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Last Updated: Mar. 13, 2015 

About Flavored Black Tea

Very dark loose-leaf black tea with bright blue dried flowers mixed inEarl Grey Creme, Loose-Leaf, from Art of Tea, Photo © A Girl With Tea, CC BY 2.0.
Flavored black tea is black tea that has been blended, flavored, or scented with herbs, flowers, spices, or other ingredients. Because black tea is the default tea in most western countries, when people in the U.S. refer to flavored tea without specifying the type of tea, they often are talking about flavored black tea.

Virtually all countries that consume black tea have some traditions of blending or flavoring their tea. Flavored black tea blends are especially popular in Western tea cultures, especially in Great Britain, France, and the U.S.

In Western tea culture, common flavorings for black tea are fruit, especially lemon or beragmot orange (in Earl Grey tea), or rose petals. Among herbs, spearmint or holy basil are frequently blended with black tea. Chai, or spiced tea, a tradition that originated in India, is also usually made out of black tea, and is one of the most common forms of flavored black tea. Vanilla black tea is another common variety.

Because many black teas tend to have a robust, powerful flavor and aroma, they can be combined with strong flavorings which would easily overpower other types of teas. A British favorite is to flavor black tea with black currant, a berry or fruit with a strong, deep flavor. Black tea can also hold its own alongside strong herbs such as lavender. Black tea can also blend well with floral scents, especially the more powerful ones such as rose. Jasmine tea is less frequently made with black teas, but examples do exist.

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Lady Grey (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend
Jun. 23rd, 2022

The loose tea is a rather broken black tea blend with visible bits of citrus peel and blue cornflower petals. It smells strongly like fresh oranges, but the tea aroma is quite faint. Adding hot water brings out a malty aroma from the tea, but the citrus still predominates.

The bulk of the flavor is citrus. The blend...

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Blackberry Sage from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend
May. 17th, 2022

Republic teas usually are on the costly side; however, I grabbed this one on sale at a Dallas Whole Foods. "Value" is based on the normal prices for other Republic teas (retailing upwards of 8-10 bucks for 50-pouch columnar steel tins), and how this tea doesn't pack the punch it should for reputably strong flavors of ...

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Congo Bongo from SerendipiTea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: India
May. 12th, 2022

This is an Indian black tea flavored with organic coconut, organic marigold/calendula, and coconut and mango flavoring - so it is very tropical in character. It was quite nice with milk and sugar, or with just sugar, sort of dessert like. I bet it would be good on ice as well.

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Here's another case of a tea with multiple marketing personalities across target audiences. RateTea states this product is retired/discontinued, and perhaps it is in the U.S. However, it's still available on amazon.com with an "imported" label, as of this writing (for nearly $12 per 20-ct box!). I got the remainder...

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Double Bergamot Earl Grey Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????
Apr. 7th, 2022

The foil-sealed tea bags each contain just shy of 2g of tea. The box claims a net weight of 33g in 18 bags, which makes for 1.8g of tea.

The dry tea bag smells strongly of bergamot. It also smells fresher than most other Earl Grey, like freshly cut fruit. This may be the fruitiest-smelling Earl Grey I've tried.

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Earl Grey

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

Brand:Twinings
Style:Fruit Black Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
21
22 Ratings
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Earl Grey

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
17
22 Ratings
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Constant Comment®

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Flavored Black Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
33
12 Ratings
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Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
60
11 Ratings

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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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Earl Grey Decaffeinated Black Tea

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Decaffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
100
3 Ratings
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Ginger Peach

Brand:Republic of Tea
Style:Flavored Black Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
93
7 Ratings
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Chocolate Peppermint

Brand:Tea Horse
Style:Flavored Black Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
92
3 Ratings
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Blackcurrant Breeze (formerly Blackcurrant)

Brand:Twinings
Style:Fruit Black Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
92
3 Ratings

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