibiscus green tea, and so many other flavours (we think, we are ordering all of them).

    Price: Starting at INR 250

    Dancing Leaf

    Dancing Leaf

    Available on LBB

    Creating a product with carefully picked teas, spices, and herbs which also culminate into a number of health benefits for your mind and body, teas by Dancing Leaf will surely calm your senses and will leave you into wanting for more. While we love most of their range, our personal favourite is their masala chai that includes cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger (perfect for rainy day, right?). Will you prefer it too?

    Price: Starting at INR 555

    No.3 Clive Road

    No. 3 Clive Road

    Available on LBB

    No.3 Clive Road celebrates the tea traditions of India and carefully selects and sources tea from around the country. They have teas like, Aurangzeb Tea, Jaipur Tea Blend, Kashmiri Kahwa Tea Blend (our favourite), Madurai Masala Tea Blend, among other flavours. We suggest, you should try them all.

    Price: Starting at INR 400