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The Best Christmas Tea: Japanese and Chinese Loose Leaf Tea

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Oh, the weather outside is getting frightful… well, at least in the Northern hemisphere! And the body and soul starts craving something warm, comforting, and toasty. Tea always gains new meaning when it helps warm our body from the inside out during the frosty months. Besides, we all like the sound of Christmas tea. But how about when you don’t drink commercial flavored teas? In that case, we’ve put together the ultimate list of quality loose leaf teas for the seasoned tea drinker desiring a Christmasy ambiance! 

 

a cup of christmas tea

 

Best Christmas Teas

 

So what are the best loose leaf Christmas Teas? A traditional store-bought Christmas tea is a blend of strong black tea and flavors of cinnamon, clove, and orange peel, amongst other variations. When focusing on quality loose leaf teas, we may want to drink the darker, more robust teas around the colder months. They are warming and cozy! Plus, many of these teas offer gentle notes of the Christmasy spices and desserts we all love. 

 

Our Curated Christmas Tea Set

 

We decided to curate a Christmas tea collection for those looking for something mellow and snug around the holidays. Furthermore, any or all of these teas can make the perfect tea Christmas gifts for that special tea-loving friend. 

 

  1. Golden Horse Mengai Ripe Chen-Pi Pu-erh Tea, 2012

    Pu-erh is earthy, robust, and spicy. What better choice for the colder months? To add the icing on the cake, the Golden Horse Menghai Pu-erh tea is nestled within dried tangerine peel. When brewing this tea, the zesty smell of citruses will fill the air, creating the ideal Christmas mood! These little tangerines are also cute and make the best stocking stuffers!


    tangerine pu erh

  2. "Water Sprite" Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong Tea

    This ever-so-comforting Wuyi oolong tea undergoes a traditional baking process which results in the pleasant toasty taste and aroma. During this process, the tea leaves are baked over a traditional wood fire a total of three times. The taste is also nutty and mineral with noticeable yan yun, which is iconic in Wuyi Yancha. A delectable winter tea with a charming tea legend! 

  3. Huo Shan Huang Ya Yellow Tea

    Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… The flavor of yellow tea is quite similar to the light and pure taste of green tea. However, what makes Huo Shan Huang Ya unique is the strong chestnut flavor and creamy soymilk aroma. It’s a great choice for a refreshing yet warming winter tea!

  4. Smoky Lapsang Souchong Black Tea

    Another tea we simply could not miss adding to the Christmas tea collection. The strong campfire smell will immediately put anyone into a festive Christmas mood. Furthermore, to get the iconic smoky aroma, the tea leaves are roasted over pinewood. The result is undeniably soft, mellow, and sweet. Although we must add, with the strong campfire aroma, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

  5. Genmaicha Brown Rice Tea

    Genmaicha is one of Japan’s most popular teas. It’s no secret that this tea goes perfectly well with almost anything at any time of year. However, what makes us want to drink it even more during the winter months is the toasty, nutty, almost buttery taste of the popped brown rice. It even resembles buttery popcorn!

  6. Hojicha

    Yet another adored Japanese tea! Although hojicha is a roasted green tea, the caffeine content is minimal. Making it a perfect tea for the entire family to enjoy. What makes it one of our favorite holiday teas are the strong caramel notes and roasted, nutty flavor.

  7. Wild Tree Guo Gan Gushu Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake, 2019 (Myanmar) 

    This beautiful tea cake makes a great tea Christmas gift for any tea-loving friend! Especially those who are sheng pu-erh fans. It has strong alpine notes with an undeniable freshness and long-lasting sweetness. Even better, this cake is perfect for aging, making it an exciting tea aging journey to embark on. Just a few years of aging will add complexity and make the tea smoother and even sweeter than it already is.

  8. Award-Winning “Dragon Pearls” Jasmine Green Tea 

    The bright floral smell of jasmine is not always the first smell that pops into our minds when thinking of winter and Christmas. Although there is something about this exotic smell that makes it a frequent guest in winter tea blends. We also feel that watching the Dragon Pearls unfurl is oh so relaxing, making this another beautiful tea Christmas gift.
    jasmine dragon pearls


  9. Apple Awakening Herbal Tea

    A mellow herbal tea that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Brew it in a big glass teapot and enjoy the festive colors of red, green, and white. The dried apples and zesty lemongrass make this tea the classic holiday blend. For a sweet treat, we recommend adding some agave or honey to it! Anyone is bound to love it. 

 

Once you’ve picked out the Christmas tea of your liking, light some candles (or the fireplace!), get cozy with some blankets and a good book, and turn the winter blues into bright holiday cheer.

  

Want to give someone the gift of tea this holiday season but not sure what they like? Of course, it may be hard to guess which teas a seasoned tea lover is missing! Or perhaps, you would like for them to feel the joy of choosing themselves. In that case, we have the perfect option — the Path of Cha Gift Card!

 

tea gift card