THE ALAYA GIFT BOX, $74
Handwoven gift boxes, thoughtfully made by women artisans in Uttar Pradesh, India. Made entirely with upcycled cotton thread and plastic waste, these boxes include our best-selling tea, cozy cups, and a zero-waste infuser.
Dana Cowin, Former Editor-in-Chief, Food and Wine
Alaya teas are gentle yet distinct. To appreciate them, slow down and take notice rather than gulp and go.
Our favorite pouch is the Darjeeling First Flush...It’s lightly floral, with a sturdy black tea backbone. Brewed hot, it’s especially dainty (appealing for those who find tea too tannic or bitter).
The tea is potent, with a spiciness I absolutely love, but the lemongrass tones it down a bit and gives it a nice balance.
Alaya is an Indian, women-owned tea company. Our name comes from “Himalaya,” a region where some of the finest teas grow and thus, inspired our founders Esha Chhabra and Smita Satiani to build a tea company.