EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated June 2020 with information on the English Rose Black Tea.
I drink tea nearly every day, and Aldi can be a good place to satisfy my tea habit. The grocer sells a small but decent selection of Regular Buy tea options including English Breakfast tea and green tea that are available year round, and they also rotate in some limited-time specialty tea flavors, including green and fruit-based teas and holiday teas. Aldi recently upped its tea game and sold a limited-time selection of floral teas I have never seen in their stores before.
Benner Tea Co. floral tea cost $2.19 at the time of publication for a 1.41-oz. box containing 20 individually wrapped tea bags (about 11 cents per tea bag). For comparison, a box of Twinings brand jasmine green tea at one of my local regular grocery stores cost $3.99 for a box of 20 tea bags (about 20 cents per tea bag).The floral tea flavors are Aldi Finds (Special Buys), which means they are only in stores for a short time, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
The floral teas are available in three varieties: Jasmine Green Tea, Raspberry Flavored Hibiscus Herbal Tea, and English Rose Black Tea.
Because I’ve been reducing the frequency of my shopping trips lately, I initially missed out on the English Rose Black Tea. My store only had a couple of boxes left of the Jasmine Green Tea and Raspberry Flavored Hibiscus Herbal Tea, so I bought one of each of those. I eventually was able to try the rose black tea later.
Here’s a closer look at the flavors:
Benner Tea Co. Jasmine Green Tea
The only ingredient is jasmine green tea. This tea smells lovely, with a delicate floral scent that nicely complements the green tea. I remember drinking a jasmine tea years ago at Walt Disney World, possibly at the Rose & Crown British-themed restaurant at Epcot, and this Aldi tea’s scent brought back memories. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed jasmine tea, so if Aldi brings this tea back next year, I’ll be stocking up.
To serve hot, bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Let water cool for 1 minute after boiling, then pour the water over one tea bag and steep 1-2 minutes before removing the tea bag.
To serve cold, bring a quart of fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Let water cool for one minute after boiling. Pour 4 cups over three to five tea bags and brew for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea over ice-filled glasses.
Benner Tea Co. Raspberry Flavored Hibiscus Herbal Tea
This is caffeine free and has plenty of sweet, zippy raspberry flavor. It also smells delicious in your mug, with overarching notes of raspberry and accents of citrus.
Ingredients are hibiscus, rose hip, roasted chicory, sweet blackberry leaf, orange peel, natural flavor, lemongrass, citric acid, dried raspberry, and raspberry leaf.
To serve hot, bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Pour water over one tea bag and brew for 3-5 minutes before removing the tea bag.
To serve cold, bring a quart of fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Pour 4 cups of water over three to five tea bags and brew for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and pour over ice-filled glasses.
Benner English Rose Black Tea
This flavor was gone by the time I got to my local Aldi, and I was initially disappointed that I missed scoring this flavor. Then, later, fellow Aldi Reviewer writer Elizabeth, who was able to get the English Rose Black Tea, shared a few bags with me. This has the flavor you’d expect of black tea, with mild hints of rose flavor. Where the rose really comes through is in the scent. This tea reminds me of the Jasmine Green Tea, where I notice the floral element mostly in how the tea smells rather than how it tastes.
I assume the ingredients are black tea and rose petals, but because I don’t actually have the box that lists ingredients, I’m not certain. I’ll update this post later if I can figure that out.
The Benner floral tea assortment at Aldi includes Jasmine Green Tea, Raspberry Flavored Hibiscus Herbal Tea, and English Rose Black Tea. All three teas are excellent, with appealing scents and nuanced flavors. I especially like the delicate floral scents in the Jasmine Green Tea and English Rose Black Tea. Highly recommended.