September 22, 2023 5 min read

Best Tea for Winter

Winter is a season that invites us to seek warmth and comfort in every possible way. As the chilly winds blow and snow blankets the landscapes, there's no better time to indulge in the delightful world of winter teas. We might be coming out of winter here in  New Zealand, but there are still plenty of cold days ahead, especially if you are in the South Island. And if you are in the northern hemisphere, your winter is getting set to begin. Our favourite quality brands (T Leaf T, Harney & Sons, and Tea Total) offer a delightful range of winter teas that are sure to warm your soul during those frosty months.

Whether you're a fan of winter afternoon tea, are on the hunt for the best tea for winter, or simply looking for a great flavour for a chilly  blast, we've got you covered. So, grab your favourite mug, snuggle up in a warm blanket, and let's embark on a journey through our picks for the best teas for winter.

Winter Teas: T Leaf T, A Kiwi Favourite

Kiwi Favourite

One of the leading brands in New Zealand's tea industry is T Leaf T. This homegrown brand is known for its commitment to sustainability and its dedication to delivering exceptional tea blends. Their winter tea collection is no exception, offering a delightful range of options to cater to different palates. From spicy chai blends to soothing herbal infusions, T Leaf T has something for everyone seeking solace in a cup of tea during the colder months.

T Leaf T New Zealand - Six Sampler

The T Leaf T New Zealand - Six Sampler contains six mini tins of mixed loose leaf teas and infusions inspired by this wonderful country that we live in. As they are inspired by a colder climate, it is the perfect choice for a variety of wholesome winter tea flavours. 

T Leaf T Orange Oolong

T Leaf T's Orange Oolong is a well oxidised Formosa Oolong hailing from the Nantou District in Taiwan. Despite originating in a warmer climate, the savoury notes in this tea perfectly match the 'marmalade on toast' taste of the orange, making it a gorgeous wintery breakfast tea.

T Leaf T Turmeric Chai Organic

No winter tea list would be complete without a chai tea. And we think T Leaf T's Turmeric Chai Organic Tea is a perfect herbal chai with a subtle sweet heat to keep you warm when it is cold outside. It is a herbal chai tea infused with New Zealand's Native Horopito leaf, the power of turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon and liquorice. 

Winter Teas: Harney & Sons, An International Icon

Winter Teas: Harney & Sons, An International Icon

Harney & Sons, an international tea company, has made its mark in New Zealand with its premium tea selections. Among their coveted winter teas is the Winter White Earl Grey, a blend that combines the elegance of traditional Earl Grey with a winter twist. This delightful concoction pairs beautifully with a slice of cake during a winter afternoon tea.

Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme Tea

This tea uses a higher grade of teas with the addition of Silver Tips so if you are looking for a bit of luxury during a wintery blast, this fine tea is definitely the blend for you!

Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

It’s sweet! It’s spicy! It's Harney & Sons' most popular flavoured tea worldwide. Hot Cinnamon Spice is an assertive blend of black teas, three types of cinnamon, orange peel, and sweet cloves and best of all, no added sugar.

Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro Tea

Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro radiates a soft sweet aroma and has a rich malty, yet light bodied character. Vanilla notes swirl in each sip of this tasty decaffeinated black tea enhanced by creamy vanilla from the Comoros Islands. A calorie free sweet treat to enjoy by a nice warm fire!

Winter Teas: Tea Total, A Kiwi Gem

Winter Teas: Tea Total, A Kiwi Gem

Tea Total, a family-owned business based in Auckland, has some truly delicious blends for discerning tea enthusiasts in New Zealand. Their winter tea offerings feature an array of options, including warming herbal teas and robust black teas. Not to be missed is their Winter Milk Tea, a rich and creamy blend that's perfect for those seeking comfort in a cup.

Tea Total Chai Spiced Bengal

Hold on to your taste buds, Tea Total's Chai Spiced Bengal tea really packs a punch. Made to be brewed as a traditional chai - boiled with milk and water the traditional way, leaving you warm on the inside. The perfect brew for a cold winters day!

Tea Total Fireside Heat

Dreaming of a fruity mulled wine? Tea Total Fireside Heat is a stunning blend of cinnamon, spices and orange zest bringing together all the flavours of mulled wine. This is a versatile tea - excellent hot, iced, or push the limits and infuse with red wine! I can’t think of a better winter tea.

Tea Total Rooibos Madagascar Vanilla Tea

Tea Total's Rooibos Madagascar Vanilla Tea features cuts of bourbon vanilla (the purest Madagascan vanilla pods) blended with South African red bush tea. A perfect brew to drink with or without milk. A delightful wintery afternoon tea. 

Winter Afternoon Tea: A Warm Tradition

Winter Afternoon Tea: A Warm Tradition

In many cultures, the tradition of afternoon tea holds a special place, and winter is no exception. As the days grow shorter and the air turns chilly, there's nothing like the warmth of a teapot and the company of loved ones. When hosting a winter afternoon tea, consider serving a selection of winter teas that cater to various tastes.

The Best Winter Teas for Your Cosy Moments

Winter Tea Flavours to Satisfy Your Cravings

Winter Tea Flavours to Satisfy Your Cravings

Winter teas come in a wide range of flavours, each designed to evoke the comforts of the season. We’ve listed our picks for the top winter teas - what is going to be your next winter tea favourite?


As a wintery chill sets in, there's no better way to embrace the season than with a cup of your favourite winter tea in hand. Whether you prefer the robustness of black tea, the comfort of herbal infusions, or the sophistication of Earl Grey, the world of winter teas has something for everyone. Brands like T Leaf T, Harney & Sons, and Tea Total offer a wide array of choices to cater to your unique winter tea cravings.

So, why not make the most of winter and enjoy the warmth and flavour of winter teas? Whether you're enjoying a quiet evening by the fireplace or hosting a winter afternoon tea party, these teas will be your faithful companions throughout the chilly season. Explore the top winter teas available, experiment with recipes, and savour the delightful flavours that winter brings. It's time to sip, relax, and welcome the winter wonderland with open arms.

Disclaimer: The information provided by The Flowering Herb is intended as general information for entertainment purposes only. We are not healthcare providers and we do not hold any healthcare qualification.  

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