Flavored Tea

Wikipedia: Tea_blending_and_additives 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2016 

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About Flavored Tea | Varieties of Flavored Tea | Best (Top-Rated) Flavored Tea

About Flavored Tea

A blend of various dark and colorful tea leaves and herbsTARDIS Blend, photo by Rebecca Siegel, CC BY 2.0.
Flavored tea is made by blending leaves of the tea plant Camellia sinensis with some other flavoring, usually herbs, spices, flowers, or fruit.

There are many types of flavored teas, since they can be made out of different varieties of tea and there is no limit to the types of flavoring that can be used. Some of the most well-known flavored teas are Earl Grey (usually black tea + bergamot orange), jasmine tea (usually green tea + jasmine blossoms), and moroccan mint tea (usually green tea + mint leaves).

Fruits are also common blending ingredients. Commonly used fruits include lychee, orange, berries, or various tropical fruits. Herbs and spices commonly combined with tea include mint, ginger, ginseng, cinnamon, cardamon, clove, and fennel.

Flavored teas can be mixed up into a blend which is packaged and sold as-is, or they can be made up at the time of brewing.

Scented teas

When the tea is flavored only with flowers, especially when the flavoring is carried out through a process of layering the leaves with flowers and then removing the flowers, the resulting tea is sometimes called scented tea. Jasmine tea is produced by this method, and slightly less commonly, osmanthus. Flowers with a very strong aroma, such as rose, often just have their petals mixed in with the leaf, and this yields a strong enough aroma.

Extracts and artificial flavorings vs whole ingredients

A blend of black tea leaves with light colored chips and orange flowersBrioche (French Breakfast Blend) Tea, American Tea Room, photo by A Girl With Tea, CC BY 2.0.
Many flavored teas are produced by adding extracts or essential oils, or less commonly, artificial flavorings, to a base tea. This method is inexpensive and often yields a more consistent flavor, and sometimes can yield more potent flavors than blending with whole ingredients. However, it can yield blends that are flat or unnatural tasting, lacking the complexity attained by blending tea with whole ingredients.

When this method is used, essential oils and natural extracts are preferable, and tend to produce better results, than artificial flavorings. In the U.S. the legal definition of "natural flavors" is broad, including any flavoring obtained from a natural source, including both essential oils and more processed substances such as distillates or flavorings extracted by enzymolysis or heating. When reading ingredient lists, seeing the term "natural flavors" thus provides little information about what you can expect from the quality of the blend.

Many companies use both extracts with whole ingredients in their flavored teas. In some cases the whole ingredients do impart significant flavor and aroma, but in other cases they are mainly for show, being present in too small a quantity to influence how the tea tastes and smells.

Varieties, Kinds, or Types of Flavored Tea

Best Flavored Tea

The notion of the "best" Flavored Tea is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Earl Grey

Brand:Twinings
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
29
31 Ratings
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Lady Grey

Brand:Twinings
Style:Fruit Black Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
36
20 Ratings
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Earl Grey

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
39
17 Ratings
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Mtn High Chai

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
31
10 Ratings
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Chai Spice Black Tea

Brand:Stash Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
29
10 Ratings

Top-Rated Teas

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Golden Orchid

Brand:Whispering Pines
Style:Vanilla Black Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
100
4 Ratings
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Masala Chai

Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
99
4 Ratings
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Dragon Pearl Jasmine

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Jasmine Tea
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
99
5 Ratings
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Green Tea with Peach

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Fruit Green Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
98
3 Ratings
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Chocolate Peppermint

Brand:Tea Horse
Style:Flavored Black Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
94
3 Ratings

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