Be it in the cool mornings or the breezy winter evenings, 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.
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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.
Bombay Tea Party
With Love, From North East!
A premium homegrown tea brand, Bombay Tea Party, is bringing to us the finest quali-tea of teas from some of the best tea gardens of the North East. And they're offering an array of healthy and refreshing tea flavours that's sure to elevate your afternoon tea sesh (or your chai-gossip session)! Just hopping into the premium tea bandwagon, the good folks at BTP are offering six unique flavours including herbal detox tea, Panchan kadha tea, dreamy chamomile tea, Moroccan mint tea, star combo tea and immunity enhancer tea.
Psst, we hear their chamomile tea is kinda selling like hot cakes.
Price: Starts at 199.
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
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. Oh, Ellen DeGeneres is a customer of this Instagram-famous brand too!
Price: Starting at INR 199
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.
Price: Starting at INR 425
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 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
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
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 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)
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
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
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 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
Premier's Tea Limited has been a pioneer in the tea market with over three decades of experience and its extensive range of Darjeeling, Darjeeling Green, Assam, Nilgiri, English Breakfast or Earl Grey. They even have a kadak Masala Chai. What sets this brand apart is its packaging with tea in pyramid sachets that allow the use of big tea leaves enabling the tea to taste stronger. They even have an exciting range of Tisanes too.
Price: Starting from INR 165
The San-Cha Tea Boutique - online and offline - is like tumbling down the rabbit hole straight into the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice In Wonderland — wall shelves and webpages lined with all sorts of tea, pretty tins, gift bags, and boxes, and whimsical yet functional decor, this is a hit favourite when it comes to flavours and options. Divided into broader categories of White, Green, Black, and Chai, the boutique offers over 35 kinds of tea that are handpicked by experts. Check them out for Diwali specials, Christmas specials and lots of seasonal options. Plus, a tisane that is minus caffeine, and ideal to put you to sleep!
Our current favourite is the Christmas Masala Chai that is a spicy and fruity black tea. When you're buying tea, just check out the pretty kettles, even prettier teacups, tea cosies, ornate trays, dainty infusers, pitchers, mugs and hand-painted tea sets for the perfect chai experience.
A brand that has converted a few hardcore coffee drinkers in this team into tea lovers, Ausum Tea is a go-to if you are on the look out for tisanes and flavoured tea. Winter in A Mug and After 8 are top favourites. The former was packed with all things one would associate with a Christmas with cinnamon, star anise and apple! For all of you who like the smell of rain, there’s a divine tea called Petrichor – liquorice, clove, spearmint, ginger and much more, with first flush green tea. We also like the Spanish Sangria, for a burst of flavours, minus the alcohol! The latest collection of herbal infusions, that has interesting combinations like Bluepea flower & Chamomile, Turmeric & Peppercorn and Hibiscus & Nettle, is also worth trying.