Get Cozy with the Best Chamomile Teas

I’m an avid tea drinker, but chamomile isn’t typically what I reach for when I’m craving a warm beverage. Because of that, we brought in chamomile fan Cara Powers, personal assistant to the people responsible for Good Mythical Morning, to help navigate this tea taste test.

According to Healthline.com, “chamomile is an herb that comes from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae plant family” and has been “consumed for centuries as a natural remedy for several health conditions.” It can allegedly improve sleep quality, help with digestion, and even potentially help prevent certain types of cancer. And while its healthy qualities are great, it is also important that it tastes good. We brewed a mugful of every chamomile tea we could get our hands on to find you one that is the best of both worlds.

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Best of the Best

Tadin Herb & Tea Co. Chamomile Herbal Tea

Tadin Herb & Tea Co. Chamomile Herbal Tea was a beautifully pleasant take on chamomile tea. The flavor is gentle and light and smooth. Justine Sterling, Sporked editor-in-chief, described the scent as “[smelling] earnestly like chamomile.” Cara brought up the fact that “it doesn’t have that sourness” that some other chamomiles have. It’s fragrant without being too flowery and sweet without tasting sugary. Because it is so perfectly balanced, it earns our number one spot on this list.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Mild

Heath & Heather Organic Chamomile Tea

Heath & Heather Organic Chamomile Tea was one of the milder teas we had during this taste test. To me, it is the perfect nighttime tea. With such a gentle flavor, it’s ideal for sipping on as you read a Gillian Flynn novel in bed moments before drifting off to sleep. Since its light flavor might not stand up to a hearty breakfast or rich dessert, I recommend enjoying it by itself to really enjoy the subtleties.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Sweet

Pukka Organic Chamomile Vanilla Manuka Tea

Pukka Organic Chamomile Vanilla Manuka Tea was definitely the sweetest tea we tried. Much like the packaging promises, it has a slight honey aftertaste and soft notes of vanilla. Cara loved that “you don’t need to put anything in this” since it also has honey in the tea. My favorite part is that it feels like you’re saving money because you don’t have to buy tea and honey. You could argue that maybe this doesn’t really taste that much like chamomile, but I don’t care because it does taste delicious.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Earthy

Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile

Despite what the next sentences may sound like, we all loved this tea. Justine pointed out the “hay notes” and general grassiness that this tea has. “[This is] farm smell if you take away manure,” she said. Once again, I know this sounds bad, but it’s absolutely not. The vegetal qualities and earthiness set Traditional Medicinals Chamomile apart from the rest of the list. Plus, it’s nice that it’s organic. I’d definitely gift some of this tea around the holiday season.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best For Iced Tea

McCormick Ta De Manzanilla Chamomile Herbal Tea

We tasted all of the teas hot and when I first sipped McCormick’s Ta Da Manzanilla Chamomile Herbal Tea I thought, “This is iced tea.” While some of the team consider the flavor weak, I disagree! I find teas that are too fragrant to be overwhelming when iced. A mild herbaceousness is meant to be enjoyed nice and cold on a hot day. I’m packing up a pint of this to take on a picnic and pairing it with some cucumber tea sandwiches and fresh fruit. Summer, here we come!

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Budget

Great Value Chamomile Tea

This number one thing this job has taught me is that Great Value rarely misses. Their products are so affordable that they’re practically free and the taste is better than most grocery store brands. Their chamomile tea is no different. While some of these other companies infuse theirs with mint or vanilla or honey, this is just 100% unadulterated chamomile. It’s delicate and soothing and exactly what I want when I’m reaching for a cup of chamomile tea.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Floral

Tazo Calm Chamomile Tea

I have to be honest with you, I did not like this tea. It’s too pungent for me. But ignore me! I was in the minority. Everyone else loved Tazo Calm Chamomile Tea. Tazo is what they used to serve at Starbucks so it’s obviously very popular. It’s extremely floral and has bold notes of spearmint. In addition to chamomile, it has a slew of other ingredients like hibiscus flowers, rose petals, and lemongrass (just to name a few). This is, hands down, the most flavorful chamomile tea we tasted. I do, however, stand by the fact that this tea should only be consumed piping hot. It does not taste good when it begins to cool.

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Rating:

7/10

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Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • Starbucks hasn’t served (or owned) Tazo tea for years; it’s now owned by Unilever. Starbucks now owns/serves Teavana teas.

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