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By Alison Chew
Reviewed by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN
Tea Drops is an innovative tea company founded in 2015 by Sashee Chandran with the mission to inspire human connection through the magic of tea. Tea Drops are organic, finely ground whole leaf teas that are pressed and shaped into fun “drops”, creating a blissful tea blend when combined with boiling water. Save 5% now with code HONEY5 >>
What We Like
Convenient, bagless/steeper-less tea experience
Tea drops are super cute and result in a tasty cup of tea
Tea Drops’ support of organic tea production, fair trade wages, and clean water aid
What We Don’t Like
Several teas were a little too sweet for me (Tea Drops now has Unsweetened Tea in 3 flavors!)
Glow Sprinkles, while they tasted great, left fine sediment which irritated my throat a bit
Glow Sprinkles information difficult to find on the Tea Drops site
Tea Drops Gives Back
Tea Drops partners with Thirst Project, an LA-based non-profit focused on making clean water accessible, to fundraise for global water projects. To date, Thirst Project has funded nearly 2,000 water projects in 13 countries, making clean water available to over 300,000 people.
Thirst Project continues to raise awareness and funds to organize trips to build and sustain their current water wells.
With every purchase, you make on Tea Drop’s website (no matter how big or small), Tea Drops will donate a year’s supply of clean water to someone in need. Beyond providing a year’s supply of clean water with every purchase, you can also donate $25 directly from their website to Thirst Project, which provides a lifetime supply of clean water to someone in need. Save 5% now with code HONEY5 >>
Tea Drops Reviews
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Besides water, tea is typically the first thing I drink in the morning and the last thing I drink before I go to bed. It is not uncommon for me to drink 4 -6 cups of tea a day, with a different tea variety and flavor in each cup. My preferences lean toward herbal teas (ginger, peppermint, echinacea, lavender, yerba mate), white teas, and green teas. Save 5% now with code HONEY5 >>
This is why I was excited to see the tea varieties that arrived in my shipment! For my Tea Drops reviews, we received the following:
Dessert Collection Sampler Kit: Strawberry Shortcake, Ginger Peach Cobbler, and Orange Cinnamon Roll; the Matcha Latte Kit and a sample pack of Tea Sprinkles: Glow.
Let’s start with the Dessert Collection Sampler Kit. All the teas were quite tasty but, for me, a little too sweet. I typically take my teas without any sweetener, so the raw cane sugar added to these drops to give them their dessert-like flavor was a bit much for my palette. That said, for those who prefer their teas on the sweeter side, these teas are delicious and very reminiscent of the desserts they are named for. The Strawberry Shortcake tea really does take like strawberry shortcake! Save 5% now with code HONEY5 >>
Out of the 3 varieties of dessert teas I received, my favorite was the Ginger Peach Cobbler. Definitely on the sweet side but I enjoyed the bite from the ginger and will definitely be trying this tea with some whiskey. I have no doubt it’ll make for a tasty hot-toddy! Save 5% now with code HONEY5 >>
Next on the tea tasting tour was the Matcha Latte Kit. Although I am a fan of green tea, historically, matcha has always tended to be too bitter and sharp for me — and that could absolutely be based on the quality of the matcha I’ve had. Conversely, on a rare occasion, I get a small matcha green tea latte from Starbucks, I typically find it too sweet for me. So having some experience with matcha and matcha lattes, I decided to take a more moderate approach to the quantity of sweetened condensed milk that I added to my matcha. Instead of adding the full pack, I used about a teaspoon.
Last but not least, the fun Tea Sprinkles: Glow packet. In the FAQs section of Tea Drops’ site, I was able to learn that Tea Sprinkles are their line of “unsweetened, functional, mood based tea powders…comprised of organic teas, and nutrient spices.” Save 5% now with code HONEY5 >>
Similar to their drops, you simply add one packet of Tea Sprinkles to a cup of hot water, stir, and enjoy! Apparently, Tea Sprinkles come in various varieties like GLOW (hibiscus, tart cherry, cinnamon, rose hip), BOOST (matcha green tea, ginger, lemon), and REFRESH (turmeric, citrus, pineapple). However, when I clicked on the links to learn more about GLOW and REFRESH, both took me to a 404 Page Not Found page on their site, which was a bit frustrating. Save 5% now with code HONEY5 >>
Out of all the tea drops in my shipment, I have to say that Tea Sprinkles: Glow was my favorite flavor-wise, yet it was my least-favorite texture-wise. I’m not sure if it was because the contents of the packet were in a loose powder form versus in a physical drop form but even after a few minutes of stirring after pouring in the hot water, there was still a significant amount of sediment, which felt like it got stuck in my throat a bit after each sip.
