People’s Tea Choice Awards Winners Named at World Tea Expo

The World Tea Expo played host to the People’s Tea Choice Awards for the teas that won top recognition in their categories at the Global Tea Championship during the previous 12 months.

The Global Tea Championship is an independent tasting competition during which tea industry experts tasted and voted on the quality, taste and appearance of nearly 1,000 commercially sold teas from around the world.

Expo attendees tasted and voted on leading teas in the following eight categories at the Winners Tasting Circle: ready to drink, hot black tea, hot green tea, hot dark/pu-erh, hot herbal, foodservice iced tea, and single-serve hot tea. The results are below and represent the best of the best, according to majority vote.

People voting on green teas at the World Tea Expo’s Winners Tasting Circle, photo by Beth Dobos

BEST READY TO DRINK: TRY MY T, with Try My T

BEST HOT BLACK TEA: LUMBINI TEA FACTORY (PVT) LTD., with Lumbini, Sinharaja Wiry Tips (FBOPF Extra Special)

BEST HOT GREEN TEA: SUGIMOTO AMERICA, with SA Hoji Cha

BEST HOT WHITE TEA: GLENBURN TEA DIRECT, with Darjeeling Silver Needle

BEST HOT DARK/PU-ERH TEA: DETHLEFSEN & BALK, INC., with Pu Erh Pistachio

BEST HOT HERBAL TEA: WORLD FLAVORZ SPICE & TEA CO., with Lavender Peach

BEST FOODSERVICE ICED TEA: TEASOURCE LLC, with Minnesota N’Ice Tea

BEST SINGLE SERVE HOT TEA:  ZEALONG TEA ESTATE, with Zealong Black