Ginger is the perfect root for herbal tea. You only need a little bit of it to completely change the taste of a tea. It can add depth to black tea and it can set green and white tea on fire, but the best ginger tea makes this the star ingredient. That begs the question, just what are the best ginger teas on the market?
The Best Ginger Tea: TeaPigs Sweet Ginger
One of the best ginger tea we have encountered in recent years is the Sweet Ginger Tea from TeaPigs. It’s pretty basic as it only contains 3 ingredients, but that’s all you need to make a great product if those ingredients are high quality. This sweet ginger mix contains a hearty dose of dried ginger and a mix of cinnamon and liquorice root. This tea should be drunk without milk and we like it with a little honey, as we find that sugar creates an overly sweet and rather flat drink.
It’s not something that we’d sit and consume all day as it can be a little overpowering, but the same can be said for all drinks that have ginger as a main ingredient and if you just want 1 cup of the best ginger tea around, you can’t go much wrong with this.
Second Best Ginger Tea: Whittard’s Lemon Ginger
This ginger tea has a few more ingredients than our preferred TeaPigs tipple, but it’s not too dissimilar. It contains 1 third ginger, with the rest of the mix made up of liquorice, lemongrass, lemon peel and spearmint. The loose tea is a little different to the teabag variety for some reason, because if you order the teabags then you’ll find a different composition with the addition of linden and blackberry leaves. We prefer the loose tea, even though we have a passion for linden tea.
Third Best Ginger Tea: The Tea Makers of London
This is an upmarket brand with a relatively affordable price, not unlike TeaPigs, albeit with a presentation and style closer to that of Whittard. Lemongrass is the main ingredient in this one, followed by chunks of ginger root, peppermint, lemon peel and black peppercorns. The pepper actually takes this tea to another level, while the inclusion of peppermint and lemongrass adds just enough acidity to pair perfectly with the ginger.
We discovered this one late and if we didn’t already have an affinity with the TeaPigs and Whittard versions then it might have placed a little higher.
Notable Mention: Twinings
Twinings makes a Spiced Ginger that contains this fiery root. It’s a decent cheap alternative, but it’s not quite on par with TeaPigs or Whittard. It has more ginger than the others at 70% by weight and the rest of the ingredients include liquorice root, cinnamon and cloves. The cloves and the extra ginger should make it a stronger brew than the TeaPigs, but it doesn’t quite fill you with the same warmth.
For something a little different, something without the liquorice root, try Twinings Detox. This is also a very affordable drink and one that contains ginger as well as lemon, burdock root and fennel. Those ingredients suggest that this should work as a diuretic of sorts, but it’s tea, so it’s unlikely that there will be enough of those ingredients to make an impact. You can also always rely on Pukka Tea to produce a good, affordable tea in any kind of flavour.