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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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Darling Grey (Teabags) from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend
Feb. 24th, 2024

Given how much of a waste of time and steeping water Whittard's standard Earl Grey was, expectations for this version ran low. What a pleasant surprise instead!

Not only did this tea actually have a detectable and pleasant aroma upon opening the wrapper and sniffing the dry bag, that carried over quite strongly i...

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65 / 100

Culinary Teas Earl Grey from Culinary Teas

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????
Jan. 29th, 2024

This is a pleasant EG, but very much on the lighter side. There is not a lot of bergamot flavor, and the tea is a little thin - but it makes a perfectly enjoyable cup. I would recommend this to someone who likes a mild Earl Grey.

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75 / 100

Lavender Earl Grey from Culinary Teas

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????
Jan. 20th, 2024

This has a little lavender flavor plus a lot in the potpourri-like aroma, and there is plenty of bergamot too. With lemon or lime and sugar, it has a candied orange peel flavor. I preferred it with milk and sugar, which is a little more subtle. A good change of pace from the usual Earl Grey.

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60 / 100

German Gingerbread from Culinary Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????
Jan. 15th, 2024

This was my least favorite of the 3 holiday-spice-cookie teas that I got from Culinary. It tastes somewhat like gingerbread, but it could use some more sweetness and spice. I had it with almond milk, and it is possible that had a negative effect on the taste.

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85 / 100

Christmas Cookie Tea from Culinary Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????
Jan. 12th, 2024

Served with milk and sugar, this really tastes just like a Christmas cookie (i.e. a sugar cookie with sprinkles). This is a very successful attempt at duplicating/translating a flavor from a baked item to a tea. It is made with calendula, jasmine, cinnamon, and cocoa, but mostly I taste buttery vanilla cookies (with ...

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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

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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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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 Black Tea (formerly Blackcurrant)

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