However, the taste was great, especially adding a wee bit of honey to it. By itself, I found Glow to be a bit tart for my tastes. Save 5% now with code HONEY5 >>
Tea Drops vs Instant Tea
Tea Drops are not the same as “instant tea.”
Instant tea is derived from extracting tea from processed leaves and then drying the concentrate to a powder form by freeze-drying.
Tea Drops, on the other hand, are produced with genuine tea leaves that are delicately ground. Nothing is freeze-dried and there’s no extraction process. This is why you may notice tea sediment at the bottom of your cup after your drop dissolves. Because genuine tea is used in every Tea Drop, some sediment at the bottom of your cup is expected. Save 5% now with code HONEY5 >>
How To Prepare Tea Drops Tea:
1. Drop 1 Tea Drop or Tea Sprinkle packet in your cup
Tea Drops offers a month-to-month subscription option – your very own Magic Tea Box delivered right to your door every month! This subscription is $25 per month with FREE shipping. Included are 4 different varieties for a total of 16 tea drops (varieties change monthly). Your Magic Tea Box will arrive on the 20th of each month.
Benefits of a Magic Tea Box subscription:
Opportunity to try a variety of Tea Drops tea
Cancel at any time
Free surprise gifts
Access to the Tea Drops’ Tea + Chat series, exclusive content from expansive guests in various wellness industries, recipes, challenges, DIY projects, and more
Tea Drops teas would definitely make a great gift, especially for avid tea drinkers, busy professionals, and even outdoor types who want to take a healthy and convenient beverage on the go. Here are a few gift ideas from Tea Drops’ collection of teas:
Tea for Teachers
For all those teachers who are trying their best to keep it together and not lose their mind as they navigate remote learning, consider Tea Drops’ Ultimate Tea Sampler:
Price: $19 (one-time or subscribe)
Includes 9 delicious varieties of Tea Drop teas sent in a recyclable gift box
Know anyone who has trouble sleeping? Tea Drops’ Golden Latte Turmeric Tea with Coconut Milk could be a great option for them. Used for centuries in the Ayurvedic tradition, turmeric aids in digestion and has calming properties, which lead to sounder sleep. Combine turmeric with coconut milk and a night of restful sleep is sure to follow.
Price: $15.50 (one-time or subscribe)
Giftees will be able to make an earthy, warm, and inviting, the Golden Latte, made with Tea Drops’ turmeric tea and 100% plant-based coconut creamer.
Gift box includes: 5 Turmeric Tea Drops and 5 Single Serve Packets of Copper Cow Coconut Milk
Especially at the start of a new year, many make resolutions to eat healthier, exercise, and cut down on things like sugar – which can be especially challenging to do! Support your sugar-loving friends and family by helping them curb their cravings with the Tea Drops’ Ultimate Dessert Sampler.
Price: $22.50 (one-time or subscribe)
Giftees will receive 15 drops, 5 each of three “dessert” tea varieties such as Aloha Pineapple Chamomile, Orange Cinnamon Roll, and Ginger Peach Cobbler.
With the quantity of tea I drink each day, what I especially appreciate about Tea Drops is that I don’t have to rely on a steeper to soak my raw tea leaves or a tea bag. One simply needs to boil a cup of water, drop a cutely-shaped tea drop in and stir. This simple process makes it easier to enjoy tea anytime, anywhere.
As noted above, I didn’t love the powder form of the Tea Sprinkles tea. I appreciate that the sediment is the healthiest part of the tea, but the quantity of sediment from the Tea Sprinkles version left me needing to cough and clear my throat after drinking.
There’s a LOT to like about Tea Drops. Their products are truly inventive and it seems like they offer options for every range of tea-lovers’ tastes. However, what I LOVE about this brand is how dedicated they are to offering consumers a really good organic product while also contributing a percentage of their profits to helping people access safe, clean water. Save 5% now with code HONEY5 >>
This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
Rebecca Housh is a registered dietitian based in Chicago, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rebecca is passionate about the idea of food as medicine in both preventative and therapeutic care. Her current professional interests lie in food security, food access, and nutrition for chronic disease.
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