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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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Earl Grey de la Crème from Trader Joe's

Style: Earl Grey Cream – Region: Blend
Dec. 10th, 2018

Given the ingredients list, here was a tea that caught both my eye and a few bucks of my credit-card balance, while stocking up at a Dallas Trader Joe's on some things I don't get in nearby Oklahoma markets.

Overall, it's not quite as high-quality as the other Earl Grey Creme tea I've tried (the bagged version from ...

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31 / 100
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Earl Grey Choice from Zhi Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend
Dec. 7th, 2018

This tea pissed me off. It's a mediocre flavored tea, it's mismarketed, and it's grossly overpriced. It doesn't even taste like Earl Grey, it tastes nothing like the commercial description, not the current one listed on the site nor the one listed on my sample bag, nor is there any explanation of the discrepancy on the...

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59 / 100
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Orange Spice from Chado High Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????
Dec. 7th, 2018

Preparing this tea brought back a fond childhood memory from about age 8. We were poor, but my mom had bought a box of "orange pekoe" tea as a rare indulgence, and I was excited to try some, thinking it literally was orange-flavored of whatever "pekoe" tea was. Imagine my disappointment, then, when it had no flavor a...

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50 / 100
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Decaffeinated Earl Grey from Harney and Sons

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????
Nov. 28th, 2018

I don't hate this tea but I really don't like it either. It costs 24 cents per cup and I can have much better black tea for cheaper than that so it's not worth it for me. The aroma is very faint and just smells like black tea. This tea tastes smooth but its also kind of plain. The aftertaste kind of tastes like paper t...

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20 / 100
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Paris (Teabags) from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend
Nov. 27th, 2018

Smells very fruity but not in a very pleasant way, it kind of smells like grape cough syrup to me. I’m not a huge fan of the taste either, it’s pretty watery and leaves an artificial after taste in my mouth. It’s not astringent or bitter which is how I normally like my tea, but this tea is so bad that I wouldn't ...

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Earl Grey

Brand:Twinings
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
30
36 Ratings
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Lady Grey

Brand:Twinings
Style:Fruit Black Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
28
21 Ratings
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Earl Grey

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
14
20 Ratings
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Constant Comment®

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Flavored Black Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
32
10 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
25
9 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 French Blue

Brand:Mariage Freres
Style:Blue Flower Earl Grey
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
88
3 Ratings
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Earl Grey Creme Black Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Earl Grey Cream
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
87
4 Ratings
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Holiday Tea - Nutcracker Sweet®

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Flavored Black Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
87
5 Ratings
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Chestnut Tea

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Flavored Black Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
83
5 Ratings

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