What would you love to receive in a tea gift basket? We ask that question of folks signing up for our newsletter and entering our frequent festival prize drawings.
75 tea aficionados completed this survey at our booth at the Southwest Tea Festival held in Las Vegas at the Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino, February, 2017.
There were several surprise results. 27 people said they would love to receive a gift of Oolong tea – 30 said black tea. This is a real turn around. Historically, oolong tea gets very few votes. We had assumed most tea drinkers were not as familiar with oolong tea.
At the Festival this year, several tea vendors offered really good oolong teas and folks were enjoying them. We think this may be why so many more tea drinkers indicated they would like a gift of oolong tea.
The most requested tea was green tea at 36, followed by black tea at 30, oolong tea, as mentioned, at 27, white tea at 18 and, lastly herbal tea at 16.
Another surprise was the tea bag vs loose leaf tea preference. In the past, tea drinkers have been embarrassed (we guess) to admit they prefer tea in bags – the ‘right’ way to enjoy tea is to prefer the leaves loose. Of the 75 survey completers that responded to this question, 37 preferred loose leaf tea and a brave 18 tea drinkers admitted to preferring tea in bags.
We contend however you enjoy drinking tea is the right way for you. There is poor quality loose leaf tea as well as poor quality tea in tea bags. More and more now, we have the opportunity to experience better quality tea in better quality tea bags.
32 survey completers would prefer a gift of tea to be organic, 23 fair traded. Again, this is a significant increase from prior survey answers. Could the tea industry as a whole be doing a good job educating people about tea production? Maybe it is the vibrant tea culture in the Las Vegas area?
What was not a surprise was the tea treats. If you want to give a tea drinker a gift that will make them happy, it must include cookies first, tea cake or tea candy second. An interesting note here, someone expressed a desire for a gluten free option. When gifting anyone, please pay attention to their special concerns. Do not give someone who cannot eat flour, a treat with flour. If someone supports organic and fair trade, do not give them tea that is not those things. Sounds simple, but gift givers do sometimes have these oversights.
The number one tea tool survey completers requested was a tea infuser – 46 of the 75 responders said this. A tea thermometer, tea measuring spoon and tea scale listed similarly; 16, 19 and 12 requests.
The number one tea ware requested was a teapot, 38 requests, followed by teacup and saucer at 28, mug at 25 and tea spoons at 24.
Tea accessories were not ‘hot’ items. Of the 75 survey completers, 21 would enjoy receiving books about tea, 23 a tea wallet, 22 tea themed stationary and 27 tea themed gifts like candles and picture frames.
In conclusion, the perfect gift for our survey responders at the Southwest Tea Festival in Las Vegas, February, 2017 is a gift containing these things: Organic and fair traded green, black and oolong tea, a teapot and tea infuser (some teapots have built in infusers) and lots of cookies!
Thank you everyone for completing a survey and congratulations to those who won the 6 tea sampler prizes. Extra 6 tea sampler prizes as well as the other items we had for sale at the show are available at Tea Lover Teas and Tea Lover Gift Baskets. 10% off with code TEAFEST applies through Mother’s Day.