Your guide to traditional teas

your guide to traditional teas

your guide to traditional teas

Your guide to traditional teas

what’s a traditional tea?

When it comes to tea, we’re known for crafting exciting new blends using unexpected ingredients. But we also adore teas steeped in centuries-old traditions. So it should come as no surprise that what we call "traditional" includes both premium pure teas and exciting new twists on old faves.

Traditionally, "tea" refers to any infusion with Camellia sinensis — an evergreen shrub from Asia — as its only ingredient. Green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong and pu’erh all come from the same antioxidant-rich plant. We love the natural simplicity of pure teas like Japanese Sencha.

But we don't stop there. We also include single-ingredient herbal infusions like organic Rooibos in this category, as well as lightly scented teas like Butterfly Jasmine. We have a whole line of traditional teas with an extra DAVIDsTEA twist — like Cream of Earl Grey, our vanilla spin on the classic bergamot black tea. We’re all about making the classics feel new — even if that just means sourcing the best Nepal Black Tea we can get our hands on.

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Scoop up these limited edition classics while you can — they won't be here long.

sun moon black

Grown on the edge of Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake, this full-bodied black tea is sweet and lively, with a light touch of honey and distinctive minty finish.

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green spiral

We love that this tea is rolled up just like an adorable little snail shell. But its clean taste and just-there notes of peppery arugula are what really hooked us.

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jasmine peony

Just try to resist this fresh and lively white tea from Fujian Province. Lightly scented with jasmine blossoms, it’s pure perfection.

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our tea promise

Our team works to responsibly source unique and fresh tasting teas from gardens around the planet. From the world's best senchas to hard‑to‑get black teas, we have over 30 traditional teas in our permanent collection.

And since we're constantly discovering amazing new varieties and especially delicious crops of old faves, every season we curate a small‑batch selection of limited edition loose leaf teas for you to try — meaning you'll always find lots of traditional teas to explore. Fun, right?

white

White

white

Loved for its light flavour and fruity sweetness, this delicate tea is as close to the living tea bush as you can get. It's a rare treat.

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green

Green

green

Healthy, energizing and delicious, green tea is the most popular drink on the planet — after water. So refreshing!

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matcha

Matcha

matcha

Antioxidant‑packed matcha powder is made from stone‑ground green tea leaves, so you're getting every last drop of nutrients. Creamy, vegetal and oh so refreshing.

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oolong

Oolong

oolong

Semi‑oxidized oolong tea is somewhere between green and black tea. Watch the tightly rolled leaves slowly unfurl in your cup!

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black

Black

black

Rich, energizing and full‑bodied, black tea is a western favourite. Try everything from delicate single‑origin teas to bold breakfast blends that can stand up to milk and sugar.

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pu'erh

Pu'erh

pu'erh

Traditionally made by aging tea leaves in mountain caves or cellars, earthy pu'erh is thought to boost metabolism and aid digestion.

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maté & energizing herbs

Maté & Energizing Herbs

maté & energizing herbs

Kickstart your morning with a super energizing herb like organic Guayusa. It's smooth, pretty much impossible to oversteep and provides a burst of energy and focus without any jitters.

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rooibos

Rooibos

rooibos

Made from the leaves of small South African shrub, mineral‑packed rooibos is naturally sweet, hydrating and caffeine‑free.

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herbal

Herbal

herbal

Sometimes it's hard to improve on a classic. That's why we carry traditional caffeine‑free infusions like pure organic chamomile and soothing organic peppermint.

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teas with benefits

Kickstart your morning with a fresh and buttery green tea — a naturally caffeinated focus‑enhancer. Need to get some rest? There’s a caffeine‑free herbal tea with your name on it. Rock some guayusa for a jitter‑free energy buzz. And as if you needed another reason to explore, all our traditional teas are rich in antioxidants — so you’ll feel as good as they taste.

Find your perfect loose leaf tea

find your perfect loose leaf tea

Find out which tea you love best by exploring straight teas from different regions, or comparing a few of the same type. You could even host a tea tasting, and learn how different teas bring out the flavours in particular foods, or whether you prefer fresh and grassy or more umami‑rich green teas. The possibilities are endless — and delicious.

Find your perfect loose leaf tea

behind the mug: organic nepal black

When it comes to bringing you the best, our tea experts are on a mission. See how far we’ll go to discover the world’s most perfect organic Nepal Black tea.