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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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Hindbær Melon Te (Nr. 45) from Wohlenberg

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: ?????
Mar. 22nd, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of fine dark brown black tea leaves and small pieces of dried raspberries and caramelised cantaloupe melon. Pours nearly clear lightish copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of cantaloupe and raspberry, with notes of black tea. Sweetish flavour of c...

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Mango Indica (No. 957) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend
Mar. 11th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from fine black tea leaves mixed with sunflower petals and tiny pieces of caramelised Indian mango. Pours clear copper brown (against white china), with nonsediment. Clear aroma of black tea (most probably Assam), with distinct notes of mango and mild floral touches. Bitter flavour of black...

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Blooming Rose Black Tea from Vahdam Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????
Mar. 6th, 2020

This is one of my favorite blends ever. It has a strong but non-artificial flavor of roses and a creamy background of almonds. Goes great with milk if you can manage to make it strong enough.

I tend to sift through the tea in a larger container (tupperware or something) so I can pick out a balance of rose petals a...

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I wasn't even aware that this is a variation on an Earl Grey when I sampled it; I thought it was more of a standard Russian blend. So it is not a well-named tea; since when is Bergamot an ingredient in Russian style teas? But it is a pleasant cup with a very nice fragrance. A middle of the road black tea blend with ...

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Half-litre pot at home, made from small curly very dark brown leaves of black tea and small pieces of dried apple and almonds. Pours clear amber (first cup) with no sediment. Clear aroma of dried apples and cinnamon, with notes of almonds and touches of black tea. Sweetish onset of apples and caramel, with touches of a...

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Earl Grey

Brand:Twinings
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
26
39 Ratings
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Earl Grey

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
13
22 Ratings
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Lady Grey

Brand:Twinings
Style:Fruit Black Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
40
21 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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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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Ginger Peach Decaf

Brand:Republic of Tea
Style:Fruit Black Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Decaffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
90
4 Ratings

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