I start almost every day with a cup of hot tea. It’s a relaxing routine that comes with some healthful benefits. I like a bit of variety in my tea choices, and while Aldi does not sell any teas that are very exotic (outside of a few limited-time ALDI Finds and some seasonal Special Buys), they’ve got a decent selection that includes a few green teas, some herbal teas like peppermint tea and chamomile tea, as well as a traditional English Breakfast tea. Aldi also sells a bargain black tea in a bulk box with 100 tea bags.
All the teas have directions for serving both hot and iced tea. So grab a mug, or a tall glass, and let’s look at the choices.
Benner Classic Blend
This is Aldi’s basic black tea, comparable to Lipton. (The packaging even uses a similar color scheme to Lipton.) It’s by far the cheapest Aldi tea: at $1.39 for 100 tea bags at the time of publication. The taste is decent, although it doesn’t have the body of flavor that, say, English Breakfast Tea has. But if you want a simple caffeinated black tea, this is it.
Benner Original Green Tea
This is your classic green tea, which tastes similar to any other green tea on the market. (Research also shows green tea to have health benefits.) Be aware that green tea does have a small amount of caffeine.
Benner Green Tea with Lemon Flavor & Ginseng
If you like your green tea a little more exotic, this blend contains lemon grass, lemon peels, natural flavors, and ginseng root. I always like to drink green tea when I’m coming down with a cold or otherwise feeling under the weather because of its health benefits. I like to think that this green tea gets an extra health boost with the addition of lemon and ginseng. It tastes pretty good, too, with a slightly more complex flavor than the Original Green Tea.
Benner Peppermint Herbal Tea
The ingredients are simple in this herbal tea: peppermint. That’s it. This is a good refreshing tea great for any day, with the added bonus that it will help temporarily clear your sinuses if you’re sick. Trust me.
Benner Chamomile Tea
There is more than just chamomile in this herbal tea. It also contains spearmint, rose petals, lemon grass, hibiscus, blackberry leaves, peppermint, lemon balm, licorice, turmeric, and natural flavors. In the past when I’ve had chamomile tea, I never cared much for it because I thought it just tasted a lot like grass. This tea still has that distinct chamomile taste, but it has some additional flavors that make this a solid choice.
Benner English Breakfast Tea
English Breakfast Tea is my husband’s favorite tea. (Earl Gray is a close second, but Aldi does not sell it.) It is a staple for him on Saturday mornings, and he likes it black, with no sweetener added. He’s tried English Breakfast Tea from a number of brands over the years, and he reports that Benner’s version is indistinguishable from other versions. In other words, he loves it. Naturally, this tea is caffeinated.
Aldi offers a variety of Regular Buy teas ranging from English Breakfast tea to several green teas, to a bulk package of basic black tea, to herbal options like chamomile tea and peppermint tea. They’re all good in our opinion. Recommended.