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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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67 / 100
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This is quite a tasty and well-conceived blend, novel yet nice in both aroma and flavor, holding its own in those departments with any herbal/black bagged combination out there. However, I wish it were stronger, more befitting its name.
The rectangular, stringless tea bags are small, about half the volume of Celest...

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85 / 100
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Peach Black Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: ?????
Nov. 23rd, 2022

I actually like this one. It isn't as good as loose-leaf tea would be, but for a tea bag it's nice. I brewed the water to 205°F and let the bag steep under one of those Primula hats for several minutes. Both black tea and peach were present in the strong flavor, but it didn't go bitter. Usually, black tea of fannings ...

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92 / 100
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Earl's Gold from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend
Nov. 18th, 2022

This is the second loose-leaf Earl Grey I've had from Murchie's, and an outstanding example of the type, especially for someone like me who likes a bold, assertive tea. It is made from Assam, Keemun and Yunnan, and you bet the Assam asserts itself boldly in all phases of taste and aroma. Upon opening the bag, the dry...

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72 / 100
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Earl Grey Crème from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Earl Grey Cream – Region: Blend
Nov. 16th, 2022

Here's another in Celestial's fairly recent run of new black-tea blends. For a mass-marketed brand commonly available in retail stores, this rendition holds its own, but better quality can be had.

The dry aroma (especially when opening the sack or pouch in which the bags are packaged) may be the best part. This is...

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35 / 100
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Earl Grey Choice from Zhi Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend
Nov. 6th, 2022

It smells ok because of the lavender, however for me it kind of reminds me of soap which I understand there can be cultural differences with this. Not everyone would associate that with soap. The thing that ruins this tea though is the taste. It’s not that interesting and it’s actually quite bitter. It’s just not...

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Most-Rated Flavored Black Tea

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Earl Grey

Brand:Twinings
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
28
43 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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Lady Grey

Brand:Twinings
Style:Fruit Black Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
21
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

Top-Rated Flavored Black Tea

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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:Blend
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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Blackcurrant Breeze Black Tea (formerly Blackcurrant)

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