Beloved Parisian tea company Mariage Frères created a “tea of love,” Èros, years ago, and, naturellement, it’s a charming Valentine’s Gift for a lover who is also a lover of tea. Made from black tea, it also combines hibiscus, mallow flowers and hints of citrus, along with what some describe as a rose scent. The elegant black canister containing 3.5-oz. of tea can be ordered multiple places online, including www.luckyscent.com | $26.
Numi Chocolate Pu-Erh
Oakland tea pioneers Numi Organic Tea offer their Chocolate Pu-Erh as both sachets (box of 16, $8.99), or as a loose tea (16-oz. bag, $47.95). The dark pu-erh is blended with organic cocoa and spices for an enticing Valentine’s Day indulgence. www.shop.numitea.com
Your valentine drinks only tea and also adores chocolate? He or she is not alone, and therefore, tea companies have created a range of chocolate-flavored teas. One of the earliest, and still most sought after, is London-based Harney & Sons’ “Chocolate/Black Tea with Chocolate.” The black Chinese tea base is deeply flavored with chocolate and has earned raves from fans over the years. Twenty sachets come in a traditional tin for $6.99 at www.harney.com.
Chocolates with matcha
This combo is increasingly fancied both by tea lovers and chocoholics alike. Valentine’s Day Japanese Matcha Truffle Box (12 pieces) | $23.20. Or, try New York’s MarieBelle Matcha Dark Chocolate Truffles, sophisticated yet unexpected. A 20-piece box is $32 at mariebelle.com.
From Japan, comes Keiko Matcha Mountain Chocolates, which combine honey marzipan, pistachios, green matcha, and dark chocolate, sprinkled with dried green tea leaves. These are only available seasonally and require two weeks’ shipping. The 15×25 gram box is $58.50 | www.keikoexperience.com
Vahdam Tea Founder’s Select Assortment
Assorted tea bag sampler consisting of eight tea flavors, 40 tea bags in a gift set. Vahdam Teas has been featured in the prestigious Holiday Gift Guide curated by Oprah Winfrey for two consecutive years. Our innovative supply chain model ensures you get the freshest cup of tea and our farmers get a better price for their produce. 1% of our revenue is redirected towards the education of our tea growers’ children. | OPRAH’s FAVORITE TEA | 100% Natural Ingredients | $24.99 | www.vahdamteas.com | Amazon